It may seem ridiculous to say this but everything we experience and the movement and energy behind them can be experienced as bliss. By that I mean deep, resonant happiness. Life is like an ice cream store with a nearly infinite choice of flavours. There is nowhere to go to get there. It is right here in who is experiencing.
If you’ve seen Gangaji give satsang, for example, she will guide a person suffering under their experience. Behind everything is always stillness or bliss. It’s deeply nourishing to know this directly, however we come to that experience.
The difference between suffering and bliss is just state of being. Are we caught within the form of the experience or in our reactions to events? Or do they flow by as a progression of events while we rest in being?
The difference is just where our attention naturally rests in the midst of life. And that is a direct effect of our stage of development. While we can make a mood of it or ignore our pain that’s just adding another layer masking heaven.
You may not consider your life experience as “suffering” but if it’s flavours of unpleasantness rather than bliss, there is work to be done. 🙂
There is no blame in any of this. We naturally contract from unpleasant experiences. And we naturally experience life as unpleasant when we’re out of touch with who we are.
Inversely, bliss arises naturally when we “cleanse the windows of perception” (William Blake), and let go of contractions. Contractions take so much energy to maintain and the noise mutes our life experience.
This process can take time and patience. Healing is likened to peeling an onion. Layer after layer is removed until we discover the light that hides behind the shadow, the bliss that moves through all experience.