In Indigenous and Eastern cultures, growing older equates to wisdom, respect, and reverence. In Western culture, we worship youth, beauty, and physical prowess, so much so that to adhere to this ideology you end up actually fighting against nature itself!
The demise of beauty and strength are all part of the natural cycle of life, but by trying to deny it we are creating psychologies that fuel our ego and foster separateness, individualism, and paranoia.
All of which ultimately leads to more suffering.
Our culture promotes and cherishes happiness yet is rarely open to holding space for suffering. Most of us have become so good at hiding our own pain and fear and appearing to always be happy.
We can typically find space to admit a little suffering in, from time to time, but if we get too close to it, we tend to recoil. And yet it is not the fear and pain which frightens us.
It is the opening up of our own heart.
The act of you becoming conscious, through the power of connection, of another’s truth ultimately unlocks the door to your own secrets.
Enter Ego, in some ways the saviour, since the heart would gladly give it all away for free. In more ways, the barrier to allowing the coherence between heart and head and this conflict is no doubt for most of us the real cause of our suffering…
However, when we can become the mirror, we reflect someone else’s suffering and in so doing supplant the intellectual mind from the driving seat for an instant, allowing the floodgates of our hearts to open. Acknowledging both the joy and confronting us with our own repressed unhappiness.
Hence the need for all the masks and the pretence, the constant need to busy ourselves (intellectual mind dominance…), and even worse to deny its very existence.
In my experience, most of us are not willing to truly look within and gaze upon our TRUSELF.
Suffering helps to burn through those impurities and expedite your chances of awakening to the truth in this lifetime. It is your soul’s purpose in each lifetime to release that karmic weight and open you up to access more love, more energy, more light.
To allow a greater sense of being and a deeper connection to that unity consciousness and practice of unconditionality.
This is why they say; “Suffering is Grace and the window to our awakening…”
Still not convinced, I know its heavy…
Remember the first two of Buddha’s 4 teachings:
1: All life is suffering
2: All suffering is based on the attachment of the mind
It goes on to say that it is only when we can let go of that which we cling to, both our attractions and aversions, can we begin to see through the illusion and move beyond that conditioned negative perception so associated with suffering and accept it for the grace it truly is…
Nobody says this path is easy, nor should it be taken lightly and yet for those who have acknowledged and accepted their suffering as the purifying, self-edifying tool it was always designed to be, the awakening and awareness which is offered and which has always been present sets them on a path which few ever turn back from.
So I invite you, friends, to connect with your #consciousheart, radiate loving awareness, embody compassion, awaken your #TRUSELF and #BElove.