Spiritual Suffering: Why Spiritually Evolved People Suffer More?
“Most spiritual experiences begin with suffering. They begin with groundlessness. They begin with when the rug has been pulled out from under us.” – Pema Chodron
You are spiritually evolved.
You understand and empathize more and are kinder than others.
Yet, you suffer more than anyone can endure.
So why is becoming more high vibration means more suffering?
What is Spiritual Suffering?
Our soul needs love, acceptance, faith, hope, virtue, and beauty in our lives.
When we come across an experience that triggers a lost, we suffer.
Suffering is but an experience.
We may see them as something horrible or cruel because it doesn’t feel good.
But there is a purpose for suffering that plays in with spiritual evolution.
The Gift of Light and Darkness
Before we touch upon suffering, we need to talk about polarity.
Why is there light and darkness?
Why is there good and evil?
The simple answer is that if there is no darkness, can we distinguish the light?
And if there is no evil, how shall we know what is good?
Light and darkness appears to be opposite.
But as the Principle of Polarity stated, two things that seems to be polar opposites are actually one and the same.
The Yin / Yang is one.
And so light and darkness is one.
The purpose of duality is so that we can distinguish between the other and make the better choice.
So to choose light and love, we must understand darkness and hate.
Suffering as a Means to Evolve
Suffering is there as an instruction for the soul and the joy of sacrifice.
If we had not suffered, we would not have evolved.
So instead of seeing suffering as the end all of despair, embrace it because it means that you are evolving.
It means that you are understanding and learning your life lessons.
And it means that you are closer to transcending your current reality.
The higher evolved you are, the bigger the test you will experience.
It doesn’t mean that suffering is better or that you should be glad to suffer.
It means that by knowing you are not feeling good, it is a signal for you to move toward the right path.
During the process of transcending, we undergo death – the death of the ego.
But with every death comes the revival of the phoenix, burning its ashes and rising into a new person.
“To die to self through self-discipline causes suffering but brings you everlasting life.” – Rumi
Once we overcome the suffering, we gain wisdom.
From unconsciousness to consciousness and to supreme consciousness, there is a process of unselfishness.
The more the lower self is forgotten, and in realization of the true and beauty, the quicker becomes the process of evolution.
Suffering Opens Our Eyes
When life is going well for us, we don’t feel the need for spirituality in our lives.
Our material possessions become our comforts – friends, money, property, etc.
But when something goes wrong or when we begin to lose our possessions, that is when we turn to spirituality.
In suffering, man realizes his condition of complete helplessness and is able to hear the divine words.
He realizes the illusion of his material possessions.
And he begins to ask bigger questions and to seek higher answers.
We seek the purpose of life.
We transcend our selfishness and empathize in kindness with others.
We find realizations that are difficult to acquire had we not suffered.
Our understanding of other’s experience widens and we no longer judge them by our own standards.
For without suffering, we may not feel the need to seek spirituality in our lives.
Suffering is a Teacher
Suffering teaches us patience, tolerance, acceptance, happiness and letting go.
It enables you to grow in patience, strength, purity, and into a higher evolved spiritual being.
When you find yourself suffering, you also realize that you are stuck.
Having awareness of being stuck allows you to get unstuck.
“Within the spiritual journey you understand that suffering becomes something that has been given to you to show you where your mind is still stuck. It’s a vehicle to help you go to work. That’s why it’s called grace.” – Ram Dass
We learn not to take things personally.
We learn not to engage in situations that can cause harm.
We learn our own anxiety, depression, and loneliness and how to overcome them.
To Suffer More is to Learn More
Your Soul learns a lesson through experience.
And the best way to learn is to suffer the consequences.
To know light, one must know darkness.
Suffering is like the parent that tells you to eat your green spiritual vegetables.
The more spiritual you are, the harder the lessons.
This is because the higher vibrations you are, the strong the effect you cause the world.
And if you attempt to advance more in your spiritual life, the faster and agonizing lessons you will suffer.
But through all lessons you’ve overcome, there will be spiritual peace and happiness and fulfillment.