Dear Cathy,

You said:
"Out of respect for the sovereignty of others, it's important for me to respect the free-will of others."

I have realized that too in respect to how I treat my children. It ties in with what Etta and Open were discussing (indirectly) earlier, the value of painful experience. As mothers we are wired to protect our children and it is so easy to become lost in this role. We may end up protecting them from the very experience that they created for themselves to learn (happened to me). Going even further, perhaps even the beings with a nefarious purpose play an important role in our evolution, by bringing to reality what we need to experience. It is up to us, what we do with the experience though.

Hugs from Calgary