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“Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to, but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well.”–Epictetus, ‘Handbook (Encheiridion)’
Browsing through Chris Weber’s financial newsletter ‘Global Opportunities Report’ for April 2009, I came across an interesting note on survival in various life situations. Weber went into some detail about journalist Ben Sherwood’s book, the Survivors Club.
The main question addressed was–What do survivors and thrivers know about beating the odds that the rest of us don’t?
Sherwood identifies 5 types of survivor personalities:
Each of these members of the survivors club have a particular set of strengths that they use as tools to survive adversity. Among these tools these were found to be most significant:
Paraphrasing Epictetus, Weber said,”those who can react to changes as if they were changes that they desired are so far ahead of the rest, certainly when if comes to investments, but the lesson goes for life in general.” He goes on to give the following example–
Lucky people can easily imagine how much worse things might easily have been. Unlucky people fixate on how bad things have been for them. (This is the first law of karma–like attracts like.)
Test yourself: You are standing in line at the bank. A gunman comes in, and fires just one shot that hits you in the arm. Do you think “I’m lucky I did not die.”? You are lucky.
Do you think “A bullet in the arm is bad luck, plain and simple”? You are unlucky.
The lucky and the survivors are those who can handle fear. Karmic healers have a great advantage–they can use the event to channel healing to the situation thereby changing the nature of the fear emotion into a positive action. They can take additional action that is balanced and effective. They not only survive but they also thrive under all adverse situations–with help from healing!
Weber lists 10 points for those who make the grade to the survivors club. These qualities and capacities develop and become enhanced as a natural consequence of the KQ karmic healing practises.