It's all about Learning. It’s not about achieving. When you achieve something, what you learn is, “I can set a goal, target my thoughts and actions toward it, and accomplish it.” This is part of your soul’s power: that it can manifest things and events in the physical world. When Jesus said “Nothing shall be impossible to you, if you have faith” he was speaking quite literally. Whatever you desire in this world, if you focus your intention on it, move toward it mentally and physically, and believe that you can have it, you will eventually have it. The hardest part is the believing.
Look at your life without judging it, and ask yourself “What do I really want?” (Note: the question is not “What should a person like me want?”) The answer you’re looking for is at a deeper level than the mind. Listen patiently and wait; it may come on a thunderbolt but it’s much more likely to come very quietly.
We usually call this “failure” but that’s not really accurate. From this failure-experience we always have the opportunity to learn greater truths, such as this one: “There are no failures, only learnings.” This I was told by my Inner Counselor some years ago at a time when I did not want to hear it, but I knew it was the biggest thing I really needed to learn, and I could never have learned it from success. We have to experience failure to transcend it.
Contemporary spiritual thinkers and writers have used the term “The Earth School.” I can see that. I think it’s a reasonable description of what we’re here for: primarily to learn. But the term doesn’t quite cover it I think, because I believe there is also an element of sharing gifts that goes along with the Earth Journey.
We have all been given a set of gifts, some we develop and some we don’t. Yes, you too. This includes that talent you’re embarrassed to admit, the songs you write, the poetry you’re too shy to show anyone, that love of working with your hands with wood or steel or stone, or that secret love of rivers, or the constellations of stars, or some other seemingly unlikely thing. Yet it’s been there in the back of your heart all your life. consider bringing it out. Just in some small ways maybe, at first. See what happens.
The life you are living now is not all there is. It’s a very small part of all there is; there is much more. In fact, there is so much more, that we are unable to comprehend or even imagine it within the limitations of a human mind. Yet your soul knows, and from the inside of you, gently urges you to trust and believe, and to move forward, faithfully, mindfully honestly and earnestly living the life you have now. Because even though your soul will have other lifetimes, you will never have this one again. The particular gifts of this life must be shared in this lifetime, or they will remain unshared for eternity.