Human life is a major spiritual opportunity

Affairs of the world are perceived and interpreted in accordance with one’s level of consciousness. Therefore, the world may appear to be tragic, sad, miserable, or fearful, or it may, on the contrary, seem tempting, exciting, and challenging. In the high 500s, it is viewed with compassion and seen as beauty. In the 600s, it is seen as peaceful, and then, in the 700s, as Ramana Maharshi said, “The world you see (i.e. perception) does not even exist; therefore, surrender it to God.”

Human life is a major spiritual opportunity for consciousness to evolve and even reach Enlightenment. It is an expression of the gift of life, through which one can eventually realize the Self. Worldly temporal life is transitory and brief, but its consequences are very long term. It is therefore best to treasure the opportunity with gratitude. Spiritual endeavor is, in and of itself, an expression of appreciation for that gift of life.

Q: But what about the vicissitudes of life?

A: Each has a hidden gift. Sometimes it is an opportunity to undo past suffering brought to others. Sometimes the suffering is due to resistance and is a consequence of the ego’s personal will and therefore needful of surrender. An overall attitude of humility is very helpful, and by surrender, the hidden gift is revealed. How a specific situation is handled depends on how it is conceptualized and contextualized, and therefore, what it seems to ‘mean’.

from Discovery of the Presence, ch. 10, pg. 161-162

6 thoughts on “Human life is a major spiritual opportunity”

  1. Beloved Susan, you are often in my thoughts & prayers. I have Healing & Recovery before me right now. I often turn to Doc’s words in these challenging times. I know he is right that working on our own level of consciousness & being kind in all circumstances is what I am called to do.
    By the way, I am no longer ministering in a Unity church & am now in Bellingham, WA where I am near family.
    Sending much love, Sandra

  2. Hi Susan,
    Thank you for continuing Doc’s work. So very important. I think of him almost daily and call to mind particular teachings that guide and comfort me.

  3. I am so grateful to be steeped in ACIM and David Hawkin’s books (currently Healing and Recovery) during this time of social distancing and (sort of) quarantine. I find myself approaching the daily changes with a gentle “Isn’t this interesting?” approach. I’m relishing the idea of great swaths of humanity on sabbatical. The quote you selected about the vicissitudes of life is beautiful. Thank you!

  4. Dear Linda
    I never had the pleasure of seeing you and your husband at one of your events. My learning journey has consisted of the treasure of David’s books and Utube spots. My first book being Power vs Force and I have carried on since through to the last one written. What a treasure to have at this extraordiary time of change discovery and evolution on earth!
    Much thanks to both of you for your devotion to bringing enlightenment to the world one person at a time.
    I know you are being watched over by God and certainly your beloved David.

  5. Susan and all members of your group
    Thank you for for your good work. You are all in my prayers. Blessings and eternal love
    Jaya

  6. Dearest Susan, what a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to write to you. David has been my spiritual teacher for many years.
    I was just thinking of him, looking at his picture and feeling his
    power. Then going through this latest email, I find you. I send you Love and my best wishes. I’m 83, and am told that I look like David’s brother. Will write again soon.

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