You might have read some of my earlier posts, and gotten a pretty good idea of my spiritual beliefs. A thought came to me today, an idea, and I wanted to write about it and get some of your ideas about how much sense this idea of mine makes.
I believe that none of us is here for the first time, well, maybe some of us are, I really don't know. Suffice it to say that I feel that MOST of us are here on a return trip. I also USED to think there was a plan to my life, a reason I'm here. There is a prevailing idea that in between "incarnations", we have a sort of "pow wow" with our guides, to plan out the life we will lead in our next incarnation.
We decide on "The Plan".
This is the core of the idea that came to me today. How does one plan an entire lifetime?
To make this "plan", I have to assume that every situation we'll encounter is drawn up, up to and including which people that we will have interactions with, keeping in mind of course that those people ALSO are making a plan for their OWN lives, and then subsequently the people that THEY interact with...I mean this can get really complicated in a hurry. Oh and don't forget, there's free will thrown in, so the plan must be able to change "on the fly".
I'll give you an example of how I see this working out. Say you and another soul, who was your friend in your previous lifetime, agree that you will meet and fall in love and marry in your coming lifetime together. There are many many variables to consider. First of all, the meeting itself is rife with complications. Suppose you, using your free will, early in that lifetime, decide to make a career change that takes you to another location than was planned for your meeting? What happens then? How do you plan for an eventuality that MAY happen, and "correct" as you go along? Do you put someone else in the picture to persuade your friend turned lover to move to where you are now? And how then does that interaction affect the life of that third person? Was that in HIS plan?
I have heard that while we have spirit guides, they are unable to significantly affect our lives in any way, they only "guide", so if the plan goes off on an unexpected tangent, what happens then? If the plan is drawn up before this lifetime starts, and is done so for everyone, then how can we get it back "on course"? Can the guides nudge us enough in the right direction to make things "right"? The thought that came to me this morning seemed to make a lot of sense, but in a way it was a little alarming.
I know of only one way any such plans would or COULD feasibly be worked out. Well, it's a theory anyway. The Plan, while we might see it as unique to our own lives, for the lessons we wish to learn, and our experiences we wish to have, this may not in fact be the case. What if there may be a much more elaborate plan in place, one that dictates the course of EVERYONE'S lives, all at once? Sounds crazy? Hear me out, I'll make sense of it in a minute.
Consider for a moment the two original individuals in the planning scenario. Every one of the people each one interacts with also have a plan for their own lives, to enable the interaction, and therefore, the plan for those lives would have to be altered as well. The plan for the people's lives that THOSE people interact with would be affected, and THEIR plan would need to be altered as well, and so on and so forth, cascading the alterations made to the two original person's plans into a much broader and far reaching domino effect, affecting eventually EVERY person that is to be alive on the planet during those lifetimes. Further, since people are "coming" and "going" all the time, with no breaks in the cycle, this means that the plan for even a single individual must therefore be integrated into the plans of every OTHER person, even into what we perceive as the past, and also the future. What a staggering thought!!
I see no other plausible way to approach this. Every single person living on this earth at this moment would had to have had their life planned ahead of time, taking into account the lives of the people already here, and those who would come here during their lifetime, and those who would leave during the course of it as well. Every interaction, both past, present, and future, all planned ahead of time......but wait......doesn't that mean that "time" had to start somewhere? When did the "big picture" plan start, and does it have an end?
I can only come to one conclusion in thinking about this in such a grand scale, I mean, if I can even conceive of it. Our human minds simply cannot process such a thought. Everyone, past, present, AND future, all of our lives, every single one of our "incarnations", planned ahead, before the first human ever drew breath? How is that possible?
Now the skeptic in me says that there's no way this is possible, I mean every person living on the planet over the millenia, the plan for their lives affecting the plans for ALL the others, throughout the centuries? Nah, there's no way that someone living 2000 years ago had any bearing on what I am doing today, or anyone else living TODAY for that matter, none of us were there 2000 years ago. Hell, how can MY life plan affect people living in China, today, I may never interact with any of them. But then I think, well, SOMEONE does, and some of those people may interact with people that interact with other people that interact with me somewhere on down the line. See where I'm going with this?
There are so many directions to go with this, starting with just that one thought. It almost seems to take the entire "free will" idea out of the picture. I mean, imagine it. If you draw up a plan for everyone's life at one time, the entire length of time the human race is to exist, and you ALSO give each one the ability to make decisions for themselves, how in the world could you EVER keep up with the multitude of "adjustments" that would have to be made for the plan to work, for each and every life that is lived?
The first thought that comes to mind is to eliminate the idea of giving ANYONE a choice. That would make it easy, well, in cosmic terms anyway. You just lay out a plan for everyone, and dictate exactly how each life is to be carried out, without the "wild card" of free will to mess things up. But no, that can't be true, because we DO make our own choices. Don't we? Or ARE our own thoughts part of the plan, carefully inserted at just the right moment to "make" us make the decisions that go along with the plan? No way, that would mean we are simple automatons, and to a human, that thought is impossible to believe.
