In the quest for the "fully actualized life", the problem of pain and suffering must be dealt with. Everyone experiences it at times, no matter how successful they appear to be.
Many people are so tired of suffering that they lose their enthusiasm for being here. I'm not referring to clinical depression or suicidal thoughts - that is a serious problem of a different magnitude.
I'm talking about the millions who simply muddle along, shrouded in the "fog of distress". They resent the pain and suffering, and feel victimized by life circumstances that seem out of their control. Whatever the circumstances, be it illness, relationship disharmony, financial woes, or simply an empty feeling inside - the tendency is to feel angry and disillusioned about existence in a sea of pain.
One can blame God, blame your parents or partner, or inflict the damage upon yourself through persistent negative thoughts and self-directed anger.
A more spiritual approach is to seek answers from a higher source. Law of Attraction teaching correctly points out that changing attitudes and beliefs can greatly change the way things look and feel in physical reality. However, some LOA gurus seem to insist that pain and suffering can be eliminated by attracting Health and Wealth. This approach misses an an important point.
As I mentioned in previous posts, most suffering seems to result from resisting the soul's agenda and current lesson program. The attitude we take can make a huge difference in how it looks and feels.
Other issues can be unresolved pain from past traumas, that remains stuck in the etheric field, or metabolic imbalances resulting from poor diet or chronic stress.
A fundamental truth to consider is that suffering is not the primary reason we are here. The extreme duality in this physical plane ensures that challenge and chaos will abound, but that is merely incidental to our existence on the physical plane.
A silver lining to Earth's duality is that the soul is provided a stage on which to work out its purpose. What novel or movie would be entertaining without drama? Challenges can be seen a mere stimulants for creative problem solving.
The soul has all the tools it needs to overcome any problem. There is purpose in everything, so it helps to become aware of how the soul sees things.
To anyone currently facing challenges in life, I suggest asking yourself the following questions:
1. Could this experience be related to a lesson from the soul's perspective? This is especially pertinent if the challenging situation seems to repeat itself again and again. A passing grade is required to move on!
2.Some tragedies result from soul contracts or scripts. This may sound like scant comfort at your moment of distress, but if you can access your soul's perspective or Akashic records, it can make a huge difference once you piece together the big picture.
3. Many problems result from energy blockages, negative beliefs, past life bleed-through, or even spirit attachments. You may need to consult with a skilled energy practitioner to get help with these.
Whatever the cause, the point to remember is that nothing happens by random chance. From the ego-mind's narrow viewpoint, it's easy to develop a view that life is harsh and unjust. From the soul's perspective, life is a grand adventure!
The way we experience circumstances can quickly change by simply changing our attitude. One reason for that is consciousness is the driving force behind our perceived reality, We are the cause, not the effect! This realization can be a truly liberating truth.
O we can wait no longer,
We too take ship O soul,
Joyous we too launch out on trackless seas,
Fearless for unknown shores on waves of ecstasy to sail,
Amid the wafting winds, (thou pressing me to thee, I thee to me, O soul,)
Caroling free, singing our song of God,
Chanting our chant of pleasant exploration.
- excerpt from The Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams (from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass)