Guidance from Eileen Caddy

Every lesson that is learnt and learnt well is never a waste of time

A very important lesson every parent has to learn is to teach their child to be self-reliant and to make their own decisions, even if the child makes mistakes it does not matter, it will learn that way even though it may be the hard way. If a parent spoon-feeds a child making all its decisions for it, that child will never learn to stand on its own feet, will never learn to turn within, but will spend the rest of its life seeking other people's opinions and relying on other people's decisions. Never be afraid to make a mistake but if you do, learn from your mistake and be determined never to make that same mistake again. Everyone makes mistakes or makes a wrong decision sometime or other, so never feel you are the only one, and shrink into a corner with shame. Face your mistake, say you are sorry and really mean it, feel the spirit of forgiveness, learn by it and move on to higher and better things. Never wallow in self-pity and shame or you will be no good to yourself or any one else, and I cannot use you when you are in that state, so change and change quickly. Every lesson that is learnt and learnt well is never a waste of time. It is another step forward on that upward spiritual path and something to be eternally grateful for.

1 August 2014

One of the co-founders of the Findhorn Community, Eileen Caddy, received guidance from the "still, small voice within" and shared it with others in the community for more than 40 years until she passed away in 2006. Today we continue this tradition by printing her guidance - as relevant today as it was when she received it - in the community's weekly newsletter and by sharing it with the wider world by email.