When I first started to feel this way, I knew something was off, but I never made the connection between my thoughts and feelings and what was happening in my life. I mean, why would I possibly choose to be on the wrong side of life? Then I learned that I have the power of choice, and I’m not talking about choice out there in the world as much as I’m talking about the choices I make in my mind. I was taught that living on this planet is how we learn to deal with and appreciate the resistance we encounter. When you understand that resistance is a natural part of the process, that it is necessary, it takes on a whole different meaning for you.
Being here on this earth is indeed the same as being in a school room. We can sleep through class, or we can pay attention and learn. We can study and overcome the obstacles, the resistance, so that we can move on to the next class or lesson, all the while increasing our understanding. Each experience we have is unique to us. Nothing is by accident, and in some way, we have given permission for all of the relationships and experiences we have. Each of them gives us the opportunity to break down rigid habits and challenges us to change our thoughts and feelings.
Choosing how to feel about the ever-changing conditions of life is not easy. So how do we shift from being caught in this rollercoaster life? We acknowledge that life is a classroom. This earth experience allows us to be a helpless victim or to morph into a conscious creative being. Nothing happens to us unless it is especially designed by us to serve a higher purpose than just being a slave to circumstances. Shifting from being a victim to life’s circumstances provides a conscious shock. You see and feel life differently.
We all want things to be better. We go to great extremes to make more money and have better relationships with other people and our families. Yet even when people seem to have everything in the world, you often find them looking for things to complain about. This is because our life here on earth is not about the things. When you recognize you are in a classroom, it is like a mindslap! You wake up and realize what is really going on and the part you play in it. You take control of your experiences by viewing your choices from a spiritual perspective, and your understanding increases as well as the quality of your experiences.