Previously we talked about fate vs. free will, about how we are creating our lives one decision at a time, and about the fact that while you do have divine support, that doesn’t mean that God, or anyone for that matter, is going to do everything for you. You actually have to put the work in. But then there’s also this idea that God has a plan, right? So which one is it? Am I creating my life one decision at a time, or am I living out God’s plan? And if so, did God plan for all the negative things in my life and in the world to happen? Does He sometimes want me to suffer “for my own good”? Is that a thing? That’s what we’re gonna talk about today. A Course in Miracles talks about a plan when it says,
What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good?
Perhaps you have misunderstood His plan, for He would never offer pain to you.
That last line is really important. God would NEVER offer pain to you. As we said before, how could you reconcile the belief in an all-loving God with all the painful experiences of varying degrees happening in everyone’s life? God is either all-loving, or He’s planning negative experiences. It cannot be both.
But we wonder, because we have learned a lot from our painful experiences, right? So maybe God’s planning a few painful experiences here and there so we can learn our lessons? Here’s the thing. Yes, you can learn through pain, you can learn from hardship, but that’s not God’s will. God’s will for you is perfect happiness. You can learn through pain, but you can also learn through joy, and God would much rather have us learn through joyful experiences. And the reason we do learn from our painful experiences is because God loves us, and even though He can’t overstep the law of free will, what He can do is to make sure that at the very least, we can extract a valuable lesson from our hardships, so they’re not a complete waste. But again, we could also learn these lessons through joy. And that is God’s will.
There is no need to learn through pain. And gentle lessons are acquired joyously, and are remembered gladly.
–A Course in Miracles
So to me the passage from the Course talking about all events being planned, means that God has an idea of how He would like you to live your life here on earth. Namely, living a very happy and peaceful life. But because we have free will, we are free to choose whether or not we follow His guidance. The more we follow His guidance, the happier our life will be, because His only purpose is your good, and He would never offer pain to you. But obviously this life isn’t perfect, we aren’t perfect, and so we often choose painful experiences instead. To me that passage from A Course in Miracles means that there is a blueprint in the mind of God for how we could live our best life here on earth, and we could follow that. But again, we have free will, so we don’t have to, and God doesn’t force His agenda onto our lives. So the way I see it, it means that God does have a plan, but it is more like an offering, not something that is forced upon us.
This is also reflected in something Marianne Williamson often talks about. She says that an acorn NATURALLY turns into an oak tree and an embryo NATURALLY turns into a baby without our interference. And that actually, our interference would interrupt the process. So she says that there is a divine blueprint in the acorn and in the embryo, that delivers them to their highest expression. And that there is also a divine blueprint in us that would lead us to our highest expression as long as we don’t interrupt the process. So that’s another idea of a plan. But does that now mean that everything in our lives has been scripted, and we’re simply acting out a play like puppets? Or does it mean that in order to become my highest self I have to do nothing and just wait for it to happen? Well, no.
The way I see it, in nature everything always moves on to the next best thing. The blueprint for that big oak tree is already within that tiny acorn, and in the same way, the blueprint for your highest self has always been inside of you. So my interpretation of Marianne’s idea is that we all have the capacity to be great, and to become the greatest version of ourselves. And that that’s something that’s programed into nature, and so it is also programed in us, because we are part of nature. The only difference between us and the acorn is that we can say no. We can interfere, we can meddle, we can worry, we can self-sabotage, we can delay, we can procrastinate, we can distract ourselves,… And through all that we can interfere with the process. And that’s coming back to that introductory statement from the A Course in Miracles that it is more about unlearning and about removing the blocks we’ve built that are keeping us from being the best person we can be. As the Course says, removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your NATURAL inheritance.
Perhaps you have misunderstood His plan, for He would never offer pain to you. But your defenses did not let you see His loving blessing shine in every step you ever took.
God is always shining His light on you, but it’s up to you whether you let that light in. He’s always knocking on your door offering a more loving perspective, offering advice, offering to help you. But we are putting so little faith in Him, that we barely let Him in. We put our faith in so many meaningless things, but we don’t put that same faith in God. And since we have free will, He can’t force Himself and His ideas onto us. He can offer His advice and guidance, but if we want the results, we have to take the action.
While you made plans for death, He led you gently to eternal life.
No matter what, in the end love wins. In the end you will return back home to heaven, back home to oneness, back home to love and peace and bliss. That outcome is secure! But it’s up to you how enjoyable your life is up until that point.
God’s will for you is perfect happiness. That means He wants you to have happy experiences only. He wants everything in your life to be perfect. He wants your life to be pure bliss. And He created heaven as your home where you can live this perfect, blissful life. Here on earth unfortunately you can’t, because God did not create it, and so it isn’t perfect. But He still wants to help you to make your life here on earth as happy as it possibly can be. And then, when you’re done dreaming this dream, you will wake up back home in heaven where you can live in perfect oneness and in perfect bliss, as God intended it to be. That outcome is secure, but again, it would be in the best interest of everyone, including God, if you had a happy life here on earth before you come back home.
No one wants this life to be about suffering, certainly not God. Yes, the outcome is secure, you will return to heaven. So whether you enjoy this life or not, this too shall pass, because you will go back home. But again, that doesn’t mean we become complacent and just accept suffering as our fate. We are trying our best to make this the best life we possibly can for us and everyone else, because while we’re here, we’re here. While we’re here, it matters. Even though it is a dream, wouldn’t you prefer a happy dream over a nightmare?
The happy dream about him takes the form of the appearance of his perfect health, his perfect freedom from all forms of lack, and safety from disaster of all kinds.
–A Course in Miracles
God has a plan. But it is not forced upon us. It is an offering. So whether or not His plan becomes the reality of your life, is up to you.
Do you believe God has a plan for us? Leave a comment and let’s chat!
Lots of love,
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