Inspirational Quotes about There Are no Accidents

I’m not someone who believes in coincidences or accidents. I believe with all my heart that everything happens for a reason. I believe with all my heart that everything that happens, no matter how you choose to perceive it, happens for your own good, so that you might learn something from it. I believe with all my heart that when you meet someone, be it a homeless person, a person at a party, or an individual through the Internet, there is a reason for your meeting. There is something to be learned through the experience. The relationship could last a minute or a lifetime, but it has been offered to you as a gift to assist you on your journey toward becoming a more caring human being, toward understanding your fellow man or woman better, toward becoming more Godlike.

When I meet another human, I try to see the gift that has been placed before me. I look for the opportunity to remember the perfection in my brother or sister. I know that if I can see it in a so-called stranger, I can see it in myself. For, in my heart, I believe that we are all one, that we are all a perfect part of God. From your homeless brother on the street to Jesus himself, we are all a perfect part of God, no one is greater or less than the other. And it is in seeing and experiencing this that I remember that I am also a perfect part of God. I forget this sometimes but I know that forgetting is simply a way of remembering better. So when the gift of the presence of other brothers and sisters is offered to me, the gift I receive is the opportunity to remember my perfection by allowing them to choose their own way; and the gift I offer them is to make their time here, be it a moment or a lifetime, a little gentler, kinder and more loving.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 94-95

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I’m not sure what the record is in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for stubbing your toe, but there was a time during a two-month period when I had to be close to that record. Every time I stubbed my toe, I uttered an expletive, or at least thought an expletive. I had been taught by watching others react this way. It was the “normal and acceptable” way to react to such an incident. It was the way I had been unconsciously trained to react. My friends reacted this way, so I felt that it was fine. Yet, little by little, I became uncomfortable with such a reaction. One day, I decided that there must be a better, more positive way to react to such an incident.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 111

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Some time ago, I boarded a plane headed back to Miami. I was on the right side of the plane, in a three-seat row, seated in the window seat. A woman I did not know was sitting in the aisle seat, and there was no one sitting in the middle seat. Being in tourist class, and being 6’4″ and 220 pounds, I was hoping that either a model would sit next to me or that no one would sit in the middle seat. As soon as I silently expressed my hopes to God, a woman and her eight-year-old child dashed them. The mother told the young boy to sit in the middle and that she would sit a few rows back. Normally, I would have offered my seat to the mother and let her sit with her child. But two things stopped me from doing this: one, the mother really seemed to be relieved that she would have some time to herself, and two, the kid seemed to be a little hyper and complained about sitting by himself. I figured I could give the mom some rest and, at the same time, teach this brat a little courage and independence. Because I was doing two good deeds with one action, I figured that if the plane went down, I would definitely have a better chance of surviving than those people who had not done their good deed for the day! Plus, I was now sitting next to a child, which in and of itself, spiritually speaking, has to offer more protection.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 114

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We have been taught to believe in such things as good luck and bad luck, in accidents and coincidences. Well, I am here to remind you, as well as myself, that there are no such things. All these things are inventions of society, made in the hopes of explaining events that just didn’t fit into a “normal everyday experience.” Centuries ago, what most people today call bad luck or an accident was explained by saying that the gods were disappointed or angry with you. But there was usually a way out. You simply made a sacrifice to the gods, an offering to the high priests, or to someone else in power, to guarantee that no such thing happened again. These rituals worked until bad luck or an accident came knocking on your door again.

