Rooted in universal creativity, we are forms of relational structure participating within a larger structure that is not only external, but intrinsic to us. As such, we are vulnerable to various forms of disorganization. As physical structure, we faced with disruptions in our material organization; these are associated with the experience of pain. We are creatures that desire and hence, are met with emotional suffering when thwarted in our attempts to find fulfillment.
The fact that we suffer comes from the reality of our being active participants in our particular life drama; it is our own personal life that is at stake. Ultimately, it is because we love that we are open to suffering, when we are separated from that which we adore.
Healing arises through an overcoming of suffering. This process may take a variety of forms. One’s former physical or emotional structure may be re-established. When this is not possible, one may develop new ways to reconnect to that which we desire. Should neither solution be possible, we see healing in the acceptance of limitation and the acquisition of an alternate object of worship. In all cases a wholeness of oneself in the world is re-established.
Spiritually speaking, the fact that we suffer allows for the possibility of a healing that brings about a new order with heightened creativity and deeper appreciation and love of all existence.
10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
and this was the reward for all my toil.
11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.
12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom,
and also madness and folly.
What more can the king’s successor do
than what has already been done?
13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly,
just as light is better than darkness.
14 The wise have eyes in their heads,
while the fool walks in the darkness;
but I came to realize
that the same fate overtakes them both.
15 Then I said to myself,
“The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
What then do I gain by being wise?”
I said to myself,
“This too is meaningless.”
16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
the days have already come when both have been forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise too must die!
24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil.This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
1: As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6. Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.