I was sitting in a class the other day and listening to a lecture. It was a meditation class and the topic was about challenges. It seems that in order to grow spiritual, you have to be faced with many challenges and it is through this, and how you deal with them you grow. Many organized spiritual groups speak about this phenomena. Buddha talked a lot about the suffering that men receive and how to deal with it. And while there is so much suffering in the world for sure, is it true that you have to suffer to grow? I have question that theory for a long time and for me I am not so sure this is the absolute truth. Many of us have a deep-seated belief that in order to do well in the world, we have to suffer and sacrifice. This commonly held idea stems from a certain mentality, inherited from ancestors who came before us who may have experienced this as truth. Beliefs from our own past-life experiences can also make an appearance in this lifetime. This is often the way in which false beliefs take hold and don’t let go, even though they are no longer relevant. We must all live our own lives, in our own time, and learn what is true for us, because very few truths prove valid for all people all the time.
I often wonder is this is not the cart before the horse concept. I personally don't believe that you have to suffer to grow spiritually. From everything that I have read and experienced, you are what you believe. Your thoughts are what creates your reality so if this is the case why would you believe in suffering. Why not believe in your ability to have what you want and to strive for that. Doesn't that seem to make more sense? There are so many things that we can not control that happens in life. But, your thoughts, is something you can control and the more you practice controlling your thoughts the better you become at doing it. This involves reprogramming your subconscious mind. It is not an easy task but it is an achievable one. It does require alot of time and focus but it can be done, trust me on that I have done it and I am continuing to do it. In actuality, we have been denied the complete understand of how so many things work within ourselves. That is why the saying, Know yourself, is so prevalent. You need to pursue yourself. Many things can not be learnt from a book nor from other people, you have got to send time with yourself. The more I learn, the more there is to learn. I don't find this a problem because I love learning and studying myself is my most favorite thing.
Keeping our minds clear of false notions is not an easy task, as it requires us to first know our beliefs. Very often, these beliefs have settled deep in our unconscious minds where they simply sit unquestioned. Nevertheless, they have an effect on our hearts, our minds, and our reality. These beliefs act on us, creating situations and relationships that we regard as fate, when they are, in fact, simply our unconscious minds manifesting in the external world. As a result, we may not even be aware that we are carrying the burden of a poverty mentality, and we may wonder why we are not manifesting abundance, especially if we know we deserve it. If this is the case, it may be time to look deeper within to see if we can discover the obstacle inside ourselves. If looking deep inside of yourself is a problem for you then you might want to get some help. Hypnosis is a good means of allowing you to go inside of yourself. If that is not something you want to do, I would really just ask the Universe to send you the answer to any question that you have. If you are sincere in this method, you will get the answer. It does not always come the way you might think but you will get the answer if you are receptive. Try it you might find it interesting.
In La'Kesh, (I am another yourself) Peace, Love and Inward Traveling