Category: Suffering


Published on Jun 12, 2017

The purpose of this speech is to help you to be present. It’s only when you are present that you can see the conditioned patterns in your own life. Freeing yourself from these conditioned patterns is the fulfillment of your life’s purpose – living from your authentic self. Discover how you can transmute your conditioned patterns, your emotional and psychological pain and suffering, into peace. Lessons contained: healing with emotions and old relationships; transmuting the pain-body; turning resentments and grievances into forgiveness.


Published on May 12, 2017

A conversation exploring the continual appearance of suffering in spite of the recognition of our true nature.
From the weekend in Amsterdam, March 2017.

The question may have occurred to many of us: “Why do we need to suffer so much in our life, why is there so much suffering on Earth?”

As if the whole world has conspired against us, almost everything causes suffering to us. We suffer when we are ill, we suffer when things do not work out the way we like or plan. We suffer when we have lost something, we have lost our money or we are left by a loved person. We suffer when we are not loved, not appreciated, when our performance is underestimated. We suffer when we see our loved ones suffer and we are unable to alleviate their suffering.

We could go on a long way, continuing the list of things causing us suffering. On the other hand, there is so little joy in our life. What sense does all this suffering have? Does it have a meaning at all? Or is it just a bad joke of an evil universe?

Our Own Heaven

Let us imagine a life free of any kind of suffering. It is easy to imagine a life in which we do not suffer, where we are healthy, everything we do is successful, when all our wishes are fulfilled, everybody loves and respects us whoever we meet. In this private heaven of ours we could be happy.

But there are 7 billion other people on Earth, who share the Earth with us. Would they also be happy in our imagined heaven? Would they also escape suffering?

We cannot be fully certain about it, as in our isolated existence we are not sure, only guess what makes other people happy. In our isolated state we always use our own experience as a starting point, and assume that what is good for us must be good for others as well, and others suffer from the same thing we suffer from. Extending this logic makes us believe that once we no longer suffer, other people will also have a good time in our imagined heaven. The reality is, however, that the earthly heaven we imagine, and which is free of suffering for us, would cause a lot of suffering for a lot of other people, and would be even a real hell for many.

The seven billion people living on Earth today would create seven billion different and separate earthly heavens if they had a chance to do so. They are in an isolated state of consciousness, and though there would quite a lot of similar heavens, they would still be different. A common feature of all these heavens would be, however, that suffering would be present in every one of them.
The Deeper Sense of Suffering

We must conclude therefore that suffering–no matter how much we would like to avoid it–is a part of the life of every single human being. When we are suffering, we never say that ”my body is suffering,” but we say that ”I am suffering” or ”my heart is broken with sorrow.” Suffering is ours, because we ourselves are the suffering itself. And we suffer because we identify with the suffering.

Our daily sufferings point out to us that suffering us such is the result from our turning away from the Miracle and our identification with the separate state of consciousness.

It is only possible to understand all this when the intensity of our identification with the body and the psychological Self is weakened a little bit, and we are – even only for brief periods–able to step out of the small prison of our thoughts and mind, and enter the endless space of the Consciousness.

Suffering in that sense is the wake-up call that prevents Consciousness from finally sinking into the dream of separateness. Suffering is what actually stops us from finally and irrevocably identify with a body and a personal identity.

When we place our sufferings in the light of Consciousness, we no longer try to run away from them in despair, and no longer dream of a heaven free of suffering. We are now aware that our sufferings are in fact our helpers and they may accelerate the process through which the Consciousness wakes up in the body we formerly and mistakenly considered our own.


Published on Mar 29, 2017

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Excerpt from a one day event in Sausalito, California, USA, March 2017


Published on Mar 26, 2017

Sruti is a spiritual teacher who writes about finding God within an experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. She has been interviewed on the Buddha at the Gas Pump talk show on YouTube about her experience of spiritual awakening in the midst of intense pain

This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers. In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision.

