Unlocking Life’s Lessons: How Experiences Shape Our Spiritual Journey

We often get entangled in the web of experiences, sometimes losing touch with our true essence. Bentinho sheds light on this intriguing aspect of our existence. He emphasizes that what we are fundamentally isn’t found in our experiences or the senses. Instead, it lies in the timeless essence that forms the basis of these experiences.

Many argue that our purpose on Earth is to indulge in experiences. But Bentinho challenges this notion. He believes that we are here for learning, and experiences are merely the vehicles that facilitate this learning. These experiences, encompassing our interactions with the world, bodies, minds, and others, are not the end goal but the means to an end.

Bentinho’s perspective is that the ultimate aim is self-realization and enlightenment. For those resonating with this path, experiences become a mirror, reflecting their true self. They are tools for learning about oneself and the Creator. Once the learning from a set of experiences is complete, our interest in them naturally diminishes, paving the way for new lessons and experiences.

He humorously notes that, contrary to popular belief, we did not come here just for the sensory pleasures like tasting chocolate. These pleasures are transient and don’t encapsulate our primary purpose. They might offer temporary joy and keep us engaged in life, but the real treasure lies in the learning and awakening we achieve through these experiences.

It’s crucial to understand that the experiences themselves are fleeting. What remains with us, what becomes a part of our spiritual fabric, is the learning and awakening they facilitate. Bentinho encourages us to enjoy life’s pleasures but to also look beyond them, to find the Creator and the essence of love in every experience.

He concludes with a poignant reminder: “You didn’t come here for the chocolate, but make sure when you eat it, you enjoy it and maybe even recognize the Creator in the chocolate.”


“You didn’t come here for the experiences, you came here for the learning that you wish to extract from the experiences.” – Bentinho

Spiritual Reference:

This concept echoes the biblical idea in Romans 5:3-4, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” It suggests that our earthly experiences, whether joyous or challenging, are instrumental in shaping our spiritual character and growth.

Proverbs 2:5: “Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find knowledge of God.”

This verse echoes the sentiment that true wisdom and understanding comes not from fleeting experiences, but from seeking something deeper – in this case, the fear of the Lord and knowledge of God.