Earth Life School
Stephen Covey, the author of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, said that we often at times get stuck in “the thick of thin things”. We lose sight of life’s bigger picture because we are focused on day-to-day tasks and the process of existing. A couple of health related issues that people have shared this year have prompted me to reflect on what you might call the ‘thicker’ things of life.
A few months ago a long-term client of mine faced a serious health challenge; a woman who had done training with me over seven years ago got back in touch and explained that she was now emerging from a three year long serious health crisis; and just this week one of the most positive thinking and outgoing people I know has announced that he too is facing a serious health issue. This got me thinking: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Doubtless you will answer this question based upon your own model of the world. You might see it as God’s will, or chance, or genetics, or even as a result of life choices. There maybe some truth in some, or all of these explanations, and maybe there is no deeper meaning for us to seek. We live in a chaotic world, bad stuff happens, and who says that it should be otherwise anyway?
For someone like me, who believes that we live in a thought responsive world, events like these require deeper answers. Throughout my personal development and spiritual training’s over the years there is a common theme that recurs in situations like this. Simply put it says “Circumstances do not matter, only state of being matters.” One can be facing the most challenging of life situations that anyone could imagine, and the only thing that matters is the mental attitude you have as you face that situation. Now that doesn’t mean that the situation won’t be challenging, or even painful. Nevertheless there are positives to be found if we take the time to look for them. So how do we make sense out of challenging life circumstances?
For me the answer was presented before I even asked the question. Robert Monroe was a pioneer and explorer, one who isn’t very well known today, but is a person who may well, one day, be regarded as a modern Ferdinand Magellan. The locale that Monroe explored was not anywhere on the globe, Monroe was instead an explorer of inner space. Over a period of almost forty years, starting in the late 1950s, Robert Monroe learned how to have out-of-body-experiences. Eventually he was able to gain a sense of control over them which permitted him to explore and map the territory beyond the ‘normal’ human physical senses. What his experiences told him was that human consciousness survives physical death, and that through a series of many incarnations a soul eventually graduates from the Earth Life School. It takes with it the experiences and the learnings in the form of the transformation of its consciousness.
Challenging circumstances in the moment are challenging, measured over the entirety of a life time they are less challenging, measured over a series of many life times and where objective learning and reflection can take place, even less so. I get the sense that sometimes people are going through a challenge not just so that they can learn form the experience, but so that others can too. For me facing a challenge so that others, who are not facing the same depth of challenge, can learn from your experience, is one of the highest forms of service to others that there is.
Imagining the human condition as a school gives life a whole new perspective. For sure this may be a step too far for many people, but today I think that more people are awakening to the idea that they are more than their physical bodies. Which was all that Robert Monroe wanted people to consider.
“It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.” Claude Bernard