Another incredible story has to do with a gentleman by the name of R Dwayne Betts who at age 16 committed a car-jacking and later served nine years in prison, but through serious introspection and personal rehabilitation turned his life around and is now a very respected writer and author; his new book is entitled A Question of Freedom. Betts is another stellar example of redemption and second chances, and how Spirit has a way of providing for those who are ready and willing to make a major shift in their consciousness and a major change in their lives.
I make mention of these examples only to illustrate the importance of allowing redemption and second chances to occur, and why we often need to be very careful when sitting in judgment of others. From a Spiritual perspective, we must all be mindful that the course of our own lives has often been fraught with questionable decisions and consequences, resulting in opportunities for growth. While we must ultimately pay the price for karmic decisions that sometimes cause pain to ourselves and others, once that debt has been paid, one should be given an opportunity to create a life anew with a clean slate; grow and show that you are a better person as a result of this perilous journey.
As Soul, the ultimate redemptive second chance is death and rebirth through reincarnation. The slate is usually wiped clean and you are able to start fresh, with the veil of amnesia placed over the individual’s memory, but with a deep-set knowingness and wisdom imbedded within the individual as a result of the life lessons that they were able to pick up in the last life. Even beyond this, what is important is the fact that we must start viewing and seeing individuals through the eyes of Soul, that divine spark of God awareness that we all are. We are not our incarnational identity, but a part of the Divine itself. The goal in all of this is for each and every one of us to awaken and evolve in our own personal perspectives and outlooks towards ourselves and our fellow man/woman. Everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves, but we often hold on to past misdeeds with an executioner’s mindset, where nothing a person does will matter because the taint is already there.