Originally published by Unity.org
If you are reading this article and are a conscious being, then undoubtedly you’ve experienced pain. For physical ailments, some treatments provide instantaneous cures to whatever dis-ease we may be experiencing. And there are just as many instant cures for various emotional and mental ailments as well. But what about the hurts that just won’t go away? Why are they there? And if we, being Truth students, do affirmative work and mind treatments and positive thinking, can’t we be exempt from hurting at all?
Pain acts as one of life’s greatest transformation agents. Pain, along with its not-too-distant cousin “discomfort,” is life’s way of nudging us towards a greater level of expression, unfoldment, and being. Regardless of the spiritual practices that we incorporate into our daily lives, pain and discomfort are necessary agents in each one of our journeys. Yet we can add more discomfort and pain to our lives when we resist life instead of working with it. Sometimes we find ourselves caught up in all of the wonder and “feel-good” parts of our life’s experiences, which is great in some cases. However, it is the same divine expression of Spirit that leads us through those times in which life doesn’t feel as great. It is our responsibility to hold on to that realization regardless of any turn life has taken. This is a lifeline, and the passport to liberation. However, one of the things we will notice at the end of an ordeal is that the grace of the Divine never left our side, although it was difficult to see Spirit’s influences while making our way through the fog.
Suffering typically occurs in our lives whenever we resist what life brings to us. Yet because we are human beings, we should not avoid the emotions that come along with suffering. Feeling is a part of the human experience. There are moments in life in which we will become angry, or even cry, but those moments don’t indicate a spiritual loss. In fact, it is during those moments that we actually make our biggest gains. You see, feelings indicate levels of comfort and discomfort, but they do not measure of whether or not the comfort or discomfort is necessary, which is why we have a mind that can determine what’s fruitful or not in our lives. It is impossible to run from all discomfort. In fact, as Truth students, we can’t allow ourselves to fall into the trap of ignoring feelings and life’s dilemmas by engaging in “extra” spiritual practices. Spiritual practices are designed to help us process life’s circumstances, not hide from them. Whenever finding ourselves in circumstances of stress and emotional hurt, we have to find a way to let those feelings out so they don’t have control. After releasing them, and we get back to center, it will be easier to feel the impulse of Spirit during a time of pain.
There are some treasures inside of us that will only emerge when we are under pressure. And maybe we don’t respond to the circumstance at first the way we think we should … then we have to give ourselves a break! Take that moment to realize that the Spiritual Path is not about perfection; it’s about the process of perfecting. Take the pressure off. It’s okay to feel, to hurt, to cry, to laugh; all of these are necessary parts of the human experience. What Spirit is trying to get us to see is that we are okay just as we are, and the sooner we see that, the easier life will become. So let’s go through it, get the lesson, and remember we are being loved, guided, and protected every step of the way.