The Three Stages of the Evolution of Life
When viewed from the perspective of the Study of the Soul, life deepens as it goes through three stages. It is the law of the evolution of the soul, beginning with, “I blame these conditions for my life ending up like this,” continuing with, “In spite of these conditions, my life has become like this,” and reaching, “I owe it to these conditions for what my life has become.”
The first stage, “I blame these conditions for my life ending up like this,” is life created unavoidably and automatically by Karmic Destiny (unchangeable conditions of life).
However, when you do not submit to Karmic Destiny but defy it, and live your life overcoming many difficulties, it is the stage of “In spite of these conditions, my life has become like this,” which is the second stage.
Furthermore, when we not only defy Karmic Destiny but also manifest a way of life that would never have been conceived if we had not shouldered these conditions, our life will be led to an even deeper dimension. The stage in which you experience the negative conditions of life and overcome them in the true sense is the third stage referred to as, “I owe it to these conditions for what my life has become.”
For example, a person living in poverty becomes timid in nature and creates a life filled with a victim’s mentality, which is the first stage. However, even if the person is brought up in poverty, they do not abase themselves, and defying Karmic Destiny, they work hard and build a fortune and become persons of consequence, which is the second stage. Furthermore, because they have suffered from poverty, they can understand and accept people who are suffering as they did and live a life in returning the wealth that they later made, which is the third stage.
We will be able to live our life not to be swallowed up by Karmic Destiny, nor are we to remain in the process of defying Karmic Destiny, but to discover and live the mission that is hidden within the Karmic Destiny.
Source of reference:
– Reversing Destiny p.163 – 168
– Lecture in the 2017 Hoshin Daigaku Seminar