Note: After today’s post, I’m going to take a break from posting for a little while. Thank you for your views. Love, Celia
“All pain comes from not being fully yourself. Whenever you suffer, you suffer because somehow you are not being fully you.” Choose Only Love bk.3, 4:II
This is a novel idea, that not being ourselves can cause suffering/pain. If this is true, we have some control over suffering and pain. If we sense these things, we can simply ask in what way we are not being true to ourselves. Not being fully ourselves is not being true to ourselves.
Perhaps we aren’t certain how to be fully ourselves. This is a common problem, but a problem easily solved if only we remember to go within for our Answers. Going within solves so much that has troubled us. It is the way we reach God. It is the way that we go home for a while, even while in the midst of this sometimes troubling world.
Pain is not the same as suffering. In this world, we will sometimes have pain, but we can avoid the emotional context that leads to suffering, because suffering nearly always has an emotional component. Jesus seems to be saying here that if we are fully ourselves, we won’t even have pain. This is an ideal situation, and not all of us can reach to Jesus’ ideal. But we can try.
Go within, in prayer, in contemplation—especially when something is troubling us. If we nip the trouble in the bud by having as a goal being true to ourselves, then we will eclipse much that has been a problem in the past.
Remember that God sustains us. When we turn to Him, we are much more likely to be successful in our desire to eliminate pain/suffering from what we experience, because it is not He Who brings bad things to us. True, He allows it, but these mysteries of pain and suffering are not anything that we can fully understand with finite minds. We need to practice acquiescence, as God does. Then and only then, in our acceptance, will we have taken the first step toward getting rid of the things in our lives that we don’t want—principally, pain/suffering.