Sunday, February 9, 2014

You Are Unique – Just Like Everybody Else

Today is Sunday, February 9, 2014. 

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.  Just like everyone else.  –Margaret Mead

The paradox inherent in that statement makes it hard to take seriously, but it is absolutely true.  It has been proven many times over by science, and it is a staple of spiritual wisdom, as well.  How many statements have a track record like that?  

The idea, of course, is this: if every person and every thing is unique, then there must be a reason to exist.  We must be indispensable to the whole of Creation, somehow.   I once read a book whose title and author I have long forgotten, but which contained one sentence that I keep coming back to:  Variety is the signature of the Creator.  It boggles the mind to try to understand why this should be so, and yet we know that it is.  Not only are our physical bodies unique, but we, as Soul, are also unique in at least one special way from every other Soul.

 Assuming that Creation was intentional rather than random, and that uniqueness was also intentional, the question becomes, Why am I here?  Why do I exist?  What was I created for?  What am I supposed to do? 

For a start, there are some general answers.  In my own religion, we say, "Soul exists because God love It."  Souls come here to the physical world to learn to give and receive love.  We also come here to learn to manifest the qualities that we have been given:  patience, discernment, strength and discipline, for example.  We are given an opportunity to come here to experience situations that will allow us the chance to practice manifesting these qualities.

Remember that as Soul, you've been here before many times.  It's important to realize that each and every one of your lifetimes has also been unique, and you came for different reasons each time. What about your personal reason for being here now?  Why were you born in this particular body, in this particular time in history? 

I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but those questions will have to be answered by you.  Life is participatory, not a spectator sport, so your participation will be to figure out why you are here this time.   You made some agreements before coming here.  That doesn't mean you have to honor them, although it would be best if you did.  If you cannot manage to solve the issue you came here to face, you will simply have to come back again in a different body at a different time in history to do it all again in a different way.  

In fact, that's why so many people have so many physical lifetimes.  They spend a great many of them fooling around or going off on side-tracks.  It's not that they don't learn a thing.  They do.  But it's unconscious, rather than conscious, learning, and applying what they have learned is a hit-or-miss proposition.   That's why it's such a good idea to wake up.  Your learning curve will be much more efficient that way. 

Chances are, you won't get a one-piece answer, anyway.  Your answer will probably appear in little pieces that you'll have to put together, like the pieces of a puzzle. But when you begin to get the sense of why you came, some of the things that happen in your life will
start to make sense, and you will get some of those, "Oh, so that's why..." moments. 

The most important thing to do, meanwhile, is to operate on the assumption that you do have a unique purpose in the world, and you need to fulfill that purpose somehow.  As the graphic says, "If you are not there to shine your light, who knows how many travelers will lose their way as they try to pass by your empty place in the darkness?"   :-)

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