Perception is internal, regardless of it seeming to have no causative connection. People try manifesting but change a surface thought and not any element of their world view. Then the world view snaps back in, and they say manifestation isn’t possible.

Feeling Pain in Distress


Why can’t people accept that they can’t control their life or others? They misidentify themselves so they don‘t know who they are. They think there is a “them” that needs to struggle. For example, accepting a suicide is hard, and there is no such thing as merely accepting. Life exists in a pattern of tensions and many seek freedom without knowing what they seek freedom from. My own spiritual path involves confronting things like this.

Spirituality isn’t all bliss. It’s sometimes hard grinding pain. Many expect it to be all bliss, and get so down and disappointed when it isn’t. Spiritual life is life. You are alive. You are alive on many levels. It is what is going on at the moment and there is only ever now. From this now a new moment arises and it will be now. Positive is a matter of opinion. I see the “good” as that which furthers life even if it hurts.

Often when someone feels deep pain they fear rejection. A lot of popular traditions, though they claim not to shun those whose thoughts run dark, they fail to see their brother or sister in darkness. Just equate it with evil or ignorance and dismiss it. They are looking for an out, but there is only one out and it’s inward.

If we cannot accept reality then are we even accepting spirituality? How can there be spirituality that is divorced from our now? Reality is broader and deeper. So in fact, some hide in a moment and say this limited thing I am focused on is my whole reality.

When we can accept distress, life doesn’t get more complicated. It gets more simple.

Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive


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