Challenges in our lives are not meaningless suffering. They are not punishment at all. They are a part of our spiritual path. There is a reason for every challenge or experience that you have ever faced.
This is a subject that is hard for humans to understand, yet it can be explained in a simple way.
Most of us have lived more lives than we can even imagine. You have seen, done and been everything. You have been the "good" guy and the "bad" guy. Each one of us chose to be here for a reason, although you just forgot. We are all here to gain wisdom through experiences.
This is why I completely understand many spiritual teachers calling it a "game". We are all playing "roles" or "characters" in the game. There is a valid reason for ALL challenges, although you may not understand them yet.
If you're questioning the challenges that we're currently facing, that's actually simple. I've heard it over and over. Our souls actually stood in line, asking to be here for this experience. Some call it the "Great Awakening", the "Divine Plan" or "The Event". It doesn't matter what you call it, we are all ascending. We are evolving from 3rd dimensional beings, to 5th dimensional beings, while still remaining in our human bodies. No one has ever done or experienced this before.
Very simply put, the old is breaking down so the new can be rebuilt. You could call it a divide between the "darkness" and the "light". This chaos is meant to "wake people up", to SEE the truth and to realize who you really are.
Everyone is on their own individual journey. For those who have already awakened, we are here to be the "balance in the storm". Not to push, not to force, just lovingly assist.
Most challenges were planned before you were even born. There was something that you CHOSE, as a soul, to experience during this lifetime.
There can also be challenges that come from choices that you've made during this lifetime. It could simply be your Higher Self trying to get your attention. Most of us are on track, but we sometimes need a little guidance.
For example, something like losing a job could actually be your Higher Self forcing you to see other options or possibilities.
I was listening to someone having a past life regression. In their previous life they were very lonely. In this life they have a huge, chaotic family that drives them crazy. The purpose for such contrasting experiences is balance. It's that simple.
Karma is also about balance. Many times it's between two souls who agreed to balance out a previous experience together.
Poverty or financial setback could happen for so many reasons. It could possibly be a "lesson" from a past life where you had plenty of money, but you were very greedy, unwilling to share. In this lifetime you chose to learn what it's like to be less fortunate. You could be someone in this life or a past life, who gives too much. Now you need to learn how to receive. This can apply to other things and not just money. You may struggle with money until you KNOW that lack doesn't actually exist. You may believe that money is "BAD" in some way and treat it as an ENEMY, which pushes it away. Maybe you don't feel that you deserve it. There are so many reasons why people don't have money.
Now this may seem like a very strange challenge to talk about, but I'm going to mention it because it proves many points. As a "human", we believe that a miscarriage is devastating and it is. The mother will beat herself up, believing that it's her fault. The father could blame the mother. There is guilt, sorrow and grief. It's understandably a heartbreaking experience for everyone involved.
In truth, a miscarriage is simply a soul that changed it's mind. It decided not to come into this "human" experience because it simply wasn't ready. It was the soul's choice, the soul's free will and it had absolutely nothing to do with anyone else. It really is as simple as that.
Humans complicate everything. We make things our fault when there's a valid reason. Many times, these things have absolutely nothing to do with us at all. It's our "human" perspective getting in the way. There is a reason for every challenge or experience.
Disease is another one. It is not a punishment. Some say that 95% of all disease is caused by trapped emotions. For example, deep anger and resentment are one cause of cancer. Many humans are simply being shown to just "let it go", but they don't realize it.
In reality, death isn't even a bad thing. It's just someone going "home". If it's a child, then it was pre-planned. That soul planned to be here for a certain length of time, for a very specific reason. No one EVER dies by accident. So it's only a challenge for those left behind.
Now this doesn't mean that you shouldn't have any compassion for someone who is suffering, but it does show how we allow many situations to "ruin our lives" when there is a valid explanation.
Also remember, that each one of us made our own choices. We each planned our own journey, so we should never interfere with someone else's PLAN.
When you understand all of this and you realize with 100% certainty, who you really are, then all of these agreements, "contracts" and experiences that you chose as a soul, will begin to disappear. This is the FREEDOM that we're working towards.
Your Soul's Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born
This book explains the life we planned prior to birth. I loved it, but I don't think that it's for everyone. Robert Schwartz was emotionally abused by his mother and he was looking for answers. These are interviews with mediums and channels explaining why some people experience extreme situations.
It covers some very tough subjects like rape, incest, mental illness and suicide, so if you've experienced any of these it may be the perfect book for you. I've read a number of Amazon reviews and it has changed the lives of many people.
According to this book, homelessness, alcoholism, drug addiction and AIDS are all possible pre-birth choices. Some CHOSE to take on these challenges for the experience, yet we often judge them.
Someone also asked how the Universe could allow anyone to suffer with a challenge such as mental illness. The answer is that if the Universe didn't allow our souls to choose a certain experience, then that would be limiting us. The Universe never limits us.
My page on Jesus - Yeshua ben Joseph from some comparisons that I've done.
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