Have you ever wondered why you exist – in this lifetime, under these circumstances? Why were you born into this family and not another? Is there a greater purpose to your life? The answers lie in understanding your soul’s role in living this life and many others.
What is the Soul?
There are a few meanings for the word Soul, but we are focusing on that part of you called your higher consciousness or your spirit, the celestial energy that imbues your body and gives you unique desires and a destiny.
Destiny comes from the Middle English word, destine, which means to determine beforehand. It implies that there is a specific destination intended – a purpose, if you will. Your soul inhabits this body because there are lessons it must learn in this lifetime in order for it to evolve to the next level on the Scale of Souls. If it fails to achieve the learning within this lifetime, the lesson will continue in the next lifetime and in every subsequent life until the Soul has learnt its lesson.
The Soul’s Purpose
The Soul’s ultimate purpose is to return to God and become part of the whole – the one unified consciousness from which everything came. But before it can do so, it must pass through a series of lessons because it has forgotten who or what it truly is. As a soul passes through more lifetimes and experiences, it matures and begins to understand itself and develops the qualities that are necessary for it to rejoin the whole.
Why It All Began
Now you may begin to ask the question, “Why is there a need for such a dynamic system of evolving souls to their highest level? Why does it exist?” To answer this, I am going to tell you a story. A story about how the universe began…
Billions of years ago, there lived only one being – God. He had no form or shape; no components and no parts. He was all there is; there was nothing else. No space, no stars, no planets… nothing. He felt himself to have great potential, but did not know how or in what way. There was nothing he could compare himself to, there was no relativity. For how would one know that they were pretty if there were no ugly? How would one know what is short if there were no tall? All knowledge is relative – it has to be considered in comparison with something else – without relativity, there can be no true knowing.
So God decided that since there was nothing to compare himself to on the outside, he would split himself up and see what is on the inside. His goal was self-discovery; to know himself. And thus occurred what we theorize today to be The Big Bang: infinite mass and density exploding across all directions, creating space and the known universe. As the mass scattered, so did the Soul of God. You are part of that mass, and therefore part of God’s Soul.
Who You Really Are
You are more a soul than a body. You have lived more lives than just this one. And there will be many more to come. Your life is riddled with lessons, major and minor. They come in the form of obstacles and challenges. Sometimes you will swiftly overcome them. At other times, suffering will be your greatest teacher. Whether you overcome an obstacle or suffer because of it, the ultimate purpose is growth and learning. Once you have mastered the lesson, the obstacle is no longer necessary and will disappear.
Why You Are Here
You are here to experience the creation of self. That is, to freely choose who and what you want to be, and then to experience that vividly through your senses, so that you may truly know it in your soul.
Life gives us the opportunity to create whatever we wish, limited only by the natural laws of the universe. You can create pain and suffering; you can create joy and elation. Both help you to experience your whole self, in its entire multi-faceted, multi-dimensional nature. Good and Bad, Right and Wrong. What’s more important is which do you want to experience more of? Which do you seek to create in this lifetime to facilitate your soul’s understanding of itself? This free choice, this ability to create, is the answer to the age old question: What is the purpose of life?
And you know the answer is… “You choose it for yourself.”
Journey to Become One
Your soul is on a journey to become one with God. But there is a problem, just like when you shatter a gigantic fishbowl into a million pieces… no piece comes out exactly the same. Each soul has become a uniquely shaped piece of a gigantic puzzle, with its own exact place and location. To attempt to ‘glue’ back the pieces would be an incredibly arduous task, but there is a better way. Reshape each individual piece into a standard shape that forms a basic building block for the fishbowl (like Lego blocks). Use these building blocks to construct the fishbowl whenever a piece is finished being reshaped. The exact position does not matter any more, each piece has developed the qualities for it to join and be one with the whole.
You are like that little piece of glass, being reshaped and polished by the infinitely patient universe. It could take a few centuries or it might take a few millennia. The cultivation of spirit requires your mind to be centered and steady, giving you the inner harmony and patience to connect with God.