We are dropped into the middle of a game already in play, which will continue after we are gone.
We do not realize we are without an owner’s manual until we are well into the game.
Upbringing, parents, environment, peers, religion, types and degree of education all attempt to steer us in particular directions. At some point – if we are fortunate – we realize there are things we do not know about ourselves that have taken us to where we find ourselves. This may be an overall good place. Yet, often, it isn’t. There are occasions of un-ease, discomfort, depression, or some other kind of suffering. It is here we confront the absence of knowledge, understanding of how we’ve been assembled – how we function as human beings at a deeper level. It matters not how wealthy, attractive or educated someone is – the absence of knowledge and understanding of how we function as a human beings touches all. This is the greatest source of suffering in human experience.
Colleges and Universities teach psychological and psychiatric theories. Yet, would anyone dare ask their Professor, “Who would suffer many of the afflictions of today – if they knew and understood how they were assembled so as to be able to make their own repairs.
If we were to discover such a book at anytime in our life… it may not be a pleasant read. We would discover things about ourselves that have clearly been the cause of a significant degree of suffering that can only be sourced in our own ignorance – of what was previously unavailable.
Healing is a learning how we are work and what needs to be unlearned to relieve unnecessary suffering. However, healing is not without a bit of suffering of its own. The good news is the suffering associated with healing is brief – compared to the suffering of ignorance – which can last forever.