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Does Suffering Lead to Spiritual Awakening?

Q: Through sufferings, we contemplate, and then we awaken. This light is then shared. That is the journey, isn’t it?

For many people, suffering is a path to liberation. Once people have had enough, oftentimes they simply let go of the story they tell themselves of their suffering and they are suddenly free.

Suffering is not the only way to liberation, but I love seeing, time and time again, that this doorway to peace is often opened when people least expect but need it the most.

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Q: “All suffering exists in the mind” that leaves out the heart and the intuition part. Any thoughts?

The heart and the gut (intuition) are essential to empathy and healthy emotions. From my experience, suffering most often starts in the mind and then our heart begins to ache. Emotions are where we feel our thoughts. Occasionally, like as in physical pain, our brain receives the pain signals and then our mind reacts unconsciously, and then our emotions may become fearful or agitated. But even in this case, they start in the mind.

However you are absolutely correct, our mental aversion to unpleasant circumstances can affect our hearts and obscure our intuition. We must listen to our heart and intuition as much, if not more so, than our mind.

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