is not an onerous challenge
or something to be avoided at any cost.
We all need to learn to embrace suffering
seeing that it occurs naturally
and is integral to our spiritual growth.
When we anticipate suffering with dread,
we cloud our connection to ourselves
and all of creation,
and the Divine.
we could become locked in solitary, abject darkness,
enduring a painful, heart-rending experience.
When we consciously and intentionally welcome suffering, however,
our eyes can be opened to a world of vibrant possibilities.
Suffering presents opportunities to shed our egos
and self-centered agendas.
Once we have let go of our preconceived notions
of who we ought to be,
we can move more fully into an awareness and understanding
of the profound and transforming effects
of sharing love and peace.
In the midst of suffering,
we can recognize how entering into deep relationships with ourselves,
can provide an environment in which
the gifts of suffering can be fully appreciated and embraced.
Peace, true peace,
is only to be found through suffering,
when we seek the light in darkness.
If we believe that all is created by God,
suffering has a divine origin
and contains a divine spark.
When we shift our perception
of the origin and the essence of suffering,
we become aware of the peace that is possible
when we surrender to the Divine
through which we receive the gift of suffering.
Suffering can be recognized as a grace
when we are sincere in our sufferings
as in anything else.
We must recognize at once our weakness and our pain,
but we do not need to dwell in them.
Sincere and at peace,
we may enter into the grace of God.
Until we turn our wills to God,
suffering leads nowhere,
except to our own destruction.
When we deepen our relationship to God
and fully place our trust in the Divine,
suffering can lead to the conscious development
of our spiritual being.
We choose to strengthen our spirit and weaken the ego.
The fire of suffering
can help us express our contemplative nature,
the union of our mind and will with God
in a supreme act of pure love
that is at the same time the highest knowledge of God.
We perfect our mind,
through suffering made transparent by the light of God.
We don’t stop suffering as we grow closer to the Divine;
our suffering becomes more poignant
by this deepening relationship with God.