As higher light streams into our world, ripples through human consciousness, and brings the first glimmers of illumination into global communications networks, it reveals the full extent of world pain and suffering. The impact of this revelation stirs sensitive hearts to awaken and respond, moving to aid and to point the way to that realm of conscious being where pain has no dominion. Thus, the heart of humanity gradually opens and expands to embrace all expressions of the divine Life we know as our world.
…we witness the massive suffering caused by wars and extreme natural disasters
As we begin to sense more fully the pain of the world we might ask: what is the purpose of pain and suffering in our planetary scheme? If we look back at our own lives, we might realise how long it took us to break destructive personality patterns that had kept us in a stranglehold of repeated negative consequences. Then if we look at what it took to finally dissolve those patterns, we would find that it was an aspect of the pain and suffering of the human condition that became unbearable, causing us to stop in our tracks and ask ourselves two questions: Is life worth living if I must continue to endure this? What have I done to deserve this? *
…light begins to shine on the path out of suffering.
Understanding the use of pain and suffering as an avenue of spiritual growth is what transforms a human being into a spiritual being while incarnate on the dense physical plane of Earth. The Tibetan Master guides a disciple with these words:
The path of the World Saviours is ever a hard one; the way of the Divine Sensitives is fraught with suffering and with pain. … there are certain lives in which the development of the equipment is the major goal. Then come other lives in which the prepared equipment is used. … You are being rendered sensitive and so made aware. The power to tune in on the world pain and to be conscious of the world sorrow (and that sorrow indicates the world growth in responsiveness) is rapidly being brought about in you. But it is a phase. It takes a strong soul to know the sources and the roots of pain, lying deep hidden in the manifested world.” Discipleship in the New Age, vol I, page 148
A mighty process of transformation is moving through human consciousness
Pain is that upward struggle through matter which lands a man at the Feet of the Logos; pain is the following of the line of the greatest resistance and thereby reaching the summit of the mountain; pain is the smashing of the form and the reaching of the inner fire; pain is the cold of isolation which leads to the warmth of the central Sun; pain is the burning in the furnace in order finally to know the coolness of the water of life; pain is the journeying into the far country, resulting in the welcome to the Father’s Home; pain is the illusion of the Father’s disowning, which drives the prodigal straight to the Father’s heart; pain is the cross of utter loss, that renders back the riches of the eternal bounty; pain is the whip that drives the struggling builder to carry to utter perfection the building of the Temple.” Discipleship in the New Age, vol I, page 676
Humanity as a whole is moving through the pain of a new birth
…we will see the birth of the New Humanity.
Along a narrow way
I groped; and lo! the light,
An infinite land of day.
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*These ideas were inspired by contemporary teachings in the Ageless Wisdom tradition.