Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Suffering is chosen

It’s hard for a lot of people to get it that suffering is a choice … either “when” choosing the context of this lifetime or during the living of the lifetime … particularly buying into religious practices or political pressures that noblizesuffering (often as a means of control).

“… it should be realized that as uncomfortable as suffering is, it does somehow have a meaning in the context of your entire existence – again, that it was not thrust upon you by some unjust or uncaring exterior force or nature.
“To some degree, that kind of understanding can help alleviate suffering itself to some extent.  I am not advocating a fatalistic approach either, that says more or less: “I have chosen such and such an unfortunate condition at some level I do not understand, and therefore the entire affair is outside of my own hands. There is nothing I can do about it.”
“For one thing, again, almost all situations, including the most drastic, can be changed for the better to some extent, and the very attempt to do so can increase a person’s sense of control over his or her own circumstances.  This does not mean that those situations can be changed overnight in usual terms (though ideally that is also possible), but that the sense of control over one’s life encourages all of the mental and physical healing properties.”
(The Way Toward Health,Session June 17, 1984)

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