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.
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!
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