"As a child I thought if I could touch the sky I could touch the face of God. As a man I learned that all I had to do was touch my own heart"
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Encountering Suffering***

 

 

A while ago I was struggling with a simple question.  How do you connect with your own Divinity in the face of human suffering?  When a good part of this world  (or someone you care for deeply)  is in pain;  is it still possible to feel the peace inherent in your own Divine nature?  Are we abandoning our spouses, children, parents, or the millions who suffer horribly on this  planet, if we experience peace in the face of their struggles?Even if we have the right to, how in the world can we?

 

These questions cannot be answered blithely, no matter what our cherished beliefs. Of course, the mind, fueled by deep emotion, has ready made answers. It will tell us that it is “wrong”, even uncaring, to dare to feel our connection to the Divine in the face of the suffering of those closest to us. Or it will paralyze us with fear, so we are rendered incapable of feeling almost anything, and justifiy this paralysis in the name of a sacred duty.

 

In truth I believe the answer to these questions captures the deepest meaning of faith; not faith in any belief system per se, but faith in the stillness within us where God/Goddess makes its presence known. In this space, all questions dissolve. In this space there is only love, In this space we find the strength to live, and to allow others the dignity to learn whatever they choose. We need not worry about what we feel when we connect to this space, for we will be lving in touch with our deepest nature. We can be assured that we will not be abandoning or harming anyone, and that we are doing what is highest and best for all.  In this space, we can rest in the knowledge that we are love.

 

In truth, if we desire to serve those who suffer, the best thing that we can do is to go to this place within ourselves as often as we can.  This is not about denying or suppressing emotions.  All emotions must be acknowledged and accepted.  But when you continue to block your alignment through fear and attachment, it becomes far more difficult to help, no matter how much you might care. Believe me, when you are in pain, you prefer someone around you who is centered in their own sacredness. And yes, in the alchemy which inspires this beautiful universe, your centeredness may help them to heal.