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The Creator has given suffering the specific function of awakening the divine world in human beings.
(O.M. Aïvanhov, 'You Are Gods', p.128)

Great pain and great joy open the centres [chakras] to the maximum.
Lilla Bek, Reincarnation, track #2, 5m36s; excerpt)

Suffering is the seed of compassion. (Howard Malpas)

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. (Maya Angelou)

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity. (John F. Kennedy)

Whatever your suffering and difficulties, do not complain about them to others and do not appear discouraged. On the contrary, try to light the lamps within you. Yes, the worse the situation is, the more you must make the light shine. And do you know what will happen as a result? This light will attract people from every direction, and they will say, ‘We would like to help you. What do you need?’ And soon you will not know what to do with all these services they want to offer you, simply because of your light. People believe that their misfortunes can touch the hearts of others, so they talk about and even exaggerate them in the hope of gaining help and relief. But those who are burdened with these tales have only one desire: to flee. Yes, unfortunately it is so: in these cases, it is rare that anyone listens, for only beauty, light and love attract human beings. Therefore, the worse the problem is, the more radiant and joyful you must become. (O.M. Aïvanhov)

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My message to the world is that it doesn't have to be like this. There is way too much unnecessary suffering in this world even if you go with the theory that it is a 'Soul University' and that God works in mysterious ways. We could be co-creating something so much better, and in many ways it is just a matter of a mind shift and reaching out to each other. We need to make the world a place where women and children and the good guys, the global majority, can live and thrive in the way they would like to... It is enough people. Let's draw a line and do something different! (Denise Stephani)

There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in. (Bishop Desmond Tutu)

In everyday life, humans torment or tear each other apart over trifles. Their field of consciousness is so narrow and limited that nothing seems more important to them than their worries, ambitions, desires and quarrels. They do not see the immensity of the sky above them, all this infinite space that, if they would only raise their sights, would allow them to break free of their limitations and breathe a little. By thinking about infinity and eternity, they will begin to feel that they are soaring above it all, that nothing can touch them – no sorrow, no sadness, no loss – because a new consciousness will awaken in them; they will judge and experience things very differently. (O.M. Aïvanhov)

Face of older man addicted to smoking, one side flesh, the other side skull

‘Addiction is a response to emotional pain’ is a BBC Ideas video (posted 11 November 2019, accessed 14 November 2019). Addiction specialist and author Gabor Mate says dealing with past trauma may be the key to breaking addiction. Here are my notes from it:-
  • His mantra on addiction is not “Why the addiction?” but rather “Why the pain?”
  • Addiction is anything that gives temporary relief, but also allows the addicted to suffer negative consequences - and that also cannot or will not be given up despite those negative consequences.
  • People typically say that addiction gives them: pain relief; escape from stress; a sense of connection; a sense of belonging. It meets a need that is not met in that person’s life. All of these are related to emotional pain.
  • The greater the adversity in childhood, the greater the risk of addiction. Not everyone that was traumatised will become an addict, but everyone that is addicted was traumatised.
  • Virtually any area of human activity can become addictive.
  • Greatest myth on addiction #1: It’s genetic. Addiction does run in families, but not because it’s genetic, but because of patterns of trauma that can be repeated on each generation. There may be a genetic predisposition, but there is not a genetic predetermination.
  • Greatest myth on addiction #2: It’s a choice that people make. The whole legal system is based on this myth: let’s punish them so that it deters others. Addiction is not a response that anybody makes; it’s a response to emotional pain.
  • Greatest myth on addiction #3: Addiction is restricted to the substance abuser or to a few losers in our society. No! It’s rife and rampant through our culture.
  • Instead of asking “What’s wrong with you?” ask “What happened to you?”
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Cosmic Intelligence has placed certain entities in human beings to watch over them, and when these entities see that through carelessness or ill-will, people are destroying something in their own heart, mind or physical body, they begin to sting and bite them, as a way of saying, ‘Hey there, get back on track!’ These calls to order are what people call suffering. Since suffering gives us warning, we should consider it to be a friend; it is there to show us that we have strayed from the good conditions where everything was clear and easy. It is up to us to understand its language and say to it, ‘May God bless you, I have understood, I am going to mend my ways.’ Once we have understood, and decide to reform, suffering has orders to leave us, for its work is done, its mission is accomplished. (O.M. Aïvanhov)

In an age of massive human suffering from poverty, war, unjust social structures, and the quest for world empire, the real mystery is the moral and political complacency of middle-class American Christians.
(Paraphrase of Walter Rauschenbusch, cited here, dated 2020, accessed 11 September 2020)

Faced with human suffering, all people of compassion must confront this dilemma: either become numb to the pain of those around you or begin to take action on their behalf. (Oscar Romero)

It’s all okay in the end. So, if it’s not okay, it’s simply not the end. (Ozarks saying)

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You learn how to suffer. If you know how to suffer, you suffer much, much less. And then you know how to make good use of suffering to create joy and happiness. The art of happiness and the art of suffering always go together. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

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