Originally Posted by Angela, referencing Maguru's statements
Why don't we choose peace? Because we cannot choose peace. You are either at peace or you are not.
We have both more and less choice than we think we do.
The world is your playground now because your limiting belief apparently used to be that you had little or no choice in how to be. One day you realized that you had quite a bit more choice than you thought you did and you are now in the process of exploring this life you are creating for yourself.
On the other hand, I was raised from the cradle to think that I had unlimited choice. My life lesson, then, has been to learn that I cannot choose all things all the time. I can't choose to set myself up in opposition to reality. I can't choose beliefs that limit me, without enduring the consequences. I can't indiscriminately take on other people's drama without enduring the consequences. I can't cancel other people's Cloud of Doom with a wish. I can't expect the universe to value my comfort and "happiness" above the growth of my soul, nor can I expect it to guarantee that even my growth will be successful. And so on.
For me, life has been mostly about stripping away illusions and therefore it has been mostly about loss. For you it appears to be more about expansion and therefore mostly about acquisition and discovery.
These are, I suspect, just different sides of the same cycle of expansion and contraction that seems to exist everywhere. Ironically, I may be poised now to enter into an expansive phase in that sense. At the same time, other rhythms are asserting themselves, heading the other direction: I've passed beyond anything that can be remotely rationalized as youth, and rapidly running out of middle age.
So it goes. We have to recognize where each person is. It's not all about tra-la-la, and it's not all about existential pain, but for particular individuals at particular times, it may be mostly about one or the other.