The School of Life
Question: Do you think it is a disadvantage to be born with no awareness of where you came from, what you are supposed to do and how you are supposed to do it?
The general idea some expressed here is that it is a blessing that we are born here with a blank slate for if we could remember our past lives a large distraction would be produced.
For instance, if you were a king or queen in a past life it and could remember this it would be difficult to handle being one of the masses.
If you were a bad guy in a past life and could remember, this would make it more difficult to concentrate on being a good guy in this life.
There is a certain amount of truth to this idea and I believe I have written about it in the past, but there are misunderstandings also.
Life is a school and the circumstances for maximum learning in the early years must be different than those for the later period.
In this human cycle of progression we go through three cycles of learning.
(1) The Cycle of Experience. Here we learn through experience, or trial and error. This is the longest schooling period and learning is at glacier speed for numerous lifetimes. There is very little progression in this period without going through painful lessons which we desire not to repeat. It is essential in this cycle that the pilgrim not recall his past lives for it would only serve to distract him.
(2) The Cycle of Seeking. After learning all that can be had through circumstances acting upon him leading him to circumstances not of his choosing, the entity begins to ask questions and seeks for answers. He wants to know where he came from, why he is here and where he is going. He wants to know the purpose of things, he wants to understand and commune with whatever God is and he wants to know what he is supposed to do next.
The seeker here may get glimpses of his past and mission, but there are many pieces to the puzzle and he obtains them one by one through great effort. Still he knows within that much is withheld from him.
(3) The Cycle of Service. When the disciple begins this period he still does not have all the answers, but has some answers. His learning through seeking has taught him one important lesson and that is that his brothers and sisters in the world are crying out for many needs and something within him presses him onward to serve. He thus begins the path of service, often even forgetting his quest to seek and find.
To his delight he discovers that when he forgets the needs of his self, even the need of his own enlightenment, that he receives more learning and at an accelerated rate than he received during the seeking period. He finds that when he applies himself to selfless service that learning comes to him from “on high” that gives him everything he needs to know to do his job which is in alignment with higher purpose.
The principle is this:
“Serve and you will be given power to serve.”
When picking a field of selfless service you will be given what you need to know to do your job. If you need to clearly understand the current mission it will be given. If the memory of a past life will be helpful it will be given. If you need a piece of knowledge that has never been revealed then it will also be given.
If you rise above the ego you will be given all you seek to successfully complete your field of service.
As the disciple continues to serve more is given until he either intuitively or consciously understands the answer to every question that he has.
The answers he now receives would not have been helpful to a person in the experience cycle, but they are indeed helpful and empowering to him.
April 22, 2001
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