End Suffering from Past Hurts

"Some people are holding grudges against you for things they did to you."This graphic (left) expresses how people often project their shadow on others they’ve violated, which can compound suffering.

Why do they do it? Because they haven’t addressed their own guilt and suffering. How does one deal with this… call them out, let it go, what?

The way to go about getting past suffering is to end it. That said, what does it take to end suffering?
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Portrait of a Superhero: Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg, superhero

Greta Thunberg, superhero

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish activist who–at the age of 15–gained global attention by starting the first school strike for climate outside the Swedish parliament building. She’s spoken at TEDxStockholm and the United Nations Climate Change Conference and continues to be a formidable champion for the planet and its creatures. In other words, she’s a superhero.

In this video clip (click subtitles on bottom frame), Greta shares the formative experiences that made her a superhero. Her words below align with Rose’s teachings on how we can all be satisfyingly superb superheroes.  Continue reading

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Who or what can we really care for?

Paul Klee, With the Rainbow

Paul Klee, With the Rainbow

In a recent session, Rose mentioned that when we become nonphysical, we take with us what we care for. Not care about, care for. My experience proves this, since channeling The Afterlife of J.D. SalingerIn it, Salinger explains that he enjoys his beloved home and writing bunker, and that the people he didn’t care for were not present! 

I thought of those who reached out to me during a recent crisis. I was disappointed to not hear from people who I believe love and care about me. Maybe they just don’t care for me in the literal, active sense, I thought. Do I do the same for them? Do they need me to?

Who or what are we, realistically, to care for? How are we to manage all the caring needed in our world if we dole it out when it’s not needed, or only when it’s reciprocated? Here is Rose’s response.

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Being a Bodhisattva: Simple Steps To Live in Peace

The peaceful face of a bodhisattva, in sculptural form

My best intentions sometimes turn out so unlike what I hoped for that it’s made me wonder how to be in the world at all. I wish to do good works, to relieve some of the suffering of the world. But I’m saddened – and at times horrified – when nothing I do will help, or I feel I have accidentally caused suffering.  

Pondering a recent bout of this, I was reminded of the ancient teachings of the bodhisattva. The word comes from Sanskrit, and is translated as essence of wisdomThe term applies to those who might be considered enlightened and – charitably – those who wish to be better, more peaceful, or more enlightened people (I’m squarely in the latter camp).  Continue reading

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Learn To Grieve Part I: Acknowledge Your Loss

Learn to Grieve is a series of excerpts from the book Let That Shit Go: Learn To Process Loss and Be Happy (available on Amazon). 

Evelyn de Morgan, Demeter Mourning for Persephone

Evelyn de Morgan, Demeter Mourning for Persephone

Grief is a byproduct of sorrow and loss. To grieve is a function of the soul more than the mind, although the mind provides an important layer of required analysis to help you understand the reasons for your sorrow or loss.

Your many reasons for grief have left you somewhat bankrupt of feeling because you have not known how to process your sorrow and loss, that is, learning to grieve. In fact, you have barely recognized some sorrow and loss because you have not been taught to do so. You have been taught to only win.

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