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Neuroimaging of the seat of suffering

 

Wir wissen, dass die Trübsal Ausharren bewirkt, das Ausharren aber Bewährung, die Bewährung aber Hoffnung, Hoffnung aber lässt nicht zuschanden werden.
Paulus, Brief an die Römer 5, 4-5 (NT)


 

Zitate zum Thema Leiden / Suffering

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Persönliche Bekenntnisse

  • So sehr mich das Problem des Elends in der Welt beschäftigt, so verlor ich mich doch nie im Grübeln darüber, sondern hielt mich an dem Gedanken, dass es jedem von uns verliehen sei, etwas von diesem Elend zum Aufhören zu bringen. So fand ich mich nach und nach darein, dass das einzige, was wir an jenem Problem verstehen könnten, dies sei, dass wir unsern Weg als solche, die Erlösung bringen wollen, zu gehen hätten. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) deutsch-elsässischer Arzt, evangelischer Theologe, medizinischer Missionar, Kulturphilosoph, Humanist, Organist, Friedensnobelpreisträger, 1952, Autor, Das Albert Schweitzer Lesebuch, S. 315, C.H.Beck, 4. Auflage, 25. August 2009
  • Leiden lehrt nicht! Leiden erhebt nicht! Leiden muss nicht sein! Erwarte vom Leiden weder Frucht noch Gutes! Empfange das Leiden als einen Boten des Himmels, doch lass ihn weiterziehen, wenn er scheiden will. Gitta Mallasz (1907-1992) ungarische Grafikerin, Malerin, Lela Fischli, Die Antwort der Engel. Ein Dokument aus Ungarn, Himmlische Pädagogik, Lektion XII, Erstaufzeichnung 25. Juni 1943, Daimon Verlag, 12. Auflage Juni 2005

 


Lachsbeere in Blüte

 

  • Leiden schlägt das Behagen unserer normalen Empfindungen über die Realität in Stücke und zwingt uns, in einem besonderen Sinn, lebendig zu werden, sorgfältig zu schauen, tief zu empfinden mit uns selber und mit der Welt auf eine Weise in Berührung zu kommen, die wir bisher vermieden haben. Man sagt, und ich glaube, zu Recht, Leiden sei die erste Gnade. In bestimmtem Sinn ist Leiden fast eine Zeit der Freude, denn es ist ein Zeichen für den Beginn schöpferischer Einsicht. Ken Wilber (*1949) US-amerikanischer mystischer Philosoph, Vordenker des 3. Jahrtausends, transpersonaler Bewusstseinsforscher, Entwickler der Integralen Theorie, Autor, Edith Zundel (*1928) deutsche Psychologin, Soziologin (Herausgeberin), Vom Tier zu den Göttern. Die große Kette des Seins, S. 28, Herder, Spektrum, Freiburg, 1997

 

  • Wenn es dir schlecht geht, dann hast du die Möglichkeit zur Erkenntnis. OM Cedric Parkin (*1962) deutscher Advaita-Lehrer, Mystiker, Geschäftsmann, Buchautor, Die Geburt des Löwen, S. 99, Lüchow, Taschenbuch, 1. Auflage 1998, Goldmann Arkana, März 2006

 

  • Jedes Festhalten an einer Vorstellung oder einem Ideal, etwas müsste anders sein, als es ist, führt dich in Leiden. OM Cedric Parkin (*1962) deutscher Advaita-Lehrer, Mystiker, Geschäftsmann, Buchautor, Die Geburt des Löwen, S. 108, Lüchow, Taschenbuch, 1. Auflage 1998, Goldmann Arkana, März 2006

 

  • Leiden steht immer mit einem unerfüllten Wunsch in Zusammenhang. Und letztlich geht es darum herauszufinden, was dein wirklicher Wunsch ist. OM Cedric Parkin (*1962) deutscher Advaita-Lehrer, Mystiker, Geschäftsmann, Buchautor, Die Geburt des Löwen, S. 109, Lüchow, Taschenbuch, 1. Auflage 1998, Goldmann Arkana, März 2006

