I’ve written before about Matt Kahn, whose teachings resonate strongly for me. He just released a video about pain that is both timely and hard for me to accept. He encourages us to consider pain as a spiritual call to awaken. Pain is not a sign of failure on our parts, but merely a call to wake up spiritually. The hardest part for me is to acknowledge that everything is in perfect divine order. Not that I haven’t heard or practiced the idea of challenges being divinely inspired, but to embrace life so completely that we accept each and every circumstance as divine and perfect. This means the war in Siria, climate change, my financial losses and every other difficult circumstance is exactly perfect as is. Sometimes I get stuck on this perspective. How about you?
Matt suggests, as do many other teachers, that the only way out of pain is to embrace it fully. The pain is helping us to release our judgments, grow and evolve spiritually. Pain is a call to faith. No matter what difficult circumstances or feelings we face, pain is asking us to release the distractions and return to our divinity and faith, trusting that all is in divine order. This perspective has been my block. I tend to think of pain and loss as a sign of failure on my part. How about you? Do you fall into the trap of judging yourself for having pain or challenges?
Here is Matt’s video on pain if you are interested.
Matt reminds us that people who are in pain attack others as an unconscious attempt to avoid their own pain. Therefore, what they most need is compassion. He suggests silently offering them the phrase “I acknowledge your pain.” Someone in pain can not be reasoned with, so don’t try to explain why they need to listen or change their ways. But they can and will respond to acknowledgment and compassion.
So I continue to work at embracing and healing the pain…
I offer this post not in search of answers, pity, or even compassion, but simply with the hope that it helps you deal with your challenges. Maybe Matt’s wisdom or my openness will in some way help to shine the light or ease the pain on your path.