Abortion, Pro Choice, and Spirituality: a Different Perspective • Active Spirituality

Abortion, Pro Choice, and Spirituality: a Different Perspective

By Bruce Bernstein | Social Issues and Spirituality

Sep 27

This article looks at the topic of abortion from a Spiritual perspective, (not through the false eyes of religion), which is the only rational, reality-based way to look at this controversial subject.

Those whose life philosophies are fear-based try to dominate the conversation about this topic. They often come from a place of darkness and misunderstanding. This will bring some light to it.

The Abortion Debate

There are many easy ways to attain knowledge. Books, schools and teachers are all valid places to find knowledge.

Wisdom, on the other hand, is more difficult to come by. Wisdom can only be found within, and it takes the courage to peel away the layers of darkness to discover the light that’s already there, underneath.

I have been fortunate in my life to have uncover the inner source of wisdom. That is not to say that I have all the answers. I do not. Wisdom doesn’t work that way.

But I have been blessed with some answers to the questions which interested me. Regarding the topic of abortion, the wisdom that came was very simple: “You either believe in eternal life, or you don’t.”

But… What does that really mean?

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Well, as I have written before in other articles on these pages, we are NOT physical beings with a soul or spirit.

The Spiritual Perspective

We are Spiritual beings who currently inhabit a body. The Spirit is eternal. The body is only a temporary vehicle, one that is replaced often, much like your car.

When people discover and embrace the wisdom in this particular understanding of ourselves, one’s life perspective changes. (BTW – This minor change in perspective around our true nature also is associated with a lessening or elimination of the fear of death.)

Going a bit deeper into this, it becomes obvious to see that, as Spiritual beings, we are not tied to our bodies. We are distinctly separate from it.

​Key Takeaway...

"​We are Spiritual beings who currently inhabit a body.
The Spirit is eternal."

So, when one reaches the planned departure date from the body (aka ‘death’), or the body has accidentally reaches a point where it no longer works properly – no longer can support the life the Spirit brings – it dies.

But… Do you die? The answer is no.

You see… This is where the change in perspective and understanding comes into play. Death occurs when we, our Spiritual selves, which have been inhabiting the body, simply leaves.

This is what the entire Easter story about Jesus ‘rising’ is really all about. It’s an illustration of the Spirit being separate from the body.

Preparing to Return

And, when the Spirit does leave the body, if it is in the cards for the Spirit to continue its learning and experiential training here on the physical plane of existence we call Earth, it then begins preparing to return, for its next life experience.

Part of those preparations includes a very specific plan for this new, upcoming life experience. This plan, which is created by you, for you, might include the some of the things you’d like to experience, such as being wealthy and successful, or even poor and downtrodden.

These are choices and they can be made for several reasons.

Regardless of the reason, to ‘stack-the-deck’ in our favor so that we have the greatest possible chance to actually live, work, and experience this plan, we choose the situation into which we’d like to be born. This choice is made with our eyes wide open, with full knowledge of what it will bring, and does include ​a choice about our parents and the lives they are currently living.

A couple of very simple examples of this: If we want to experience living in China, we might choose parents already living in China. If our goal is to experience what it would be like to be a professional ski racer, we might choose parents already living in or near the mountains.

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Once one adjusts their thinking to consider life in this way, all this becomes very obvious. It makes complete sense.

Common sense is not abandoned on the non-physical planes of existence.

Stillborn Babies

There are potential problems, though. Much can happen between the time when a Spirit first approaches the parents-to-be and agrees to be born into the new and developing body, and the time of actual birth.

Situations can and do change. People move. Parents make decisions, as they are free to do.

(We all have free will to choose and do whatever we want once we are here. We are under no obligation to live and do anything, even the things we’d planned to do in this lifetime before being born into it.)

​Key Takeaway...

"​Common sense is not abandoned on the
non-physical planes of existence."

The decisions and choices parents make can, and do, alter their own futures and, perhaps, this can significantly alter the life path they had been on.

These changes, then, might greatly reduce the possibility that the unborn Spirit – the one who had previously agreed to inhabit the new baby’s body – will be able to accomplish its goals for its life with them.

Now, remember, before it is born, the Spirit creates a detailed plan of what it wants to learn in the upcoming life as well as what it wants to experience in that life. This is part of its own personal path to increased Consciousness and is the most important thing.

So, if things have changed and the Spirit is no longer likely to have the experiences it had planned, what happens?

One thing that can happen is the Spirit, in communication with the Spirits of the parents, agree to break the agreement they’d made for the new baby. And, if that body’s development is almost complete, there might not be enough time for a new Spirit to agree to inhabit that body.

This is one reason for Stillborn babies. Stillborn baby bodies can be perfectly formed with everything in perfect working order. Yet, when they emerge from the birth canal, they fail to take that first breath. They never come to life.

Why? Because a Spirit never entered the body to give that body life. It is the Spirit which breathes life into the body, not the other way around.

You see, contrary to some very popular opinions about this, the Spirit doesn’t actually enter the body until moments before birth.

Certainly, the Spirit will ‘check in’ with the body, taking it for a test drive or 2 during the 9 month gestation period, but it doesn’t actually take ownership of the body until the birthing process is underway.

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And, most interestingly, even then, not all of the many aspects of the Spirit filter in. A newborn’s body is very limited in its development so there is no need for the entirety of the Spirit to be present.

There is other work that the Spirit can be doing in the non-physical realm, so that is where much of it remains until the body is further developed, when the Spirit can better use the body to learn, grow, and experience.

In fact, it is not until the eyes fully developed, can focus and see clearly, that the rest of the Spirit moves into the body.

So, a Stillborn baby is one that comes into the world with no life force. It is lifeless.

Usually, medical science has no real explanation about why, especially since indications prior to birth pointed to a healthy, happy baby. But that doesn’t always happen. Spirits – the life force within, which we all have, which is who we truly are – chooses to opt out, for whatever reason.

Abortion - Good or Bad

Once this view of the life and birth and death is adopted – that the Spirit is life, and not the body – it becomes easier to accept and understand that an abortion is not something to be feared, scorned, or avoided. It is neither good nor bad. It just is.

So, for those who make the choice to abort a fetus, do so with a clean conscience. You are not doing anything terrible or wrong.

​Key Takeaway...

"​So, for those who make the choice to abort a fetus,
do so with a clean conscience.
You are not doing anything terrible or wrong."

And, for those who choose to bring an unwanted pregnancy to fruition – to have the baby – as long as you are completely equipped to care for all aspects of that child, including emotionally, physically, and financially, know that you are not making a better choice.

You are not making a bad choice, either. You’re just exercising your free will and making a choice, about which there should be no judgement, good or bad.

​About Bruce

Bruce, Spiritual Teacher

​Bruce is a published author, speaker, student/teacher of Spirituality, and founder of The Spiritual Workshop. Beginning in the 1980's, he was guided to look inside for his answers and information and is now teaching the Wisdom gained and the processes for introspective self-learning.

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