From the Book – When God Pinched My Toe by Dr. Kathryn E. May

Part 84, Why Did You Choose This Life?
January 18, 2013
Today we’ll talk more about the process you all
went through before you came here for
this lifetime. It is not something you were taught in Sunday School, or even something
anyone talked about at all for most of you.
There is a huge misconception in the way humans think about their life paths. Most
people believe they were sent here on a mission, or they believe it was all some random
lottery, and they got the straw they got because of some judgement about them being
good or bad, on the part of Higher Powers. This is completely untrue. We do not assign
anyone to anything. Soul growth is strictly a voluntary process. You and your guides,
who consult with you throughout your time here at Home, help you to clarify what you
will be needing in the coming lifetimes and plan with you what conditions and people
you will make contracts with to fulfill your mutual needs. So, you see, the particular
conditions which make up the broad strokes of your lifeline are preplanned, but not
predetermined, because you have free will, and at any time you can choose to deviate
or adhere to your chosen path, and everyone else has the same option.
Now let’s consider what needs you might have felt you were going to address in this
lifetime. If certain issues were revealed in your past lifetimes, such as a need to develop
greater independence, you would be inclined to accept an assignment to enter a lifetime
with a family where both parents will be required to work, or even where you parents will
die when you are young, or where you have a younger sibling with severe disabilities
who needs constant attention, leaving you to fend for yourself much of the time. You will
choose the basic parameters of the life you are to enter into, knowing it is for your own
personal development and growth.
Another example: let’s say in your past
lives you have been extremely independent, to
the point where you have lost touch with your tender side and have been lacking in
compassion and love. You might decide to accept the scenario in which you will fall in
love and marry, and will have a child with a terminal illness, whose sweetness will
capture your heart, and you will be devastated but appreciative of the wonders of the
child you loved so much, and as a result you will be able to open your heart to other
children who have illnesses or disabilities. Your love and your heartache might lead you
to teach, or establish a charity, or adopt a child with special needs.
There are others, on the Creative side, who may come to a life in which they have an
innate longing to create music, and are determined to write powerful and uplifting love
songs for all the world to learn from and enjoy. Since artistic talent is honed by some
adversity we appreciate our art more if it is difficult to accomplish – some obstacle
may be a part of the path, such as poverty early in life, or parents who scoff at your
dreams. These challenges help to reign in ego and encourage a sense of humility and
gratitude for being able to pursue the craft you feel passionately about, and the work will
communicate more meaningfully to
The goal for each lifetime is always to learn greater love, deeper compassion and
empathy for others, and to use those lessons to make a contribution for the greater
good. No one is expected to request a life in which no hardship or challenge will
emerge, for this would be considered a wasted lifetime from our point of view, because
very little can be deeply learned from an uneventful life. There are times, of course,
when a person may request an easier life for the sake of recovering and restoring
themselves after an especially traumatic experience. This is encouraged if needed, and
can prepare them for a more challenging life the next time.
So, you see, you can never know from the outward appearances of a person’s life
where they might be in their soul path, or what challenges might appear in their lives at
a later date or for what purpose. When you understand this deeply, you will become
less judgmental, more tolerant and more compassionate toward others and their
difficulties and their seemingly luxurious lives. In fact you might consider that when you
look around you, you would learn a great deal from noticing which people signed on to
accept a life in a poor minority community, or as a gay or lesbian person, or as the
oldest child of a Mob boss. People with double minorities – any of the above, with a
physical disability, for instance are often the most courageous souls who are in a hurry
– to evolve and grow.

What about the people who agree to be born with Down’s Syndrome, or mental
retardation, or severe autism or cerebral palsy, or deafness or blindness? Why would
anyone choose such a life? These are often, although not always, more advanced souls
who wish to come to Earth to experience life in a body without the demands of a
business life or other attachments and responsibilities. This way, they can still observe,
experience the pleasures of taste, touch and smell, while also providing the opportunity
for caretakers to be of service. Any lifetime on Gaia is considered a precious and rare
opportunity to experience soul growth. There are no opportunities that go begging,
when the options are presented to souls – in – waiting for their chance to come here.
One more note: Because of the precious and limited opportunities for entering into a life
on Gaia, it is looked upon with genuine horror and sadness when a person decides to
commit suicide, especially when that action is taken impulsively as a result of a
disappointment or supposed failure of some kind. Still, there is no punishment to be
meted out because of the lack of courage to stick it out when things get difficult. We
know how hard it is there. However, the person will be required to come back and live
out a life of possibly greater difficulty to overcome the feelings of inadequacy and regret
which often result from the suicide. All in all, it is not considered a reasonable way to
achieve relief from pain of an emotional sort
We would, however, feel compassion for a person who might be suffering terribly
because of a terminal illness if
they feel they have lived long enough. In many of those
cases, the death is brought on by little more than not taking extreme measures to
preserve a life that has already ended. We do not insist that anyone should endure
excruciating pain for a long time,
but we do believe that the slow process of dying is
often very beneficial for the person and their family members who need the time to
adjust to losing their loved one.
As in every other important area of living, we do not make rigid or absolute rules. Every
case is different, and we are always within the all – encompassing energy of
Unconditional Love and Compassion.
We hope that this information helps you to find peace within yourselves and with the
fellow humans who have shared this life with you.

We wish you joy,

Kathryn E. May, High Falls, New York
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