I mentioned last week (you can read it here: Do You Want Something to Change in Your Life?) that highlights of Neale Donald Walsch’s Spiritual Renewal retreat based on his book When Everything Changes, Change Everything will be released soon on DVD. It is now scheduled to come out on April 24th, and I’ve been given a sneak peek to what’s inside.
I’m bringing this to you in hopes that, if you may be going through something similar upon your journey, it may provide some level of support.
Dealing with Death
One of the attendees tells their story about their grandchild. Her daughter was extremely excited to welcome a new baby into her world. But then, seven days later the baby passed. The grandmother has begun to cope, but her daughter still mourns. The grandmother desperately wants to make her own child feel better, but she is at a loss.
Emotional or physical pain is simply a physiological experience. Simply an objective experience you are now moving through. Suffering, however, is your decision about it. Suffering is your announcement that what’s happening right now should not be happening. As soon as you agree with what’s happening, your suffering will end. Your pain may not, but your suffering will end, even as the pain goes on.
Neale then explains the difference between pain and suffering, and offers his thoughts on why one’s passing – especially one that seems ‘too soon’ – occurs. He also helps this attendee with suggestions on how to deal with seeing her child suffer.
What change may be going on in your life that leaves you feeling hopeless?
Is it something you wish to change?
Or perhaps someone you care about is going through change and you wish to change their hopelessness?
We must always remember that it helps to hold compassion, patience, and love regardless.
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