Life's Plan

If you read our articles regularly you may have noticed that we stay away from anything that may intimate religion. The root of most religions is a belief in something larger than ourselves. In general, those who start the religions are trying to bring us closer to the universal source and thus to each other. Sometime after that, people realize that they can use the religion for their own power. When this happens the religions become a way to separate us and generate hatred. This is why we avoid the subject.

All life is interlinked. People, nature and the universe, touching and interacting with each other are part of a divine plan. Many ancient civilizations seek a union with nature. In North America the natives have long lived that way. When you travel through the Southwest you can see the ruins of a civilization who built grand structures, referred to as the Anasazi.

The Anasazi started to build between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago, between the start of Christianity and Islam. The Spanish reported people living in some communities. By the time that there were permanent European colonies in these areas, the Anasazi were gone.

The natives that remain look at the rise and fall of this culture as the result of the Anasazi being out of harmony with nature. It is well to note that the United States is less than 300 years old. The Anasazi built a coast to coast trading network and large cities that lasted over 1,000 years. The other American high civilization, with permanent buildings, the Incas and Mayans
also lasted longer than the United States, or any European dynasty.

The Native Americans view these as short term. The basic cultures came into being long before these permanent cities and are still in existence. The invasive European cultures do make it hard for the native cultures to thrive.

We see parallels in the environment. Invasive species, like the zebra mussel, choke out native species. Natural occurrences, like water erosion, destroy even the most “permanent” structures we build. Those structures that harmonize with nature last the longest. When we break the natural balance, we create our own hell.

As with cultures, there is an essence in people that we believe goes on forever. The body, the city of this essence, lives but a short time. The essence is often referred to as the soul. The idea of the soul is nearly universal. Some cultures believe the soul gets one try to get it right and
then spends eternity with the results. Other cultures believe that the soul
gets many tries to refine itself until enlightenment and the eternal reward is reached.

Is Hell a fiery furnace? Or is it leaving this body without completing your purpose on Earth? Perhaps there are souls who would love to have a body to be alive, so they could rid themselves of hate, depression, etc. and complete their purpose on earth.

Is Heaven way up there? Is there a staircase and pearly gates? Perhaps it’s when you feel content or satisfied with what you have. After death we remain alive in energy, just not in physical form. The soul never dies.

We are surrounded by radiant beings. We are on the earth to learn. And our body speaks to us to help learn these lessons. Louise Hays book, Heal Your Life/Body, lists the ways a body speaks to us. Anger and hate eats away at the body. We need to turn the negatives into positives to heal us and the world. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. There is an old saying that the only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.

Be ALIVE while you are alive. A sage said surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. A change of scenery is great. You do not get to
know about other people until you know the places they come from. When possible, take a trip. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

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