If I have learned anything in my life so far it is that everything happens for a reason. More often than not you may not see the why at the moment, but they say hind sight is 20/20 right? So let’s see if we can add some perspective to this for you.
Some Important Moments in my Life
First I think I would like to share a couple pivotal moments in my life that helped me to learn this lesson about life. It all started at the tail end of my career in the cell phone industry.
I was a retail store manager for T-Mobile and though things were not looking good for the long term employment there, I stuck to it rather than moving on when the first opportunity came along. It was in this brief amount of time that one of my employees turned me onto a book that changed his and subsequently my life.
The book was called Life on the Other side by Sylvia Browne. He had shared with me an experience that he had that was just undeniable. Unbeknownst to me at the time, but this was the start of the journey that would lead me up to where I am today.
Up until this point I had been reading more scientific books such as Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe. As I read Sylvia’s book I remember thinking time and time again that I wish I could get her in a room with Brian Greene and have a good discussion.
As I was going through this learning period my time at T-Mobile came to an end as I was let go. While this was devastating to me as I loved my job and the company I worked for, I remember the drive home and for whatever reason I was happy. Maybe it was relief from the stress of being a retail store manager or maybe it was because this was actually a major catalyst that happened for a reason that I would see years later.
Needless to say I was making very good money as a store manager and after a change in direction career wise, I was not making anything close to what I was. The first couple years were the roughest, but as time went on I began to realize how thankful I was for having this happened to me.
You see it was during this time that I learned how to manage my finances. Apparently when I was making more money than I needed I never really managed it at all, I just spent it. About three years later though, I was living a very similar lifestyle to what I had been on less than half of the money.
This was the point at which I began to realize how everything does happen for a reason. Had I not lost my job I may have never learned how to manage my finances and would have grown ever more vulnerable to a collapse of funds.
The very next job I had was one that I was not entirely happy with as it was an outside sales job selling health insurance. I had taken the job, but continued to look for other employment. However there was one extremely important thing that happened to me while I was at this brief job.
The boss’s son gave me a CD one night and told me to watch it and let him know what I thought of it. Obviously my curiousity was piqued and I watched it right away. What he had given me to borrow that night was The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. This was the first time that I had learned about the Law of Attraction.
If I would not have taken that job that I knew would not work out, I may have never came across The Secret in a meaningful way. So once again it was reinforced to me that everything happens for a reason.
This would continue through my next three jobs over the next 8 years. Time and time again it seemed as if I was following a map through life rather than experiencing random moments of time as it passed.
With my current job, I still remember my drive to my interview quite clearly. There were several moments where it seemed as if everything was pointing at what would become my future job. From a license plate with synchronous letters and numbers, to seeing a sign on a vehicle at just the right moment after thinking about something.
Everything that day was pointing to my future and I was quite aware of it that day. I could really feel connected to the Universe and I didn’t need my hind sight to come in and save the day. I knew why all of these little things were happening and I am so thankful that they did.
Learning How to See the Signs
As my life was going through all of these changes and my hindsight kept showing me why down the road, I began to wonder if I could learn how to see them in real time versus looking back. There was one documentary called What the Bleep Do We Know by Marlee Matlin that really helped me to connect the dots.
You see the one thing that I learned from watching that and by connecting it with the other books I mentioned above, is that we are the creators of our lives. This documentary showed me a scientific experiment that showed until matter is actually observed, it is in many different places or states at once. Once observed though, it would take on a defined path.
As this science began to sink in with all of the spiritual stuff, I started creating a whole new world for myself. I started to pay attention whenever hind sight kicked in about something and I would really look back at specifically how I was feeling at that particular time.
I started to pick up on various feelings that were consistent and then I started to pay more attention to those same feelings when I would have them in real time. By connecting the two I was able to start seeing things more in real time rather than have to wait to see things down the road.
This is still a skill that I work on constantly today as it is not an easy one to master. Have you ever thought to yourself that you knew the right answer or the right thing to do at a time, but chose a different path? I use this skill to look back at those times and pay attention to how I felt when I knew what I should have been doing.
I look back into the details of what led up to that particular moment, what I was doing and what I was feeling. Then as time goes on and I find myself in a similar situation or feeling, I know better when to trust myself and go with that instinct I had in the first place.
Why Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
So now I have given you examples from my life that taught me this as well as explaining how I started taking advantage of it. Still though, why does everything truly happen for a reason? The answer here will take us down the spiritual path that I have chosen to walk.
As I have explored both scientific and spiritual materials I have taken out my virtual machete and carved my own path through life’s jungle. I do not follow any particular religion or any specific new age path, so what I am about to explain here is simply the sum of my experience in life.
I am a firm believer in reincarnation when it comes to coming back in human form. So the question is why would are souls choose to continue to incarnate on this world time after time? To me, it is the best way to learn.
I think the best way to explain this would be to relate it to something that helped me put it all together. Way back in the day there was a Star Trek Next Generation episode where Q (an omnipotent being) was bored and that is why he always toyed with the Enterprise.
In one particular episode he explained how boring it was to know everything and to be able to do everything. He went on to say that he has walked every path of life and lived in every time. However, because of this it was hard for him to experience new things and as such the boredom set in.
As I began to carve my path that particular show helped me to relate to reincarnation. You see the best way for us to learn and grow as a soul is to forget. When we incarnate on this world we do so behind a veil of forgetfulness that allows us to experience just this life to it’s fullest. Without having the previous memories and experiences of past lives consciously available to us, it makes learning from our current experiences much easier.
You see I believe that before we incarnate here on earth we lay out a general plan for the things that we want to accomplish in said life. For example perhaps we want to be challenged with a lack of confidence and learning how to overcome that. We don’t plan out 100% of what happens, rather just lay out a framework for whatever it is that we are trying to accomplish in life.
With that belief, that is why I know that everything happens for a reason. It is all a part of our master plan for our soul’s growth. When something obvious happens and it strikes you consciously of that fact, it is like seeing a road sign that you yourself put in to let you know that you are on the right path.
Share Your Thoughts
I invite you to share why you believe things happen for a reason or how you have seen this effect in your life. With each new comment you offer your perspective to our story here and who knows, maybe your comment is meant to happen for someone else to see and benefit from!
Also if you are interested in reading any of the materials that benefitted me in my life I will recap them here for you. Thank you for helping support this site and making a positive difference in the world.
- Life on the Other Side by Sylvia Browne
- Cosmos by Carl Sagan
- The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- What the Bleep do We Know by Marlee Matin
If you want to learn more about the Law of Attraction another good source can be found here at Golden Inspirations.
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James W D