Let me start off by saying, this is not an invitation for debate. Just a lazy afternoon musing…
For me, in believing that we live multiple lives, like most religions in this world, things just fall into place. The age-old question, “What is the purpose of life”, becomes clearer. Think about it for just a minute…. If you are living in a place, let’s call it, Heaven, where everything is always amazing and awesome, and nothing ever goes wrong, there is no sadness, no crime, no disappointment, no death. It’s 24/7 (although there is no time, so…) happy, happy, happy! Joy, joy, joy! Awesome, awesome, awesome! After, let’s say, a few eons of that life, don’t you think your soul might get a bit restless?! You might appreciate an adventure or two. You might think about what experiences you could have in life if you didn’t know for sure that everything would end up just fine in the end. You might wonder about a chance to explore if you had a physical body and how to experience in ways that a soul without physical form cannot.
So, maybe you heard talk around the water cooler about some souls who embarked on a great adventure…. To a place called Earth. Maybe you decide to plan an adventure too and have a life. Maybe you decide where you want to be born and what type of parents you will have. You consider what challenges you’ll face with the type of body you choose. Maybe you decide ahead of time what you will want to play with in this lifetime. Maybe you think it would be fun to go make some big changes somewhere and help lots of people along the way. Or, maybe you want to help just one person on their journey called life, but you don’t want anyone to know what you’re doing because you don’t want to cause a big ruckus. Or, maybe you want to stir things up! So, you go to your local life agent (kinda like a travel agent) and you plan, and you plan, and you go have an adventure!
Of course, once you’re deep into the adventure, you forget that you wanted this. You forget that everything will turn out fine in the end. You forget that after your adventure called life, you will go back to where you came from, the place you call Heaven in this life on Earth. You forget that you can’t get anything wrong in your lifetime no matter what you do, because everything is an adventure, and you are always going to be fine. Your body won’t survive the adventure, but you knew that going into this life. Your body is just the thing you use to take your adventure, and once you’re done, you don’t need it anyway.
So, you find yourself struggling with life. Life is so hard! You get so worried about every little thing. You get caught up with other people’s plans and lives, and you forget what you want to do. Or sometimes you listen to them, and they say you shouldn’t be doing this or that. There are all these rules and laws and they are different depending on where you live. Then there are also the unwritten rules, sometimes called customs, or moral codes, that you have to deal with. Those are different depending on where you live too. You find yourself at odds with what you want to do and what you feel like you should do. One good thing is that the older you get, the more you seem to get things figured out. But, then you worry about all that wasted time if you had only known then (when you were younger) what you have learned now… How different your life would have been!
You spend your lifetime having one adventure after another, some happy, some sad. Before you know it, your time on this Earth is up, and you feel like you were just getting started! So, you go back to where you came from, and after a much-needed respite, you head back over to the life agent, and you start planning again. There is so much fun to be had, and some of it can only come from being able to see the light through the darkness. To feel the joy after a struggle. Some experiences can only happen with a physical form.
So after much consultation, and planning, you start all over again. This time will be different, you are sure. You find yourself with a bright light… There is so much noise here…. what’s all that crying?!!! Wait… That’s you!! Well, at least you’re going to remember your purpose for living this time around… Now, what was it again??