Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books,
Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it,
Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held,
Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin,
Believe nothing just because someone else believes it,
Believe nothing even I said it so,
Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true. ~Lord Buddha~
Yea, we are to test everything and see if they are of the truth, as in whether it sets us free from fear, guilt, sickness, condemnation, etc. Anything that brings peace, health, wholeness, edification, etc, to oneself and others, I would say it’s beneficial to people. Even as people share revelations or advice online to encourage one another, we are in the process of working out our own salvation (healing, wellness, soundness, peace, preservation, etc) as we take what ministers peace and healing to ourselves and leaves out those that may not work for us.
Each of us is unique and has unique needs and experiences, and so while we can all learn from one another, we can at the same time heed the still, small voice within, to see whether we can take what we hear or read wholesale, or adapt it to address our specific needs, or not accept it at all. It helps therefore to keep an open, inquiring mind, as we all continue to grow and evolve.
For example, while I’m usually open to the new age perspectives of 2012, I’ve my reservations about those prophecies that seem to project a sense of fear or doom in the future. We need no outside saviour, and we are our own saviour because everything is within us – we are divine within. So even if some well-respected new age teacher were to say this year will have some troubles, etc, I would choose not to go with that idea because I can prophesy my own future. I don’t need outside prophecies. (I don’t mind the positive ones though.)
We can create our own reality.
My nugget of encouragement for today is: “Live in the present moment. Yesterday is past and tomorrow is brighter still.” Yes, I would rather go with living one day at a time and expecting each day to be good and enjoy the blessings of today every day. 🙂