Now, THIS thought is a little easier to swallow, and would still make the plan work, and still give us the "free will" option. You're the plan designer, at the beginning, and are aware of every single thought, action, and decision of everyone that will ever live. Then, you create a "dynamic" plan, one that accounts for each one of those eventualities, you plan for every single possibility, down to the smallest detail. Every scenario is planned for, because you know about every single one of them. Oh, the mind that would have to dream THAT up! Leave the free will, it's not a problem, since you know literally everything. Sounds a lot like what many people believe to be a "god", doesn't it?
How about this? What if the plan is only made up for certain people, while others have no plan at all? There could be many "gods", each with their own "people", and they choose to allow them to live their lives either with a carefully laid plan, or without. That could work, right? Sure, I suppose so. Makes sense, I mean not everyone seems to have a cut and dry "direction" for their lives, and we look at some people and wonder why they even exist at all, don't we?
Here's yet another possibility. What if there's no "plan" at all? Yeah, now that makes it easy for the primitive human brain to comprehend. We all just mosey through our lives, with no plan at all, reacting to whatever stimuli we happen upon. Nothing is determined for us, either in the past, or in the future, our lives are what we make them to be. That's a nice thought, it fits in a neat little box in our minds, and empowers us to make whatever decisions we choose. But there's a problem. We see too much "evidence" to the contrary, and decide that there MUST be someone in control of it all, or that someone made a plan for it to happen. What about that money that you find on the ground, JUST when you need that EXACT amount to put gas in your car for the week? It's just a coincidence, right? Ok, so what about deja vu? That feeling that you've been somewhere, or done something before? Just your mind playing tricks on you? I just don't know. What about karma? Or irony? We see people all the time, either doing good things or more often "bad" things, and what happens to them later on? Right, it comes right back to them. Someone had to have "planned" that, right?
There is just no easy answer to such a monumental question. In my humble opinion, it is a question we need not ask, as we seem to be incapable of comprehending the answer. It has been said, and I believe this wholeheartedly, that everything and everyone in the universe is made of energy, and we as humans have been granted the gift of the ability to manipulate that energy. We can transform it, mold it, use it to create, and also to destroy, but in the end, it's still about the manipulation of energy. Whether we see it that way or not, that steel skyscraper we work in was at one time nothing more than a tiny piece of energy, a thought in someone's mind. Yes, even our thoughts are constructs of energy. We take that thought, the image of a skyscraper, and build it, first in our minds, and then later onto blueprints, and finally into the metal and glass and wood that the building is made of. The universe is full of energy, in so many forms, so even a thought that you send out can and often does get manifested into physical reality. So that money you found on the road? Coincidence? I don't think so. You thought about needing it, maybe a week before, and that thought sent energy out into the universe, and that energy grew into the scenario that would bring you to the exact amount you desired. Impossible? I think not. How many times in your own life have you been in a scenario that exactly what you were thinking about "suddenly" appeared days later? Sometimes it may take weeks, months, or even years, depending on the scale of what you were thinking about. You might think of it as coincidence because it might come "out of the blue", and sometimes it's not in the form you expected, but did it not happen at least ONCE? That's the power of manipulating energy.
Further, the same energy that comprises our thoughts has far reaching effects on our fellow man. You wake up one day "on the wrong side of the bed", and snap at your spouse. That puts them in a sour mood, as the negative energy you blasted at them takes effect. They go to work, and spread that energy amongst their coworkers, who spread it to everyone they come in contact that day. Each person, while mostly unaware, adds their own "brand" of energy to the mix, though some may choose to transform the negative into a positive, and brightens someones day, while the next person may transform it back into negative, and send the energy cascading forth till the whole city has felt it. Pretty soon that energy permeates to every corner of the globe, spread from person to person, until eventually, it comes right back to where it started, you. What each of us must realize is that we are indeed connected, on a universal scale. The energy we choose to send out to others has far reaching effects, though because of our limited perceptions we most often never see how devastating or how positive our lives have affected others.
IS there a "Plan"? I don't know, but what I do believe, what I hold to be the stark reality of our existence, is that somehow, some way, we ARE all connected. You might be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or you might be a garbage hauler, but each and every one of us manipulates the same energy, the energy that is all around us, and in us, it IS us. We might not be able to see the effects, but that is no excuse to blindly go through life thinking that we are the only ones affected by our thoughts and actions. There is just too much evidence to support the idea that we DO affect others with the energy we send out, and we can affect the world around us just the same. We see ourselves as so small, what can one person possibly do to affect the whole world? I'll tell you, quite a bit. It's similar to the "ripples in a pond" scenario, all it takes is one pebble, one drop of water, and the entire surface of the water is affected.
One day we may know the true nature of our existence. I'd like to think we are learning about it more and more each day, as we continue to gather information, and revise our theories as to what our place is in this vast universe. But know this. For me, it's not about that at all. I don't wonder what the meaning of life is, and I really don't want to know whether or not there's a plan. I live my life every day aware that what I think and what I do sends out energy to others, and I'd like for that energy to be a positive influence. I may just be one man, but I am a part of the whole, the whole universe, and the last time I checked, it's a pretty big place.