Challenges in our lives are not meaningless suffering. They are not punishment. They are not bad luck. They are a part of our spiritual path. There is a purpose for every challenge that you've ever faced.
This is a subject that is hard for humans to understand, yet it can be explained in a simple way.
You have lived more lives than you can imagine. You have seen, done and been everything. You have been the good guy and the bad guy. Your soul never dies. Believe me, I've had enough weird experiences to KNOW, that as truth. Each one of us chose to be here for a reason, in order to gain wisdom.
This part isn't really necessary to understand, but I find it interesting. We each have a spirit family. Your family can literally have hundreds of beings in it. You have spent many lifetimes together, playing different roles for each other. This is why we often connect immediately with certain people and feel a bond. Yet, you are not restricted to your own spirit family, when making choices. Your spirit family may also be different than your sister's or brother's family. Having said all of that, before you were born, you chose certain beings to play certain roles in your life. You made the choices and there was a reason.
This is why I completely understand higher dimensional beings calling it a "game". We are all playing "roles" or "characters" in the game. We can't blame anyone for anything. There is a valid reason for ALL challenges, although you may not understand it yet. In many cases, it's a karma thing.
Humans believe that karma is a "what goes around comes around" type of thing. Actually it's more about creating a certain experience, in order to gain the wisdom from it.
I recently heard that when you finally realize, with 100% certainty, who you really are, then all karma, soul contracts, vows and agreements will begin to disappear. YOU are the creator of your own reality.
So some of the tough challenges were actually planned before you were even born because there was something that you chose to work on. Other challenges may be something that came from a choice that you made during this lifetime. In all cases, you are being SHOWN something. This is why you're here. This is where you have to ask, "What is this showing me?" "What do I need to change?"
One example is that many souls in this current lifetime, have chosen to live in dysfunctional families. In choosing that, their hope might be to learn their own strengths. To learn self love and to realize how powerful they really are.
Poverty or financial setback could happen for so many reasons. You may have been someone in a past life who was unwilling to share your wealth or it can also be the complete opposite. You may need to learn how to receive. You may struggle with money until you know that lack does not exist. You may believe that money is "bad" in some way. Maybe you don't feel that you deserve it. Until you change those beliefs, you will continue to have financial setbacks.
Now this may seem like a very odd or harsh 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. The mother will beat herself up, believing that it's her fault. The father may blame the mother. There is guilt, sorrow and grief. It's understandably a heartbreaking experience for everyone.
But....in truth, a miscarriage is simply a soul that changed it's mind. It decided not to go through with it's "human" experience for one reason or another. It was the soul's choice, the soul's free will and it had absolutely nothing to do with anyone else. It's really as simple as that.
This is why I mentioned it. It shows how humans complicate everything, when things are actually very simple. It shows how we make things our fault when there is actually a valid reason. Many times, it has nothing to do with us at all. It's our "human" perspective getting in the way. There is a reason for everything.
Disease is another one. Some say that 95% is caused by trapped emotions. No one is being punished, they are only being shown. For example, trapped anger and resentment are one cause of cancer.
In reality, death isn't even a bad thing. It's just someone going "home". If it's a child, then it was likely pre-planned. The soul planned to be here for a certain amount of time.
Have you ever wondered why one person may "die", while the person standing next to them lives? Because it wasn't meant to be. There are no accidents, no mistakes. It's not easy for the human mind to comprehend, but it's that simple.
The very first lesson in "A Course In Miracles" says that "Nothing means anything". No one is being punished and nothing "bad" ever happens to you.
Now this doesn't mean that you shouldn't have any compassion for someone who is suffering, but it does show how we take things too literally. How we allow situations to "ruin our lives" when there is an explanation.
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.
Another point that this book makes is that homelessness, alcoholism, drug addiction and AIDS are all possible pre-birth choices, that many may judge. Some of us chose to take on these challenges for the experience.
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 soul to choose a certain experience, then that would be limiting us. The Universe never limits us.
My page on Jesus - Jeshua ben Joseph from some studies that I've done.
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