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Laura's articles are published monthly on the San Dimas Community News, the La Verne Community News, the Glendora Community News, and the Azusa Community News. She is also a regular contributor to The Messenger, a Spiritual newspaper operating within the greater Los Angeles area and online editions.

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Month of May/June 2007
The Hidden Blessings in Our Life 

To be able to see the hidden blessings in our own life, we may need to adjust the way we look at the events and people in our lives. Of course, since we have free will, this is not a requirement, but surely, makes life so much pleasant when, by a change in attitude, we are able to only see blessings all around us, in every event, every experience, in everyone. We may not realize we have certain “attitude” or that we “behave” in certain ways because this is the only way we have known. Remember that most attitudes are actually behaviors we have picked up, when we were younger, by the environment in which we grew up. Sometimes, unless someone brings it to our attention, we don’t realize that there is a different way, an easier way to look at life and enjoy it. 

First, to “see” a blessing, we must first understand that this Universe is always unfolding in the most beautiful and perfect ways. We must also know, without any doubt, that we are totally protected and guide all of the time. We must know that we are beautiful and powerful Spiritual beings and that we are here to evolve, to become more loving, more compassionate. That it is our choice what to make of life, heaven or hell. We must know this is our choice, regardless of what is happening around us, regardless of experiences that come to us. 

Many times we are able to look at the blessing of a situation only after the situation is over. For example, you lose a job and you go into despair. You don’t understand why this could happen to you. You feel life is so unfair. Later, you find another job and it’s a much better opportunity. Then you realize that losing that job was a blessing in the first place, because it opened a new door. There are more subtle blessings in this example of losing a job. After having gone through that experience, you come out of it, stronger, more determined, knowing you have what it takes to get ahead and move on. These are blessings too. 

Relationships often offer us with beautiful blessings we don’t recognize. Think of someone in your life that you get along real well. You may call this a blessing, this is an easy one. You call it a blessing because it brings joy or peace or support to you. Now, think of someone in your life, a family member or a coworker, that you’re not so fond of. You may not see the blessing in this situation, but there is a beautiful blessing hidden in it. Imagine that you as the Spiritual being that you are, is wanting to become more, say, forgiving. How do you think you can become more forgiving? Only if life gives you opportunities to practice, right? Try to see this person now in a new light. See this person as someone who is in your life to give you the opportunity to forgive, to become more loving, more compassionate. Remember that you can’t be hurt unless you choose to be hurt. You can’t be offended unless you choose to be offended. You don’t need to get into any argument unless you choose to. No need to try to explain your point of view, no need to offer your opinions, not - if it’s not going to bring peace and joy into your life. You can choose to observe the situation, the interaction, with new eyes, with a new understanding, knowing that in it there is a blessing. Know this person is allowing you to become stronger in your faith, more loving, more compassionate, more forgiving. You don’t take their darkness with you, you project light to them. 

Again, we can either focus on the suffering in the world and suffered with it or focus on the beauty and the magnificence of this world, and in that joy, bring joy to the ones suffering. We can either live a life of lack and limitation or live an abundant life and share it with the ones who don’t have it. It’s our choice, we have the capacity and the infinite resources of this Universe at our disposal. 

The secret is to know that you have the choice to turn any experience into a blessing. Then, everything in your life becomes a blessing, and life becomes the most beautiful experience. It’s all your choice. Give it a try. Have fun “blessing hunting”.

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Laura Bonilla, C.Ht. is a Licensed Spiritual Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master/Teacher. Laura’s holistic approach is to bring the Spirit, Mind and Body into Oneness. Through her private practice she helps people be successful in life. For private sessions, information about her workshops or to buy her Self Hypnosis CDs please go to www.themindclinic.net or contact her online. You can always read her articles and archives on her website. All her materials are copyrighted © 2020. Reprints allowed with credits intact.