I also encountered some reactions as well, some of which were, shall we say, rather interesting.
And yet I wasn’t all that surprised. People who talk this way are usually folks who cannot be fully present with someone else’s pain. It scares them, and there’s the reaction of, “I must do something to reframe this so it’s positive thing so this person feels better, pronto!!” I understand this. These folks also usually have trouble being fully present with their own pain. Still, I wonder if they really think what they are saying is even remotely supportive, spiritual or helpful. What is the point of so much spiritual practice if in the end you still simply cannot handle pain? Life has pain, does it not? Do you spend your whole life trying to avoid pain, as if it were like a bad infection? Where did we get the spiritual idea that pain is something to be avoided, that it is a bad thing? And that correspondingly it is something you cannot afford to let yourself really feel it or support someone else who is still in it?
Feeling down? Meditate it away and you will feel better. Feeling sad? Change your vibration! In grief? Know that it’s all good and everything is as it should be.
It’s crazy to think that spiritual healers would or should feel less grief than anyone else, just because we have “great techniques for feeling better”.
True spiritual practice (aka “how to be more spiritual”) was never intended to lobotomize or anesthetize us from pain and sorrow. It was never meant to be used to escape the sorrows of life. It was never about mastering a bunch of fancy metaphysical techniques to make all sadness go away so that we can cling to the sunny side of life.
Right now, I’m just trying to be as fully present with the sorrow and grief as I can. There’s plenty of it, certainly. Yes, maybe it would be easier just to check out from it all and go into the “oneness” to avoid feeling sorrow.. But I think it’s more human and healthy to meet the pain head on, with full presence and openess. It’s better for me, my family and even my clients if I can stay open even when it hurts. They can feel that I am present with the sadness and not trying to meditate it all away. In doing so, it helps them feel through their sadness as well.
Be real. Be more open. Be more real and open. And in doing that, life meets you in a fuller, more complete way. Put aside all your energetic healing techniques and have the courage to feel what is really going on.
And that is what the spiritual walk has always been about, anyway..
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