Do you ever look at someone
else and wish you were them? Maybe they're more beautiful.
Maybe they have more money. Maybe they exercise more
power. Do you ever look at someone else and breathe
a sigh of relief that you aren't them? Maybe they
seem a bit duller. Maybe they're fat or ugly. Maybe
they're just mean spirited.
Why are they the way they
Why are you the way you are?
Why are each of us in our
own current circumstances? Is it luck? Fate? Punishment?
If you accept the premise
that the earth is a giant school-house, then our individual
life circumstances are the best possible training
ground for the particular lessons we stand in need
of at this stage of our existence. The most important
thing for us to do is to step back and look at our
lives, discover what lessons we need to learn, and
then go to work on them. I've found the best way to
do this is to contemplate, or meditate. Read good
books. Find a quiet spot to think about their meaning,
and the purpose of your life. Do some research. You'll
find a method that works for you, if you really desire
it. The answers will come.
Some people are so caught
up in their day-to-day existence, they never look
at the big picture and take the time to grow. It's
easy to get caught up in work, or soap-operas, or
video games, or 1001 other distractions. Before you
know it, your life is over, and you may have just
slept through class. Chances are, if you're reading
this message, you aren't one of these people. You
are searching for meaning. Here's what I believe the
meaning of life is:
At some point prior to coming
to Earth, you freely chose to be born into your present
circumstances, knowing what lessons you needed to
learn. The challenge now is to get in touch with your
spiritual self and take advantage of your situation
to learn and grow as much as possible. The obstacles,
the pain, the suffering you've endured (and may face
in the future) were all meant to teach you about love,
determination, and courage. This life is designed
as a personal tutorial to increase your spiritual
understanding and awareness.
We're all on a path toward
becoming one with God. We're all at different points
along the path. In fact, there isn't just one path,
there are an infinite number. As we gain understanding,
empathy, compassion and the capacity to love, we grow
closer to God. We make progress along our path. It's
an individual journey, yet we're meant to help others
along the way. The interaction with other souls, other
works in progress, is the main feature of our school-house.
We need to demonstrate our
love and patience in the way we deal with others along
the way. They're working toward oneness, just as you
are. They may be conscious of it, or oblivious. They
may be kinder than us, they may be hard-hearted. They
may be making the most of their time here, or wasting
it. Either way we need to treat them with kindness.
I think we're back to the
simple things here, the golden rule. We should treat
all others with respect. The way we want to be treated.
No matter their faith, political party, nationality,
or skin-color. Some may be further along the path
than us…they shouldn't be envied. Others may be well
behind us…they shouldn't be ridiculed. We're neither
better nor worse than they are…we're just in different
circumstances...different places along the journey.
At some point we'll be held
accountable for our actions here. This isn't some
final judgement, where souls are condemned to everlasting
hell-fire. We'll actively participate in this life-review.
We'll be our own harshest critics. The way we handled
things here will determine our future circumstances.
I'm quite certain during this life-review it won't
matter how much money we had, how many employees we
had, how many advanced degrees we had, how beautiful
we were. The material things just won't matter.
What seems so real to us now
is just a temporary illusion. How we develop our soul
is what's important. It's what we take with us. It's
what's real. I hope we can all stay in touch with
this spiritual reality, and make the most of our opportunities