I had a client today who decided not to suffer any more. That's right--just like that. Just decided, and we discarded suffering. The notion of suffering, the past habit of suffering (which probably built up over lifetimes) and the belief that had crept in about deserving suffering. All of it just went literally out the window. With love and gratitude for all the experiences. But now, she's done.
So, who can do that? Is this client a goddess? Well, in a way, yes. At least she was able to look at her situation and her possibilities through the lens of a goddess. I call it the mythic lens, and learned that from a teacher of mine, Alberto Villoldo, who trained me in shamanic energy medicine.
In the past few blogs I've been talking about lenses. Through the story lens, giving up suffering would be impossible. After all, there are stories of suffering that would take years...well, you know. That's the catch sometimes with talk therapy.
Through the symbolic lens, we might see a symbol of suffering that could help illuminate things--say, if we had seen a person weighed down from carrying a giant boulder.
But that would lead us to the myth of Sisyphus, and to the conclusion that perhaps my client might not have deserved such a sentence. When we can look at our own situations through the mythic lens, we can see the arc of the story as if we were gods or goddesses. We can root for the key player not to get into a bigger mess, to use their powers for the right reasons, and to triumph.
Where energy work is concerned, we can transform the situation in an instant, once it's seen and once the client has decided to let it go. A habit is maintained out of a belief, which is often maintained...well, out of habit. What a loop!
My client saw the difference between pain--an unavoidable reality of human life---and suffering, which could be defined as the taking on of pain, the maintaining of pain, the anticipation of pain. That part is a choice. Once she saw it, we could feel that it was an energy she could shift. So we asked the spirits for help, she released the energy of her belief on her breath, and I rattled it right out the window.
Now she has to live in the new reality. But she has a new lens that will help her do just that. Through the mythic lens, goddesses don't deserve suffering. In fact, they are called upon to relieve the suffering of others. So they can't afford unnecessary suffering of their own. They have to be fit, and in fighting shape. They have decisions to make, wishes to grant, cosmic battles to fight, epic romances to manage. Suffering gets in the way.
Are you ready to give up suffering? You can, you know. Just don your goddess glasses and look at suffering through the mythic lens. Once you see it, it becomes a choice. And now, you're free!