Why is Life so difficult?

Why is Life so difficult if everything, including our own death, is chosen? Let that be our question for the day. Whenever I contemplate inquiries such as this I find myself being forced to explore much larger questions, such as Who am I? And, What am I doing here? And, What is this place, anyway?

If I consider the question alone, as if it existed in a vacuum, I have no answer for it. Nothing here (on this planet, I mean) makes sense if it is considered out-of-context, as if it is just what it appears to be.

With "appearances" as the only measure, Life is a mess. It not only makes no sense, it is a pain in the neck. Not always, of course. But much of the time. The only thing that stops it from being a pain in the neck for me is the fact that there is much more going on here than meets the eye. Because I know that, I am able to re-contextualize my day-to-day experience, see it in a different way, and even move into a place of gratitude when things go "wrong." (I don't always make it there, but even the journey to get there takes some of the edge off of the more frustrating or formerly hurtful occurrences.)

My wonderful friend Barbara Marx Hubbard has a terrific way of looking at life's problems. She says that problems and crises are evolutionary drivers, inspiring and motivating innovation and change. I like that positioning. It helps me to not resent what, in days past, I absolutely would have resented.

What is going on here that is more than what meets the eye is that we are all involved in that process of evolution that is being driven by the need for change. We are not simply bodies with a brain on top. We are spiritual beings traveling through life with a body, but we are not our bodies. Once we get that part of it right, we're on our way to a better understanding of why "life is so difficult."

For spiritual masters, life is not difficult at all. That is because spiritual masters understand what is going on here-and why. I know that I talk about this a lot, but I can't say too much on this subject, in my view, for when we are very clear about the things I'm discussing here, life becomes a joy. Yes, even when things are not going so well...

So what IS "going on here"? Let's take another look at that next week, as we continue this exploration. I can tell you this much: nothing happens without purpose, nothing occurs by chance, there is no such thing as coincidence, and there are no victims and no villains in the world. Everything is placed before us so that it might bring benefit TO us. It's all in how we react...

See you next week!

Love and Hugs,



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Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.


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