|Emmet Kelly 1898-1979|
Yes, it is. The cessation of suffering is a big deal.
Yet, what has become clear to me, and to many others*, is that there is a profound difference between pain and suffering.
The natural experience and expression of emotional pain, like the natural experience and expression of joy, emerges from our True Nature. Each can bring us to tears as hearts and minds are touched deeply by Reality of Life as it is.
Emotional pain doesn't cause suffering. It is our conditioned resistance to the pain that causes suffering. Adrift in the pervasive conditioning of today's society, our hearts become closed, armored by layers of fear and unexpressed grief. With Practice, this changes. With Practice, we can open to the healing energy of the One Love that exists within and beyond our Heart of Hearts.
A Good Cry
|Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Truth and Reconciliation Hearing 1996|
Opening to the tears, accepting and embracing Life As It Is, we access the infinite pool of open, clear, peaceful Awareness that permeates all possible universes.
In opening to the Darkness, we open to the Light! How cool is that? It just takes Practice.
* The tears I shed during the course of a five day retreat led by the late Stephen Levine and his wife Ondrea were among the most healing moments of my life. Levine's talent at crafting guided meditations capable of "opening the heart" was unparalleled. With Levine's passing, the world lost a Master of Manifesting"A Good Cry". Your MMM Courtesy Wake Up Call: Good Grief.
Originally Posted, May 15, 2015. Revised.