“What we hear while we are asleep continues to resonate with us upon awakening.” – Henry Reed
It is said that you can awaken through joy or through suffering. I am going to write about the latter.
If we look around in nature, we see that for plants and animals to become what nature intended and for growth to occur, there is some sort of rupture. Look at the way a seed has to break open for the plant to emerge. Even the process of birthing is painful for any animal, including you. You have to break out of the womb, your comfort zone for 9 months, and enter unchartered territory. It is scary when you first enter the world, but you, the curious child, start taking risks, falling flat on your tender butt, getting up and putting one foot in front of the other. Imagine how different life would have been had you not taken those risks?
In the last year, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard my teachers say that from a breakdown comes a breakthrough and read of many instances of this happening. A classic example of how suffering leads to rebirth is the metamorphosis a caterpillar has to go through to become a butterfly. The caterpillar enters the cocoon and basically becomes mush before it transforms itself into a beautiful creature. This is referred to as chrysalis, a sheltered state of growth which takes time. Patience is key. Can you see how this is applicable to our own lives? Instead of focusing on the suffering we could look for the important lessons needed for the evolution of our consciousness.
I have also been told, “Things don’t happen TO you, they happen FOR you.” When I look back at the events that happened and choices that I made, I know that they had to have happened for me to be exactly where I am now. The corporate job provided me with amazing opportunities to develop my communication skills and to travel and discover amazing cultures. The bad relationships taught me about compassion and forgiveness. The crisis which brought me to my knees led me to amazing communities of people from whom I could learn and teach. Suffering provided a door to the path home to myself. Can you see the lessons which you need to learn?