why does suffering exist? according to mystical traditions

I’ll be brief.

 

 

Unconsciously.

 

You swallowed a snake in the middle of the night, as you slept under a tree.

Your kind master wakes you by beating you bloody with a stick.

The Master cannot tell you about the snake you ate as you would only run in panic or would be lost in the deathly spiral of your own thoughts, writing catastrophes.

Better this ignorance.

With the induced nausea and pain, you eventually rip out the creature from your stomach. Your eyes are wide in disbelief seeing what the Master has saved you from.

Bless those that receive pain as their medicine.

 

— this is a story as told my the mystical sufi poet, Rumi–

The master is life, and pain exorcises your unconscious demons. The master is infinitely wise, there is nothing, that is not for your own growth. One doesn’t come to “believe” this one comes to know this. Rumi has other excellent poems on pain but here’s another story from western hermetic lore:

 

The fire and brimstone of heaven and earth are used to refine metal with life’s harshest measures.

Only under this intense activity, can what was once hard be reshapen to take a new form.

 

—— —-

The favorite symbols surrounding alchemy are that of transformation and purification. Both of which can’t occur without some sort of friction – pain or suffering. Interesting to note that this tradition offers to USE/TRANSFORM pain rather than releasing it. That’s what “magick” actually is.

Why are we taught as a society to pity people going under extreme pains and pressures – such as suicide attempts or really crappy breakups? A cousin of mine attempted suicide twice and my gut reaction was:

“GOOD. FUC, HE SHOULD USE ALL THAT PAIN TO TRANSFORM HIMSELF. Cause GDI HE’S ONE OF THE SHITTIEST PERSONS I KNOW – AND DAMN BLESS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REDEFINE HIMSELF”

 

Recall the crappiest thing you went through and how it changed you after you weathered it. It’s either you’re —

(1) better and stronger or

(2) you’re not done yet

 

I personally don’t care what bloody circumstance it could be, the drama of human life, is just what it is – a drama. Written and produced by your consciousness and thoughts. Grab the wheel and own up to your plot points – it’s a crazy game we’re in.

PS. Worth mentioning also is a buddhist point of view where suffering can be dropped, like dead baggage. Non-attachment- is also a solid play. Just play okay ???

 

 

See yeah around,

Maฤlia

 

 

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