By Bob Olson
There are multiple factors that determine how and when we die. I’ll explain five of them here. The first factor is our pre-birth choices regarding what we came into this lifetime to accomplish.
PRE-BIRTH CHOICES: Picture yourself as a soul in the spirit world (before you are born) getting together with your spirit guides to help pre-plan your trip to the physical plane (this human life). You and your guides decide that there are particular experiences you want to have, meaning you want to gain certain lessons and insights that can only be obtained by having a human life. Well, once you have completed what you came to do (experience) in your lifetime, it’s eventually going to be time for you to leave this life and go back home to the spirit world. But this is just one factor of many.
LIFE ENJOYMENT: Having said what I did about pre-birth choices, many souls choose to hang around and enjoy life for a while once they’ve accomplished what they desired to experience in this lifetime. As we know, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So it’s not like we instantly die the moment we finish what we came here to do. While some souls will choose to leave quickly, some souls like to exit life slowly and gradually, what we might think of as dying of old age. And, of course, we always continue to learn and grow from a spiritual perspective, even if we have already completed the major experiences we hoped to know in our lifetime.
ASSISTING OTHERS: Some souls also choose to remain on the physical plane in order to help other souls accomplish what they set out to experience during their lifetimes. It’s not all about us, although we gain from helping others, too. No other soul “needs” us in order to accomplish what they set out to experience here (there are multiple opportunities for them to accomplish their own goals); but if we can be helpful, we might choose to stick around for the benefit of another.
OPPORTUNITY: Another factor that determines how and when we die is opportunity. If we take into account that our spirit guides (including our soul-self, otherwise known as our higher self) are forever creating miracles and coincidences for our benefit, it helps to understand that an opportunity might arrive for us to leave the planet; that is, if we’ve completed what we came here to do (or our soul and guides know that we will not be able to complete what we came here to do).
Say, for example, that the potential for a car accident crosses our path. In this case, our spirit guides determine if this is the best moment for us to exit our human life. If it is, the accident happens and we die in it. If it’s not, we might not get in the accident at all or we might be involved in the accident but are not killed in it, possibly not even injured.
While there are infinite factors that determine the time, place and circumstances of one’s death, opportunity is an important factor. Yet opportunity can be affected by one’s free will, the next factor described below.
FREE WILL: One of the most important factors that determines how and when we die is free will. Most people have no idea just how powerful our free will is. I have a friend whose mother was dying in her home on New Year’s Eve. The 90-year-old woman’s organs were shutting down and everyone knew death was imminent. In accordance with her personality, hours before midnight, the dying woman asked her husband if it was more advantageous for their tax return if she died on December 31st or January 1st. He looked it up online and found that it was better if she passed after the New Year had begun. Sure enough, the dying woman hung on to life and took her last breath at 12:10 am.
Our pre-birth choices, life enjoyment, assisting others, opportunity and free will are just some of the significant factors that determine how and when we die, but there are an infinite number of factors at stake. Since our deaths also affect many other people (people who love and depend upon us, or people we don’t even know who might also be affected in some way by our deaths), there is a lot going on regarding the decision to end our life—infinite factors that must be taken into account. Since our spirit guides and soul-self can understand all these infinite factors much better than we can, these factors are all taken into account and factored into the final determination of how and when we die.
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