Conscious Suffering is Good

aspirinHave you ever noticed that spiritual individuals embrace the same kind of suffering all the rest of us are trying to escape?

We all suffer when a loved one dies, or we get ill, or hungry, or run out of money.

Then you have those rare people who seem to relish choosing to live in such conditions and who have consciously adopted the rejection of worldly happiness and comfort. (This is like firemen who rush into a burning building that everyone else is hurriedly running out of.)

These humble types of people seem to have an inner wisdom and contentment that most of us lack.

What is ironic to me is that everyone else knows and grasps the idea of “no pain, no gain.” Suffering has a good side! This rule works for procuring both worldly and spiritual success. The “pain” here is intentionally (and actively) sought and is not the same kind of suffering that happens to other creatures or passive victims.

In this relatively short physical lifetime on earth (that lasts perhaps 80 years), it seems irrational (and delusional) to strive only for temporary self-centered success. Eternal or inner happiness comes from intentionally sacrificing this kind of self-centeredness, which curiously, causes a form of personal suffering and a real sense of loss (of one’s old self).

Some people don’t believe in the existence of God because of all the suffering in the world. Others believe in God because suffering can be turned into a blessing.


About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
This entry was posted in god, Inner growth, psychology, Reality, religion, spirituality, unity and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Conscious Suffering is Good

  1. havau22 says:

    For the Lord does not control what happens to us. Yes, His Providence is overseeing all that happens, but that does not mean He is causing specific events to occur good or bad. In one sense He is not concerned for what happens; rather He is concerned with how we respond, for that determines what good He can then bring about.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear friend,

      This blog article is about the need of people to suffer consciously by going up against self-centeredness. Even a good deed – that emerges from one’s self-importance – is loathed by God and angels! Earth-humans find this distinction difficult to swallow.

      Spiritually yours,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s