1-32. Always accept the consequences of your actions no matter what they might be. By doing so you can be forever free of any regret.
To accept the consequences of your actions, without exception or reservation, is not a simple platitude to be espoused by certain individuals holding themselves out as being in a position of reserved sanctity, hovering above the teeming masses and casting judgment over their unworthiness. Nor is it a cliché or vilification of people who might elect to assign the responsibility for their errors to the actions of others. Rather, it is a simple admonishment that contains within its proposition an end to suffering and regret. That you may have committed errors that you wish to correct, change, reverse or even erase is of no consequence. If you learned, grew, changed, developed, evolved or matured from your error, then a mistake was not made. Rather, a lesson was learned. What other role could this world have in your life but to be the ultimate testing ground and pavilion of demonstration of that which is right and correct for you and what is not? To learn is to develop and change, to become more than you were yesterday, to progress towards a state of mind and a course of action most closely aligned with your ultimate destination, which can most accurately be described as the release of fear and the final return to Love. To accept the consequences of your actions is to accept that the actions you undertook, which must be recognized to include words spoken as all verbal and non-verbal communication is, at its essence, an action, may and likely will have consequences, both for yourself and for those that receive your communications. You cannot control the actions or reactions of others. They have their own paths, their own minds and their own lessons to learn. But you can and should accept responsibility for what you have said and done. To accept responsibility is not to regret. To regret is to hold tight to past error, attempting to relive its condemnation and pain in the present moment, despite the inescapably simple truth that the past is no longer in play in the present moment. The past has fallen behind you, a road traveled down or a fierce storm now subsided. But to attempt to constantly recreate and punish yourself for that which is now over will only serve to bind you to that which is not changeable. The past is fixed, locked tightly in a web of cause and effect, action and consequence. You cannot alter what was done and you cannot take back the words you uttered. But you can and indeed you will learn, resistant or not, willing or unwilling, desirous of change or steadfastly certain that you will remain exactly the same as you have always been. To be free of regret is an aspect of beginning to be free of fear, which is an illusion of the ego. To accept the consequences of your actions is to release the past so that a new, immediately present moment can arise in your perception, an ever changing field of possibility, a new dawn of hope and joy given from the slowly solidifying certainty that forgiveness is both possible and probable. Much consequence can arise and unfold from choices. Choices are constantly being presented to you and you are forever free to choose as you see fit it all situations. To accept is to admit that you may have acted or spoken in ways that you now recognize do not necessarily reflect the truth of you. That this has happened does not require you to forever regret that you committed an error. That this has occurred is not a justifiable reason to forever assign yourself to the category of unforgivable or unredeemable. This is not fitting for a Child of God. It is not appropriate for yourself and it is not appropriate for all of the other Children of God. All are already Perfect. They may not behave perfectly. They may not recognize their own Perfection. They may not be willing, at this exact moment in time or perhaps for many moments into the future, to regard themselves as beings who are even capable of accepting the remotest possibility of being Perfect in any way. This does not alter their Truth. God does not Create error. God does not Create imperfection. That you were Created is Certain. That you may not accept that you were Created is not at all certain. This is of no consequence. When you are ready to begin the process of accepting the consequences of your actions, regardless of their outcome or cost, you will begin to be ready to accept that you can consistently and constantly recreate both yourself and your own self-image in each an every moment, a cascading waterfall of change and possibility, forever being born again and renewed in the waters of life as you grow in forgiveness, both for yourself and for others. That which has passed is past. Do not try to drag the past into the present and wear it as a mantle of blame and doubt, dragging you down and forever weighing your Soul with the infinitely cumbersome chains of regret. Instead, choose to learn, to grow, to accept and to forgive. Forgive yourself so that you might grow sufficiently strong in your own love for yourself that you become both willing and able to forgive others. Recognize the illusion of fear for what it is – mere illusion, false proclamations of a blind ego, an illusionary sense of self that is without reality and devoid of substance. You are not the tiny and fragile image of your True Nature that the ego would have you hold as unassailable and certain. You are so much more than this little speck, this mote of nothingness floating in a meaningless universe. You are All. A Universe of Love forever Lives within you. Accept the lessons you have learned and then set them gently down, allow them to rest and be done in the past where they will forever live, unable to assault you again and again with the insanity of regret, pain, fear and loss. You can change. You can grow. You can expand. You can be more than you once were and you can be free. Indeed, you already are, utterly Free and capable of expanding your mind until it fills the entire Universe with its perception. You need only accept the consequences of what has come to past and then leave it in the past, remembering it if needed to avoid repeating the same errors but never allowing yourself to believe that you must repeat an error over and over again. You can simply choose another path, a better way and a new perspective. Infinity lies before you, infinite possibility and absolute freedom to expand forever. Only your choice to condemn yourself withholds the Light of God’s Love from your heart. Relinquish your belief in unworthiness and be redeemed. Be Free, for indeed you are now and forever will you be, the moment you accept that each moment is a chance to start anew.