Not long ago, I wrote about giving yourself the benefit of the doubt to lift your own energy and health. We know from the Akashic Records (and life!) giving others the benefit of the doubt can also dramatically impact how you and other people feel. The saying “the arrow you shoot passes through you first” applies here. Feeling judgmental, unforgiving, or angry impacts you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Giving the benefit of the doubt allows you to take a breath before spiraling into what may or may not be true. This golden pause, particularly if you can dwell in its lighter energy, contributes to your health and well-being.
Everyone constantly transmits and receives energetic information, consciously or otherwise. Notice how it feels to experience others’ negative assumptions, even when they don’t pertain to you personally. Consider what energy you want to share with the world. Remember what you send often gets returned to you. Every positive shift, even quietly within yourself, contributes to global well-being.
Assuming the worst about people generally doesn’t improve the situation. We know everyone does their best in the moment and most people notice when their “best” falls short, so adding the burden of external disapproval, whether voiced or kept quiet, doesn’t help in most cases. While setting boundaries and taking appropriate care of yourself always makes sense, you can also have a surprisingly big impact making generous assumptions about what other messy humans who, despite their best efforts, must often course correct. Giving them the benefit of the doubt broadens your internal permission to direct compassion toward yourself as well.
What happens when you give others the benefit of the doubt? Does it feel liberating or like a “should?”