STATE OF GRACE

Taking the high road because the view is better is always a path that can lead to a healthier emotional life, according to Austin-based Resonance Repatterning practitioner Mary Schneider, as she shares her expertise on how to create more grace in your own life and in the world around you.

When you think of grace, think of an interestingly complicated concept that is a profoundly inherent part of life. If contemplated, grace provides a particular perspective on daily life that encourages transformation and transcendence…a way to finding our higher selves and that greater value within us. Grace also has the unique characteristic of being both the gift to be given and received at the same time.

Inextricably woven with the concept of faith, grace is paradoxically the thing that leads one to have faith and is also the end result of having faith. Grace gives us the experiences we need in order to learn the lessons that make us strong and vibrant. Grace gives love and love gives grace. It is the path and the end in-and-of-itself at the same time. It’s the simplest concept, yet often tough to practice day to day.

When a person is living a healthy, happy existence, it is said that they are living a life of grace. When something happens in our lives that moves us forward into a higher realm of existence, it is also said this is because of the gift of grace.

To ascertain and comprehend the presence of grace in life, it is necessary to understand that not everything graceful that happens has to be a happy experience. Seemingly “difficult” or “challenging” experiences are other opportunities to see grace working in life. When living a life of grace, one sees that no matter what the circumstances look like, grace is alive and working in daily life. This allows us to experience whatever happens with acceptance and equilibrium.

I have always thought that the difference between the saints and us has to do with how they view what occurs in daily life. Saints see everything as grace and respond to it with gratitude. They recognize that this is a benign world where whatever happens is the highest and best for us in the end. Usually, grace is recognized after a challenging experience has ended, culminating in the ability to contemplate and see what was learned from the challenge. That’s pure grace.

So if you think of how you can achieve more grace, perhaps creating more forgiveness is an option for you. As the poet Alexander Pope wrote: To err is human, to forgive divine. We all make mistakes and forgiveness is one of the most liberating practices we can engage in – for both the forgiver and the forgiven. I think that it is always helpful to remember that grace is a direct result of forgiveness. And the ability to forgive, is again, paradoxically, the direct result of grace.

In my own experience and with my clients, I see grace at work in daily life all the time. Grace provides a way for people to heal, create what their heart’s desire really is and to find success in it – whether it is being a stellar parent or owning your own business.

The more grace is inherent in daily existence, the more grace can be passed on to others so that they can live in it as well. Deciding to live a life dedicated to the promulgation of grace is expansive and contagious. Grace spills over in an endless fountain of abundance from one person to the next and once a person learns how to recognize it, it is seen everywhere in every situation. It becomes a constant meditation of faith and gratitude and creates the stark realization that being alive on this planet is a major gift of grace.