Higher harmony – fulfilling suffering?

There were times when suffering was considered good because it served a higher purpose, later heavenly happiness. From another perspective, it would be a more comprehensive happiness because it would last much longer. Not illogical, just one-track.

For behind the perceived disharmony of suffering there are also immediate harmonies: Beneath sorrow lies love, financial narrowness cries out for spiritual agility, and in sickness there is the silence to recognize new things. It is only when we do not want to admit it, when we deny the higher harmony of the whole, that we are seized by despair.

This does not mean that we would not suffer otherwise. Suffering is real. But behind it is now the comforting ocean of the larger context in which everything makes sense, even if we do not (yet) fully understand it. If we did, we would even consider it possible that we voluntarily created such a painful experience in order to understand a higher value.

What does "higher value" mean here? On the one hand, there is inner value, when we realize that we need to reorient ourselves spiritually and mentally, and that this serves the development of our true, more comprehensive self. On the other hand, there is value to others, whose interrelationship with us enters into our self-definition and from which we derive our individual values. Although the conscious community is rather shallow compared to the whole movement that fills our awareness, the inner values are individualized social values because they arise from the unlimited interweaving of the subconscious.

That's why we almost all understand – but in individual ways – what love is, or compassion. Or the pursuit of excellence. And we feel that fear and anger also serve a higher purpose as long as we do not separate them from it. Once we realize that, we experience them as less unpleasant. We can accept, understand and release fear. We can transform excess anger into creativity.

Many people accept a lack of happiness and even suffering in order to realize a higher ideal, even on a small scale. Even if it is only an impulse that is difficult to describe and promises little joy in the future. But only if they feel the meaning. Meaning, then, is the feeling of value fulfillment.

Happiness comes when we are also in harmony on the surface – with people, ideas, nature, ourselves. A deeper truth, however, is a higher harmony because it connects many more perspectives in the background. It takes little account of our superficial feelings. However, it brings a sense of value fulfillment when we engage with it. And so it is always meaningful.

Of course, one could say that the meaning of life is above all experience. In the broadest sense. Or that everything is perfect by nature. In the highest sense. That can't be wrong if you look at it from an awareness of divine abundance, which enriches itself with everything possible by multiplying itself. It is also the ultimate consolation when nothing else meaningful seems to surround us. 

Here and now, however, we may wish for a little more "intervention" from above, a superficial harmony. We ourselves are creatures of higher perfection and can therefore creatively strive for our own well-being. But as soon as we renounce the value fulfillment for the sake of superficial happiness, we rob happiness of its foundation. And we do this now, even if we do not feel it clearly until later.

This text is an excerpt from the book
Truthfulness. The Consciousness that Creates Reality

Truthfulness. The Consciousness that Creates Reality

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