We do NOT have to suffer… before earning the right to happiness.
Or to be deserving of abundance or worthy of enlightenment.
If any ‘guru’ or belief-system tries to convince you otherwise, please embrace your self-loving boundaries and run the other way – fast!
Because suffering is no longer a prerequisite for evolving as a spiritual being or embracing personal joy. We muststop glorifying drama and trauma as the only path to Love.
Most of us experience challenging situations that test us – sometimes a little and sometimes to the point of breaking – and these most certainly affect the person we become. For those who embrace and transform their pain, they do indeed offer a perspective and connection that can sooth, empower and heal others.
But to claim that strength and wisdom can ONLY come from those who have suffered sets up a very limiting space from which we can live in the world.
How do I know if I have suffered enough? What is the barometer and who am I comparing my pain against to see if I’m worthy yet?
This belief system also ignores other sources of wisdom:
- what we have experienced or suffered in previous lives
- divine guidance and learning from sources other than our own physical experience
- our ability to empathise and learn from others without having to suffer through the same ourselves.
I used to believe in absolute duality, that we cannot know cold without hot, up without down, happiness without sadness… but I know now that it doesn’t have to be that way. These beliefs – so ingrained in many of our cultures, religions, spirituality – once served a purpose of creating contrast as a way for us to understand certain energetic concepts, especially at a time when humanity felt itself separate from Source/God and undeserving of Love.
But that time has passed; we have found our Divinity-Within and know there is an alternative for those who want to take a path of greater peace and ease, because we already ARE Love.
So, if you stand in the possibility that you no longer *have to* suffer in order to deserve, how different would life look?
What happiness would you call forth right now?
What abundance would you readily allow into your life?
What enlightenment is yours to claim, just because?
© Artemiss Keyhani, 2020
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