Originally Posted by John Manyjohns
If we choose our circumstances, then some people must have chosen a life of suffering, perhaps to learn something valuable from it?
However, if suicide is never "part of the plan", why would someone choose a life filled with more suffering than they are capable of bearing?
People don't choose a life of suffering. People choose circumstances which may or may not
lead to suffering depending on how they interpret life's events. What is devastating to one person may be totally inspiring to another. It's how we are raised and how we are conditioned to view tragedies that determine if we are suffering or not. So no, I wouldn't say it's true that we choose a life of suffering.
Sunsingh: I don't agree that this is what happens. No one comes back as bacteria. I don't think people incarnate as animals or plants either. Totally different genus there. at least, this has not been part of my experience in my dealings with guides, angels, and deceased energies.