Many times I have asked: why must I go through the unpleasantness of life. I see no sense to any kind of misfortunes people must face at some points in their lives. There are times when I question God for His timidity in allowing pain and misery to destroy a person. Perhaps this is also the reason many gave up their faith in the existence of the Almighty. Suffering has been my life’s greatest question. No matter how much I try to rationalize the reason behind this fact of life I cannot find any understanding. Why do I need to experience adversity? What good does torment bring? Why must we suffer the agonies of loss, injustice, pain, torture and hopelessness?
Then, a flicker of light came from the depths of my soul. I felt I had the wrong perception of the truth and that my limited mind has been causing all the torments in my life. A deep feeling tells me that I will never find any answers if I rely solely within the reason of my mind. Everything that I came to believe is nothing more than my mind’s effort to interpret all things according to its limited realm. Whenever I experience trepidations in my life, I have realized that it is my minds reaction to the things beyond its comprehension.
My first experience of adversity was when my father contracted an incurable disease. Many years passed as I lay witness to the suffering of this person I love; as my father was continuously beleaguered by physical torment, so am I with my helplessness to assuage his suffering. In our frequent visit to the hospital my suffering doubled as I saw the pain other people had as they see their loved ones in devastation; but there is no pain greater than seeing the person you loved falter before your eyes, such is what I have experienced upon the demise of my father.
After facing many adversities in my life I have slowly gain wisdom about the reason behind the sufferings of man. I have learned something about myself that is hugely alien from my established perception. The adversities of pain, discomfort and misfortune are the facts of life that our mind is incapable of handling; its only way of response is resistance. The more we allow our minds to handle adversities, the more we become miserable. If we rely on our minds to find the light in the dark, our search will be in vain. There is another force more powerful residing within us that holds the wisdom behind the adversities of life—our spirit.
I don’t mean to be metaphysical in this aspect. What I want to share is the discovery I had about the true nature of our being. Much as I want to resist the fact that I am one with my mind, I’m really not. Rather, I am controlled by my mind. Everything we perceive since the beginning of our consciousness was pre-arranged by our minds in compliance with the law of nature. Thus, our mentality goes in line with our biological makeup. It is for this very reason that we all share the aspirations of power, recognition, respect, fame, fortune and many other temporal things that belong to this world. But what happens then when we are faced with adversities? Why are we having trouble with it? The answer lies in the inability of our minds to accept chaos. When adversity visits, the mind is being displaced of control. And when it can no longer hold control of the situation we become confused and we loose our sense of direction. However, it is in this situation our true self is called to take control of our being. By recognizing and heeding the little voice from within, we slowly discover our higher form of consciousness.
The reason behind all adversities is to nudge us out of our minds in order for our spirits to dominate. Every time we experience suffering, we are given the chance to break free from the controls of our minds and follow the beckoning of our spirits. Once we allow this we can experience the manifestation of hope, faith, love, forgiveness, peace and liberation—all of which are beyond the realm of the our mind.
By relying on our mind’s narrow boundaries in making sense of all the adversities we encounter, we will loose our sanity. No matter how rational we dissect our misfortunes, nothing will make sense, because we are looking in the eyes of our shallow minds. However, if we gather the strength to endure all of life’s test, we will discover a new dimension of understanding that will answer any questions we have within. Once our mind looses its influence on us, we will see our own limitlessness for which we have always been.
Suffering is only of the mind. Once the mind lose control, our true essence will finally be realized.
“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. “
~~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
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