Living the Life You Planned
What if we could know our purpose on this earth, and what our soul came here to learn and experience? There are times when our life feels in sync with something larger than ourselves and other times when we feel desperately alone and without any inner or outer guidance. Imagine what a relief it would be to confirm that we’re on the right path – or to know that we’re not, so we could make better choices. Perhaps we’ve decided on a career or entered into a relationship that our gut tells us isn’t right, yet we stubbornly persist. Taking this a step further, what if we actually chose the hardships we’ve encountered in our life before we incarnated (stay with me here!) so that our soul could grow and evolve? Living the Life You Planned?
Sound far-fetched? I would have thought so too a few years ago.
Maybe it’s because I’m getting older that these questions are more pervasive, but I think it’s more likely due to a deep shift in my beliefs over the past few years and especially after my partner Ralph’s recent death. Raised Catholic, I never gave any thought to the possibility of reincarnation, even though more cultures than not believe in the concept. This is about spirituality, not religion, I’ve learned. Big, big difference. At any rate, it’s a fascinating subject to explore, if you have an open mind.
One of the many books recommended to me after Ralph’s passing was Your Soul’s Plan by Robert Schwartz, which introduced me to the idea of a soul contract based on the belief that we actually plan our life before we’re born. This fascinated me and so I considered it synchronicity when a fellow energy medicine student named Katie Carlone mentioned that she does soul contract readings. I jumped at the opportunity to see what it was all about. Believe me, I would not be writing about this if what Katie revealed to me had not blown me away. I would have kept this quietly to myself, but it was so amazing that I felt compelled to share my experience with you.
In an hour-long reading with Katie (which she records for you to keep) she uncovered and validated many energetic patterns in my life. She talked about how I came into this world with an intense and deeply emotional energy (I’m sure family members will agree here) and that I possessed archetypal patterns of the artist, the nature lover and the healer, among others. I laughed when she said that I could sit for hours in nature gazing at something beautiful. (I’m obsessed with clouds and trees!) Katie said that in general I like a slower pace, steady and methodical, and that I like to linger. I loved that! People who know me may think this is just the opposite of how I appear, but I can see that when I operate at a frenetic pace, I’m out of control and not very happy. She also mentioned that I’m very intuitive and that I need to use my creative abilities to dissipate excess emotion or my body gets sick. Wow. That one was spot on. I’ve been aware of this pattern for years, and yet have unwittingly repeated it more times than I’d like to admit. This is just a tidbit of the information I was given. If you find it intriguing, I would highly recommend a reading with Katie. She’s a lovely, down-to-earth intuitive and life coach whose insight could change your life.
So who’s the little girl in the picture above? That’s me (or Barbie, as I was known back then). Believe it or not, I can still recall how I felt when that picture was taken. Happy, but painfully shy. It fascinates me now to look (really look) at old pictures and re-connect with that little girl, or the teenager, the young adult, etc. who is still a part of me and always will be in this special lifetime.