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It’s easy to see how the good things in life; such as a new job, good relationships, good health, and good living conditions could be beneficial and for our good.  The positive events in our lives enliven us, raise our vibrations and help to make us feel good about ourselves and our lives.  But what about all of the many situations that bring us challenges, suffering and pain? How could they be for our “highest good“?

Our highest good is situations that happen in our lives that are meant for a higher purpose no matter what the circumstances.  When we are suffering from the events in our lives, it’s hard to see how any good can come out of it.  We wonder how and why in the world this could be happening to us?

Challenging situations do have the potential to close us off from seeing the potential of a bigger plan or greater opportunities.  If we resist or hold onto painful feelings inside, they can cause us to create unconscious, unhealthy defenses leading to issues such as addictions, relationship problems and even self sabotage.  But no matter what, we do have the opportunity to learn from everything that happens to us.  Just like putting your hand on a hot stove.  Every difficulty, every experience and every occurrence in our lives is meant for our learning and allows for growth, enlightenment and our evolution.   It’s the suffering that breaks us open; open to learning, open to new ways of being, changing us forever.  It can make us wiser, stronger, and more compassionate.

Another deeper way to see our challenges is to know there is more to us than our physical bodies. That everything that is unfolding in our lives is always for a higher spiritual purpose.  “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”, wrote French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  Some see a connection between events in our lives and a higher power or God who better understands what would serve us best and designs our lives accordingly.  Researcher Jeff Levin found a central tenet in most faiths; the belief “that the universe is not subject to random processes but possesses a divine order, and belief in a divine plan, a sense that there is a purpose to everything that unfolds in the world…”

Some of the major spiritual teachers talk about the journey of our “soul”; the soul being that eternal part of ourselves. From this soul perspective, everything that happens to us is meant for our soul to experience what it came here for in this lifetime.

Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life,  offered this affirmation to help us with any problems we experience:  All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good.  Out of this situation only good will come.  I am safe. 

How would your life be different if you always knew that it all happens for your highest good?  I’d love to know your thoughts.