In the first post in this I AM Series, entitled I AM, I discussed how I “self-identify”:

I AM an eternal spiritual being who has chosen to have this temporary physical experience for the purpose of growing in faith, awareness, and the ability to love unconditionally.

As an eternal spiritual being, I believe that I have experienced many incarnations on this planet (and likely other planets) in many different bodies, circumstances, and geographies. I also believe that we all consciously choose our experiences and challenges in advance of each life, based upon our ultimate free will in combination with the law of karma. We choose the pivotal experiences in our physical lives for the purpose of growing in faith, awareness, and the ability to love unconditionally. We are always changing, always growing, always ‘becoming’ greater.

So, when something bad happens to us that appears to come out of the blue, the question to ask is not “Why me?”, but rather “What did I intend to learn from this experience?”—knowing that, if we, in our spiritual form, consciously chose this experience for ourselves, we must be capable of overcoming it and finding the purpose in it.

Doesn’t that question, “What did I intend to learn from this experience?”, shift your perspective on difficult or even tragic experiences?

  • When we succeed, we grow in faith in ourselves.
  • When we fail, we grow in our ability to forgive ourselves and love ourselves unconditionally.
  • As our awareness grows, we feel gratitude for all experiences, even the ones that feel negative at the time.
  • We start to understand our existence from a spiritual perspective—as a soul, not a biological organism.
  • We walk the path to becoming self-actualized.

Nosce Te Ipsum

Latin for 'Know thyself'.

“...[this] Greek aphorism may have been adopted from Ancient Egypt: there are two parts of the ancient Luxor Temple, the External Temple, where the beginners were allowed to enter and the Internal Temple where a person was only allowed to enter after proven worthy and ready to acquire more knowledge and insights. One of the proverbs of the External Temple is "The body is the house of God." In the Internal Temple, one of the many proverbs is "Man, know thyself, and you are going to know the gods".”

Source: Wikipedia

Maybe there’s nothing to figure out here at all. Maybe there’s just some insight you might want to let in. Your subconscious mind will do the rest. The subconscious is a better organizer than your conscious mind ever will be. …

The universe can organize itself. The embryo doesn’t need to figure out how to become a baby. Buds don’t have to figure out how to become blossoms. Nature has its plan figured out. …

Think of a pile of iron shavings Now, what’s the best way to form the shavings into a pattern, using your fingers or introducing a magnet? Your internal self is like a magnet. Call it the Christ, or your Inner Light, or whatever; there’s a spirit within you that naturally attracts all the patterns and details that would form your most beautiful life.

Marianne Williamson

Author, The Law of Divine Compensation