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Can Spirituality Heal Suffering?

Can Spirituality Heal Suffering?

“Suffering is an inevitable part of life” is based on nature. Every creature is born and dies. In between these two poles, creatures fight to remain alive. The physical body is exposed to danger from every side – famine, violence, accidents, aging, and death are the most prominent.

“Suffering is unnatural, growing out of sin and wrongdoing” states the opposite. Instead of considering all the natural forces that threaten us, it declares that humans suffer from the inside out, not from the outside in.

Our choices to follow wrong action come back to haunt us. Humans are the only creatures wracked by guilt and shame. We feel pain when we commit a sin like murder, whereas animals show no remorse when they exhibit violence.

Sin-based suffering is far more terrible that mere physical pain. It gives birth to anxiety and depression, which are mysterious afflictions, since these two ghosts of the mind haunt people even when they have done nothing wrong.

Just the perception of doing wrong can create intense guilt. But any creature that can commit a sin must be capable of doing the right thing. Therefore the second answer is actually optimistic.

“Suffering contains a hidden spiritual message” is very different than the other two. It says that out of suffering can come love. Love is the hidden message within all fear and pain, no matter how horrible they make you feel.

The idea that suffering contains a spiritual message goes beyond fatalism and idealism both, because the distinction between inner and outer, physical and mental is erased. Instead, we are seen as pure spirit, which has chosen to walk on the stage of the natural world in order to play out soul dramas.

Adapted from The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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3:28AM PST on Mar 7, 2014

thank you

9:04PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

intersting ,,, i always looking fr such kind of posts to read ,,,, realtes to life

12:19AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

good information thanks

12:00AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

thanx fr sharing

9:08AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Thanks.

10:48AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Thanks

9:40AM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Thank you!

12:49AM PDT on Nov 3, 2013

Thx

11:56AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

I like how this article is saying how you can be spiritual and still suffer. I'm seeing too many stories lately of the law of attraction, which pretty much winds up blaming the victim while shrouds it in positivism (i.e., if you were positive, you wouldn't be sick or suffer from mental illness). People such as Paul of Tarsus, Jesus Christ, and Gandhi were very spiritual, and yet all of them were assassinated, and many people who are spiritual die of genocide, disease, or other calamities. Spirituality just gives a means for a person to find peace in the midst of the storm. That doesn't mean the storm just goes away in one big poof.

4:15AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

I don't believe spirituality can heal suffering, it may just help to understand the roots of pain and how to manage it, but not cure it.
Suffering can be the result of profound pain based on tragic events in life, so how can you tell a heart, to forget and not to feel.
This article is well intended, but unrealistic.

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