if you spent 2 years in a concentration camp, starved and exposed to conditions that stole your health, comfort and sanity, would you have a deeper connection with yourself and god than if you had never experienced any great suffering in life?
or does outside experience have no effect on the depth of your compassion, sincerity, humility?
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I don't need to be in a concentration camp to gain a deeper experience with myself, I have done that through good and bad experiences, but more good have definitely made me a better person!
I think anytime a person is under duress they have the potential to break in many ways... which is generally why people are made to suffer, that doesn't mean that all people would or I would, but that is generally the reason people are made to suffer. I don't think anything can break the immutable, untouchable Spirit within us, many have tried and many have failed...
To be more precise, I think that everything effects our humility, the good and the bad... I would say the good does more to Heal us on deeper levels.. but we let the negative things that happen empower us in every-way we can...
No, I don't believe so.
The depth of your being is what it is.
Your experience of life, and how you manage that experience determine how much of your being you reconnect with.
However, what never changes is the fact that you are a unique piece of the creator, resplendent with gifts and talents that are waiting to be discovered. Complete with a higher self that is always connected to source. And all you have to do is knock on the door of your higher self to start making that connection, and for those gifts to become apparent.
There is a school of thought that says struggle and suffering compel us to dig deep and discover that which is inside us. This is true, though not strictly necessary. In practice, however, a free choice duality existence effectively guarantees that we won't choose to knock on the right doors until we are put in a position of do or die. It is in ties of desperation, where we throw caution to the wind, and give up. And allow ourselves to be humbled. this leads to compassionate action.
It just so happens that compassion is the door knock of the higher self.
WE ARE DIVINE SOVEREIGN BEINGS OF LIGHT
IT IS ALL ABOUT HOW YOU ACCEPT.
one man gets no food - complains
other man is fasting - happy
the first man can accept it as a fasting day and be happy
keep complaining, blaming his luck.
accept without resisting, whatever he sends your way.
No, the depths of my heart is way deeper than my experience. Sometimes my heart doesn't make any sense at all because if there were an ounce of sense left in my brain in conjunction to my heart, I'd be out blowing up cities and stuff now. Yet I'm not.. I'm still being a loving individual and that's really really strange when one looks at my experiences ;)
In my opinion, no. Someone mentioned acceptance, that's a huge one, someone else mentioned not going out and wreaking havoc, i also can relate with this one. I "think" we all have the capacity of depth, however some are able to handle plunging those depths more than others are. Some don't WANT to, even when they say they do. I come across that one a lot. Odd isn't it?