What on Earth Are We Doing Here?: Exploring the Case for Human Suffering
by Elaine A. Piha, C.C., M.A.
Have you ever watched the evening news and wondered why there is so much pain and destruction in our world?
Have you ever wondered why so many bad things happen to seemingly good people, perhaps yourself?
So often, when something bad happens, it appears to be nothing more than meaningless suffering.
But, what if your challenging experiences were actually loaded with hidden meaning, meaning that you yourself selected before you were even conceived?
Could it be that you are the sole entity responsible for your circumstances, that no other source is to blame for your current state of affairs?
We plan our life challenges before birth in a process called pre-birth planning, not for the mere principle of enduring pain, but for the personal growth that it affords our soul.
Thus, human suffering has the noble purpose of teaching compassion as we each travel our own spiritual path.
Giving meaning to our suffering is vital to our growth as a whole.
Understanding the adversity in our lives leads to personal acceptance, freedom and fulfillment.
Feelings of fear, anger and resentment are replaced with the motivation to extract as much meaning as possible from each earthly experience.
This shift removes us from the victim role and places us in the driver's seat of our own lives.