Some people come to a crossroads in their lives and seek spiritual help in taking the correct direction. For others, a simple crossroads would be a welcome change to the Spaghetti Junction that they may be facing in their life!
A lady I did some spiritual work with said that she didn't just need a signpost to help her find her way along her life-path, so many areas of her life were in crisis at once, she felt she required a SatNav!
No matter how difficult life seems and how much you feel you can't cope with another thing happening in it, your life will be the product of your life plan - the blueprint you wrote before taking incarnation. You may hear this referred to as the spiritual contract, or simply fate, but our life plan shapes our lives and is responsible for all the major events we may experience in it.
...the lessons are hard, no doubt about it...
Our life plan may hold our choice of parents, number of children, choice of life partner or partners and our career. It may direct our hobbies, pets, accidents and illnesses. It may determine where we live and when we will die. It will include any incidents that will enable us to learn the major lesson for the particular incarnation including illness, accident, divorce and so much more.
John Lennon once said, "Life's what happens when we're busy making other plans". Not exactly - life's what happens when you made the plan before you arrived here - and we all do.
'No way', one lady said to me - 'if I wrote this life I seriously need my head examining! Why would I write suffering into my life if I had a choice in it?' This is a sentiment I have heard expressed more than once, but consider a moment, which experiences have had the greatest impact on you as a person - the joyful, happy experiences or the painful, traumatic ones. Which on the whole, do you remember the most. Which have wrought the greatest changes on you? For most I would wager, the answer will be the traumatic or painful ones. These are the experiences from which we learn spiritually. The lessons are hard, no doubt about it, but the spiritual growth they afford us is great.
...how would we recognise dark if we didn't know light?
Remember that when we are writing our life-plan we are pure spirit not in the human form. In the greater scheme of our entire lives, the coming incarnation is only a very minute percentage, and so the growth for our spirit is more important to us than the suffering we will encounter in an individual life.
As spirits, we undertake incarnations to progress ourselves along our spiritual journey. The purpose of this journey is to fully understand by experience, the meaning of 'unconditional love'. This is not love in the romantic sense, although that forms a part of it, but something much deeper and the subject of another article.
In all things, to fully understand something one must also have an understanding of its opposite. How would we recognise dark if we didn't know light? How would we relate to hot if we hadn't got cold to contrast it to? So it is with our spirit learning about unconditional love. To experience love of any type one must also experience events where the lack or misuse of love provides us with our yardstick against which to measure the positive experiences.
Think for a moment of childbirth - gentlemen, you will have to take my word for it that no matter how difficult the pregnancy and birth may be, the joy of holding one's baby wipes all of that away in an instant for most females. So it is for the spirit on return to the spirit dimension following incarnation. The joy of being once again in our natural form and of having achieved growth for our spirit wipes away all suffering from the life just lived. In both cases the pain is most certainly worth the gain!
...as human beings we have 'free will choice'...
Just to make things more interesting, as human beings we have 'free will choice'. No matter what is written in our plan, we can make choices of our own freewill that go against that planning. You may associate with the situation when you have had a 'gut feeling' to do, or not to do something. You may have overridden the feeling and taken the opposite action, only to regret it later and wish you had 'listened to yourself'. This can be a recognition of either our spirit guide trying to direct us, or at a deep subconscious level, our own recognition of our life-plan.
If our own freewill gets in the way of a really important part of our life-plan, our guide may well arrange for the same opportunity to come around again. For instance, one lady I worked with was due to go to a dinner party at which, she later realised, she would have been sitting next to her future partner. She really didn't want to go as she was not overly keen on the hostess, and despite her inner voice trying to tell her otherwise, pleaded an imaginary illness and cried off. Clearly this was a mistake for her eventual life-plan, as later , she was invited to dinner at a different home to make up the numbers due to one guest dropping out because of illness. She found herself sitting next to the man who was her future partner, the same man she should have been next to at the previous dinner engagement. Obviously this was too important a meeting for her freewill to mess it up and her guide arranged a 're-match'!
...go 'with the flow'...
Finally, consider the spirit that agrees as part of its life-plan to suffer a situation for the growth, not of its own spirit, but of another in its soul group. This accounts for perhaps, the loved one who suffers a protracted illness or maybe takes their own life. I have been asked so many times, where the spiritual growth in that could be. There may well be some in it, but their suffering or loss provides a whole host of emotions for us to experience and for our spirit to grow. They may have unselfishly agreed to do this for us without gain for themselves, as we may well do for them in a future life.
So, next time you recognise that inner voice telling you what course of action to take, do try and listen - when you spot 'synchronicity' or meaningful coincidence, when that book falls off a shelf at your feet and opens at a page that just happens to have meaning to you, or you pick up a newspaper in a café that the previous customer has left behind and find it open on an article that shapes your actions - just recognise your life-plan and spirit guide at work and 'go with the flow'. You may find your life less like Spaghetti Junction and more like a country crossroads in future.