DECEMBER is a month of extreme contrasts where magical power rules our lives. The days shorten and more than ever, we are prompted to listen to the wisdom of our souls when our inner guidance appears in our consciousness. In a few days, we will sit around our Christmas table to enjoy our family company but with the Sacred Contract company we can enjoy Christmas time all year around, if we know how…..
I believe that each of us is guided by a Sacred Contract that our soul made before we were born.”
Sacred Contracts: Part I
Have you I wondered about my dharma and why I, as a soul, was sent back to Earth? All the answers can be found as hidden treasure somewhere along my life pursuing quest — to know myself. I keep searching for answers everywhere and therefore, Caroline Myss’s book ‘Sacred Contracts landed in my lap with hope to learn more. I pulled out my photo albums and used it along to study the book to remember my past to ‘connect the dots’ to see my soul’s traveling map. During the process of reading and writing my notes for ‘Scared Contract’, I re- visited significant Contracts in my life. I realized that my entire Contracts were made up of all these components of my life. I suddenly could see a ‘dance of my life’ influenced by a chronos power intermingled with Kairos and Cosmic forces into my history I made. Finding missing fragments of my soul in the other people’s backpacks is one thing but the most important part of this process was allowing myself to surrender to Divinity and enjoy new discovery to meet all my spiritual committee sitting with me around the table and review my life for this time around.
It is simple but it is a lifelong process to ‘remember’ what our Contracts contain. It a wide range of agreements regarding all that we are intended to learn in this lifetime. As Caroline explained in her work, it comprises not merely what kind of work we do but also our key relationships with the people who are to help us learn the lessons we have agreed to work on. Each of those relationships represents an individual Contract that is a part of our overall Sacred Contract, and may require you to be in a certain place, at a certain time with that person to perform a certain task. My work with Sacred Contracts put me in a deep process reviewing my past and present relationship and career to find if I do have a contract or not in my reviewed situation.
At first it looks to me to be deep and confusing but then when I progressed with my study, something clicked in my soul and I saw a link, a divine guidance and Karious time (God’s time) that plays a significant role to put in just right scenario. It reminded me of a flash from life’s stage play where God’s powerful hand takes me from one side of the stage and puts me in a penthouse or a stairway to hide me for the moment to meet the right person that I am scheduled to do meet.
Besides the fact that we are destined to meet some people, be physically in a certain place and do certain work (writing a book) or being involved in an event (revolution), free will plays a role in your Sacred Contract. At any given moment our Contract may provide us with an opportunity for growth. It can come in the form of a challenge at work, the dissolution of an old relationship or the formation of a new one.
Know Thyself and Step into Your Power
Now when I adopted Caroline’s belief to agree to the terms of our Contract before entering the physical realm of this world, I started to see my life from a bird’s perspective and searched for pivotal moments in my life. This applies whether we accept the concept of reincarnation, or believe in a single lifetime followed by heaven or hell — or neither. Caroline describes one fascinating parallel occurring in the writing of Plato.
In brief, the story concerns a Greek soldier named Er who is left for dead on the battlefield. Twelve days later he awakens on his own funeral pyre, and later tells a remarkable tale of what he observed while he was suspended between life and death. Er found himself in a kind of way station between heaven and earth where souls were passing from one plane to the other. Dead souls were waiting to be judged and assigned to their reward or punishment, while other souls prepared for their journey to earth. Some were old souls returning for another go-round; others were freshly minted and awaiting their first life on Earth.
As Er’s story brought us to one point where the waiting souls are presented with many possible life scenarios, and are advised to choose from these “samples of lives.” Plato informs us that “there were many more lives than the souls present, and they were of all sorts. There were lives of every animal and of man in every condition,” including tyrants. I reflect on this story seeing my own soul having discussion with a team of guides about what needs to be done in order to progress on my soul’s enlargement journey. But the process of returning soul has some protocol to follow.
Before entering life on the Earth plane, however, the souls were led to the plain of Forgetfulness, a barren waste with no vegetation, where they were required to drink from the river of ‘Un – mindfulness’. They then promptly forgot everything that had just happened to them. The reason is obvious: if I know in advance exactly what’s going to happen in my life, I would have great difficulty making decisions or taking actions that are intended to teach me something, often through painful experiences. I might naturally be reluctant to begin a relationship with someone who I knew would hurt me, even though I needed to learn a valuable lesson from that person.
Whether we are ready to take this myth literally or simply as a teaching device of Plato’s, we can use it to gain a higher perspective on our life. From my soul perspective, If I think of my life’s direction as something to which I have agreed, then what formerly seemed like arbitrary or even absurd conditions can be seen in another light. Suddenly, I didn’t see tragedy or failure; I just saw a new milestone on my soul road map that I have agreed to follow. Each event, each person of any significance whom you encounter, has an agreed-on role in your learning experience. On the personal level, sometimes the learning is difficult because you don’t always surrender to the situation. It takes time for me to see the reasons for it but self-reflection serves me in my soul search. Caroline shared a tip on how to travel “sooner you do, the less painful it becomes.” In time, I might learn to accept each event as it happens without struggling against it and prolonging your psychic — and physical — suffering. Reading this golden wisdom, I got a few flashbacks to my life.
To have a serious illness or injury is difficult enough; seeing it as a punishment or the cruel caprice of fate only makes it harder to bear. The resulting stress will probably also make it worse, and you will take longer to heal or recover.
Naturally, we cannot be expected to see everything immediately, or in advance. But knowing a way of looking at the symbolic meaning of your experiences, I will be better prepared to accept the inevitable changes to your life. Fighting change builds up emotional scar tissue.
Surrendering to Divine allows you to accept the changes, and get on with your life.
Veronika Prielozna, MA in her inner play with Archetypes
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