Why do we have to go through a human experience?
The topic for today’s blog was put forward to me by someone who, like so many of us including myself, is facing experiences in her life that she would rather not experience. It is at times like this that we do start to question just what is the whole purpose of living a human experience.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” - French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. I always feel a sense of relief when I read this quote and it also reminds me, when the going gets tough, that I am, after all, a spiritual being having a human experience.
I have no definite answers for this kind of question but when I reflect on it myself, I remind myself that every human experience is a lesson to be learnt, an opportunity for clearing to take place, a chance for healing to do its job. Some of our human experiences are really traumatic while others are just a pain in the neck. Many of our human experiences bring us complete joy while others are just little blips on this journey called Life. I like to believe that every human experience is a reminder for us to look deep within ourselves and acknowledge what is true for us. By increasing our own self-awareness, we can then look at our human experience and realise that it is what it is. From this perspective, we can ask ourselves the following questions, ‘What can I learn from this?”, “How would the Truth in me respond to this experience?”, “What can I create from this experience?”
The hardest thing to do, though, when you are in the midst of a human experience that is a deep crisis is to step back and ask these questions. I know because I have been there so many times before and I know I will be there so many more times in the future. I, in fact, faced a human experience this past weekend that challenged a lot of what I believed was true for me and it took some deep self-reflection to realise that I had allowed my conditioning to overtake my True Self.
I am slowly (very slowly!) learning the art of stepping back, hearing the thoughts that do not serve me during the crisis and changing them to those that do serve me, taking deep breaths (if you can remember nothing else but just taking deep breaths you are doing okay) and then observing the human experience for what it is. By observing the human experience, I can then take the emotions out of it, explore what lessons need to be learnt and allow for the clearing and healing to take place so that I can say I have made my human experience a worthwhile experience.
Consider the following words below and then decide for yourself what is/was your human experience, what did you observe, what thoughts ran through your mind at the time of your human experience and what can you do to make that human experience an experience worth having in your life:
“A human experience is the result of a conscious human mind observing an event. For example, consider what happened when you read the sentence, “A human experience is the result of a conscious human mind observing an event.” Whatever happened when you read that sentence, that was a human experience.” - Max Robinson, Ph.D. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology & Evolutionary Genetics, University of Washington (2005)