She watched as one by one the layers of the mind, the body and feelings disappeared before her. She asks the question: Who is the One that Can Never Leave You? With whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?

Sruti’s book, The Hidden Value of Not Knowing, is available as an audiobook and an eBook online at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IBZFPIM


Amoda Maa Jeevan brings to light the process of opening ourselves to the darkness of suffering in order to awaken from the dream of separation.

In this talk, Amoda Maa invites you to consider that the darkness we encounter in our personal lives and in the world is an volutionary driver for awakening out of the dream of separation. Very often, awakening or enlightenment is imagined to be a spontaneous transcendent state that leads to eternal bliss and peace. But what is often missed is, that if awakening is to be more than a temporary state, we are called to meet every vestige of inner darkness and that this is an ongoing journey that can happen either before or after awakening. It’s an invitation to open to all previously unmet contractive energies based on an erroneous perception of separation.

Inner darkness is where we hold on to inner division; it’s a blind spot with incredible power: the power to create suffering in ourselves and in the world. Amoda invites you to meet this suffering consciously, and then to choose to open wider than this suffering. Conscious suffering is the decision to walk with resolute presence and unadulterated openness through every inner and outer landscape through Heaven and Hell and to recognize what is true beneath and beyond all appearances.

In conscious suffering, every step is a crucifixion and a resurrection. It’s a death of the archaic mechanism of ego and a rebirth into the light of who you truly are. When this light is seen in and as the heart of everything, a real transformation of consciousness takes place. As the Indian saint Neem Karoli Baba, said: “I love suffering, it brings me closer to God.”


Published on Mar 20, 2017

We have all heard fancy awakening or enlightenment stories, but what is enlightenment really about? According to spiritual teacher Roger Castillo enlightenment is something really mundane, it is the absence of suffering. But because so many spiritual seeker have an image in their mind that something very special has to happen they create expectation and thus suffering.

Roger shares also his personal Oneness experience. He believed that he reached his goal of spiritual enlightenment until his teacher Ramesh Balsekar and suffering proved him otherwise.

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Published on Jan 31, 2017

Darkness of the Womb: Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering – with Tara Brach (01/25/2017)

We can either repeat old fear based patterns, or our suffering can awaken us to a deeper wisdom and greater love. This talk explores four principles in relating to difficulty that move us towards healing and freedom—both personally and as a society.

Audio: https://www.tarabrach.com/transformin…

TEARS TO TRIUMPH VIEW HERE

Published on Jan 4, 2017

Non-duality teacher Rupert Spira shows us a ‘method’ / a ‘treatment’ which those who are not in spirituality won’t often hear. But we have to deal with it responsibly and honestly! He advices us to remain as the knower, as awareness, detached from the depression itself and thus becoming free from suffering and depression.

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Depression is a becoming more and more a serious mental health illness, which – without therapy or treatment – can lead to a life full of suffering or even suicide. But we don’t have to live with it forever. Rupert shares his advice on how to deal with depression wisely so that we get a spiritual understanding of it and overcome not only depression, but also other negative emotions like sadness, doubt, frustration, melancholia, etc.

Rupert asks us to enquire into the nature of what is going on inside of us. What is it that we know about depression? (Rupert Spira Quotes)
‘All there is to the depression is the knowing [awareness ] of it, that knowing is shining right on the surface of the feeling. It’s not buried behind it. You don’t have to separate yourself out from the depression and go looking for this knowing presence, (…) It’s right there shining (…).’ He continues ‘So give your attention to the knowing.’ It’s a very subtle change of focus that we have to make. Instead of focusing on the depression, we focus on the knowing of it. And we don’t have to escape the negative feeling. Because on the surface of the feeling, our true being shines. As a result of this ‘The depression itself, the feeling itself will have been revealed, the true substance of the feeling will have been revealed, which is happiness. Happiness is the substance of all feelings, even our deepest depression.’

