This can be one of the most revealing questions to ask yourself in regard to your self-healing journey: What does it mean, if I chose this illness or condition? It leads to the next question: If I did choose this, what was I hoping to discover or gain?
When I began my self-healing journey many years ago, I wouldn’t have considered these questions. My pain was the result of someone else’s abuse (or lack of care) toward me, or genetic predisposition and that was the end of the exploration. I would heal because I would generate enough love, knowledge and support to do so, but I wasn’t going to entertain the idea that I might have actually chosen it.
It was years before I considered the possibility that I chose this body, this life and my unique experiences because I came to earth with an intention, and the fulfillment of that intention included healing conditions I had allowed or even chosen.
In order to experience greater ability to self-heal, I needed to consider those two questions: 1) What does it mean if I chose this illness or condition? and 2) If I did choose this, what was I hoping to discover?
I finally got my courage up and asked myself about the seemingly impossible—that I had chosen my physical condition.
This ended up being the most important exploration I could have ever made regarding my healing. I was surprised by what I discovered, and it allowed me to get to a level of emotional freedom I could not have imagined.
Early on I thought, if I discovered I had actually chosen all the challenges my life seemed to present to me, I simply wouldn’t be able to bear it. I would see myself as a tyrant to myself. I would curl up in despair.
In truth, I found the opposite to be true. Exploring the possibility that I had chosen and accepted, and even created, some or all of my most profound experiences—difficult and easy—was empowering. If I had created it, I was completely free to recreate it and fulfill my intentions.
What would it mean if you realized you chose a hero’s journey?
You decided to embark on hero’s journey. You knew you were going to be transforming some pretty yucky, sticky stuff, but you also knew you had some powerful spiritual gifts to help you. You knew you would have many allies both here on earth and on the other side. You came prepared to turn the places in the world where love was lacking into spaces of love.
You are the one that chose and packed your bags with talents and abilities that would help you awaken to your true potential. Every challenge was and is an opportunity to broaden your perspectives, accepting the Divine and limitless nature of who you truly are.
In all fairness to you, you might not believe that you did choose this reality. Even if you don’t believe it, I’d like to recommend the exercise anyway. Even as a creative endeavor, you are likely to discover something about yourself.
If you do believe you are the creator of your reality, you still might find the this exploration reveals nuances and insights about your journey that could be quite helpful in making self-healing choices for yourself during this particular time.
You can explore these questions with me with a very simple exercise in The Root of All Healing, Chapter Four, under the subsection What If You Discovered You Chose Your Life. The exercise invites you to write your case argument for coming to earth, and presenting what you intended to learn, be and do while there.
This exercise can be quite freeing and empowering as you explore in great depth exactly why you might have chosen this life and all that it entails. Imagine the freedom of discovering why you have a chronic illness, were sexually abused, or seem to become ill so easily. You realize that the world and people around you are no longer (and never were) in control of your experiences.
Recognizing and embracing myself as the creator was pivotal to my healing. My self-healing was exponentially more powerful. I explored in greater depth and with greater confidence my own healing gifts and applied them with a sense of knowing that what I created could be recreated.
I have seen others discover the same for themselves. To know you have chosen your life (the wonderful and the challenging parts of life) is to know that you are the one that can fulfill it—you are the chosen one that chose yourself.
Thanks for the knowledge. After transitioning a review by you and spiritual counselors is completed and additional training may or not be needed. Once that is completed it’s your decision then as to when to transition back to a human form. What is my purpose in doing this? What is my ultimate goal?
Misa Hopkins says
Frank, this is a great question. Rest times between incarnations are required by some souls, particularly when you came here to transmute a significant wound within humanity. Only the soul knows when it is adequately refreshed and ready for service and exploration once again. The benefit of returning to earth is that creation time is slower here. You have an opportunity to consider what you want and become crystal clear about it before it can manifest. That’s particularly important as we learn to release our fears and negative judgements. In other realms of existence, manifestation is instantaneous or nearly so. It is preferred that we be very pure beings before manifesting at those speeds, and in more comprehensive manners. Multiple reincarnations gives you time to develop greater and greater states of love and purity. Some souls have developed quite extensively, but choose to return in service to those souls who are committed to their evolution. As the soul progresses, it is given opportunities to create on a larger playing field, and in environments where its influence is far more vast. So we come to dense realities like earth, so that we can forget we are Divine and remember through our experiences of free choice. Evolution provides us with vast playgrounds through which we remember we always have been and always will be pure consciousness.
This is an excellent exercise, and so important to total healing of long-standing health issues. You have worded it so well here! I have used my own version of this exercise throughout my life, but in adulthood, it becomes more challenging to remember to do it, as the issues pile up one after the other. Just recently, I had finally out of frustration surrendered to this process (this particular issue is a very intense one with many layers)…and found myself getting some headway, until it was “too much”, and I had to stop. I think it’s time, once again, to approach it using these guidelines. Thank you Misa, for all your wonderful guidance – bless you!
Misa Hopkins says
Zora, I’m so glad to know that you have also used a similar exercise. I truly believe the trick with this exercise is in recognizing the soul’s motivation behind difficult experiences. Getting to these insights without blaming myself or others has certainly been part of the journey for me. Some of these challenges are a lot harder once you get here than how they are perceived on the other side. If you do this version of the exercise, I hope you’ll return with insights about this version. How wonderful that you are so very dedicated and committed!
I wrote a lot in a previous comment but it did not appear. I rest my case!
I have often considered the chosen option but I am not 100% convinced. I have learned much about myself and others while being 'stopped still' due to chronic lung condition which now affects my heart and mobility. I am alone, no family and friends are disappearing because they feel uncomfortable and can't help. I have added to the knowledge from previous lives regarding health/healing and I do have an in depth understanding of root causes. But because of my pain and difficulty to physically function I am unable to use the talents I have awakened. Like yourself I can see, hear, feel and sense things that most people are unaware. Insights with answers and solutions come in a flash and I feel so sad and frustrated that I am unable to share these and be of assistance. Often I have been told "You know too much!" and it is because of that I have doubts that all my suffering and immobilty was self chosen. I get a feeling that those of the darker side, the manipulators and controllers etc want people like myself shut down. It would take too long to explain my reasoning to this idea but it won't go away.
PS I love your posts and they have been helpful.
Misa, thank you for this article. It came at the perfect time for me to understand and accept its message. I guess I know what I will be doing this weekend ;-]
P.S. I loved the new format of including the whole article in the email. Thanks again!
I can relate to those kind of weekends. I know how much courage it takes to go in, own whatever is happening, and then open for Divine inspiration! Glad this article could help. 🙂 So glad to receive your feedback about including the full article in the e-mail!