The more I move through this life, the more I realize that wisdom is our purpose
I hesitate to call myself a medium. I am in no way on par with say someone like The Long Island Medium. My connections with those that have passed are rare and disappointingly brief. Attempts to tune in “on demand” have been met with inconsistent success. And yet, I do have enough experience with the spirit world where I can begin to draw some conclusions.
I used to believe that after we die, a sort of transformational process takes place whereby all of our mistakes, shortcomings, and ignorance dissolves away. In this process we became something akin to an angel. We gained wisdom. Without even having to try.
However I now know that the afterlife is not this magical place where suddenly it will all make sense. True, I feel that a lot can be gained just from the experience of doing the life review with your spirit guides and knowing with certainty that there’s something more to existence. In that sense, we do gain something from the process. But I have to admit, the spirits I have connected with don’t seem to be that changed by death. We stay mostly the same.
We all strive to be better people, and death does not mean the end to that striving.
The afterlife is not that different from life on Earth. Like here, people seek to avoid pain and long for peace. Is it surprising to hear that there is pain in the afterlife? It certainly was for me. And yet, plenty of spirits have confided in me about regrets that they have from decisions they have made while alive. To feel regret is to feel pain. We all strive to be better people, and death does not mean the end to that striving.
You may have heard that we choose to reincarnate on Earth because we want to learn and grow from the experience. Before we are born we even specifically choose a number of life circumstances we will experience while alive so that we may “fill in the gaps” of missing wisdom from previous lives. But why is this necessary?
It would seem that life lessons and experiences are not something that can just be granted to us by God. I was once told that when God came into being he found himself alone and so started creating in order to fill the void. He felt such love for his creation that he wished to share it. And so, he planted a seed. Would that seed eventually evolve into another God being? The Hindus believe that with repeated lifetimes, we just may do so. God is the embodiment of wisdom. And so, if we strive to be like him we must seek to earn it. This can only come through repeated experiences and lessons learned.
Wisdom means the end of pain
Of course, there is a more immediate reason to strive to gain wisdom. Wisdom means the end of pain. When we are nasty to others, when we judge others, when we hurt an animal, it causes us emotional pain, even though we are the ones doing the hurting. We feel regret. We dislike ourselves. We miss out on opportunities to experience love and connection. We cannot become one with God until we become one with other beings. This is what it means to bed human. This is why we are here.
As we become older, we realize the importance of being kind to other people, of protecting animals, and of being good stewards to the land. It’s true that some never gain that wisdom, and perhaps they are still young in their journey. For many of us, after living a lifetime of learning, we come to the end of our life with so much wisdom, but too late to change the past. We wish to do it over again. We naturally wish to keep growing.
I have definitely met some old souls and wish to be like them, knowing that the more I do now means the more growth I can hope to achieve by the end of my journey. These old souls are kind, generous, understanding, and don’t seem to be much bothered by the day-to-day irritations of being alive. It is a very angelic way of being.
The Goddess depicted in the tarot card I chose today is Sarasvati. She is a Mother Goddess, but also the Goddess of learning and rules over how we use our words. Will we use our words to help others? To spread wisdom and thus healing? Or will we use our words to do the opposite and to hurt others? The choice is ours, but as we go through life, the choice to be aligned with wisdom becomes more and more the focus.