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Most religions teach us that God is the Supreme Being who ma- nipulates the circumstances of our lives to suit His own purpose. They believe all the good things that happen in your life, and all the hardships you suffer, are be- stowed or foisted on you by God in His infinite wisdom. And they beseech you to honor and obey God in the manner they prescribe in order to win His favor. I was raised as a Roman Catholic and early on I subscribed to this belief, just like everyone else. This all changed one day when I was confronted on the street by a homeless man named Albert, who was actually one of my spir- it guides, a wise emissary from the spirit side. In the dialogue that ensued, as recounted in my first book, Dancing on a Stamp, Albert answered all of life’s eter- nal questions that I had been asking for years: Who am I? What is my life’s purpose? What happens to me after I die? His answers rang true in my heart and provided me with the com- fort and inspiration that I had been seeking all my life. According to Albert, God (or the Source) created all of us and ev- erything else in the universe, but It does not orchestrate the events in our lives. We are all individual aspects of the Source who are connected to each other and to all other things in the universe. The Source is a passive observ- er who lets the universe unfold without interference. We are eternal souls having a human journey on Earth - a jour- ney that we planned for our- selves before we were born. We freely chose to incarnate here in order to learn and experience the things we needed for our evolu- tion as souls, and we determined the major circumstances of our lives before we left the spirit side. We chose our names, our plac- es of birth, and the people who would be our parents, siblings, spouses, children, and friends, so we could encounter the life events that would allow us to grow and evolve. Our life plans, which we are not allowed to remember after we are born, do not determine ev- May 2015 B Editi on