The dilemma is in getting to the God Space. When you live from the ego, earthly existence is a series of difficult bumps that come with bruises. It is easy to feel victimized and unloved, but nothing could be further from the truth. Those bumps and bruises are opportunities for you to challenge what is true, especially about yourself. (Note: beliefs are different from Universal Truths).
There would be no bumps and bruises if you had no beliefs. There would be nothing for life to bump up against! Because the conflict calls your beliefs into question, you then have the opportunity to release them. This then, allows you to live more in harmony with the God Space. The idea, by the way, is not necessarily to change life, but to shift your attitude towards it.
Although it rarely feels this way, life’s troubles may be the greatest blessing of all The Creator’s gifts. When you read Christ’s teachings, especially His great sermon, you gain a better understanding of God’s blessing for the struggles we experience in trying to live as He/She taught us.
We worry about our vocations while God is concerned with how we live. Living in comfort and with biases and prejudice is easy. So is overeating and not getting exercise. That is why God cautions us against living that way. Being compassionate and forgiving is challenging! It forces us to confront our feelings of vulnerability and worthiness. Do you begin to see the theme here? Living in the God Space asks us to confront our beliefs and fears, and that is not an easy process! But, letting go of worldly concerns like wealth and pride takes us much closer to the truth. Read the Gospel of Luke in that context:
“Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven. . . .” (Luke 6:20-23).
Consider the words of three great teachers on the subject:
“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.” Mahatma Gandhi
“Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.” St. Francis of Assisi
“All that we are is a result of what we have thought: we are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy whenever they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.” Guatama Buddha
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