October 10, 2014
WE CAME HERE TO THRIVE
“I did not come here to this Earth to struggle or suffer. Nor did you. I came here to thrive.”
Someone I greatly respect wrote this some months ago. It has set me to thinking deeply about my own suffering and that which I witness daily around me; to reflect on what I have been taught about struggle and suffering. Because, whether it is our purpose to suffer or not, we do struggle and we do suffer. Some of us wear our struggles and suffering as a badge of honor. I know I have at times. But if we are here to thrive, if we are here first and foremost to experience love and joy, happiness and abundance, then we have to own that our suffering and our struggles are messes we create. If we are here to experience love and create a world where all can thrive, then the suffering is the dross to be cleared away.
We are living on a planet in a dimension of duality, where all things have their opposite and we have been given the ability to freely choose between those opposites. Even the teachings of so many Wise Ones and Religious traditions aside, we see the evidence before our own eyes that all of the Universe conspires to create Life–and where we see life thriving, whether it is a body of water, a garden or a child, we find plenty of what will nourish that life, including love. Love in all its forms seems to be at the heart of Life itself. Doesn’t it make sense that we came here to learn what Love is? Where could it be better understood and experienced than in a place where we can also experience it’s opposite?
So, I agree. We did not come here to struggle and suffer even though we will experience these. We came here to thrive. We came here to Love. We came here to contribute good to this world. We came here to be Light. We came here to be filled up with joy and happiness. We carry within us the essence of the Creator of all things– the pure energy of Life. Why would we ever wish to choose to be miserable, filled up with anger and hate, to radiate energy that weakens and destroys?
Criticism creates an energy that does not feel safe, and those experiencing it instinctively engage their “fight or flight or freeze response”. The energy of criticism and judgment is destructive. I have suffered the fallout of this kind of energy, and I have too often turned it on others. It has never once helped to nurture life. What we are drawn to are those who radiate love, compassion, kindness; it is within this kind of energy that we are able to grow, to change if need be, to become our best selves. It is within this kind of energy that life is able to thrive.
Love, kindness, joy and gratitude, these are the badges of honor to seek. This is what I am here to experience, what I am here to do.
I am learning that it really is a matter of choice. And I have been given the amazing gift to do so–to choose.