Lately I’ve experienced challenging soul learning. In attempt to overcome my oh-so-human struggles, I’ve recently worked with a shaman, two BodyTalk practitioners, my Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner, my spiritual mentor, and I also received a couple readings from my Akashic Records teacher Linda Howe. Plus I’ve leveraged virtually all the tools I’ve accumulated in the past fifteen years or so and spent hours on the phone with friends. Yet life continues to feel hard, sometimes relentlessly so, as I move through the most intense soul challenge of my lifetime. In one of my recent readings Linda reminded me, “If life is hard, we must like it that way.” Clearly you learn from overcoming obstacles but how do you soften the blow when a soul learning challenge threatens to bludgeon you?
Sometimes soul learning the hard way most efficiently meets your soul’s objectives. You might spend many lifetimes learning something gently and incrementally or you could opt for an in-your-face, you’ll-get-this-now approach. Apparently when your soul elects which challenges to undertake it tends to underestimate the intensity you’ll face once you arrive in human form. You can console yourself by remembering doing intense soul work means it won’t last as long as it would if your soul opted to approach it more leisurely. Plus you’ll probably overcome the obstacle in your current lifetime. Imagine how good you’ll feel once you master the challenge.
Intense soul learning eases when you tap into self-love. A smaller, easier obstacle you would have overcome already, right? Admit it’s hard. Ask for help. Give yourself support. Pat yourself on the back for your courage and persistence. Cry, laugh, walk in the woods, phone a friend, and surrender as softly as you can to the hardness. Repeat as often as necessary. Become a guru in beginning again, starting where you are, taking life as it comes.
See if you can discern a soul learning theme. The human story underpins the soul one. Perhaps dealing with a difficult person relates to a theme of self-trust or self-love. How do you love yourself when dealing with a person’s antics or drama or blaming? How do you trust what you know around someone manipulative or conniving? Some other soul learning themes include abundance, surrender, compassion, faith, forgiveness, freedom, patience, and power. When you can focus on the soul-level objective and higher purpose, the human details often become easier to digest.
What soul themes apply for you in this lifetime? Where do you see progress in your evolution?