Friday, December 16, 2016

On Suffering, Transformation and Breaking Away

What you cannot see is that the universe is always carrying you towards your highest good, even if the road to your highest good takes you straight through the depths of hell. (Teal Swan)

Coming from Teal Swan that statement means a lot given that she was abused as a child and needed a long time of soul searching to recover from it. In the olden days philosophers called the conjecture that whatever may happen to us is best for our soul development, "the best of all worlds" (Leipnitz). This theme certainly resonates with my experience, though I would also say that we can step out of the pressure cooker once we understand what the purpose behind it was.

Suffering is of no spiritual use per se, transformation is. Writes Haruki Murakami, "And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person that walked in. That's what this storms all about."

Churchill famously stated, "If you are going through hell, keep going!" Standing up for our spiritual mission, ourself or our loved ones can certainly be part of the spiritual path, so we definitely have to rise to the occasion when we feel called to act. Yet, there will be the blessed day when our job is done and we shouldn't stay a day longer. We can walk away from whatever it is that leaves us unsatisfied, GOD doesn't want us to suffer. In Kelly Clarkson's words, 

Out of the darkness and into the sun, 
I wont forget all the things I have done. 
Make a wish, make a change, 
and break away!
(Kelly Clarkson, Break Away)

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