Every human being experiences ten distinct stages in their lives.
The first ... birth.
Second ... Learning to walk and talk.
Third ... Learning the rules
of their family heritage.
Fourth ... Making new friends.
Fifth ... Schooling and education.
Sixth ... Work
Seventh ... Marriage and sexual
Eighth ... Raising a family.
Ninth ... Children leave home.
Tenth ... Old age reflections on life.
After the tenth stage of life, most people can only look forward to death as a means of exiting from their stage. However, at each stage in everyone's life there is always a fork in the thoroughfare and the path they pursue will have a dramatic effect on how they act out their roles. In early child hood there is little choice for most children, as they have to follow their parent's beliefs and traditions.
At the half way stage-house, many ideas and opinions that have been formulated can be rearranged if a person is given authentic choice on how they wish to live out the rest of life's performances. A good analogy can be the old western movies, where the stagecoach would stop at a staging post for fresh horses and refreshments before continuing on to the next destination. If the new horses are not fit and strong enough to pull the coach through rough terrain all may perish on the journey. The stagecoach and driver remain the same but the force that drives them has changed for better or worse.
Lets imagine you have stopped at a stage in time where you have perhaps just missed a near fatal accident, maybe remission from a serious illness, possibly flunked important exams, conceivably experienced the death of a close relative, perchance lost a job, or bored and just fed - up with life in general. You start to ask searching questions to the people you regard as leaders and the answers you receive do not satisfy your quest for truth.
Oh, they seem to be authentic enough. However, in reality on a three dimensional earth, when you play them out, they do not work for you as acceptably as you have been led to believe. You have exhausted your supply of people who should provide solutions, but you eventually discover, the experts themselves have not got answers for the problems they are facing ... So they dodge the bullet by saying life is a mystery and God works in mysterious ways. That is always a good cop-out for people who want to appear as though they are helpful, but in reality, are as confused as the folks who are seeking their help. These are good people in general and no criticism is being directed at them because they genuinely do not know any better. They are locked into their tribes mind - set that differs from other mind-sets of other kindred lineages.
So here you are, at the staging post of your life. Are you going to go to the next stage with the same attitudes, opinions, beliefs and convictions that got you to this outpost? ... Are you confident to trust your own reference points in your mind? Do you accept your driver-personality and ego-guide, or can you step off the stage and into a new act that will allow for more accomplishments that are joyfully composed in peaceful serenity?
To do so, you should be aware of one very important fact that no religious person will tell you. Not many spiritual guides will inform you and very few places of education will mention.
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