One of the hardest concepts for many of us to grasp is the idea that in this incarnation we volunteered for the things that happen in our life. This is particularly hard to swallow for people who face unbelievable suffering and pain of any kind.
“Why would I choose this?” “Why would anyone choose this?”
Those are good questions. The concept of soul volunteerism or soul choice is one I’m just now getting a hold of in my studies of all things spiritual. So when I read a piece that presents challenges in our lives in a manner that goes beyond karma, it gave me food for thought.
Many people believe it’s a random universe and the things that happen to us are merely “luck of the draw.” Including bad luck. “Just the way the cookie crumbles,” in effect. But I’ve come to see it differently.
Is it chance? No.
What happens to us can go beyond just chance or an accident, and as the piece I’m about to link to says, there is always the opportunity to get meaning out of what happens to us. The meaning may also be for others. Two perfect examples in my own life were the long illnesses of my mother and a very best friend. These became opportunities for me to step up in a big way, in a selfless way, and give of myself to them. They were opportunities for my own soul growth. I can’t speak to what purpose their illnesses served for them, but I know what they served for me.
Here’s a piece called Touching Grace, from Peter Woodbury’s blog. (Just click the first part of that sentence if you can’t see the color change for the link.) I first met Peter Woodbury when he presented at an afterlife conference I attended last year. He’s a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist trained at Harvard and Boston University with a private practice in Virginia Beach. Spirituality and faith are tools for transformation, he believes, and that’s a point of view that I’ve come to subscribe to, as well. He’s teaching the three-course master’s level certificate program in Integrated Imagery that I’m taking through the online college Atlantic University. It’s affiliated with the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach and so is Peter. He also trained in hypnotherapy and past life regression techniques with Brian Weiss, MD and several other big names in that field.
Who is Edgar Cayce?
The piece refers to Edgar Cayce. I knew very little about him before my visit to the A.R.E. last year but I’ve become fascinated with this man, a devout Christian who used his special psychic powers to help others, back in a day when such things were considered almost witchcraft. I added a day to my residency in Virginia Beach this month so I could spend it in the amazing library of his readings. I’m sure I’ll write more about him here in the future but you can easily do an internet search to lean a little about him.
One more thing, that I see as a companion to Peter’s essay. Years ago, I heard a song called What if She’s an Angel. It talks about the people in need we run into, and it had a huge impact on me. In fact, it taught me that angels are all around us if we only look and they present opportunities for our own soul’s growth:
What if she’s an angel/ sent here from heaven / and she’s making certain that you’re doing your best / to take the time to love one another / brother, are you going to pass the test.
Click this to hear it.
So please, come back here and tell me what you think. As usual, all viewpoints are welcome here as long as they are presented with courtesy. Thank you!