Most of us have stopped making sacrifices or offerings in order to avoid apparent hiccups in our daily experiences. As always, I remind you that I personally have nothing against such rituals. People, in my opinion, should do and believe in whatever they wish, whatever brings them peace. I am simply offering another way of looking at such events. Most of us no longer believe that the gods are responsible for accidents and bad luck, but we still believe that control of these hiccups is out of our hands and that we have absolutely no connection to their manifestation. We still believe that we have little or no control over what happens to us. I remind you that this isn’t so. You not only have control over what happens to you, but you also have control over your attitude and reaction to these circumstances or events.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 133-134

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There are literally no such things as accidents. For example, let’s take the extreme case of a life-changing or life-ending car crash. Obviously, a car crash of this magnitude is a major event. If someone you know has died in such an incident, let me sincerely say, before I go any further, that I am sorry for your loss. I understand that in this world, such an event would be perceived with sadness, anger and pain. The ego would have you experience anger, sadness and pain and call it a normal and correct response. Later, the ego would have you blame and judge. Finally, it would have you carry this anger, sadness, pain, blame and judgment for as long as possible. This is the ego’s solution for you. This, in short, is what you have been told and taught to be a proper response to such an incident. The ego also tells you that if you follow its laws, you will find happiness and peace. Can you allow your mind to be open to the possibility that the ego’s answer is insane? My friend, the ego’s insane solution only sounds sane to an insane world.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 135

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There is no such thing as an accident. When your soul chooses to leave your physical body, it will leave. Life is not an amateur circus tent where those who enter are individual, lonely performers with no script and no director – only a tumbling about, a fling through the air, and then a crash. No, that is false. As souls, you are self-determining. You decide when to be born. You create your life every minute of every day by what you choose to believe. You decide when to die. All things evolve around the total truth of love, balance, order, cause and effect. These are Divine laws. (18)

– Pat Rodegast, Emmanuel Book 1

Cited in You Have Chosen to Remember, p. 137

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An excellent book on the subject of what happens to us in between incarnations, or our life between lives, is titled “Journey of Souls,” by Michael Newton, Ph.D. By regressing 29 people, Dr. Newton literally takes the reader on a journey describing what occurs from death to rebirth. One example that I found very helpful in reinforcing my belief that there are no accidents is that of case number 26. This case involved an athletic woman who enjoyed sports, despite having been bothered all her life with reoccurring leg pain. She had been to many doctors for this pain, yet nothing physically wrong was ever found. The following excerpt of the session is taken directly from “Journey of Souls:”

19 Almost at once, the woman dropped into her most recent past life, and became a six-year-old girl named Ashley, living in New England in the year 1871. Ashley was riding in a fully loaded, horse drawn carriage, when suddenly she opened the door and tumbled out and under the vehicle. When she hit the cobblestone street, one of the heavy rear carriage wheels rolled over her legs at the same point above her knees, crushing the bones. My subject re-experienced a sharp pain in her legs while describing the fall.

Despite efforts from local physicians and the prolonged use of wood splints, Ashley’s leg bones did not heal properly. She was never able to stand or walk again and poor circulation caused repeated swelling in her legs for the rest of her rather short life. Ashley died in 1912, after a productive period of years as a writer and tutor of disadvantaged children. When the narration of Ashley’s life ended, I returned my subject to the spirit world.

The following is a transcript of the session with Dr. Michael Newton and his subject, Ashley. Ashley had experienced lives as a crippled woman and as Leth, a strong Viking.

Dr. N: In your history of body choices why did you wait a thousand years between being a physically strong man and a crippled woman?

S: Well, of course, I developed a better sense of who I was during the lives in between. I chose to be crippled to gain intellectual concentration.

Dr. N: You chose a broken body for this?

S: Yes, you see, being unable to walk made me read and study more. I developed my mind… and listened to my mind. I learned to communicate well and to write with skill because I wasn’t distracted. I was always in bed.

Dr. N: Was any characteristic about your soul particularly evident in both Ashley and Leth the Viking?

S: That part of me which craves fiery expression was in both bodies.

Dr. N: I want you to go to the moment when you were in the process of choosing the life as Ashley. Tell me how you decided on this particular damaged body.

S: I picked a family in a well-established, settled part of America. I wanted a place with libraries and to be taken care of by loving parents so I could devote myself to scholarship. I constantly wrote to many unhappy people and became a good teacher.

