Spiritual Contracts — No sacrifices
There is a popular philosophy among people who explore spirituality that is often discussed by Sylvia Brown and that appears in her writing that describes a spiritual contract that we enter into when we begin our various incarnations. In this contract, we agree to accept and experience whatever happens to us in our lives.
This concept of a spiritual contract becomes very complicated because in a sense it assumes that all events in our lives are predetermined. But belief in predestination can sometimes be a crippling thing if we choose to abdicate our responsibility to make choices in our lives based on the belief that everything is predetermined and therefore powerless to change anything.
The concept of fate or predestination seems to contradict the concept of free will. How can we have both? Our free will is a fundamental belief about our existence, a principle so vital and empowering that it seems impossible to reconcile with the concept of fate.
Without free will, there would be no meaning to our lives, and while many people may think it is true that our lives have no purpose, the majority of people believe that their lives have a purpose, even if they are not sure what their own purpose in life is. life can be. So if we have free will and our lives are purposeful, what happens to the concept of fate?
The concept of fate, destiny or predestination is based on an immature understanding of the nature of reality. Our understanding of space-time and the universe we live in has evolved over time, and it is important to understand that this understanding is still evolving. Time appears only as a linear track moving from the past to the future. This appearance is a limitation of our perceptual and cognitive skills. As our understanding of reality matures, we may begin to understand some of the deeper aspects of spacetime and may discover that our universe is not alone and that our universe actually exists as a member of an infinite set of universes described as parallel universes or alternate realities.
If we think of fate as the result of what happened to us in the past, rather than as a predetermined condition that our lives will inevitably encounter, then we can see that in an infinite number of alternate universes we have an infinite number of fates, all different from each other to some greater or lesser degree. Then the concept of a contract detailing the events of our lives in each incarnation seems unlikely because it would have to include an infinite set of events to encompass every possible outcome of our lives.
This does not mean that there is no contract; instead, it suggests that the contract we enter into must be much simpler to encompass such enormous complexity. The contract remains the same as originally stated; we agree to accept and experience whatever happens to us in our lives. Only the context in which we view this contract has changed; we no longer agree to any specific things that may happen at any given moment in one of our many lives, instead we agree to accept and experience everything, no matter what those experiences are.
We can agree to this without hesitation because that part of us that makes this agreement is eternal and can never be harmed. So we know that regardless of what happens in our various incarnations, we will always exist in a pristine state beyond the reach of any harm that may befall us in our lifetime. After all, no harm can befall us, and all actors, regardless of their roles in the dramas of each of our lives, are our friends and family in the larger sense of the spiritual world from which our incarnations are initiated.
Murder, maiming, and rape are some extreme examples of the types of experiences that can be considered harmful to those who are considered victims, but they only cause harm in a limited sense. The bodies and spirits we have in each incarnation are only a tiny infinitesimal part of our whole infinite being in the context of our life in the spirit world. These horrible things seem harmful only in the limited context of this world, and these various forms of harm seem to have the purpose of imparting a life lesson or balancing our karma.
It is important to remember that the universe is infinite in scope and we ourselves reflect this infinite nature, for in each of our incarnations we are also infinite. For every situation in which we find ourselves in conflict, two or more solutions arise so that each party to the conflict gets what it may need or want. The universe accommodates solutions to our conflicts by cloning itself; in one universe we get our way, while in another universe the side we are in conflict with gets theirs, thus no matter how many different ways the conflict can be resolved, all possible solutions are realized, each in its own alternate reality or parallel universe. Pretty nifty, huh?
Thanks to the infinite nature of reality, all the people who died in 911 are still living their lives in alternate universes and still living with their families and friends. Only an infinitesimal fraction of them accepted the role of “victim” and died in this event in this universe. It may seem difficult for the families and friends of those who died here, but that is only true in the limited context of this universe. In alternate worlds, they still have a loved one with them and their lives go on unmarred by the tragedy we experienced in this world. Friends and family, like the “victims”, have agreed to accept and experience this tragedy and have gone along with it because in the context of their spiritual lives they know it is just a small thing that does not matter to themselves in the larger picture. -the grand scheme of things. They experienced this tragedy in one aspect of one incarnation, but with infinite aspects to each incarnation, they continue to experience their lives in different contexts where the tragedy did not affect them personally and may not even have happened at all.
After all, no one is truly a victim in the sense that everyone has agreed to accept all experiences in their lives, whatever they may be. Legally, in laws confined to this world, certain classes of crimes pertain to certain classes of victims, and many people choose to see themselves as victims of their circumstances rather than take responsibility for their situations to deal with whatever is wrong , and fix it. We can choose to see these people as victims in the context of this world, but their spirits, like our own spirits, are the architects of all their experiences.
And here is the heart of the matter in relation to what we experience in this world. We are truly the creators of all our experiences. Nothing happens to us except those events that we ourselves cause or allow to be caused in our lives. We are in control of all events in our lives and can choose what we experience. So a person who has experienced something that we might consider terrible has chosen that experience and brought it upon himself. They may not be consciously aware that they have made such a choice; their choice may have been an unconscious choice made in a subconscious, unconscious or superconscious part of their minds. Quantum physics has shown that our minds have a direct influence on the quantum events that underlie our physical world. We are in control of all our experiences and must learn how to consciously direct the worldly manifestations of our desires without any inner conflict.
A person beset by inner conflict is unable to manifest a satisfactory world for himself. The consequences of this are that they will have many unsatisfactory, unpleasant, or harmful experiences because their inner conflict distorts their will in ways that fail to serve them as well as they might be served if their will were not hindered from their inner turmoil. The only good thing that can come out of these experiences is that any unsatisfactory experience, if reflected upon, can be linked back to some part within us where there is conflict. By tracing the cause-and-effect relationship between our inner turmoil and the outward manifestations of that turmoil in the world, we can learn where within ourselves we need to heal in order to become happier and healthier and manifest a world that is whole with experiences in harmony with our best hopes and expectations.
By clearing ourselves of inner turmoil and establishing peace in our hearts and minds, we become conscious and conscientious masters of all that we experience.
It is up to us to learn this ourselves. Many people may show us the way, but we are the only ones who can walk our own personal spiritual journeys of self-discovery and self-empowerment, no one else can take our steps for us.
Until then, if we perceive ourselves as victims, we must remember that we are the only ones who can become victims, and that it is our own ignorance and failure to learn our life lessons that make us feel like victims. After all, there are no victims.
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