Why Life Is The Hardest Exam You Will Take

The most difficult exam each human will undertake is figuring out what their life is about and how to live it. It’s a subconscious act for many and some may find it easy, and others will struggle, but you’ll never know if you passed until you have transitioned (died). For some of you, it may seem rather crude to suggest life exists as a test, but think about it—each action or choice we make is some kind of test as to what we choose to think or do. At times we make errors and correct them; some may take a long time to realize if at all. Perhaps that is the point of life; to learn from our mistakes or know when to make the right choices in a given situation?

I came upon this theory as a few friends of mine are struggling with life, and some wish to give up and yet I cannot do any more than to encourage them not to. Of course I cannot guarantee the outcome, and yes, I too at times yearn to drop things and skip a chapter or two but skipping pages and chapters means you will have to go back to them eventually and that you might have missed some information that was needed. If you read a saga and skip a book you may not understand the significance of something that has happened or in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, which is a complex novel of Raskolnikov’s thoughts and actions, if you skip a chapter you miss out on his train of thought, or how he feels about the other characters, and the last few chapters will make little sense. That’s a little like life, sometimes we have to keep going with chapters that are hard work, tiresome, or seem to have no purpose or make no sense. If we skip them, we have to then go back to them and so is counter productive usually in hindsight. If it is towards the end of the incarnation, it means those chapters will have to be revisited in the next incarnation instead.

Life is a test, an exam that we are all taking at different levels, however, for some questions there are no definitive answers. So how can we have an exam with no answers? That is why it this is the hardest exam you will ever take (subconsciously) because you in fact created the questions (beforehand), therefore, only you have the actual answers. Take for example dilemmas, how do you decide on which is the right course of action? What is right for you may not be advantageous for another despite the same dilemma. Each ‘question’ posed is unique to each Soul and that is why there can be no absolute answer.

Some of you maybe asking why are we being tested, and it’s a choice we make when we decide to incarnate, for we are in fact testing ourselves to some extent. Naturally this is a philosophical and spiritual outlook, and many Souls will sail through life oblivious to it all, but for those who question life and its purpose perhaps this will give them some small degree of comfort. If an exam is too easy then you don’t think or learn, and when it is a hard and complex question you have to consider different answers or ways to solve it, and that is what life is about—choosing what is right and to try and not let other factors influence your decision. These may include such things as finances, what other people may think, and what will be quicker. Of course we can skip questions, but then think, why did we choose to ask them in the first place? I have skipped questions and they don’t go away, but come back when you least want them to.

My own life has not been without struggles, but more internal ones where I know what is morally right, and yet am forced to turn a blind eye to what seems wrong at times. All my wisdom and knowledge accumulated over my incarnations cannot shake that feeling when I know I could have done more or said something, yet it was not my place to do so. I have learned that as much as you wish to, many will not listen or choose not to hear. It doesn’t matter how much you know or think you know, the best answers can surprise you, or they can make you feel apathetic. For those who are struggling and want to give up or choose the easy way out, there is no wrong answer as you are still learning. However, like an exam, you can go back to the question if you choose and try and solve it. You also know if you don’t at least try, then you know it is only you that loses out, and that it may weigh on your mind. Many of us think back at the ‘what ifs’ and the lesson from that is to face things and attempt them, so there are fewer what ifs to mull over.

One of the main issues I see in life is people comparing themselves to others, when they don’t realize they are in effect taking different exams. Now I believe in equality, but the fact is some people are taking advanced exams, others are retaking an exam, and others are at entry level and there is no comparison between taking a GED test and a postgraduate exam. It’s hard not to compare or to think things aren’t fair when people plaster everything on social media, but fairness is a physical realm perception that can also lead to envy and greed. Inspiration is great and dandy, but underneath it all, is some of that driven by unnecessary jealousy?

This exam is made up of your own questions, and answers, and the trick is to figure out the point and purpose of the question, and accept that some may not get answered satisfactorily. If only it were as easy as multiple choice, but many answers can be infinite I’m afraid. Tackle the meaning of the question, and the answer will be easier to find even if it’s not the one you prefer.

