2) Separately yet similarly... An elderly lady named Mary Christ (I kid you not) once told me her beliefs - the best reasoning I've ever heard for
pain and suffering in this world. She said that in the Tibetan book of the Dead after your journey passed the benevolent spirits and malevolent
spirits and the judgment with the mountains of white stones (your good deeds) and black stones (your bad deeds) which determine whether you get to
come back as a flea or Paris Hilton (and I'm simplifying these scriptures scandalously - no need to tell me
You walk down this tunnel of
copulating couples about to conceive babies and you PICK your parents - go behind them and enter a white tunnel where you forget this life and start a
Now, if that isn't interesting enough, in this tunnel she believed you got to PICK your challenges and PACK your bag of tools / support (that you've
gathered through out your lifetimes) for your Earthlab 101 / Life game this time around. Some people pack accordingly, others don't. Some people
pick out too many challenges and not the right tools or enough support. And they end up mumbling to themselves on street corners till they can check
out and try again. Other old souls pack very well, and come in briefly to help. Sacrificing themselves to "awaken" us younger souls. She believed
this of children with cancer. Go to a ward sometime and look in their eyes - Those are some old souls! There are many old souls out there, helping
us out of our comfort zones towards collective creation and enlightenment.
3) Years ago, a man named Chetan explained to me that, as he sees it, we have our Default and our Extraordinary this-lifetime-specific, personal
consciousness [head] and experiences / emotions [heart]. And, for the "ideal path" to meeting the challenges we pre-selected and PACKED for, there
is our hotline connection to our source, our eternal guides / spirits / universal conscious... whatever, it's instinct [gut] (I feel it more in my
diaphragm). Our gut has a vocab of only 2 words. For every choice, all it ever grunts is "yep" or "nope." BUT, our head and our heart can
choose to ignore our gut (instinct). And they often do.
4) The most unusual and magical little store I've ever seen is called the Sword and Rose in San Francisco (straight out of Diagon Alley - I swear.)
One afternoon I went by and there were 2 men in their 50s who were buying "powders" and wearing clothes that were ... distinctive. The owner told
me they were warlocks - and since I have no reason to doubt or believe, I'll make no judgements either way.
Anyway, we were all talking and their immediate response to "Do you think we have free will?" was "OH YES, Far too much!" I thought that was
interesting. In hospitals when someone can't breath well - they are put on a respirator. If you watch the monitor you'll see a little rhythm.
That's called riding the respirator, because it's easier than breathing on our own. I believe we have all the free will we need, but creating and
choosing is exhausting and a lot of us occasionally or frequently ride the Great Respirator!
BTW - Better use your free will while you can... I hear THEY are going to start charging for it
[edit on 8/12/2008 by trusername]