Finding Awakening Through Pain

The view through my lens is that we human beings, regardless of race or religion, hold a deep longing that is fundamentally one and the same. The differences we see with our body’s eyes are the great humor of Life. Our deepest desire is to have a true, intimate experience of living.

And we are often led to that deepest experience by some inexplicable pain. Indeed, our moments of loss and despair smooth the rough edges of ego and create an opening in the heart for growth and self-discovery, forging inner faith. In the words of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh, “No mud, no lotus.” Thus, our awakening comes through the pain.

Miracles do emerge from human beings in the darkest hours. If we can be patient while sitting with the dark, the dawn will surely come. Ironically, it is the pain of the terrifying journeys that forces us inward where new treasures of heart are discovered each and every time.

Every one of us faces some inexplicable pain in our lifetime. And most of us face the remnants of our dragons many times over the course of a day. Seeing the journey and the dragon as the impetus for self-discovery, we can have a new and empowering experience of what haunts us. We can engage the battle, face the pain, sit with it and receive its gift. Then, difficulty and suffering aren’t to be avoided, they are vehicles for a richer experience of living. The very experience we have all longed for.

I will never lead you into territory I am not willing to travel myself. The dragons I have slayed were wrapped in a shameful past riddled with childhood abuse, poverty, teenage pregnancy and eating disorders. In those times, amidst the ache, were remarkable glimpses of a spirit within that has never been altered or wounded by any of the circumstances I’ve lived….Continue reading at

Rev. Sala Chrispin is an interfaith minister and author of Honoring Our Loved Ones: A Universal Path for Dying, Grieving, Healing and Living Now.

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Photo Credit: Gail Lynne Goodwin


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Geoff Price
Past Member 4 years ago

Has anyone tried gout for pain.Now that will really wake you up.What a silly theory

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

Pain wakes us up at all times, it's what we do when we're awake...

Autumn S.
Autumn S4 years ago


Darren Woolsey
Darren W4 years ago

It's interesting how being in a "painful" state creates openings where I can have an insight into something, whereas if I'm feeling happy, I'm just feeling... happy. In other ways, the struggle I encounter with "pain" creates a friction or fire with which something deeper can be borne.

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga4 years ago


Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago


Connie O.
Connie O4 years ago

I have taken away good lessons through my pain, and became a much stronger person. It is a good lesson to teach, but a hard one to believe at certain points in life.

Ken W.
Ken W4 years ago


Nimue Pendragon

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger".