What is it about problems that seem impossible to solve, questions that don’t seem to have an answer, obstacles that seem insurmountable, and situations that we think we will never be able to get out of? Everyone knows that these are the things that force us to grow spiritually, but it’s sometimes hard to figure out the mechanism. What is it about these situations that serves as an impetus for our growth and spiritual maturation?
Basically, they all function the same way as resistance or strength training for your physical muscles, on the principle of “use it or lose it.” As Soul, we already have all the qualities necessary to live our lives to the fullest. During our earthly incarnations, we are voluntarily put into a situation where we seem to “forget” that we are whole and perfect beings. Actually, it’s not so much that we forget. It’s that we as Soul have to work through the filtering device of the mind, emotions, ego and physical body, all of which we need in order to interface with the physical world, and none of which we could do without here on earth.
Life here on the physical plane gives us a chance to apply what we already know in very challenging circumstances. Every problem, every conundrum, every obstacle that we encounter requires us to apply one or more of the qualities that we already have to achieve a solution to our problem, an answer to our question, or a way to move forward in spite of an obstacle. It is in the process of using these qualities in service to Life that they become valuable. Think about it. Let’s say you know how to save a person from drowning or how to do the Heimlich maneuver. What good are these skills if you never have to use them? And if they are never used, will you forget how to do them? If you forget, you won’t be able to use them correctly when it counts the most, will you? So, of course, you need to practice. And that’s what life is all about: practicing what we already know so that we will keep our skills honed and ready to use in a moment of need. In the process, we become spiritual giants capable of serving God to our fullest capacity.
Next time you encounter a hard choice, a problem, a question, an obstacle, or an uncomfortable situation, instead of immediately complaining about it, try thinking about which elements of your hidden skill set you will need to use in order to resolve the issue. Think of yourself a s Soul going to a Cosmic Gym for strength training. You can do it. 🙂