Our acquired beliefs would lead us to believe that we are here to only experience physical and emotional comfort and wealth. That we should never have to struggle, suffer, or work hard. Everything should come easily to us, and we should have at least as much if not more than anyone else. We believe we should be the center of the world for everyone and that everyone should love and admire us. We may not hold those beliefs on a conscious level, but wait until someone disappoints you and watch your reaction. Our true purpose is to learn, understand, and transform, so that at the moment of our physical death, we are excited about the next step in the journey. Guy Finley stated at a retreat, “all of us are going to die, but some of us will be excited when it happens!” This life is a journey in surrender, in learning to let go. Our pain in life comes from a mistaken identity. Much of our suffering comes from the belief that something that was only meant to be temporary is supposed to be permanent. How do we find this new life? First, we look honestly at ourselves and others around us, and stop pursuing things we can see never really bring happiness. We accept we are children on a journey with much to learn. When we have pain or discomfort, we ask if how we are currently living our life is really working for us. We stop trying to think up new answers for our problems. We can’t ask the answers from the same level of mind or consciousness that created the problem. We simply stop doing what we realize isn’t working, and wait for a higher level of answer. The Divine always answers prayer, the problem is the gift is never wrapped like we expect it be.