I used to say, “What a coincidence!” But then I realized that there are no coincidences. Everything happens for a reason.

Everything that happens to you in life is a lesson. If you choose to learn the lesson, you move on to the next lesson. If you choose not to learn, you will repeat the lesson as many times as it takes to learn.

The Universe, which we are taught is an immense empty space filled with matter here and there, is much more than that. The Universe—the world around you—is alive, and it knows you. It wants what is best for you, whether you know what’s best for you or not. The Universe responds to you in accordance with your state of mind.

The Universe is endlessly patient with you. (I’ve marveled at this!) There are lessons to be learned, and growing to be done, but your Teacher isn’t in a rush to get you there. Nevertheless, when you are ready, opportunities for learning will present themselves to you. The Universe lines up events, circumstances, and relationships that give you just what you need to learn and grow:

“In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”

If you learn—if you “pass the test”—then you will be rewarded with a new level of joy and understanding. If you don’t learn, then you will repeat the test, under similar circumstances, in the future:

“To him who has, more will be given. To him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

What we call “coincidences” are not coincidences at all. They’re the Universe’s responses to what you need. Sometimes they’re “signs” that tell you you’re on the right or wrong track.

I don’t know the mechanism involved here. Maybe you transmit signals through your thoughts, like radio waves, that the Universe picks up and responds to. Maybe the universe knows your mind intimately and brings the necessary people and circumstances to you automatically. Maybe your life is an image projected from your mind onto the “screen” of the world around you, so that you in effect create the life you’re living.

Maybe all of these descriptions are valid.

What I know is that life unfolds in keeping with your current level of understanding. As you learn, it gets better. There’s something loving and intelligent that wants what is best for you and works with you to give you what you need in order to grow. (Sometimes it seems like you get what you don’t want, but in retrospect you will see how that event or relationship worked to make you a better person.) This loving and intelligent Thing works through the world around you.

The Universe is alive! And your life is the most amazing thing that you can imagine.

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