What Defines Us?

What makes us, well; us? We know that every person on this planet has unique fingerprints; just as every snowflake is different, so are we. Some of us are born healthy and strong; some of us come into this world with a cleft palate, an incurable disease,  missing a limb, or blind or deaf; and the list goes on.

Why are some of us born to suffer, and why are some of us are born perfect, brilliant, amazing world-changers? I believe that there is a reason for this; I can’t tell you why, but we are all here for a reason, no matter what baggage we arrive with.

This is why I became so interested in the metaphysical; I believe that there are no coincidences. What if a baby is born with a specific disease that doesn’t have a cure? What if that same baby has an older sister who adores him, but knows that eventually his disease will kill him? Perhaps that is the impetus that drives the sister to become a doctor or a researcher or a geneticist; to find a cure. She knows she cannot save her baby brother, but she dreams of those she may save.

Many of us wonder if we have been here on earth before; have we been here in other bodies and in other times? Maybe yes, maybe no. My own belief system includes life after death, or reincarnation. I believe that we may come back in another body to learn the lesson(s) we could have learned in a past life, but didn’t. Therefore we may come back to rectify our past mistakes.

Have you ever met someone for the first time and had an immediate feeling about them? The feeling could be anything; instant like/dislike, a feeling that you already know this person, a gut feeling of dread that this person is dangerous, and so on? My own take on this is that my gut feeling can indicate that I have known this person before.

When I was taking classes with *Noreen McDonald, a person in my class talked about his experience in meeting someone he felt he knew in a past life. It began with a life-long pain in his back; he said he had always felt it, yet no doctor had ever discovered the source of the pain.

He was fascinated by the battle of Little Big Horn, and became involved with a group of of reenactors who put on the battle each year. He got to know many of the players, and always welcomed new people to the yearly reenactment.

One year a new actor, an American Indian woman, introduced herself to him. She told him that she could “see” a knife in his back. She was a healer, and offered to remove it. A bit suspicious, he asked her where she thought the knife was. She immediately put her hand on the spot on his back that had ached every moment of his life.

He agreed, and the healer removed the pain. Not long after this, he met a man in the reenactors who said he recognized him as the man he stabbed to death in the battle of Little Big Horn. They became friends and still keep in touch with each other to this day.

To quote a famous board game, was it Fact or Crap? For me personally, I believe it.

I’ve often written about the Chinese theory of the **red thread, which states that we are all born with an invisible red thread, tied around one ankle. This red thread is tied to all the people who have importance to us in our lives. The thread may stretch and fray, but it will never break.

We may not always know all  that defines us and who we are, but we are all here for a reason and a purpose.

*Check out Noreen’s website and classes at http://www.noreenmcdonald.com/.

**From Wikipedia: 

“The Red Thread of Fate, also referred to as the Red Thread of Marriage, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese and Korean culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. According to Chinese legend, the deity in charge of “the red thread” is believed to be Yuè Xià Lǎorén (月下老人), often abbreviated to Yuè Lǎo (月老), the old lunar matchmaker god, who is in charge of marriages.”

“The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmate or a destined flame.”