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Suffering; It's a Choice

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Western Religions tell us that suffering purifies us, and that we must expect suffering to always be in our lives because of our sinful natures. They believe the world is made on the basis of struggle and that struggle is inevitably attended by difficulty, often pain and hardship. The Bible says "Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward" Job 5:7 and in St. John 16:33 "In the world ye shall have tribulation". The theme being that the chief duty of a human being is to endure life.It doesn't feel right, that we should not only endure suffering but we are to expect it to always be present in our lives.

A more humane approach is through Eastern Religion, that tells us we suffer only as long as we stay unenlightened. The Tao is Tao, 79 states "The ignorant create their own agonies, when they allow their desire, greed and hatred to turn the fiction in their minds into the reality of suffering". They believe most forms of suffering are the results of inventions of our own minds, and our inability to deal with our thoughts (beliefs) and emotions. That attachment and ego are closely linked and that they are the main causes of suffering. They encourage perpetual action to satisfy their insatiable needs. They believe that the main problems of suffering lies in the "sphere of the spirit", and that they are problems of the mind.

The Tao holds that you don't have to search for meaning, just rid yourself of negative dis-empowering beliefs. That the meaning of life is life itself. If you live this way you will fill the world with beauty and meaning. Cease being run by dis-empowering beliefs, only then will the essential tolerance on a spiritual level be possible. The sooner we accept the realm of the spirit as part of reality the sooner real solutions will become possible. Let go of your false self.

So instead of being doomed to endure a life of suffering, if we change our beliefs we can be one with life. We can create our life.

On his death bed, his family morning, he is serene. For he knows death like life is an illusion. Ther is no beginning and no end. There is only the endless flow of Tao. The man of Tao has no fear for he walks with Tao. The Tao is Tao 154