KERRYN McCANN won the hearts of all Australians in 2006 when she got gold at the Commonwealth Games in a down to the wire marathon win.
Media footage showed Kerryn crossing the finish line, as if that was her life’s main triumph.
Two years later the much loved athlete succumbed to breast cancer, her husband and three children at her bedside.
Kerryn told friend and fellow athlete Raelene Boyle just a week before that she was still hopeful. Then she was so ill in her final days, she could no longer talk — yet through it all, her spirit never dimmed.
Happily, the body, brain and personality is understood in Theosophy as only a vehicle for the immortal soul each lifetime.
But this necessary instrument presents us with special opportunities in each life to express our potential. Yet, many are unable or unwilling to seize those gifts in the time allotted to them, as Karryn did.
The illness drew out her determined, deathless and compassionate spirit, an inspiration to those who might not have her inner strength. She knew the deadly disease had come back, but she competed anyway.
The soul’s capacity will be fully availed of, or not, according to individual karmic endurance, W. Q. Judge says. Their capacity and destiny is the result of their “desire and prior conduct.”
The person’s past choices and behavior, he says,”will have increased or diminished” their karmic resources.
Our individual choices shape not only our own character and capacity, but inspires the emergence of character and capacity in others as well, because we are all connected at the core.
And, “the troubles of nations and families arise from want of capacity,” Judge says, “more than from any other cause.” So the choices we make will always carry a greater influence than just to us as separate individuals. Continue reading