suffering on the awakening path

It seems to me that in these chaotic times life is considered as more dispensable, and less valuable than it once was.

I came across a beautiful quote from an Indian Saint called Swami Brahmananda Saraswati:

“To get a human body is a rare thing – make full use of it. There are four million kinds of lives which a soul can gather. After that one gets a chance to be human, to get a human body. Therefore, one should not waste this chance. Every second in human life is very valuable. If you don’t value this, then you will weep in the end.

Because you’re human, God has given you power to think and decide what is good and bad. Therefore, you can do the best possible kind of action. You should never consider yourself weak or a fallen creature.

Whatever may have happened up to now may be because you didn’t know, but now be careful. After getting a human body, if you don’t reach God, then you have sold a diamond at the price of spinach.“

I love that quote. It moves my heart and brings on my Home-sickness. Home-sickness is something I felt even before spiritual awakening happened for me. By home I don’t mean a family home or an earthly place but the expanded aware dimension from where we enter into an incarnation and where we are able to be close to God without a veil of amnesia.

But even with this yearning for God and for home, I get so pulled into all the outer world goings on, mostly horrendous information. So when the push comes, as it always does, to move away from the outer world to the inner space, I often feel so humbled and grateful. ‘Ohhh dear……I forgot yet again that it’s all a simulation, thank you for reminding me!’

And as I have known so very well, the space in which we connect with Source (through many different ways) is where our real lasting power and only true peace and excitement lie. It’s just that the reminder is needed – again and again and again!

And along this vacillating path, we move more and more into closer union with the Divine on a more consistent basis.

Suffering on the Awakening Path

One final point on this inner journey back to connecting with Source… you know what is usually the fastest and most powerful trigger for reaching my hand out for God again? It’s suffering.

Truly, suffering that is not denied is our greatest healer and transformer. I had a sort of clarity or epiphany dawn today. I’ve had it before but not as releasing as today.

I realized that I have specifically chosen the intensity of suffering I’ve experienced in this life prior to incarnating. The suffering is also shown in my soul plan reading. I needed to suffer to wake up in this life if I was to go beyond the veil and experience God-consciousness directly, which is also in my soul plan and what I feel deep down my life is about here. But if it wasn’t for suffering, I’d just be identified with the human story of my life and too spiritually lazy to do anything different.

Sometimes I think that if I have one message it would be that your suffering can transform into Sat Chit Anand (or the bliss of truth) in just one moment.

Suffering is not a comfortable topic for us humans, and it feels so awful to suffer….but we each have come here to face up to something uncomfortable or somewhat challenging, and this I think is the bag I chose.

It was a release because in the moment of realization suffering becomes something you can be grateful for.

Thank you for reading.


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