Daily Om December 14, 2014

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December 14,2014

Allowing Others to Walk Their Paths

Observing Evolution

by Madisyn Taylor

Everyone is entitled to seek out their own path leading from the darkness into the

Watching a loved one or a peer traverse a path
littered with stumbling blocks can be immensely
painful. We instinctively want to guide them toward
a safer track and share with them the wisdom we
have acquired through experience. Yet all human
beings have the right to carve their own paths
without being unduly influenced by outside
interference. To deny them that right is to deny
them enlightenment, as true insight cannot be
conveyed in lectures. Rather, each individual must
earn independence and illumination by making
decisions and reflecting upon the consequences of
each choice. In allowing others to walk their paths
freely, you honor their right to express their
humanity in whatever way they see fit. Though you
may not agree with or identify with their choices,
understand that each person must learn in their
own way and at their own pace.

The events and circumstances that shape our lives
are unique because each of us is unique. What
touches one person deeply may do nothing more
than irritate or confound another. Therefore, each
of us is drawn to different paths—the paths that will
have the most profound effects on our personal
evolution. If you feel compelled to intervene when
watching another human being make their way
slowly and painfully down a difficult path, try to
empathize with their need to grow autonomous and
make their own way in the world. Should this
person ask for your aid, give it freely. You can even
tell them about your path or offer advice in a
conscious loving way. Otherwise, give them the
space they need to make their own mistakes, to
enjoy the fruits of their labors, to revel in their
triumphs, and to discover their own truths.

The temptation to direct the paths of others is a
creature of many origins. Overactive egos can
convince us that ours is the one true path or
awaken a craving for control within us. But each
person is entitled to seek out their path leading
from the darkness into the light. When we celebrate
those paths and encourage the people navigating
them, we not only enjoy the privilege of watching
others grow—we also reinforce our dedication to
diversity, independence, and individuality.

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