Which number of lifetime are you currently living? If you are still young and new you’ll be traveling a very different path from a soul who has lived many times. I think we are born here from a non-physical place so that we can learn new things here and continue to refine and add to the non-physical soul. Master Ni says, “the world is a place where the souls have come for the process of purification and refinement.” Accepting that, it then becomes important to acknowledge that not all human beings you will interact with are in the same process as you. Don’t be arrogant: no matter how much you know there’s always someone who knows more. Even still, there are many who are not yet interested in their own inner refinement or even willing to look.
So how old are you? What are your interests? How into spirituality, reflection and growth are you? Do you have a sense about the question: What are you here for? Or do questions like that make you uncomfortable or seem trivial?
If you’ve lived many times you have had many opportunities to learn therefore you will most likely be interested in more esoteric ideas and experiences. If you are new you will be more interested in worldly ideas or concerned with the ego. Perhaps this explains how there is such a great variation of interests among people. How is it that some people only want plastic surgery and to travel the world while others only want to meditate and look inward?
If you’ve been born again you don’t remember much of your previous lives. It takes a few years for you to catch up to where you left off. It is a slow process to shed off the impermanence of this reiteration and connect with the deeper subtle truths underneath. Each new lifetime, depending on the work you did in the past life, you progress a certain amount. My guess is that the progress is more gradual than sudden. It is undeniable that every human is born with challenges here – will they face them, learn from them? Maybe not, maybe that’s not their path.
When choosing people to socialize with, what level are you connecting to them? An animal level, earthly level or spiritual level? It is my conclusion that two people on different paths or too distant in their number of lifetimes will not travel together for very long in this life yet there’s always a reason why you have been led to interact with someone. Learn, grow, and let it go. Eventually, keep all your focus inward on your own purification and, further still, learn to appreciate those you’ve interacted with despite the pleasantness or unpleasantness of the interaction.