We have choices. All of us at all times have choices.
Sometimes we are helped with our choices. Yesterday I was at an event where I was asked why some people talk about only seeing angels and good spirits. The woman who asked plainly felt that not everybody she knows who talks about the spirit realm tells the truth. They tell her what they see, I told her. What they see are the good spirits, the angels. Not everybody sees the dark side like I do. That is a very good thing.
Early on the morning of Friday, December 14, I heard a radio report out of Beijing. There was word that a man in a village in Henan province had gone off his rocker. He stood at the entrance of a grammar school where he slashed an elderly woman and at least twenty-two children. The Chinese government did not say if any of the children or the woman had died. Around midday there was another report that someone had entered a Connecticut grammar school with a gun. Twenty-seven people were dead. Later the police told the world that a young man had apparently murdered his mother before driving to the school and opening fire. Twenty children and seven adults were dead, including the gunman.
The first time I recall anything of this scale was in 1966 when eight young nurses in Chicago were systematically tortured, raped and murdered.
We are quick to blame. It’s fast, easy and a temporary salve for our individual conscience. It’s our way of absolving ourselves. We did not commit the fault. We are not to blame. We are good people. That person is the bad one.
Then we ask: Why did God let any of this happen?
In the spiritual world, the answers are blunt. Most humans can hardly bear the darkness in their own souls. It is easy if not honest to say it was not our fault in any way. The truth is that we are all responsible to make the world a better place to live. We are all responsible for keeping other souls alive.
God does not choose when we die. We have the ability before conception to choose. Some people choose terribly short lives. They die in the womb and are miscarried. Others choose to die as children. They know that we have options for when we die. We can choose how and when. Some of us remember going through near-death experiences one or more times. We made the decision to return to the physical plane. Others reach that point between earthly life and paradise and choose paradise.
It is painful but important to remember that we humans have choice.
We can choose to use guns. We can choose to drive under the influence of drink or drugs. Life is one choice after the next.
Equally important in choosing life is whether we make the decision to do good or ill. We don’t need guns or knives to kill. We have the power of our spirits. We have the power to say Yes to life, to be positive, to be models of people going on regardless of what life gives us to face.
To live with decency, honor and integrity is difficult. We have designed our lives to make it far easier to be selfish, rude and cruel. We can cut somebody off with a look or a word because it is easy. What patience it takes to treat ourselves and others with respect!
It’s a real Advent challenge to remain positive in the face of fear. Yet, that is the point of this time of year.
Listen to your guardian angel. It’s terrifically easy to do whatever fulfills our base needs. Listen to the voices of angels. Remember the pain of families who lose their beloved of all ages. Know that there is great joy in the gains of souls newly arrived in heaven.
Very few people who do spiritual work see the depths and despair of hell. All of us have the opportunity to see heaven every day.
Be a force for good. Be the person who brings a bit of heaven to somebody today.