(OMTimes | Robyn M Fritz MA MBA CHt) When we or our families, human or animal, face tough circumstances, how does that affect our souls? Here we look at physical and emotional impairment and opt-out points and how a soul could view them as challenges or opportunities on its eternal journey to grow in love.
Living intuitively – when souls face tough choices
Here’s the good news: our souls are eternal and always on a journey to grow in love. The bad news is our bodies are not eternal and can frequently “malfunction,” so to speak, becoming so damaged or chronically impaired that the soul must choose how to stay on course to deepen love. Here’s how that can play out.
When body, mind, and spirit are challenged
Despite all the metaphysical flapdoodle out there, this is how life really goes: we’re born, crap happens, fun happens, we die. In short, life can suck. Relying on feel good catchalls like “It’s what’s meant to be” is disempowering. It also keeps us from understanding what our soul may be up to at any given time and, perhaps, from making the best of life, with all its ups and downs. The “ups” are easy, but what happens when things go wrong?
How comas and mental and physical impairment can affect the soul
Life can be very hard. Suffering, pain, and disability can happen. However, we can choose how to respond, from making the best of a tough situation to letting it destroy us.
Some situations appear to allow people to work on soul issues or to accomplish that lifetime’s chosen work without having to deal with bodily issues. They include severe mental or physical disability, crippling autism, and comas, all situations where the body simply does not function in what we consider a normal way.
Sometimes people adapt well to difficult situations: we all know of people who faced what most would consider unacceptable and cruel disabilities and blossomed into beautiful, fulfilling, and inspiring lives. More controversially, it appears that some people plan these catastrophic events before they’re born. Intuitives who converse with the deceased have learned that sometimes these choices were meant to allow huge leaps in world work that would have been impossible if the body was occupied with all that a healthy human faces. Fascinating, thought-provoking—and troubling.
Of course, these conditions are devastating. We struggle to accept them, in ourselves or others, but what we don’t always know is how the soul uses them to engage in deep soul work—something we hardly know in good times. If you’re observing loved ones (or yourself) undergoing severe mind, body, or spirit impairment, be aware there could be more going on than you suspect, and decide for yourself if that’s comforting—or not.
As an example, I conversed with a deceased woman who had been vibrantly healthy her entire life until she suffered a massive stroke in her 70s and spent years bedridden and largely unconscious before she died. While the circumstances were appalling, she told me she’d used that time in a coma to resolve issues with her spiritual team so she could have a jump start on soul growth in the afterlife. For her next soul experience, she’s chosen to stay in the afterlife to guide newly arrived souls. You see? We just don’t know.
Opt-out points: when life is just too difficult
Before souls take new bodies (yes, before they reincarnate), they create opt-out points for their life, from none to however many they want. Opt-out points allow us to choose to die when we hit a physical, emotional, or spiritual crisis; we don’t think we can handle without suffering serious soul damage. The choice involves how difficult the soul expects its body’s choices will be and how equipped it is to handle them, and can include revisiting situations from previous lives or serious mind, body, spirit challenges.
I learned about opt-out points from my dog, Murphy. As I discovered early on with her, we had reincarnated together many times, and currently shared debilitating health issues. Besides, our energy bodies (our individual energy fields) were so intertwined that we would physically feel or know what was going on with each other (this is never a good idea). For example, I would experience symptoms of a bladder infection and finally realize it was her problem, not mine.
That’s how Murphy’s spiritual team taught me about opt-out points: if we’ve built them into our lives, we can literally choose, on a soul level, how to confront a life crisis. Would the soul’s journey to love be derailed or seriously impaired if the crisis continued, or would it be an opportunity for growth? Choosing a response to a crisis is a job like any other, with massive soul consequences. In this case, the body lives—or dies.
Eventually, I knew when Murphy was considering an opt-out point during major illnesses. Each time I’d explain what was happening and what to expect and remind her we’d chosen to come together, in a safe time and place, to heal crap from our previous lives. Each time she chose to stay and tough it out—until the last crisis hit, and her next job required her to leave.
As you reflect on how a soul meets severe body, mind, or spirit impairment, how does that inform your thinking about your own or a loved one’s situation? If you’ve faced an opt-out point, what did you learn from choosing to stay and confront whatever difficulty it presented?
Remember, only the soulfully knows what it’s up to, and it’s often difficult for us to comprehend it. Our job is to do the best we can with what we’ve got, to help when we can, and to keep on learning and growing our souls. Right into the afterlife, and back again.
About the author
Robyn M Fritz MA MBA CHt is an intuitive and spiritual consultant and certified past life regression specialist. An award-winning author, her next book is “The Afterlife Is a Party: What People and Animals Teach Us About Love, Reincarnation, and the Other Side.”
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