What Is An Altruistic Incarnation?

An altruistic incarnation is one of the hardest things to discuss and to understand. Why would any same Soul volunteer to be abused, murdered, or harmed in an incarnation to help another Soul to learn? Many people don’t understand this concept or even believe it, and I don’t discuss or write about this in detail because people still see it as an injustice,  wrong, and a flawed concept.  This separates those who can see the Soul journey as eternal, and those that see an incarnation as a one off event. Altruistic incarnations can be solely altruistic, or form part of an incarnation. That’s when people get confused and disillusioned with spirituality and humanity. The concept that if a good person does kind things, they shouldn’t be harmed is flawed. One must ask who decides what is good, because good doesn’t always mean moral or ethical. For example, Alan Turing and his team cracked the Enigma Code during WWII, but they chose which information to act on, so was that ethical to choose who would live or die, even though it was the right thing to do? While we may never fully understand why certain events happen at the time, free will allows the Soul to choose, and that is how the Soul learns.

Each Soul accepts the altruistic role before an incarnation, and this is discussed with all the Guides beforehand to ensure that the Soul can cope. This role is offered to the Mature and Old Soul only, as they will be more experienced and can heal faster if there is trauma. The purpose of these kinds of incarnations is to help others learn their lessons. Now, that may well be all good on the spiritual plane, but what does it say for the actions of humans? How can a child being beaten, or a spouse being murdered help others to learn their lessons?

Each action is a conscious choice, and each Soul must face the consequences of those choices. That is the lesson, in that they exercised their free will to enact a bad deed. It is the Soul that opts to follow the poor choice, and in doing so generates adverse karma, and must learn harsh lessons from it. Why did the husband beat the wife? To gain control, from ego, to make themselves feel better? These are the harsh lessons each of us must learn to face.

Altruistic incarnations are difficult, and that’s why often the Soul will not recall agreeing to the role. The bigger picture is that they have selflessly volunteered to assist others with their Soul Goals (and will evolve faster), and some will find their own lives a little empty. If they cannot achieve what they wish and encounter obstacles, it’s because their primary role has not been completed, which can frustrate them. This may occur in situations where there is a disability such as deafness, blindness, or a long-term illness as they serve as the means for others to learn their lessons. In some ways they are like an open target or bait, and other Souls must choose what to do. People tend to ask how and why could this happen, and it may well be because it helps others around them with their Soul Goals. For example, in a family one child is blind, and it creates an opportunity for other members of the family or learn lessons of empathy, patience, kindness, and not to judge others on their appearances. Each member has a choice of how to act or to assist, and that is the role of the altruistic incarnation.

Bad things happen to good people too, and life isn’t about being fair—it’s about growing and learning. I know for some these words may sound idealistic, but think about the situations where you could have helped someone, but you chose not to, or you helped in the way you wanted to and not what they needed. These situations arise to help us to grow subconsciously, and once you realize this, then you can stop and think about why and how you make your choices in life and how it may affect others. Those who volunteer to assist with altruistic incarnations may not understand why things are happening at the time, but will once they transition.

©2016. S. T. Alvyn.

 

 

 

What Is A Soul?

A Soul is the energy force within us that is eternal. During each incarnation it grows through experiences; both good and bad and it evolves. It’s what makes us live rather than exist on the physical plane and when the Soul returns to the Spiritual Realm, it then prepares for another expedition, building on what it has learned.

Each one of us has a Soul, but most of us don’t understand what it is or how to take care of it. It needs looking after, just as you need to look after your body. You know how to brush your teeth to keep them healthy otherwise they will rot, and how to keep your body in shape with a balanced diet, but what of the Soul? What happens if you don’t look after your Soul? First you have to understand and listen to your Soul; if it needs healing, then you will know what to do.

Souls can and do get damaged through anger, betrayal and loss. Any number of negative reactions or actions like guilt can lead to slow or stunted slow growth called blockages. Once you realize what they are and accept them, then you are on your way to removing them. The Soul is eternal; take care of it and it will lead to a successful expedition where Soul goals and Soul Purposes can be achieved.

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