Life gives us the opportunity to grow in astonishing ways, to overcome vast obstacles, and to heal the most profound traumas.
But there are some things you can’t overcome or escape.
We come in with a certain biology. Each body will have it’s own qualities, strengths and weaknesses. We can learn to take care of it or not. We can learn to work well with what we have or not. Avoidance or denial will not help.
We come in with a certain karmic load or debt. Each of us will have our own challenges and lessons, some more than others. We can learn to process this more effectively and reduce what we add to the pile, or not. We can certainly struggle and resist but that will only make it worse.
We also come in with specific and myriad gifts of the soul, our own special abilities. We can learn to discover and use them or we can ignore them or even see them as problems. They are not obligations nor requirements but they can enhance the journey quite a bit.
Healing of all types will help immensely. But it will take time, support, and learning.
The effortless meditation I so often recommend will help with healing, quality of life, and opening to source. But it is not a cure-all nor an escape and shouldn’t be treated as such. Used as an escape, it will reduce it’s benefits and can even lead to problems of it’s own.
Enlightenment is a major quality of life upgrade. But it is no escape either. It will make learning, growth and healing easier but the biology and such remains. We will still have challenges but they will not be so personal.
As the old “Serenity Prayer” advises us:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
— Reinhold Niebuhr
It’s a wise message and it can take a lifetime to discover what has been given and what is there to let go of. Life is here to be lived, not avoided.