Dr. N: As Ashley, what did you do for this loving family who took care of you?

S: It always works two ways – the benefits and liabilities. I chose this family because they needed the intensity of love with someone totally dependent upon them all their lives. We were very close as a family because they were lonely before I was born. I came late, as their only child. They wanted a daughter who would not marry and leave them to be lonely again.

Dr. N: So it was a trade off?

S: Most definitely.

Dr. N: Then let’s track this decision further back to the place of life selection, when your soul first saw Ashley’s life. Did you see the details of your carriage accident then?

S: Of course, but it wasn’t an accident – it was supposed to happen.

Dr. N: Once you came to earth, who was responsible for the fall? Was it your soul-mind or Ashley’s biological mind?

S: We work in unison. She was going to be fooling with the carriage door handle and… I capitalized on that.

Dr. N: Tell me what was going through your soul-mind in the life selection room when you saw the scene of Ashley falling and being injured.

S: I thought about how this crippled body could be put to good use. I had some other choices for body injuries, but I preferred this one because I didn’t want to have the capability for much movement.

Dr. N: I want to pursue the issue of causality here. Would Ashley have fallen anyway if she had a soul other than your own?

S: (defensively) We were right for each other.

Dr. N: That doesn’t answer my question.

S: (long pause) There are forces beyond my knowledge as a spirit. When I saw Ashley for the first time, I was able to see her without me… healthy, older – another possibility.

Dr. N: Now we are getting somewhere. Are you saying if Ashley had begun her life with another soul entity that she might not have fallen at all?

S: Yes, that’s a possibility… one of many. She could have also been less severely injured, with the ability to walk on crutches.

Dr. N: Well, did you see a physically healthy Ashley living happily without your soul?

S: I saw a grown woman… normal legs… unhappiness with a man… frustration at being trapped in an unrewarding life… sorrowful parents… but easier. (Voice becomes more firm.) No! That course would not have worked well for either of us – I was the best soul for her.

Dr. N: Were you the prime mover of the fall, once you elected to become Ashley’s soul?

S: It… was both of us… we were one at that moment… she was being naughty, bouncing around in the carriage, playing with the door handle when her mother said she must stop. Then I was ready and she was ready.

Dr. N: Just how rigid was your destiny? Once you were Ashley’s soul was there any way you could have backed out of this entire incident in the carriage?

S: (pause) I can tell you I had a flash just before I fell. I could have pulled back and not fallen out. A voice inside my mind said, “It’s an opportunity, don’t wait any longer, take the fall, this is what you wanted – it’s the best course of action.”

Dr. N: Was that particular moment important?

S: I didn’t want Ashley to get too much older.

Dr. N: But, the pain and suffering the child went through…?

S: It was horrible. The agony of those five weeks was beyond belief. I almost died, but I learned from enduring it all, and I now see that the memories of Leth’s capacity for managing pain helped me.

Dr. N: Did your inner mind have any regrets during those moments when the pain was most severe?

S: As I slipped in and out of consciousness during the worst of the ordeal, my mind began gaining in power. Overriding my damaged body, I started to better control the pain… the lying in bed… the doctors helpless. The skills I developed in managing pain were later used to concentrate on my studies and my counselor was helping me, too, in subtle ways.

Dr. N: So you gained a lot in this life by being unable to walk?

S: Yes, I became a listener and a thinker. I corresponded with many people and learned to write with inspiration. I gained teaching ability with the young, and felt guided by an internal power.

Dr. N: Was your counselor proud of your accomplishments after you returned to the spirit world?

S: Very, although I was told I had become a little too indulged and pampered (laughs), but that’s an okay trade-off.

Dr. N: How does your experience with the strong body of Leth and the weak one of Ashley help you today, or is this of no consequence?

S: I benefit every day by my appreciation of the necessity of a union between mind and body to learn lessons.

