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    On Sep 23, 2014 david doane wrote:

     To suffer means to carry.  Suffer doesn't mean pain, it means our carrying of pain.  Pain is a given.  How we suffer pain is up to us.  I can suffer my pain efficiently or in a way that creates more and unnecessary pain.  I consume pain into myself by accepting it as part of my life and carrying it efficiently, not denying it.  I am to have and consume my pain, and not it have and consume me.  I am bigger than my pain.  The more severe the pain, the more difficult I assume it is to live that way.  I may find out some day -- I haven't yet been put to the extreme test.  Grace is the gift of growing.  When my dear friend died, the grace that loss helped me to find was that I am more than I realized and gave myself credit for.  I die to who I thought I was by being open, listening and seeing, being receptive and accepting, and allowing myself to let go and realize more of who I am.  I appreciate Ram Dass' saying that the people of India speak of their saints as being the living dead because they have died to who they thought they were -- that's profound. 

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    On Sep 23, 2014 Syd wrote:

     What you write is excellent and you are a powerful healing force David. Your faith and freedom is the source of life, where it appears the observer is the observed are One.  Thank you!  

    This went to the wrong post so will try again.

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