The Size of the Lesson

I believe that there is a Divine Plan. In essence, it is a curriculum that our soul created for ourselves before entering this body in this life. Only that we forget. As soon as we are born, we don’t remember that we created this set of lessons, let alone the subject matter of the lessons themselves. These teachings often appear as challenges we face in our lives.

All this is quite familiar for people involved with Spiritism. But here comes the curious part. What I recently realized is that the size of the lesson, is the size of my resistance to learning it. In other words, the more I resist, the harsher the lesson is going to be. For example, if a certain lesson involves taking time off for myself to expand my inner growth, and I keep on being distracted by work and other activities, a slight headache may not suffice to deter me from such distractions. I inadvertently call in something more challenging to force me into alone time. This can be a simple yet painful stomach flu that will make me stay in bed for a day. If I don’t absorb this lesson and immediately rush back to work, the stomach flu may be followed by something more severe such as COVID or even cancer. This is not to say that anyone who has COVID or cancer is someone who ignores taking time for themselves. The means – a disease in this example, is a tool that may be used by the Divine Plan for various purposes, but it does mean that if the challenge we are facing is severe, it is because we refused to yield and learn the lesson the easy way.

As we go through life, the curriculum is unbeknown to us, yet it is pre-set. The way we will learn these lessons depends on how open we are to truly listen, integrate and implement. Therefore, the harsher the lesson, the question to ask is not “why me?” but rather, what did I miss, or am I still missing? A relationship fallout, romantic or otherwise, may be an indication of me missing the bigger picture, of making poor choices. Can I see it, learn, and integrate, or does the lesson needs repeating in a more painful way next time around? The size of the pain in the lesson, the size of my resistance.

As I go through life, may I remain an open vessel for lessons to come, and I pray I learn it the first time around. And so be it.

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About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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7 Responses to The Size of the Lesson

  1. Yetzer Hara says:

    It’s all fine to say you believe this or that but without supporting your beliefs with facts gives them little more credibility than dreams.

    • Ronen says:

      I appreciate your opinion. I do state it is what I believe and not that it is a proven fact. Yet what are facts but a limited perception of reality? It was a known fact, back in the day, that the Earth was the center of the universe, until it was proven differently. Gravity was calculated as a constant during Sir Isaac Newton’s days but then that turned out to be a private case and not a universal law.
      By definition, we cannot know the Divine Plan. If we knew it, it would not be the Divine Plan. You can choose to believe it or not. Yet, I look at my life’s journey, and in my life, I can clearly see that lessons I didn’t learn repeated themselves in a harsher way while lessons I integrated were not repeated. That is the point of the post. Wishing you a light journey on your own path through life.

      • Yetzer Hara says:

        You seem to be rejecting that I know I have five fingers on my right hand or that it’s now an absolute fact that the Earth orbits the Sun, and then you suggest the unknowable it you of the Divine plan, and at the same time claiming their is a God. There is no proof for God, that’s why they call it faith.
        And which God are you talking about because there are thousands and yours has no more credibility than the rest of them. It’s pretty arrogant to make claims without evidence isn’t it? And it never seems the non existent God ever does anything himself, but instead it’s the very real faithful that you need to watch your back around. And you can have your opinions too, but don’t think you have a right to impose them without proof!

      • Ronen says:

        How did I impose anything when I state upfront this is my belief?… Seems to me you are the one attempting to impose your perspective on me. 😊
        You are looking for arguments and to prove you are right. I know better than to argue online. You and I are on different paths. I’ve been on the scientific path for many years. I know a thing or two about it. Science it is based on assumptions and then, often, years of work to prove it one way or another. I can go deeper into explaining how limited our scientific knowledge but you already made your mind. I wish you well.

      • Yetzer Hara says:

        By repeating that God has a plan, when there is no evidence for God, then you are imposing your beliefs over the evidence.
        In the story in Judaism, Moshe asked HaShem what his name was(as if the infinite and eternal could be captured by a name), and his reply “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” which translates into “I will be what I will be”. So HaShem himself does not know his own future, and by admitting this establishes that he has “Free Will”. And you seem to think you know more about the God of Abraham when he himself says he doesn’t know!
        Good luck!

      • Ronen says:

        Thank you. Good luck to you as well.

  2. A. Curtis says:

    “The unexamined life is not worth living.” We can only know our own reality. We can only own our own truth. An open mind and heart will take you on the correct path. Peace.

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