Why Do We Suffer?
The illusion of separation from our loved ones causes us to miss them and experience suffering. The illusion of separation from our adversaries causes us to fear them and experience suffering. The illusion of separation from All That Is causes us to feel incomplete and experience suffering. There is nothing that ills us as much as does the illusion of separation and there is nothing that can heal us as powerfully as the reality of oneness and the feeling of love.
Yet it is through experiencing the unreal that we may come to know more of the real. It is due to suffering that we may come to experience expressions of love such as compassion and forgiveness. Compassion for those who suffer and forgiveness for those who are the cause of suffering.
It is due to suffering that we may come to experience more intensely and deeply expressions of love such as appreciation and gratitude. Appreciation for our happiness and gratitude for those who are the cause of our happiness.
It is due to separation that we may come to experience expressions of love in a couple more different ways, such as self to self, self to others and self to all, or others to self, others to others and others to all.
We have come to experience both suffering and the alleviation of suffering. We have come to forget and also remember oneness. We have come to feel lost and also feel love, over and over again, not just once but as often as we can for this is how we may learn and grow spiritually. And where else better to do so than here on earth where there are plenty of ways to suffer and plenty of opportunities to remember oneness and return to love.
Each time we return to love we understand it a little differently. Each time we return to love we understand it a little more profoundly. Each time we return to love we understand it a little more clearly. Learning about love is a never-ending journey.
Suffering becomes less frequent and more short-lived as we grow spiritually and become increasingly more aware of the reality of oneness and the way of love. Life challenges subside but do not cease for earth is a place not at all short of catalysts and due to presence of the veil it is impossible to have a perfect awareness of oneness at all times. Furthermore, as we are here to learn and grow, our soul would often deliberately set up challenges just to help facilitate our learning and further our growth.