We were set up!!! The struggle of the human race was a set up from ages ago. But as we learn of the set up, the journey to freedom begins to make sense. The interplay between our soul, our circumstances, and the spiritual realm can show us how we got stuck. More importantly, it can show us the way out!!
We must first understand that the introduction of the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil leaves each of us in a particular condition. Specifically, we are left to be our own source of truth and strength, and our own foundation for how we ought to live life. Much like the person who loses their glasses, we are left with to problems. We have lost something, and the way that we find lost things, is the very thing we have lost. We are left to figure everything out, and to become our own source and strength based in our limited figure-outing. Add to that the fact that we don’t start as fully mature adults (some never even end up there…). We all start as children.
Now watch what happens:
Stuff happens. Good stuff, bad stuff, confusing stuff, painful stuff. Stuff happens.
Most of us think our life has been shaped by the stuff that happens. My dad drank too much. Your parents divorced. The list is endless. It’s crucial that we understand our life was not shaped by the stuff that happens. Our life has been shaped by the things we believe in response to what happens. I was abused, I believe I will never be safe. You were abandoned, you believe no one can be trusted. The list of beliefs is as long and varied as the experiences that lead to them. And notice it is experience that leads you to believe these things. True or not, experience makes things seem true.
Now your will is engaged.
When stuff happens and you begin to believe these lies, (you are dirty, you are not loved, you will not be protected), you instinctively do something, anything to protect yourself from the experience.
You engage your will, much the same way that Adam and Eve engaged theirs. Now you have used your greatest strength against yourself.
You put up a wall. You retreat into your mind. You shut off your heart. You do something, anything to protect yourself from the experiences and the pain of them.
Now for the final touch. With your walls firmly intact, your heart tightly locked up, you head out into the world. Your walls begin to make friends (or enemies) Your hidden heart begins to engage in relationships (or rejection). The lies you believed, and the protections you put in place begin to reproduce the very experiences that were so wounding in the first place, and the cycle is complete. As the years pass the lies seem more and more true, and the walls around the heart take the place of our once soft and real heart.
Our mind, (how we understand and process) our will (how we execute) and our emotions (the gauge of our experience) become entangled with one another.
Then someone tells us…life isn’t working. Make better choices and try harder. Good luck with that.