Ideas about Why Pain and Suffering happen to Us

These first thoughts about why pain and suffering come, are from a piece by Vishvas Acharya at reproduced with permission. It is now buried in their archives1.
"The intelligence of our body wants us to become aware of the inherent power we are born with, and develop the wisdom to use it. This intelligence communes with us constantly so that our living becomes more aware, more mindful. It communes with us through our feelings and emotions, authentically felt, without contamination from perceptions and mindsets. But when we lose touch with some of our feelings, we lose touch with this intelligence. This happens when we, and the people whom we relate with, react negatively to some of our feelings. Because we would never like to be associated with something that is condemned.

Yet, that which is being condemned is an essential part of us, it is the voice of the inner being seeking to be heard. This is the beginning of suppression, which in turn is the beginning of a long story of pain and breakdown of the innate harmony within. It is the beginning of the disease process, which then takes over our lives and thinking, until we (could) become hopelessly trapped, victim to the diseased mindset.

In actuality, there is no such thing as a negative emotion. It is the labelling of emotions, which is negative. It is the denial of their naturalness, which is harmful. Every emotion is a pure communication from something within. It could emerge from a space which is happy, or a space which is hurting. It is simply the body energy in motion. It is just that we are programmed to react to feelings in a certain way, especially feelings that appear from a space which is hurting. We are living in a society, which has become emotionally dishonest. Anger is natural, it is for your protection. Tears are beautiful, they heal and cleanse.

When we begin to feel and accept all our emotions, even the ones that hurt, we begin to heal. That is when we begin to open up and let go of our resistance to life. We slowly begin to connect to an inner channel of guidance, and come to the realisation that we are not shameful, mortal beings come into life as a punishment, or to pay off our karmic debts. We are in fact a part of the force that runs the universe, simply here on earth to experience – the magic of being human.

This is the therapeutic process that heals disease. When we begin to connect to the high of our joy as well as the depth of our grief, when we begin to honour our pleasure, as well as our pain, when we can see the beauty of our anger as well as the strength of our tears, we can allow the entire range of our feelings to guide us into making empowered choices."

Kahlil Gibran on why pain and suffering, from "The Prophet."

"And a woman spoke, saying, "Tell us of Pain."
And he said:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears."
Science can help us understand how, but not why pain and suffering visit us. The how is talked about on the disease pathogenesis page. These guys are talking about why.

A good historical perspective is in the paper What's Out There Making Us Sick?

And then what?

What will your life look like when any current issues have worked their way to resolution? We need to both live our present and have some idea of our ideal future. There has to be a reason for change to occur.

Psychiatric - no different.

"With my patients and in my online community, there’s a lot of struggle. Suicidality, hopelessness, and distorted thinking. And it doesn’t scare me. That’s because I know that, if I can provide a solid container for it to all fall apart, then the alchemy of the wound takes place. And everything transforms. I never prescribe. EVER. And my patients know that I could prescribe…but I don’t. So they know that they have only one choice – let the energy move through and look for the teaching. No conditions, no negotiations. And it does transform, every time."
The people Kelly Brogan2 sees have probably mostly been to other doctors first and are ready for something different. In my opinion they are very fortunate to have met her.

Further reading - Dr. Eric Pearl

Watch him on youtube or read his book "The Reconnection  Heal Others Heal Yourself" for the goods on this subject.

References for why pain and suffering page

1. Archive of

2. An Open Letter to the Spiritual Community About Psychiatry. by Kelly Brogan, MD

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