Wednesday, August 12, 2009

On a Journey to Learn

“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you're alive, it isn't.” ~ Richard Bach

I have always believed that our souls come to Earth to learn certain lessons.

In the last couple of decades there has been a tremendous amount of speculation over “life contracts” – do we choose our lives, our parents, who we are? Do we pick the type of body we will inhabit and the socio-cultural circumstances we are born into?

Many struggle understanding why certain things happen; why children get sick and die, why we find ourselves stuck in certain predicaments – how could we possibly have chosen any of those trials?

Indeed it is hard to accept that any decision on our part is partly responsible for our falls, and it’s even harder to accept that a loving God could allow some of senseless suffering we and others go through, but if one can momentarily entertain the thought that life contracts are a possibility, the whole concept becomes suddenly easier to grasp.

We don’t choose to be sick, to be poor or abused, and no god is evil enough to bestow those tragedies upon us. However, since certain life circumstances can facilitate learning a specific lesson better than others, it only makes sense that our soul stipulates an earthly contract based on what still needs to be learned. Once the choice of lesson is made, Universe arranges our stay and “books” us on a trip filled with unique experiences tailored exclusively for our learning. We state the soul need, and Universe takes care of the details of the journey.

Every situation is as different as are the lessons that must be learned, and because of it, no generalization can possibly be made.

It’s also important to note that the mission of a soul may simply be that of supporting another soul – a sick child might only stay for a short while to teach parents the meaning of true love and the importance of living day by day; living in a crippled body might teach someone to accept their true-selves; poverty might teach someone how to be humble.

The possibilities are too numerous to list, but what is truly interesting in some cases, is that if one is able to identify a lesson through the patterns, a new route can be mapped to reach destination minus part of the suffering.

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