Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc. – Life’s Lessons
As you go through life, stop periodically and ask yourself, “Am I learning life’s lessons?” For most people, life is like a physical cosmic plane workshop, ranging in human experience from great highs to great lows. What you learn or don’t learn from life’s experiences becomes the measure of your life. All experiences are part of a learning process, which translates itself spiritually into bringing forth the perfection of God into human form.
When the concept of reincarnation arises, you must ask what its purpose is. The answer given by most experts is that a soul keeps reincarnating until it gets it right. This means reincarnating until a soul has learned the lessons of human life sufficiently to have gained mastery over the human mind and soul, with such mastery manifesting as a Christ-like consciousness. As you learn through life’s experiences, you should arrive at a sense and understanding of life’s true concerns—a knowing of the real, main priorities in life.
Most people who have truly achieved spiritual self-mastery will say that their relationship to God is the foremost priority in life, with love a close second, and all else falling some distance behind. In the learning process, we gain understanding from the good and the bad. And sometimes that which poses as either “good” or “bad” in the immediate moment actually turns out, over a period of time, to be the opposite.
We learn over time that even in many of the most difficult experiences, there ends up being a silver lining or a spiritually positive reason that will help us with our learning process. We realize that there are two sides to everything as we attempt to discern the significance or meaning of what is happening to us in our lives.
Through all that most of us must go through in this learning, refining, and awakening process, if the lessons of life are truly being learned, we will maintain positivity and optimism, regardless of what is occurring. Each day, as you live your life, remind yourself to achieve and maintain balance. Most importantly, this is a balance between your inner spiritual life and your outward worldly life.
It means taking the time to meditate daily, regardless of how full your worldly schedule may be. It is realizing that you must have a balance of the inner and outer you. This balance is important because it first gives you the intuitive divine guidance necessary to improve your outer life.
At the same time, keeping a balance maintains and strengthens both your mental and spiritual health. Having a total balance includes taking the time for rest, recreation, and proper nutrition, which, if you’ve learned from life’s lessons, is necessary for your overall good health.
As you learn life’s lessons, you understand that your life can be far more satisfying if you learn to keep yourself spiritually centered as you engage in your daily activities. To help remain spiritually centered, take time to meditate on God’s Presence and the contacting of God’s Presence within you. This will train the outer layers or levels of your mind to live your life in constant remembrance that you are ultimately a spiritual being whose soul is eternally one with God’s Universal Mind and Spirit.
By being spiritually centered, you are more likely to be successful in your outer physical life, through having a mind that is trained to keep its mental focus. Remaining spiritually centered also helps in keeping your intuitive faculties open to the flow of consciousness between the innermost God level of your mind and the conscious human level. Keeping spiritually centered also stops you from allowing your attention to be diverted from productive to unproductive activities.
The very wise person learns that it is by the Grace of God that whatever is right in their life is so as a result of the Divine, rather than through their own man-made efforts. As Jesus once said, “It is not I but the Father in me who doeth the works.” And, of course, Jesus continually turned over his personal will to God’s Will, saying, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”
Life continually teaches the most hardened egoist that no matter how much personal will they exert in their life, that good is either achieved or maintained by Grace. To have learned life’s lessons, therefore, is to have learned that the good you experience in life, whether in love, income, good health, or creativity, is all by the Divine Grace of God.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 4: Module 33.
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