Why Is This Happening?

Understanding Tragedy

Have you ever wondered why there are times when nothing goes right?

The teachings of Ernest Holmes and other New Thought metaphysicians teach us that nothing happens to us that doesn’t happen through us. Unfortunately, if we leave ourselves there our misfortunes can become a huge self-blame game.

When I was mugged, robbed, and shot in the face I couldn’t figure out what I might have done to deserve that. The truth is I didn’t deserve it. No one deserves to go through that kind of pain, suffering, and loss. But why did it happen?

Think about this first:  Do we really want to understand tragic events that happen? A former teacher of mine was asked how to understand the actions of Hitler. Her answer was that she didn’t want to understand it. “To understand that,” she explained, “I might discover I’m capable of it.”

Offering another viewpoint, Rabbi Aron Moss asks,

Are you sure you want an explanation? Do you really want to know why the innocent suffer? I think not. You are far better off with the question than with an answer. … If this ultimate question were answered, then we would be able to make peace with the suffering of innocents. And that is unthinkable.

What I did discover about the incident I talk about above didn’t happen until years later. I finally admitted to myself why I was in the place and at the time I found myself when the attack occurred. If I would have followed my usual schedule, I would have been safely home and asleep by that time. Instead, I chose to be somewhere else earlier in the evening. It was somewhere I had no business being, doing something I knew was not in my best interests.

Did God punish me for my actions earlier in the evening? No. Did I set myself up to lose by breaking my own rules and not listening to my intuition? I believe I did. I do not judge whether or not that applies to you; that is for you, and you alone, to determine.

But I live my life taking full responsibility for the outcomes in my life. The universal law of cause and effect does not play favorites, nor does it have a secondary backup system if we unconsciously set ourselves up to lose.

The laws only says, “Yes.” True, it may take a while for that “Yes” to appear in our life, but any time lag has more to do with us focusing on the problem instead of the solution. This impartial force brings about our focus, whether we judge that good or bad.

I’ll admit there are times when I long for the days I believed in a benevolent supreme being who had a plan for me, a force that would ensure my success, only my success, and protect me from an evil in which I no longer believe. Those times of doubt are few and far between nowadays, lasting a brief few moments, and not a way of life.

Instead, I prefer to revel in the truth that I am the one responsible for my life and the outcomes. Like piloting a ship or jet aircraft, the process requires constant vigilance and many course corrections throughout our lives. When you and I follow the rules that go along with universal law, we are ultimately guaranteed success.

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