Lessons of Pain

Lessons of Pain

Pain experienced in childhood mainly has a strong influence on emotionally polarized people and for these, some types of therapy are useful. There are many therapies available to people experiencing these types of problems.

For those who are progressed upon the Path approaching liberation, however, there is a cure. It is soul contact. Soul contact and attention on your spiritual center can immediately erase the negative effects of all childhood pain. Since I am a strong advocate of soul contact then I guess you could say I am advocating the ultimate therapy for those with a painful past.

Do I remember my own childhood pain?

Yes, and I remember it very clearly, but I can think back on it all with no pain in the present, no ill effects.

This is not because my childhood was easy. It was not the worst in the world, but it was far from the best. My parents were alcoholics and if I were to give you all the details it would sound like I am attempting to play the victim, which thing repulses me.

If I were to put a lot of attention on past problems I am sure I could convince myself that I am a victim and even God is punishing me, but to do so I would have to leave the kingdom of the soul where there is joy and peace that passes all understanding., where the pain of the past is seen as illusion with no power.

I have had my share of pain and do not fear it. I had two major root canals a while back and used no Novocain. If pain causes no fear then it will have no power.

The Question:

What type of resistance brings pain?

How do we end the resistance?

Basically most unnatural forms of pain, especially related to disease comes from resistance to the higher will revealed through the soul.

In a way we all have soul contact, but are not all conscious of it. If we are not conscious of soul then we tend to ignore its voice and direction. Because we are not paying attention the only way the soul can get our attention is through pain. That pain comes in diverse ways. Through the pain of disease, through some accidents, through broken relationships and so on.

How do we end the resistance?

First we must find out what it is that we are resisting. If one is not sensitive to the inner voice he must look at patterns in his life and look for clues in the lessons being taught. A big shortcut comes with soul contact for then the seeker can listen to the inner voice and receive a direct answer. Once the answer is realized one must follow the higher will or face an increase in pain. If one is willful and disregards the will of the soul the painful experiences will continue to grow until the person either yields to the will of the soul or cuts himself off from soul and is in danger of the dark path.

We’ve stated that pain is a great teacher. There are other types of pain besides physical. What are they and give an example of truth that you realized because of it.

There is a correspondence between kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal and human), but such correspondences are never exact.

Trees are damaged by fire and strengthened by wind. Humans are damaged by wind, but strengthened by fire as related in the scriptures:

“But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.” Mal 3:2-3

The greatest lights among humanity must be refined by fire even as gold and silver is and such individuals who withstand the fire and do not succumb to victimhood become as rare and precious as gold.

Again let me state that the test as to whether something works is that it works. The principles I have applied in my life works and leaves me full inside not empty, leaves me free from pain, not a victim from it, elevates me beyond the clinging lives and leaves me free to put my attention on things more noble.

Fortunately, I am not alone in this realization.

Even the Masters and the Christ himself have to do make the best of situations faced. Time after time the work of disciples falls short of the goal and mankind does not progress as hoped for and in such circumstances even the Great Ones have to merely accept what is and move the Plan forward the best they can.

Many of our emotional problems and pain connected with them will be replaced by peace if we just learn the art of divine acceptance. There have been several milestones of acceptance in my life that led me from emotional pain to peace.

There’s a lot of truth in the old adages such as not crying over spilt milk. Sometimes we just have to accept the fact that the milk is gone, but then we can always get a refill and proceed with a determination to not spill it the second time round.

Thank God that reincarnation is built into the plan which allows us to make right the injustices of the past, especially in our relationships with our children and other loved ones.

A reader asks: “What if giving in to the higher will creates more pain than the old behaviors?”

It will indeed as long as we keep any attachment to the old and have not completely accepted the new.

Again acceptance is the key.

Question: “In relation to the first question, is it not true that too much change brought about too quickly is as disastrous as staying in the old behaviors that cause pain?”

This is an excellent point. The adage of making haste slowly comes to mind and is good advice. The methodical tortoise always beats the hasty hare. Soul contact is important here because the soul will never give us more change than we can handle, but the personality wants the ultimate achievement right now.

Difficulties do come upon us and we would never have chosen many of them in our right minds. But the soul from its vantage point knows no pain and only sees the end result in the direction that it takes us. Except for about one seventh of humanity on their Sabbath life, the rest of us have all the problems we can humanly handle, but if we face and solve them much growth and joy will be the end result, even though it may seem bleak going through the circumstance.

A reader brought up concerns with Eckankar.

I can understand such concerns. In my own search I visited them and studied their books and found them to be at least as authoritative as the Mormon church, but with a fancier vocabulary. When I visited their meetings I found that asking a question not in the program brought me glaring looks similar to what I received when I visited the Jehovah Witnesses.

I think Paul Twitchell received some initial revelation, but went off on his own illusions and failed in his mission.

The next major topic will be:

Principles and Laws.

Question: What is the difference between a principle and a law?

What is the first law and the principle behind it?

Oct 17, 2000

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