During my client’s reliving of the street scene, in which her legs were broken, I initiated desensitization measures. At the close of our session together, I then deprogrammed her generational memory of leg pain entirely. This woman later notified me she has had no further pain and regularly enjoys playing tennis. (19)

– Michael Newton, Ph.D., Journey of Souls

Cited in You Have Chosen to Remember, p. 138-142

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In order to experience peace of mind and joy in the present moment, trust and have faith that you are always in the right place at the right time. The following short story highlights this point and is taken from Lilly Walter’s book, “One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual: With Personal Motivational Messages from Others Who Have Overcome.”

One of my joys and passions is my voice. I love to perform in our local community theaters. My throat became very sore during a particularly grueling show run. It was my first time performing an operatic piece, and I was terrified that I had actually done some damage to my vocal cords. I was a lead and we were about to open. So I made an appointment with my family doctor, where I waited for an hour. I finally left in a huff, went back to work, grabbed a phone book and found a throat specialist close by. Once more, I made an appointment, and off I went.

The nurse showed me in and I sat down to wait for the doctor. I was feeling very disgruntled. I rarely get sick, and here I was, sick when I needed to be healthy. Besides, I had to take time out of my workday to go to two different doctors, both of whom kept me waiting. It was very frustrating. Why do these things have to happen? A moment later the nurse came back in, and said, “May I ask you something personal?”

This seemed odd; what else do they ask you but personal questions in a doctor’s office? But I looked at the nurse and replied, “Yes, of course.”

“I noticed your hand,” she said hesitantly.

I lost half of my left hand in a forklift accident when I was 11. I think it is one of the reasons I didn’t follow my dream of performing in theater, although everyone says, “Gee, I never noticed! You are so natural.” In the back of my mind I thought that they only wanted to see perfect people on stage. No one would want to see me. But I love musical comedies, and I do have a good voice. So one day, I tried out at our local community theater. I was the first one they cast! That was three years ago. Since then, I have been cast in almost everything I tried out for.

The nurse continued, “What I need to know is how has this affected your life.” Never in the 25 years since it happened has someone asked me this. Maybe they’ll say, “Does it bother you?” but never anything as sweeping as, “How has it affected your life?”

After an awkward pause, she said, “You see, I just had a baby, and her hand is like yours. I, well, need to know how it has affected your life.”

“How has it affected my life?” I thought about it a bit, so I could think of the right words to say. Finally, I said, “It has affected my life, but not in a bad way – I do many things that people with two normal hands find difficult. I type about 75 words a minute, I play the guitar, I have ridden and shown horses for years, and I even have a Housemasters Degree. I’m involved in musical theater, and I am a professional speaker. I am constantly in front of a crowd. I do television shows four or five times a year. I think it was never “difficult” because of the love and encouragement of my family. They always talked about all the great notoriety I would get because I would learn how to do things with one hand that most people had trouble doing with two. We were all very excited about that. That was the main focus, not the handicap.

“Your daughter does not have a problem. She is normal. You are the one who will teach her to think of herself as anything else. She will come to know she is “different,” but you will teach her that different is wonderful. Normal means you are average. What’s fun about that?”

She was silent for a while. Then she simply said, “Thank you” and walked out.

I sat there thinking, “Why do these things have to happen?” Everything happens for a reason, even that forklift falling on my hand. All the circumstances leading up to being at this doctor’s office, and this moment in time happened for a reason.

The doctor came in, looked at my throat and said he wanted to anesthetize and put a probe down it to examine it. Well, singers are very paranoid about putting medical instruments down their throats, especially ones so rough they need to be anesthetized!

I said, “No thanks,” and walked out.

The next day, my throat was completely better.

