- to turn you away from the problem and towards God, the ultimate solution
- to give you the incredible feeling of the light returning
- to increase your joy capacity
- to increase your capacity for light
- to teach you what is truly important and precious in life
– Stuart Wilde
What if all the suffering in your life were really the “BS” that Stuart Wilde is referring to?
The four noble truths tell us that a) everyone suffers, b) that it is caused by clinging to attachments or desires, or from avoiding or aversion to things we judge as bad, c) that there is a solution, and d) the solution is the eightfold path. Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be given to you. Seek the kingdom of God within your own heart, mind, body, and soul and all the eightfold path will fall into place effortlessly: right view (perception), right intention, right speech, right action, right work/livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Right relationship to the Source, the Creator, the ground of all being is the first step. It also includes the right relationship to yourself and recognition that your true self is not your ego.
The ego, or the aspect of ourselves that is separated from the Source, has been in charge for too long. It has slipped under the radar of our sanity and has taken over; a little tyrant that is all shadow and no substance. It’s shadow has blocked the light for too long that many have forgotten who they really are. The problem is that in the darkness cast by the shadow of the illusion, we have not been able to see the light of truth. The shadow has dimmed our vision of the true, the good, and the beautiful that is who we really are.
“The task of midlife is not to look into the darkness, but to bring the light into the darkness.” Carl Jung realized that this is not the popular choice, as misery loves company and misery loves to revel in darkness and complain, criticize, blame, and judge. Our task in these critical times is to wake up to the truth and invite the light into our darkness.
Carl Jung said “we are shaken by secret shudders and dark forebodings; but we know no way out, and very few persons indeed draw the conclusion that this time the issue is the long-since-forgotten soul of man.” It is easier to project your darkness outside yourself. It is easier to project blame to another person or situation and feel self-righteous or self-justified.
Your forgotten soul, the inner aspect of divinity within you, is calling out to you from the darkness. The darkness that we are now seeing in the world is labor pains that are trying to lead us towards new birth into the light. The purpose of suffering is to turn you back to the truth, turn you back to God and the truth that you are really one, to the truth that Jesus spoke that “you are gods” (John 10:34). You suffer “because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies” (Jeremiah 13:25). “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you and I will restore your fortunes” (Jeremiah 29:13 ). “I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places” (Isaiah 45:3). “I will lead the blind in a way that they know not, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light” (Isaiah 42:16)
I See the Light
When you stop seeing through the darkness of the ego, and start looking through the eyes of the light of Spirit, the whole world looks different. You can begin to see yourself as you really are, you can see the reflection of God in yourself and in everyone and everything, and life becomes truly beautiful!