Earth School

What would happen to us psychologically and sociologically if we knew from early childhood on that we lived in Earth School? Instead of figuring this out while bouncing back from loss and tragedy, what if we knew all along that there was an orderly purpose to this seeming chaos?

This is a gem of wisdom that the SoulPhone™ could eventually provide if postmaterial luminaries tell us as much. Right now material luminaries tell us as much, but they’re often still viewed with suspicion by the general public because our after-death existence is still shrouded in cosmic mystery.

Many luminaries who’ve gone on to the next world (like Wayne Dyer, Ram Dass, Louise Hay) prepared us for being eternal beings, but they haven’t phoned back in a way the general population can hear. Their voices may have been heard by mediums, but that’s not the same thing as would be a voice heard via some recordable device broadcast to the world.

Afterlife researchers have amassed compelling evidence for soul survival, but their work is still largely unknown to the masses. Meanwhile, organized religions have created systems of belief about an afterlife from texts deemed sacred, but science has not validated much of it, and for the most part isn’t eager to try.


Pretend for a moment that some scientific enterprise like the SoulPhone had validated that yes, the process we call dying is only a change of form, much as a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. The only difference is that for humans this happens in two worlds, not one. Death is a change of frequency. Our migrating consciousness leaves the physical body behind and takes on a new form suitable for that place.

Say we learn that we live in Earth School for our spiritual growth. It’s fast track learning because this boot camp is quite challenging. Student souls who enroll know that they will face many perils, and that the object is to survive and prosper anyway.

If we all knew this, we could psychologically prepare ourselves more for the journey ahead. We could anchor ourselves around the premise that every setback we had was a lesson with a purpose. This would help us deal constructively with tragedy. It could also help us use our precious time here wisely when things are going well. It would simply be more motivational if we knew without a shadow of doubt that we were participating in a meaningful curriculum.


Look back on your own life and the difficulties you’ve faced, endured, and hopefully recovered from. Common ones include the death of a loved one, losing a job, a difficult relationship or break-up, a medical crisis, poverty, discrimination, a major injustice, traumas with violence, etc.

I find it helpful to consider that any challenge I’m going through is an Earth School lab assignment, not just something resulting from bad luck. It helps me immensely to think, “OK, if [this yucky thing] happened purposely to teach me something, what am I supposed to learn? What is the gift?”

Asking this focuses my energy in a more productive vein than jumping on the seemingly endless woe-is-me train.

In many cases, suffering comes not as much from what actually happened but from how we think about what happened. The story you tell yourself matters. Recovering largely involves consciously shaping or re-inventing the story you tell yourself to transcend the suffering.

Recently I binge watched a couple of TV shows where infidelity dominated the story. Someone cheats, and then the characters hash and re-hash the betrayal for one to several more seasons. Over and over the characters keep the suffering alive—also dragging viewers into this morass—by clinging to the “I am a victim” story. .

I wonder how different a show would be if characters got that they’re living in Earth School and that this infidelity was part of their spiritual education. Would they prolong their suffering if they understood that the infidelity (or whatever else) was a cosmic pop quiz? Wouldn’t it be a treat to watch characters work through their problems with empathy, forgiveness, and wisdom instead of so much narcissistic whining and arguing?


I have long wondered why the majority of our mass media prefers to sell us far more stories about suffering than about thriving. Very seldom do we see characters who handle inevitable life challenges with skill and grace. Could it be that this is the law of distraction in action, a way to keep our minds occupied on all the things that can go wrong? Are all the stories we watch and read just programming us to exaggerate pain?

Research appears to confirm that humans respond more to negatives than to positives. Fear and angst motivate us more. Anyone who triumphs in books and movies has usually suffered greatly to eventually win. This has become an operating paradigm for many ‘no pain, no gain’ people.

Yet I still wonder what would happen if more positive, solution-oriented media was easily available to everyone. What if it was more of a cultural norm to read and view material that championed peace, love, cooperation, diversity, and problem-solving? What if more characters modeled good, productive behavior than self-destructive behavior?

If you knew for a fact that this was Earth School, would you be more inclined to solve your problems than suffer your problems? Would you marshal your available energy into causing yourself to heal over going down the rabbit hole of anger, regret, and humiliation?


To me the big question that could be answered via the SoulPhone is this: is the world run by random chance or is this Earth School?

For myself, knowing that there is purpose for the chaos is an anchoring principle that will guide how I respond to life situations. It simply helps me frame the story to something more helpful than harmful to my psyche. In my own case, I am not waiting for the SoulPhone to confirm the widely held spiritual idea that we are here to learn. I act as if it is true.

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