The ego insists that we can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Godself reminds us that we are always in the right place at the right time. If you were to open yourself to the possibility of the previous sentence, moments of frustration during the day would turn into moments of peace and gratitude. There are no such things as accidents or coincidences. Could you ever truly believe that a person who is never sick goes to her doctor’s office, leaves after waiting for a little while, goes back to work, picks up the yellow pages, picks a throat specialist, and in that specialist’s office there happens to be a new mother whose baby has only half of one hand? The nurse musters the courage to ask a very personal question, and a perfect answer comes back as if spoken by an angel. Of course Lilly chooses not to have treatment on her throat, which she was obviously concerned enough about to seek a specialist. Yet the next day after refusing treatment, she is perfectly healthy. Is that a coincidence or an accident?

Every situation, when properly perceived, is a gift to all involved. The above situation was as much a gift to Lilly as it was to the nurse, and even to the daughter of the nurse. The last thing Lilly believed during this particular day was that she was about to experience a gift such as this. Everything that was happening to her during the day was simply setting her up for this miracle. Imagine how the nurse’s perception must have shifted after Lilly’s response. Imagine how much the possibility increased that the nurse will raise her child with positive self-esteem now that she has seen a real life example of what her daughter can do and who she can become. Imagine all the self-imposed boundaries that Lilly expanded for this young mother and child. And, for the first time in her life, Lilly had the opportunity to answer a very basic question for herself, which was: how had this “disability” impacted her life? Was it really a disability, as society defines it, or was it a gift, as God defines it? Understand that what the ego’s world defines as a disability, God defines as a gift.

There are no such things as disabilities. Disabilities, and terms such as these are creations of the ego, all made in an effort to further separate you from your brothers and sisters. It uses such terms to make you feel more fortunate and more able than your brother or sister. The Godself would remind you that regardless of physical manifestation, you are no more or less fortunate or able than any brother or sister. Children are not born with disabilities by accident. People are not in wheelchairs because of accidents, and Lilly did not lose half her left hand by accident. These were all events the individuals chose, and decisions they made in order to learn, teach and consciously expand.

You, at a higher level of consciousness before being born or during your life, chose such events and circumstances. In actuality, they are not disabilities or accidents but gifts. Pure and simple, they are gifts you have offered yourself in order to grow through lessons that can best be learned through such experiences. So next time you see a person in a wheelchair or an individual or child with a “birth defect,” do not feel sorry for them but understand that these are courageous individuals who have chosen their paths, just as you have chosen yours. Some have chosen to walk, others have not; some have chosen two arms, others have chosen one. We all have our individual lessons to learn, and we all individually understand ourselves well enough to know which specific circumstances and experiences are most useful to our personal growth.

Society has tried to teach you that two arms are better than one, that walking is better than not walking. Remember, though, that society had also taught us that slavery was acceptable and that white was better than black. As we know, teachings about slavery and discrimination based on the color of a person’s skin are wrong. Some day we will learn that walking is not any better than not walking and that two of anything is not better than one of anything.

If you can walk, then that is what will best serve your growth. If you’re in a wheelchair, then that is what will best serve your growth. Walking, in truth, is as much a gift as not being able to walk. Being black is as much a gift as being white. Be grateful for every second of the day, for you have given yourself exactly what you need. There will come a day when these thoughts will be natural to all of us, yet until that day comes, let them be natural to you. (27)

– Lilly Walters, One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual:
With Personal Motivational Messages from Others Who Have Overcome

Cited in You Have Chosen to Remember, p. 193-195

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Footnotes / Acknowledgments

Every effort has been made to provide accurate source attribution. Should any attribution be found to be incorrect, the author welcomes written documentation supporting correction for subsequent printings. For material not in the public domain, selection was made according to generally accepted fair-use standards and practices. 

(18). Emmanuel, Pat Rodegast, Judith Stanton, Emmanuel Book 1, Copyright 1985 (Bantam Books).

(19). Michael Newton, Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, Copyright 1994 (Llewelyn Publications).

(27). Lilly Walters, (www.motivational-keynote-speakers.com) One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual: With Personal Motivational Messages From Others Who Have Overcome, Copyright 2003 (ABC Schermerhorn Walters, Co.).

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