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Wisdom for Living with New Spirituality

The following article is extracted from
the book "Wisdom for Living with New Spirituality"
by Dr. Tommy S. W. Wong

Tom: Guru Harry, how do we choose our spiritual beliefs?

Guru: Choose them wisely.

Tom: Yes, but how?

Guru: Let’s turn to purpose in life.

Tom: Oh, are we discussing another topic now?

Guru: Yes, let’s take a little diversion.

Tom: What has purpose in life got to do with beliefs?

Guru: Okay, do you believe you are a spirit or a soul?

Tom: Sure, otherwise I wouldn’t be interested in spirituality.

Guru: Where is your soul before it enters into your body?

Tom: You mean Heaven?

Guru: Yes, for this discussion, let’s assume there is Heaven.

Tom: Right, Heaven above, Earth below.

Guru: And let’s assume the soul was in Heaven before it came down to Earth. Is Heaven nice or not?

Tom: Of course it’s nice.

Guru: Then, why did your soul come to Earth and take up a body, especially as there are so many problems on Earth?

Tom: Hmm, I’m not sure, maybe it’s a silly soul.

Guru: Maybe it wants to do something on Earth.

Tom: Like what?

Guru: To take up some challenges.

Tom: This is really silly.

Guru: Let’s look at it this way, Tom.

Tom: Which way?

Guru: You see Heaven is very nice, right?

Tom: Yes, heavenly.

Guru: So, when your soul is in Heaven, there are no challenges.

Tom: You mean because everything is nice?

Guru: And since there are no challenges, how does your soul grow?

Tom: You mean it doesn’t grow?

Guru: What can it do if your soul wants to grow?

Tom: You mean it can’t just stay in the nice Heaven and grow?

Guru: Nope, it needs challenges to grow. So, it decides to come to Earth.

Tom: Whoa, for sure there are a lot of challenges on Earth.

Guru: It also means that there are a lot of opportunities to grow.

Tom: So, my soul comes to a physical Earth to grow spiritually?

Guru: That’s right. Your soul needs to be attached to a physical body and live in the physical world to grow spiritually.

Tom: Why is that?

Guru: Because in this way, your soul will face a lot of challenges, like keeping the body going in the physical world.

Tom: And through these challenges, the soul grows spiritually?

Guru: Yeap, and the soul becomes a better soul.

Tom: You mean when it goes back to Heaven, it is a better soul?

Guru: I mean the soul becomes better by going through the challenges on Earth.

Tom: But what have all these got to do with purpose in life?

Guru: It means that your soul doesn’t come to Earth haphazardly?

Tom: You mean my soul comes to Earth with a purpose.

Guru: It has a plan before it comes to Earth.

Tom: What plan?

Guru: And it’ll do what it needs to do according to the plan.

Tom: What to do?

Guru: It’ll face the challenges on Earth according to the plan.

Tom: What challenges?

Guru: And it’ll meet whoever it needs to meet according to the plan.

Tom: Who to meet?

Guru: And it’ll learn the lessons on Earth according to the plan.

Tom: What lessons?

Guru: So, you see before your soul comes to Earth, it has already written its script.

Tom: What script?

Guru: And when your soul is on Earth, it simply acts it out.

Tom: You mean we are all acting on Earth?

Guru: Have you not heard?

Tom: Heard what?

Guru: All the world’s a stage.

Tom: Oh yes, so we are all truly actors and actresses on Earth.

Guru: But with a purpose.

Tom: What is the purpose?

Guru: It is your purpose in life.

Tom: But what has purpose in life got to do with choosing our beliefs?

Guru: Since you are free to choose your beliefs, you can choose those which can help you to achieve your purpose in life.

Tom: So, that is the plan.

Guru: But before you choose your beliefs, you need a purpose in life.

Tom: Okay, purpose first, beliefs second.

Guru: And you may consider your purpose in life is like a destination, your beliefs are vehicles that help you to get there.

Tom: Right, I’m getting to my destination.

Guru: With a purpose.

Tom: Great, everything is falling into place.

Dr. Tommy S. W. Wong

Tommy Wong As a bestselling author on Amazon, Dr. Tommy Wong is the author of the book series “Wisdom on How to Live Life,” and other philosophical, spiritual, and self-help books. Since 2009, his books have been available on Amazon and many other online bookstores worldwide. More articles are available here and further information about Dr. Wong’s work can be found on his FB page.

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