Challenging Lives – Good for Evolution

As we progress and evolve the nature of the challenges we face whilst incarnate must also change. To evolve we need to learn new things in each lifetime. Along the way there will be a variety of different flavours of life. What is challenging to one being might be facile to another. What we can endure mentally, physically and emotionally will change.

This evolution means that we must learn to drive the vehicle, the physical plane being, as best we can learning as we go to detach from whatever dissatisfactions may or may not arise. It is a human tendency to bemoan our lot, though many so doing, have relatively little to complain about. For swathes of humanity mere existence is a harsh and difficult challenge, for others there is food on the table, money in the bank and a relatively easy physical life. For these the challenges are not about survival, they are more psychological, emotional, and pertaining to the quality or otherwise of their orientation to other humans. Some, already comfortable, are insatiable and greedy. In this instance they are succumbing to avarice {in whatever sense and for whatever} and not facing the challenge of taking only what is truly needed. Excess wins over moderation. Insatiability dominates the notion of enough.

Some challenges like the forced separation from a loved one, test mettle to the core. Some have unpleasantness directed at them and to forebear this without ire or revenge sets one above the average. Have a think about how prevalent the notion of revenge is in modern society. It underpins much “entertainment” and people go on about getting revenge on ex-partners and other sports teams. It is so primitive, yet it is an emotive theme present in art, literature, and film. There is a tendency to gloat over revenge accomplished. Yet the challenge to resist the temptation to be petty has been missed and no doubt this motif will reoccur until the being learns. Revenge begets revenge and it is silly.

In general evolution is about lifting oneself up, out of the mud of socially conditioned behaviour, reducing pettiness and point scoring. Taking one’s mind out of the mire and yet not judging it. It is to see where people are at and not looking down the nose. We are all on a journey, some have travelled a little further than others. That is all.

I mentioned previously shortcomings. These amount to things which we need to learn, not to be egotistical for example. Indulging is the opposite of facing. It is the nature of all challenge that we will fail many times before we learn. Human beings who imagine themselves homo sapiens are in fact rather slow and stubborn learners. One of the hardest things to acquire is a genuine, proportionate humility. The other is a sense of patience and forbearance, with no grumpiness and sense of being hard done by. This is particularly so in our times of instantaneous gratification.

In this life I picked an athletically able body with a sound intellect. In my mid-thirties I was tempted by power and money together with the trappings, and I chose that word deliberately, so associated. In general, I did a decent job of facing these. Since then, the vehicle has had numerous health concerns and I have had to take it to the mechanics often. I have joked that this is to cure me of the desire for another piece of meat in which to abide. I have renounced status and now live as a foreigner of low status in a foreign land. To many the loss of status is an idea which they dread, status and kudos are desired and sought. It takes a long time to realise that they are like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, not real. This loss of status challenge implies that I was a tad too fond of status in previous lives.

“Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.”

Marcus Aurelius

In one sense we, as the reincarnating causal jiva, select the vehicle and circumstances for our next learning experience, or life.  These lives may be easy or difficult. The level of challenge offered is proportional to the potential for evolution and learning. As per the above quotation. If we handle our life challenges well, we learn. If we do not, we still learn only we do so the hard way. How we use the potential for any given life is causal of the effects called subsequent lives.

“What we do now echoes in eternity.”

Marcus Aurelius

If we are slow to learn and arrogant, sooner or later we will get a life in which we are thoroughly knelt by the universe. If for example you are arrogant, you won’t believe what I just wrote. If you are self-diagnosed omniscient sooner or later you will be shown the error of your ways, if not in this life, then in subsequent ones.

There are lives in which much progress is made, and these are characterised by some form of hardship. The harder the life, the more daunting the challenge, the greater the potential for evolution. If your life is characterised by struggle and hardship, it is a good thing. It means that you, the causal jiva has decided that you are up for it, you can hack it. You may not enjoy, but you can do.

“What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne.”

Marcus Aurelius

When you have learned by challenge there is less need for repetition so the nature of the challenges evolve, as you the causal jiva, progress on your journey “home”.  The nature of the learning varies and can get very subtle or very harsh. Facing apparent adversity with detachment and a good mental attitude, is nearly always the way forward. To lift out of emotions and see challenge for what it is, opportunity for learning and evolution. These challenges are tests that you, the real you, have set for yourself, here “self” at the level of causal jiva and not personality.

This is my postulate for today:

Challenging lives are good for your evolution.

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