Why Do Some Souls Choose Such Difficult Paths?

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Dear Laura,
What is the current explanation for why this life is so miserable for so many people (Rwanda, Haiti, Sudan, and inner city ghettos everywhere, etc) while others appear to have a much easier time? I’m asking this question with the supposition that we make pre-birth agreements and choose our existences. What could be the point to such disease and destruction?

Hello Brian,

Thank you for your powerful series of questions.

Believe it or not, we all preselected our life themes, regions of the world, times of existence here on earth, families of origin, and more when we reincarnated. Many of the areas you mention have historically difficult paths, contrasted with some exceptional people and cultures. Pain & hardship isn’t limited to specific places. Choosing an extra difficult path, in any region of the world, definitely gives some folks pause to humbly wonder: “Why?”

What we pre-chose for ourselves to experience is a soul’s personal decision made from the blissful state of The Other Side—before we incarnate here. Choosing a more challenging existence is not for the faint of heart, nor is it a sign of an inexperienced soul. What we have in common is that we are ALL here as souls to learn and to grow. That’s the short answer.

Some souls are more aware of this mission than others — independent of any geographic location. The old adage: “don’t judge others until you walk a mile in their shoes” is right.

We each preselect life themes to work on. I talk about life themes in my reading work with clients. Themes take on an infinite number of scenarios: patience, justice, creativity, intellect, and the list goes on. We have main life themes and sub life themes, which work 24/7 all the days of our lives. As if this weren’t enough learning material for us, there’s the free will of others and their life themes, PLUS familial, religious, geographical, environmental, governmental, institutional factors, and more, all added into ‘the learn and grow pile’!

Souls who incarnate into areas of drought, disease, famine, oppression, war, storms, instability and more, are NOT ONLY working on their own unique soul themes, experience and growth, they are also providing their contribution of collective experience to All as well. Each of our existences offers a catalyst opportunity for the rest of the world to stretch our thoughts outside of ourselves, awaken from our own maze to consider the paths and plights of others. Ideally it leads to having more compassionate hearts for those struggling, gratitude for what we have and more concern for helping our neighbors.

We are here as souls to work on ourselves, and in doing so…we absolutely impact each other…whether we consciously know it or not. Souls who chose to incarnate into these areas are like you — doing their own individual soul work as well as helping to inspire humanity to do some of their work as well.

If you are troubled by suffering, your soul is speaking to you to get involved…please do more however you can to help. Locally, regionally, globally. Pray, mentor, speak up, volunteer, change policy, be more compassionate, donate, commit to view the world as the interconnected place it is. When we begin to understand that we are all in it together, we elevate the vibration and connect with Healing.

Is there a reward for souls choosing a more difficult life path over others? Yes, true satisfaction from being on The Other Side, experiencing one’s own life review, and knowing that their existence (however unspeakably awful at the time) mattered to their soul progression; and helped to contribute towards shifting consciousness on earth.

Many souls are going through challenging, painful circumstances — yet somehow their inner light shines with faith, hope, courage, optimism, Grace, resilience, and every day they carry on…still managing to smile… In the time it took me to write this, someone exhausted and thirsty walked barefoot across a border with a baby on their back, a small child’s hand held tightly in theirs, and all their worldly possessions held in a tattered plastic bag.
What do we have to complain about? There, but for the Grace of God, go you or I. ~ Namaste.

Laura Scott
Laura Scott is an award-winning channel for healing, psychic, Akashic records expert & published author. For over 25 years her readings & distance healing/clearing work and Ask Laura column have touched the lives of thousands around the globe, including doctors, lawyers, business executives, professionals, healers, Olympians, and folks just like you. For info on readings and healings call 866-897-1504 or email her office at info@ancientstardust.com.