Life is a Schoolroom

“This earth plane
is neither the beginning nor the end
of your existence.
It is simply a step, a schoolroom.” — Pat Rodegast, Emmanuel’s Book

Life is a schoolroom. What did you come here to learn? Challenges present themselves daily. The way you perceive your challenges is vital. What would your life look like if it was not a problem to solve, but rather a lesson to learn?

Moment to moment, you are presented with two basic choices:

Yes or no.

Yes and no both have an energetic component. When you sense your physiology, you feel the difference between yes and no. Yes feels like relaxed openness, calm, and acceptance. No feels tense. No is closed. No tries to escape this moment, to arrive at some better moment.

The yes and no I describe here aren’t superficial choices. You still have your preferences. Everything you like and dislike. You can still say no to what isn’t good for you. Don’t get lost in your mind’s dogma. Stay with the feeling.

Yes and no are deep attitudes you take in your approach towards life. Yes and no are embodied. They are not only psychological experiences. They are a deep relationship with life, one that either accepts or rejects your experience. Each breath you take is a fresh opportunity to see which attitude you’ve chosen. As long as you live, the opportunity to choose yes or no is available.

Why would you ever choose no? There’s a morbid fascination with saying NO. It’s the satisfaction of the crying baby in the midst of a tantrum. But you can’t dig your heels into life and enjoy the moving nature of experience simultaneously. Those two experiences are mutually exclusive. To enjoy all of life, you have to be open to all of life, not just what you prefer. All of it.

Approach this moment with a radical openness, and your instruction will begin. You can embody the perspective of a student in a classroom. The curriculum is what is happening for you right now. Your inner experience, including all the thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Your outer experience too. Your relationships, career, and health. All of this is your lesson.

Think back on some difficult experience that you’ve had. You may not want to repeat it. I don’t want to repeat the difficult experiences that I’ve had, but I damn sure learned from them. I learned vastly more from the difficult experiences than from the nice, pleasant ones. I’d bet you have too. This is the perennial challenge facing you, to be in the midst of life and it’s difficulty, while Yes permeates your entire experience.

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” — Ram Dass

Whatever happens, it’s okay. You’re learning. Life is a schoolroom.


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