By James Anthony Curtis
It’s hard to imagine a path of inner exploration without a curriculum of suffering.
We don’t seek suffering, pain or uncomfortable feelings, just by being living alive those will arise as apart of our human nature.
Desires, cravings, sickness, aging, physical and emotional pain are apart of life.
As we walk through life we begin to realize we cannot escape our fate, that suffering will arise no matter how we try to fend it off.
But our point of view can shift, this is the key to opening the heart of compassion.
Why must we treat suffering, and pain as enemies? Why not embrace them as friends? Friends come to share their dark gifts of wisdom and compassion.
By abiding in uncomfortable feelings we begin to love ourselves in ways that may seem unfamiliar, foreign and unloving. But the heart knows, it sees the attention, support and love we give as a child sees time given from a parent.
In a child’s eyes the most precious thing we give them are not new toys or fascinations to hold their temporary attention, but when we get down to the ground level, play with them in their world, allowing them to reveal all that their imagination holds dear.
Our inner path is much the same, whether our feelings are based in imagined nightmares, or pleasurable heavens, we give way to the feelings, abiding, observing, being with our heart the entirety of the time.
We develop deep connection to places long closed off for fear of doors opened.
We come to know the dark places, the inner chambers, by the desired and undesirable guests that come for their visits.
May we embrace our feelings, abiding in the those moments, giving way for our innocence to feel safe, to come forth in our heart.
May we explore being vulnerable, holding our heart up to the heavens, as we kneel before the feet of God.
May we come to know the one we have been waiting for, our true divine nature, as we enter our darkness, allowing our heart to be loved as it has never been loved before.