QUESTION: Masters, there is a lot pain and suffering in this world. It is hard to believe that we choose these painful experiences. It makes me believe we are all masochists. Why would we leave a loving place to come to this World? ~Arturo, USA
ANSWER: Souls are adventuresome beings. Living in an existence that is perfect can get boring at best and downright frustratingly brutal at worst. A soul will sit at Home, in that unconditionally loving place of which you speak, and watch what the souls who have chosen to come to Earth are experiencing.
Without a body, souls cannot feel emotions, enjoy a fantastic meal, engage in a sexual act to an orgasmic conclusion, or know what it is to accomplish a difficult or complex task. All they can do is watch. They have no senses to smell, taste, or feel. They start to yearn to do what they see others doing, whether it looks difficult or easy. From their perspective nothing is right or wrong; it is just an experience to have and then decide if they wish to repeat or not.
The whole purpose for Source to split off pieces of itself, what we call souls, was to be able to experience what it was not – the opposite of perfection and magnificence. If you spend all your time in a liquid that is body temperature, with no additional stimulation, you have no idea what else there is.
You have to be born to be subjected to heat and cold, wet and dry, windy and calm. Each experience builds knowledge, which you convert into wisdom by applying what you have learned in making choices for your future. After you have a basis for the climate you desire, you then decide the society you want to deal with and the type interactions you want, and you go on doing and deciding.
Lessons, the discovery of the opposites of love, can only be understood by trying them. Remember, the purpose is to understand them, so the soul has to work through the negativity to choose the positive, desirable knowledge. Souls choose to experience negativity in order to educate themselves; masochists merely derive pleasure from pain (though their souls might have chosen that form of negativity as a life lesson).