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I read the book Life on the Other Side: A Psychic's Guide to the Afterlife by Sylvia Browne several years ago. I picked it up on the discounted book table because I was intrigued by the title. I don't know if I really believe everything she has to say, but some of the concepts she presents in explaining her view of life, death and the afterlife are both appealing and comforting.
What resonated with me is the idea that we plan our lives on the Other Side before we get to life on planet Earth. In the process, we choose a primary theme and a secondary theme. The primary theme is the goal of our life and answers the question: what is my purpose in life? The secondary theme is the conflict we must overcome to fulfill our purpose. In the book, she provides a list of 49 common themes that people plan their lives around including: patience, justice, leader, healer, loner, catalyst, analyzer, poverty, survival and warrior. So, for example, your purpose might be to be a catalyst for change, but you need to learn patience in order to achieve your purpose.
To be honest, I am not sure what themes I chose for this lifetime, but I do know with absolute certainty which Option Line I chose. The Option Line is sort of like the major your picked when you went to college. The idea behind the option line is that, throughout your life, you struggle to gain mastery over this area. There are seven Option Lines: family, spirituality, health, love, social life, finance, career and family and I definitely think my Option Line is health.
I've lived several decades now and my health problems have been my constant companion. In fact, my health problems seems to have multiplied over time: one big life-threatening one in my 20s, one manageable in my 30s and a generous helping of several chronic ones in my 40s. Sylvia Browne says that knowing that your Option Line doesn't make the life-long struggle go away. The real challenge is learning how to counteract your Option Line so it will not prevent you from achieving your purpose in life (primary theme) or tackling the conflict (secondary theme) that makes achieving your purpose more meaningful and rewarding.
So learning how to live my best life despite my health problems sums up my lifelong struggle, my Option Line, in a nutshell.