After viewing the movie years ago, “The Secret,” I was left with the impression that all I had to do was use intention and life would suddenly be easy, flowing, fulfilling and harmonious. It doesn’t seem to work that way. Nor should it.
Let me explain. We must look at the purpose of life. If you believe that life is meant to be easy and happy, then this discussion will be of little value. If you think life is meant for growth, then we can talk. After all, what is the purpose of coming into existence for 80 or so years, doing nothing, not aspiring, not changing, not learning – then go away? I’m not trying to convince you, rather point out that if we are not accomplishing something, why bother?
I believe life is here to teach us – to be more, to aspire, to reach, to become. And these things do not occur without something happening. A friend of mine once said, “people wish that life was smooth, rather than filled with mountains to cross.” She had been referring to an experience in which she had climbed a large hill, with great effort, and was exhilarated when she reached the top. You can’t have peak experiences without the valleys and the peaks.
Our Karmic Footprint – the sum total of our energy signature – is like a diamond. It is formed by pressure over time. It is forged in experience. You can think of the adult/child analogy. The child is relatively innocent and has a purer energy field, but has no experience or wherewithal to make an impact. The adult is more challenged in the energy field. It has been knocked about by life – sorrow, hurt, disappointment and joy as well; but it has grown by experience and has some real information and insights to share. It is actually more of a challenge for the adult to upgrade his or her energy field, but then has more experience and capability to transcend it, too.
It is only by challenge are we forced to move. We reach for help within or without. It doesn’t matter. Everything is transformed by pressure – ore into steel, food by cooking, people by challenge.
So I implore you. Live life to the fullest. Don’t avoid problems, embrace them. They are there to teach and to make us better. When something is overcome, we build authority. Do you want to listen to someone who has done it or someone who has read about it?
Steve Kellogg is the author of “Your Karmic Footprint – How Thoughts & Feelings Create Destiny.” Get your copy at Amazon.