So, if we listen to Rupert’s advice we can learn

– how to deal with depression and other negative emotions and feelings
– how to become free of the suffering that depression can create
– how to become aware of depression
– how to live a happier life
– how to enquire into and meditate on our true nature, which is awareness and how to remain as that awareness / consciousness.
– how to be your true, authentic Self.

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Published on Jan 1, 2017

Sruti is a spiritual teacher who writes about finding God within an experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. She has been interviewed on the Buddha at the Gas Pump talk show on YouTube about her experience of spiritual awakening in the midst of intense pain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atG0z…

This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers. In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision.

She watched as one by one the layers of the mind, the body and feelings disappeared before her. She asks the question: Who is the One that Can Never Leave You? With whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?

Sruti’s book, The Hidden Value of Not Knowing
, is available as an audiobook and an eBook online at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IBZFPIM
The book can also be ordered in print form: http://www.blurb.com/b/7133487-the-hi…

For more information about Sruti please visit http://www.srutisangha.org

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People & Blogs

As human beings and especially as spiritual aspirants who search for enlightenment we want peace of mind and deep happiness, but disciple of Ramesh Balsekar and spiritual teacher Roger Castillo explains how seeking or longing for peace of mind creates exactly the opposite: suffering. This happens because we create an idea and an expectation that peace of mind has to happen and expectations are one of the roots of suffering. The solution to this, as Roger Castillo advice us, is to allow everything just as it is, including suffering.


Published on Dec 12, 2016

Sruti is a spiritual teacher who writes about her spiritual awakening within an experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. She has been interviewed on the Buddha at the Gas Pump talk show on YouTube about her experience of spiritual awakening in the midst of intense pain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atG0z…

This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers. In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision.

She watched as one by one the layers of the mind, the body and feelings disappeared before her. She asks the question: with whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?


Published on Nov 23, 2016

Spiritual teacher Adyashanti ‘forces’ us to take an honest look at how we blame our parents for our suffering. He reminds us that every single moment we can make the decision to let go of blaming and clinging to past events. If we do that we see that horrible things may have happened in the past, but they don’t determine our happiness in this present moment.


About the Book

The internationally recognized teacher, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love argues that our desire to avoid pain is actually detrimental to our lives, disconnecting us from our deepest emotions and preventing true healing and spiritual transcendence.

Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important spiritual voices of our time. In Tears to Triumph, she argues that we—as a culture and as individuals—have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so, we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing.

Instead of allowing ourselves to embrace our hurt, we numb it, medicate it, dismiss it, or otherwise divert our attention so that we never have to face it. In refusing to acknowledge our suffering, we actually prolong it and deny ourselves the opportunity for profound wisdom—ultimately limiting our personal growth and opportunity for enlightenment. Frozen by denial, we are left standing in the breech. Whole industries profit from this immobility, and while they have grown rich, we have become spiritually poorer.

As Marianne makes clear, true healing and transcendence can only come when we finally face our pain and wrestle with what it has to teach us. Written with warm compassion and profound wisdom, Tears to Triumph offers us a powerful way forward through the pain, to a deeper awareness of our feelings, our lives, and our true selves.

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and activist. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books include A Return to Love, A Year of Miracles, The Law of Divine Compensation, The Gift of Change, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, and A Course in Weight Loss. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Charlie Rose.

Marianne’s Talk Launching Her New Book, TEARS TO TRIUMPH

Marianne Williamson interview on her new book: Tears to Triumph

Published on Aug 24, 2016

Marianne Williamson talks to Alan Steinfeld of New Realities about her new book, Tears to Triumph. One of the keys points of the book and of the interview is that she feels that we—as a culture and as individuals—have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so, we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing. Our desire to avoid pain is actually detrimental to our lives, disconnecting us from our deepest emotions and preventing true healing and spiritual transcendence. Cinematographers: Joe Nardelli, James Carman and George Mitas

Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important spiritual voices of our time. For more about her work go to: http://wwwMarianne.com

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