General quotes

Personal avowals

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The agony of the human condition

  • The suffering of mankind, I remember that’s what blew me out. You know I was a very strict religionist, one day I was walking through the woods, and out of nowhere came the knowingness and the presentation of the totality of the suffering of mankind throughout all of time. The whole dimension of the agony of the human condition through all of time. How could I believe in a God who would allow that or created that? Because as a naive religionist I thought God was the cause of everything, I didn't realize that what I was looking at was the totality of suffering of the human ego. It was the denial of God that was bringing about all this agony. I saw it but did not re-experience it.
    Jesus Christ re-experienced it [suffering of the human ego] and by that earned the right for the salvation of all of mankind. Thank you, oh Lord, thank you Jesus Christ for doing that. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Satsang Q&A, CD 2 of 2, 10. January 2007

 

Insights

  • We are healed of a suffering only when experiencing it to the full. Marcel Proust (1871-1922) French critic, essayist, novelist, source unknown

 

  • The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, source unknown

 

  • There is no coming to consciousness without pain. [...] People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, source unknown

 

  • There is not much sense in suffering, since drugs can be given for pain, itching, and other discomforts. The belief has long died that suffering here on earth will be rewarded in heaven. Suffering has lost its meaning. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (1926-2004) Swiss US American psychiatrist, death and dying researcher, founder of Near-death studies, author, On Death and Dying, 1969, Scribner, paperback edition 9. June 1997

 

  • Those who have been immersed in the tragedy of massive death during wartime, and who have faced it squarely, never allowing their senses and feelings to become numbed and indifferent, have emerged from their experiences with growth and humanness greater than that achieved through almost any other means. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (1926-2004) Swiss US American psychiatrist, death and dying researcher, founder of Near-death studies, author, Death. The Final Stage of Growth, 1975, Scribner, 1st edition 9. June 1997

 

  • When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending. Thich Nhat Hanh (*1926) Vietnamese France based Buddhist monk, peace activist, teacher, poet, author

 

  • It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer? Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays

 

  • O joy of suffering!
    To struggle against great odds! to meet enemies undaunted!
    To be entirely alone with them! to find how much one can stand!
    To look strife, torture, prison, popular odium, death, face to face!
    To mount the scaffold! to advance to the muzzles of guns with perfect nonchalance!
    To be indeed a God!
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) US American Quaker, journalist, poet, essayist, Leaves of Grass, 196. Poem of Joys, 4 July 1855

 

  • Zeus ordained that only in sorrow and in suffering do we find wisdom's way. By suffering we shall gain understanding. Aeschylus (525/524-456/455 BC) first of the three ancient Greek tragedians, Agamemnon

 

  • Looking deeply, we can also discover that the wound is a fabrication of a history of relative causes. Suffering exists. And underneath the zones of alienation, suffering does not exist. [...] Our suffering is a sacrifice, but often what we suffer from can be a gift of strength, like the shamans's wound that becomes the source of his or her compassion. Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., US American medical anthropologist, former honorary research fellow, Harvard University, The Fruitful Darkness. A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom, S. 15, Grove Press, 1st edited edition 15. March 2004

 

  • Life is suffering. And suffering can make you resentful, murderous and then genocidal, if you take it far enough. [Walls of luxury and delusion will fall apart eventually.] The truth is the antidote to suffering. And the reason for that is because the truth puts reality behind you so that you can face the reality that is coming straight at you without becoming weak and resentful and wishing for the destruction of being, because that’s the final hell. [...] The final hell is your soul wishing for the destruction of everything, because it’s too painful, and you are too bitter, and that happens to people all the time. Video interview with Jordan Peterson, Ph.D. (*1962) Canadian clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, University of Toronto, political scientist, author, Joe Rogan Experience #877 – Jordan Peterson, presented by The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, host Joe Rogan (*1967) US American comedian and sports color commentator, YouTube film, minute 2:26:32, 2:50:05 minutes duration, 28. November 2016

 

  • Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes a part of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined. Out goes naivete, in comes wisdom; out goes anger, in comes discernment; out goes despair, in comes kindness. No one would call it easy, but the rhythm of emotional pain that we learn to tolerate is natural, constructive and expansive. The pain leaves you healthier than it found you. Martha N. Beck (*1962) US American sociologist, therapist, life coach, author

 

Literary quotes

  • Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment, chagrin d'amour dure toute la vie.
    [The pleasure of love lasts only a moment. The grief of love lasts a lifetime.] Classical French love song written in 1784, excerpted from: Jean-Paul-Égide Martini (1741-1816) French poet, romance writer, novel Célestine, 1783
As I thus praised, a great light appeared to my soul, and in this light God revealed himself in great majesty and indescribable brightness. Our Lord held two golden chalices in his hands that were both full of living wine.  
In his left hand was the red wine of suffering,
and in his right hand the white wine of sublime consolation.
Then our Lord spoke:
"Blessed are those who drink this red wine.
Although I give both out of divine love, the white wine is nobler in itself;
but noblest of all are those who drink both the white and the red."
Mechthild of Magdeburg (1207-1282) German medieval mystic, member of the Béguines, visionary, writer,
The Flowing Light of the Godhead, translated and introduced by Frank Tobin, book II, chapter 7., S. 77,
Paulist Press, New York and Mahwah, New Jersey, 1998

Quotes by David R. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • There's nothing to feel guilty about and nothing to blame. There's no one to hate, but these are those things that are better avoided, and such blind alleys will become increasingly apparent. Everyone has chosen his own level of consciousness, yet nobody could of done otherwise at any given point in time. We can only get "there" from "here." Every leap has to have a platform to originate from. Pain exists to promote evolution; its cumulative effect finally forces us in a new direction, although the mechanism may be very slow. How many times is it necessary to hit bottom before a lesson is learned? Perhaps thousands, which may account for the sheer quantity of human suffering, so vast as to be incomprehensible. Slowly, by inches, does civilization advance. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 7 Everyday Critical Point Analysis, S. 127, Hay House, February 2002

 


 

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Advice given to a chronic worrier

  • Stop resisting suffering. Choose to suffer. "I looove to worry, I love the suffering of worry. I love the anxiety of it." You get rid of a thing by choosing. The way to experience a thing is by resisting it. So you only experience what you resist. So choose to worry. Your problem is that you don't worry hard enough. Get up earlier, I want you to sit there and I want you to really, really worry. Promise me you’re going to worry harder. [Gets up from his chair] I want you to promise me that you will start worrying harder. Keep a worry diary of your worry time. Welcome it. Blow the carbon out of the valves. You perpetuate what you resist. Sedona Seminar Vision, 3 DVD set, 25. February 2005

Englische Texte – English section on Suffering

Self-sabotaging habits of highly miserable people


Misery skills
༺༻Miserable behavior
1.Exaggerated fear of economic loss
2.Practicing sustained boredom
3.Negative self-identity
4.Picking fights
5.Attributing bad intentions
6.Acting only for personal gain
7.Avoiding gratitude
8.Constant alertness and state of anxiety
9.Blaming one's parents
10.Adverse to life’s pleasures
11.Ruminating
12.Glorifyinh or vilifyinh the past
13.Meddling with romantic partner/s
14.Criticalness
Source: ► Article The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People How to succeed at self-sabotage,
presented by US American AlterNet, Cloe Madanes, 14. November 2013

Crime and Punishment

The Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky (11.11.1821 - 09.02.1881) had a violent alcoholic father. He, an epileptic and a gambler, was an atheistic doubtful subversive revolutionary. During four years of exile with hard labor at a prison camp in Siberia he converted to Christianity and panslawism. His critics deem him to be one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. In the 1920s Hermann Hesse deemed him as a "prophet of the twentieth century".

 

He had seen rational egoism, utilitarian nihilism, and moral relativism rising up in his native country. His premonitions came true. Dostoevsky was convinced:

"If God doesn't exist – or is not recognized – then anything is permissible."

