God/Source And Planning Your Life
Maybe you got cancer when you were only 34. Maybe your husband died in Afghanistan, leaving you with 2 small children to raise by yourself. Maybe your house was destroyed by a tornado, hurricane, or other natural disaster. Or, maybe you lost your job and had to move back in with your parents.
And what do ignorant people usually say?
“Well I guess that was meant to happen.”
“It was God’s will.”
“There’s a reason for everything. We just don’t know what it is yet.”
“I’m sure God has a plan.”
Well, this is just ridiculous. It's a copout reply from people who simply don't know any better, or are regurgitating what they have been told ... or they just don't know what else to say.
First of all, before we go further, let me share with you why I use to word "ignorant." By definition, according to the general consensus of multiple dictionaries, ignorant means:
"without knowledge of, unaware of, unconscious of, oblivious to, incognizant of, unfamiliar with, unacquainted with, uninformed about, ill-informed about, unenlightened about, unconversant with, inexperienced in/with, naive about ..."
God/Source's only plan is that you come here, play, enjoy your life, and then go home when you’re done playing. That's it in a nutshell. It really isn't that complicated.
There is no "supposed to happen." There is no "divine plan." There is no "destiny or fate." Everything that happens to you while you are incarnated in this life is a result of cause and effect (karma - meaning "doing"). So, whatever you experience, is your doing. Of course, we are also subject to other people's "doings" as well.
So you may say ... “What about that tornado? I didn’t cause that!” Well, you bought a house in a place that has tornados. Don’t blame God or the weather when one appears. These are natures fury and part of the ongoing expansion and development of the planet and universe.
"What about that volcano that wiped out the entire town beneath it?" Stop building and rebuilding towns and cities at the base of a volcano.
"What about the hurricanes in Florida?" There will always be hurricanes in Florida. During the season, it's like a bowling alley coming in from the African Continent. You know it's going to strike but what do we do? We build more coastal homes and condos and snub our nose at Nature.
“What about cancer? That’s not very much fun. How does that qualify as ‘playing’?” Our bodies are subject to toxic overload. We all have cancer cells active in our system. The body does it's best to keep them in check. But, we abuse our bodies, don't we? Sometimes, the cancer cells regenerate faster than the attack cells can destroy them. Sometimes you have to leave the playground before you want to. Ultimately, if the good cells cannot overpower the bad cells, the organism is destroyed. Kind of like a do over ... or when you you're writing a story and you've gone nowhere you just tear it up and start over.
It is said that our guides make stuff happen to us to teach us, nudge us, and move us. You may ask: "Isn’t that a plan?” No, that’s an intention ... an attempt to help you navigate the maze of cause and effect. You don’t have to be taught, nudged or moved if you don’t want to be. It’s a suggestion based on what you desire in your life. It's your Higher-Self and that still small voice within that is trying to give you intuitive guidance while your screaming ego demands it's way.
Some people believe there is a reason that bad things happened. That it helps soften the pain of loss to believe it happened for a reason. No, there was no reason ... only cause and effect. God/Source wasn’t standing behind the green curtain saying, “let's give Mike a heart attack tomorrow at 3:12am.” It doesn't work this way.
That being said, it doesn’t mean you can’t attribute a reason to the bad thing that happened to you. There’s nothing wrong with turning lemons into lemonade. There’s nothing wrong with using your experience to help others avoid it. We do learn through ALL of our experiences ... good and bad. The trick is to retain the teaching, and not have to do a re-take (mis-take).
But you need to understand that once you’re here in this lower dimension of matter, you are subject to the effects of your actions, the actions of others, the weather, circumstances and just plain generic causality.
The bee didn’t sting you because it was part of the Divine plan of God/Source. That tree didn’t fall on your car because God wanted it to. Your boyfriend didn’t dump you because God has another guy waiting for you. All of those things happened because they were results of actions you set in motion with your own free will. You must understand and take responsibility for having to work within a set of immutable Universal Laws.
If you hadn’t gone to the picnic, the bee wouldn’t have stung you ... right? If you didn’t park your car under the tree during a windstorm, it wouldn’t have fallen on your car ... right? If you were more compatible with your partner he wouldn’t have dumped you ... correct?
Nothing that happens to you is Divinely ordained. Not your wedding, your death, the birth of your child, your cancer, your heart attack, your birth defect. None of it. It all happens because stuff happens. And you’re not going to be able to control most of it. However, you do have control of your own personal cause and effect ... your own thoughts and actions.
This may not make you feel very safe and secure. Sure is easier to just blame it the will of God. It's easier to say the accident or tragedy was God’s will, then at least we wouldn’t feel so vulnerable to chance huh?
I agree. It really does suck sometimes. Knowing that you can get taken out of the game on a whim makes you feel vulnerable. You might have the answer to life, the universe, and everything and on your way to announce it on live television you could be struck by lightning and die. Not God’s will. Not anyone’s will. Stuff happens. Everything is in flux and constantly in motion.
But that’s what’s so good about this world too. You aren’t being controlled, manipulated, punished, rewarded, or maneuvered into anything. Because of your free will, you can make this world a heaven or a hell for yourself. These are both states of mind and being.
You can’t control everything. It is an impossibility. You can get bitten by a poisonous spider in your sleep, and it’s game over. So learn to appreciate the preciousness of your life. Learn to appreciate and be grateful for every moment you aren’t suffering or in pain. Because you never know what’s going to happen ... right around the next corner.
Enjoy that magical sunset. Smell those magnificent flowers. Take a walk with your loved one and hold hands. Stand on the mountaintop and admire the view. Appreciate the beauty in the world around you. Fully enjoy that cup of coffee.
And remember that God/Source loves you, but won't be attempting to manage your life. It’s up to you to create and enjoy your life. And when you have to go home, go home with gratitude for your time spent here, not blame for how short it was, or how unfair it was, or how awful it was.
And when good things happen, that’s not God’s will either. That’s you reaping what you’ve sown, manifesting what you desire, riding a wave of awesomeness. That’s you enjoying the effect of previous "good thing" causes.
Life is a joyride, filled with excitement and peril. It’s the maze filled with traps and treasures. It’s the journey, filled with villains and heroes. How much fun would a theme park be with only one ride, and it's stationary?
The Divine Plan for your life is a blank page ... and you have the pen. You write the plot, the characters, the music and the entire production. Write well, my friend. Write well.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.
My thanks to Erin Pavlina.