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Why Do We Suffer?

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A friend just emailed and reported that even in the midst of a profound opening to the experience of oneness with everything, she is still saddened by the suffering in the world, and she wonders why consciousness seems to need to suffer so much. Here is the response I wrote:

The question of why does consciousness need suffering is a difficult question to answer, but we can get a hint of the answer by noticing how much suffering opens our Heart. It seems that even though consciousness is infinite, it still likes to stretch itself by opening even wider. Eventually we as individuals learn that we do not need to suffer in order to open the Heart, and when we do there is a great sigh of relief to know that we can just go directly to the love and the softness. But until we learn this, life keeps reminding us to open our Heart even wider by showing us the suffering that arises when we do not.

And even when we have surrendered and given our Heart totally to the truth, we still experience the suffering of others so that we are inspired to reach out and show them the same love that has rescued us. And the pain itself is a good hurt like the good hurt from exercise, as you described. In the end it turns out that the suffering was all just an idea of suffering and what is really happening is this stretching and unfolding of our infinite Heart. There is no suffering in the depths of love, and there never has been.

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What About the Awakeness That Is Here Now

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Another person emailed to say how much they want to awaken, and I wrote back:

If you truly want to wake up, then I invite you to get very curious about the awakeness that is here right now. Are you aware of anything at all in this moment? What is that awareness like? Just as a single drop of water is wet, the awareness that is reading these words has all of the qualities of your ultimate true nature as pure awareness. Does the part of you that is already awake need to wake up or is it already profoundly and mysteriously aware? Just for a moment, instead of seeking more awareness, find out more about the awareness that is already here.

The awareness that is here in this moment is alive, spacious, discriminating and full of love. Everything that really matters is found in this awareness. Love, peace and joy flow from within us out to the experiences we have of the world. Seeking the source of peace or love in the world is like looking for the source of the water in the puddle that forms under a water faucet. Not only is the source here within us, but it is flowing right now as the simple awareness that is reading these words.

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Listening and Being Present

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Here is an mp3 of a portion of a satsang talk given by Nirmala at a retreat in Sedona: (click on title to start playback)

There are more mp3s you can listen to for free here. You can also purchase a download of mp3s of all seven satsangs from this retreat for just $29.95 here:

Mp3 Collection of Seven Satsangs from a retreat in Sedona, Arizona
 
Over five hours of satsang with Nirmala from a retreat held in Sedona in October 2007, available as a download. Please note: Must be played on a computer, or an Mp3 player. The download is a zip file of 300 MB containing seven Mp3s of satsang. Download times will depend on your internet connection, and a high speed connection is necessary.

Topics:
1-What is Real
2-A Fairytale About the Truth
3-Contraction and Suffering
4-Listening and Being Present
5-What Do You Really Want?
6-Not Doing, Allowing
7-What Is

Available as a download for $29.95.

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