We Have a Choice

The other day I received this email from a former student and I’d like to blog about it because I get many similar emails wondering how we’re supposed to trust or live in the chaos of this world.

“I felt like this blog was written for me. Yet it gives no comfort for me even though I know you mean well. The good in the world is losing. Less than 200 rich people at the very top have control, the rest of us do not. Climate change and ocean acidification now has an inertia beyond changing. What good or what god would have let the few decide for the many? Even on a small scale I see corruption win over good. Even when good wins, it is like a holding space not a true victory. The all-everything god would have to enjoy suffering to allow this to happen. How can a compassionate person live in these times?”

Many people ask me how God can allow this corruption to go and just like a parent who has to let their children make their mistakes in order to grow, that’s what God does for us. We’ve created the mess that we’re in and God isn’t going to just step in and make it all better. We have free will and this is where our free will has brought us to. We need to learn from all the mistakes we’ve made and clean the planet up. Make it a wonderful place to live rather than the fearful place that it’s become.

One of my biggest complaints about Christianity is that they don’t teach about karma. Jesus taught us the Golden Rule which is to do unto others as we want others to do unto us but few seem to take that too serious.
Our souls come to Earth to advance in their consciousness. We do this by going through as many experiences as possible. It’s definitely a challenge to live in these times with compassion but that’s exactly what we are here to do. Embrace the challenges, learn compassion and live in a state of grace.

Yes there’s climate change and terrorists and cancer and children dying and taxes and mis-trust in the government. There’s horrible weather, car accidents, tornado’s, animal cruelty and bill collectors. On a gloomy day this planet can seem like it totally sucks and appear as if there is no one at the helm except for those 200 rich people at the top. We can wake up everyday and feel no hope at all. Throw in the towel and say fuck it.

OR we can start paying attention to all the positivity that doesn’t make the nightly news. Pay attention to the loving people out there in the world. To the people full of hope, faith and trust that there is a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Notice the people that smile at strangers, notice the people that do care. Every morning when we get out of bed, we have a choice. Am I going to focus on all the negativity on this planet which would be so easy to do OR are am I going to be one of those people making lemonade out of lemons. WE REALLY DO HAVE THAT CHOICE EVERYDAY. Doom and gloom or faith and trust that there’s a bigger plan and that there are lots of wonderful people out there, rich and poor who are making a difference.

If you are someone who is having a tough time believing in the goodness of life right now, my first suggestion is to stop watching the news or reading the paper. If something really significant happens that will alter the course of your life, you’ll definitely hear about it. Second, get going on your spiritual path. Read positive books. Books that will encourage you to find your inner guidance. Books that will help shift your consciousness from negativity to positivity. (I don’t think there is such a word as positivity, so I’m creating one). Be part of the solution. Take on the challenge of believing in the goodness of life.

Notice where you put your attention and energy everyday and if it’s always towards the negative, CHANGE IT. God’s not going to come and just change it for you. That’s what you’re here to do is change it yourself.
Yes, it’s a challenge to be here………………….
But we have free will and we can choose each day what we are going to focus on

Echo Bodine

Echo Bodine first discovered she had psychic abilities at the age of 17. Over the years she has written many books, hosted TV and radio shows, worked as an intuitive teacher and ghostbuster and continues to help people world-wide to open to their own intuitive capacities. Read More and follow Echo on Facebook and Twitter


  1. odessadreams15 on February 23, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Amen, dear Echo. Thank you, beautiful soul, for this very wise reminder.
    God bless…
    ~ Irina

  2. Marie on February 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Thank you, Echo. Well said and true to the point!!

  3. Kristin on February 24, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Well Said.

    I do trades with another healer, readings for massage and readings for readings. I she was plugged into the media. The phone, it shows you such wonderful interesting tidbits, but … You’re plugged in. Good news doesn’t report well. If you watch the evening news they may have 1 in 10, and not even that where something is reported that is GOOD news. In the first burst of news, it’s Terrorist this, Shooting That, Pandemic, World ending, Ahhh! Disconnect … put that ticker somewhere else, minimize it if you can’t get ride of it on your phone.

    If you see something bad, send healing energy to all those involved. If you see something World involved send healing energy, positive thoughts. Look for World Prayer, Reiki, Energy groups. There is a Reiki energy group that does an Weekly or Monthly (not sure which) time to send out Reiki energy, sometimes there’s a theme, sometimes not. There’s a website called Good News Network. Which gathers Good News. It helps believe.

    The World will be there when you walk out that door, but it’s your choice how you see it.

  4. karen hubbard on February 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you Echo for your lovely message….If we all could just do something for others every day, no matter how small, it would all add up and I believe we no longer would be able to see so much bad stuff ! There would be way too much bright light ! Peace to everyone…. Karen Hubbard.

  5. Victor on February 25, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    You have expressed much in this item – and I must agree that few seem to have the reins in all things – – We all look to governments to take care of the people under its jurisdiction – however as mentioned there is much corruption. After WW2 the United Nations was formed so that never again would there be atrocities as during that time. look at the world now more atrocities in the last few years and what have our chosen reps in UN done – collect fat paycheques and sat talking for a lot of nonsense – the UN has no guts and teethe to speak of – it is now an “old Boys” club – 190 Plus nations and they do not seem to agree so that anything constructive being done. I remember the young Canadian girl addressing them some time back – she told them you are to make my world good so I may grow up and be happy and safe – they applauded her – and have done nothing since – Love to see her back there to address them again – in a very scathing manner- then we’ll see who applauds – only the hypocrites. If the UN had any gumption they could get forces from every nation and wipe out all the evil people that can slaughter innocents in the name of some God. Yes I have a faith and it jives with every other Faith – there is only ONE GOD – named differently because of the languages in so many cultures.

  6. Shelbi Setchell on February 26, 2015 at 7:24 am

    On mornings that my son would rather not get out of bed and go to school, I tell him to remember he has a choice each day how it is going to be. He can choose to be grumpy and think everything is going against him or not his way, or he can choose to be happy that he is awake, alive, not in pain. Look at his day what can you look forward to today. You never know who you may meet, what new experience you may have that may better your life or another’s. Each day and sometimes it goes down to each minute we make a choice how our life will go. Live in action, not reaction, you are in control.

  7. janine on February 26, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you, Echo, for starting this conversation and all others for the affirmation of your advice.
    Both Will Durant and Abraham Lincoln, in the words they shared, ponted out that we make the way we are perceived by others as well as how we perceive those others.
    The golden rule is the succinct version of Karma; Know to many as “what goes round, comes round”.
    We choose our perceptions by living consciously, aiming for the greatest good in the moment, in the situation. You definitely can make a difference in the moment with how you perceive and respond, so look for the affirmation, the growth, and what spirit wants you to gain from the surroundings.

  8. Mara Edwards on April 3, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Whoa! This particular post (We Have a Choice Feb. 23) was AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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