 

The main character in Dostoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment (1866) is named Rodion R. Raskolnikov. His psychogram was as follows:

  • Highly talented intellectual poor student, morally superior, instinctively kind, sympathetic and heartless,
  • Torn between pity and proud idealistic egoism, perverted into a contemptuous disdain for the submissive herd.

 

Prior to committing a capital crime Raskolnikov had a prophetic horse dream which foreshadowed the nihilistic downturn of Russia. It was about the death of an innocent creature: A mare was tortured and sacrificed by a group of drunken men who were taken by a violent binge. His seven year old compassionate dream-self tried to help the beaten up horse in vain. The boy was the only one who protested. The adults would not listen to him and pulled him away. Feeling utterly powerless his heart cramped.
The symbolical message of the horse dream was:

  • It implied the impending murder.
  • It pointed to the women who sacrificed themselves for impatient men.

 

Raskolnikov, a hater rather than a lover of his fellow humans, espoused the erroneous theory that humanitarian ends justify evil means. A Napoleon-like morality led him to kill "low life". He murdered a wretched "useless" old moneylender and her witnessing retarded sister to supposedly alleviate the human misery. However, he was unable to steal his victim's money, thereby failing to meet his calculated standards of committing a "perfect murder". His double crime raised pangs of conscience in him. Seized by nightmarish guilt his life became miserable. For days he was shaken by fever. Mildly insane and restlessly driven he turned against his mother.
Finally, Sonja, a faithful prostitute, convinced him to report his crime and accept his sentence, which he did.

 

In prison, Raskolnikov realized:

Happiness cannot be pursued by a reasoned plan of existence but must be earned by suffering.
Resolution / Conclusion: Irrational nonlinear discontinued "grace" emerging like magic
does soften and finally outshine the rational mean tough guy stance.

 

Can suffering end suffering?Apparently yes, as it is evil itself that defeats evil eventually.

 

Philosopher Vladimir Solovyov on Raskolnikov:

"His boundless self-confidence must disappear in the face of what is greater than himself, and his self-fabricated justification must humble itself before the higher justice of God."

 

Sources:
Dostojevskij und Zitate (German) Neuemoral.de
Zitate von Fjodor M. Dostojewski
Russen in Baden-Baden (German) Badisches Tagblatt, 6. Dezember 2004

Emperor Nero persecuting singing Christians

Bread and games will keep the blinded massmind held in cognitive dissonance.
Bloody games of cruelty will find people willing to cheer as long as empathy, insight and spirit are kept afar.

 

During the reign (54-68 AD) of the 5th Roman emperor Nero (37-68 AD) the early Christians were being persecuted. They were chosen to serve as the scapegoats of an insane emperor. Afraid of being eaten alive by lions in the Coliseum the ardent followers of Christ were singing hymns. Praising God in faith, they overcame their fear of death.
Nero, watching the spectacle, exclaimed aghast:
"They're singing! Singing? How can they? Beyond understanding!"
After the lions had feasted on the Christians and the public spectacle was over Nero himself went to inspect the left over dead bodies lying around in the arena. To his disbelief, he found that these strange believers had died with a smile on their face.
Switching into serenity mode when faced with utter fear of death was indeed beyond Nero's comprehension. The insane man had felt invicinble by incorporating the rankist paradigm of perpetratorhood and victimhood.

 


Nero's Torches, 1877
Henryk Siemiradzki (1843-1902) Polish painter
Note: Antidotes to fear [of feared authority figures] are: laughter, singing, acting, whispering, talking to pets or babies. Disabling fears of suppressive authority tend to disappear when one engages in activities that naturally unfold in an atmosphere of trust. Stuttering often vanishes when stutterers are singing or laughing.

It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?   Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays

 

Source: ► Video excerpts from US American movie Quo Vadis, lavish MGM production,
directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov, 1951
References:
► Blog article Why Did the Romans Persecute Christians?presented by  patheos.com, Michael F. Bird, 12. October 2015
► Article The Neurological Causes of Stuttering, presented by SerendipUpdate, Claire Walker, 3. January 2008
See also:
Healed from stuttering – Saint Christopher
Cognitive dissonance

 

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