How do you think God-Tao feels about our suffering? Is it possible for God-Tao to see suffering, and not wish it to end, and not to help end it?
A happier way to be thinking about how God-Tao feels about our suffering is to think that God-Tao knows we will overcome the suffering, even if it takes many lifetimes. Therefore, some assistance may be provided, but ultimately the learning is ours. God-Tao is not worried in the least, because the results are inevitable. We will learn. We are all God-Tao's toddlers.
Consider an analogy with our being a parent of a toddler who is frustrated in the process of learning how to stand up. We witness our toddler as he falls many times. Our toddler may become angry, frustrated and/or sad. There is little we can do but provide encouragement. Moreover, most of us do not feel badly because we know the result is inevitable, perhaps not today, but in a few days or weeks. That child will be standing upright soon. If we are wise, we usually let the child's own capabilities determine when success happens. If there seems to be too much frustration and difficulty, we may try to help. But ultimately our child's own learning and skills are what will allow success. The toddler may suffer until the lessons are learned. Yet, we do not usually suffer as we watch. Yes, it may seem like a big leap to expand this attitude towards all our human suffering; but that seems to be required if we are to more fully align with our souls.
Our souls create ongoing life circumstances that keep causing us pain and suffering until we learn the lesson(s) involved. Our soul (like God-Tao) knows that physical and emotional suffering is part of our toddler process here on Earth School. (I discuss more about this attitude towards suffering in Chapter 9 where the topic is compassion.)
Wanting to End Suffering Trap. A strong desire to end pain & human suffering is quite common among New Age folks, particularly those with Buddhist tendencies. But it is a desire that obviously shows the person does not love what is. (Further, this desire is not part of what I consider the essentials of Buddhism, described in Chapter 13.)
© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
|Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "More important than your thoughts about the size of your unconscious are your thoughts about its contents. Historically, it has been popular to believe in a dark, evil, dangerous unconscious that needed strict controls to avoid disaster. What a damaging belief to have about the unconscious mind!"|