This essay is a continuation of the previous month's essay “What are we doing here.”

TIME’s value as a vehicle for discovery is profound. In the energy realm, there are no limits. As souls without bodies, we can focus, achieve, expand, experience, be, see, touch, enjoy anything we want, whenever we want. We can also experience the projection of our thoughts instantaneously, so we become immediately aware of the power and nuances of our thoughts.

One of the most profound tools for discovery that the earth plane offers us is the value of cause and effect. Since we are linear here and for every action there is a reaction, we learn by witnessing what happens.

It’s all a great big game of “What If.” Think about it. From your youngest years …

What if I shove this in the socket?

What if I don’t listen to mommy?

What if I scream because I’m not allowed candy?

I remember when my son was two, we were sitting on our deck with a feral kitten that had decided to become a part of our family. There was a bucket nearby filled with rainwater. My son loved this kitten. I’d never seen anything make him so happy and loving. All of a sudden, he picked up the kitten and dropped her into the bucket of water! My first reaction was to yell at him and criticize his cruelty. I was shocked he would do something so unkind. Then (thank goodness for intuition), I quickly realized that he simply didn’t know the consequence. I put him in the bath, right? He played in the pool, right? So, I redirected myself fast before I blew the moment. I rescued the kitten and said to him, “cats don’t like water at all.” He took the wet kitten from my arms and crawled in my lap holding her.

Little by little, the consequence of our “what ifs” tell us our place in the world. They accumulate to define life for us, a definition that is a unique consequence of what we, specifically, experience. Those “what if” answers are all over the place. Some guide us to safety, some guide us to fear. Some guide us to know that we are lovable, others demonstrate that we’re unworthy.