It is wonderful to share what you have learned with others, but quite another thing to manipulate and force your beliefs on others. No one knows the full desires, intent or purpose of another’s life or why they chose to come to Earth in the first place.
Acknowledge that everyone is unique. Each has enough wisdom within one’s self to make choices. Even addicts can pull themselves out at any time. Know that each is living their life to the best of their ability within the beliefs they currently hold. Although it is difficult to watch those you love make choices that will cause them difficulty, let them do just that. You have had your experiences; allow them to do the same.
Quite often, those who insist on giving advice only tell part of their story. How much stronger their stories would be if they shared their disappointments and the fears they were harboring when they made those decisions. Giving advice without sharing the entire picture of the emotions that fueled the experience is similar to giving someone a roadmap that leads to a destination other than the one the person has sights on. It’s a path, but not the one others want to follow.
Generally, giving advice has strings attached. “I’m going to tell you how to live your life. You should listen to me because I am wiser than you. Follow my instructions and your life will be easier because you won’t have to suffer the bad things I did. If you don’t do as I say, then don’t come crying to me when you fail. Do what you want, but I must say good-bye to you.” Although you don’t always say these things when you are giving advice (even though many of us do), these are the implications of your words to the listener.
Sharing knowledge has an entirely different energy surrounding it. The storyteller is simply sharing experiences. There is no judgment, no expectation that another will follow that path and there is no need to give advice. The attitude is, “This is my story, do with the information as you wish.” Others are more likely to listen when someone approaches them with a compassionate heart rather than a sense of “I know what is best for you.”
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