Is Suffering a Choice?


Suffering is an inner game we create by our power of choice.” Dr. Jacent M Mpalyenkana, PhD, MBA.

Yes, yes, I know. It doesn’t sound fair, does it? I understand because I have gone through it all. And occasionally I choose to suffer. Because I believe the lie that suffering as an emotion is stronger than me. But then I remember what one of my many mentors told me: “Emotions are not facts.” They are psychological energetic manifestations that we create for different reasons.

The point is, we mistake hurt for suffering. You could be physically, mentally, or emotionally hurt. But suffering is an extension of the hurt in whichever ways the later manifests. Suffering is also perception. You conceive a situation, define it and then perceive it according to your programming. This also implies that you use your power of choice to choose how to perceive the situation. And you can perceive the same situation differently if you re-choose.

I have been in relationships with people who were very abusive: mentally, racially, emotionally and even physically. The more I related with these people, the more I got hurt. And the more I got hurt, the more I concluded that I was suffering. No one said that when you get hurt, you also must suffer. It was my personal inner game. I choose to expand on the hurt and define it as suffering.

I also know people who are addicted to suffering. They position themselves in situations that promote immerse emotional pain, which the egoistical mind uses to convince them that they are indeed suffering. These people seem to enjoy complaining about what is wrong more than taking the required actions to change their situations.

To be fair, let’s consider people who might experience unfavorable conditions, such as diseases that render them bedridden, those in prison, death of the loved ones, etc. Even then, the human soul has what it takes to isolate itself from the egoistical mind’s cruel manifestations, and focus on the positive. We see this at work in people such as Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years but forgave his oppressors and chose peace over righteousness, or Steve Wander, who didn’t let his blindness shadow his musical gifts. The list is endless. These people have the same blood as we do. They breathe the same oxygen as we do, and live on the same planet as we do. The only difference between us and them is how they use their power of choice.

It doesn’t matter what you are experiencing today, know that there is a part of you that is unchangeable and uncorruptible by anything in your external and inner worlds. Regardless of how emotionally or physically painful your situation might be, you can choose not to suffer. You can be still and know that everything changes except the invisible part of you that dwells in your body: the very spirit of God, which is the only presence and everlasting truth..which is also the real you. This calls for us to discover who we truly are. Because when we know that we are not our bodies or identities, then we stop believing the constraining suggestions of the egoistical mind.

In my book, The Sanity Warrior: Becoming the Authority of Your Experiences, you will certainly be inspired. That is a given.

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Stepping Into Your Power to Release Stress and The Related Negativity – Meditation| tapthegood com


There comes a time when you get so sick and tired of being sick and tired. And this is when you get inspired or call it pushed, to seek for more positive emotional states such as wellbeing and peace.

The easiest way to shift from feeling as if life doesn’t want you to live it, to feeling unconditionally peaceful and content, is to recognize, and then give in to the presence of God within you.

This meditation is designed to help you shift your attention from whatever is stressing you, to realizing the presence of God within.

Abundant love from my heart to yours.

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The Most Powerful Prayer for Awakening by Zen Master Mooji


In his book, White Fire: Spiritual Insights and Teachings of Advaita Zen Master Mooji, is a very powerful prayer for awakening.

In this video, I have recorded the prayer and below, is some of the text that follow the prayer. Listen to the prayer everyday with an open heart. Keep at it, and Grace will slowly wrap you in Its embrace and divine guidance, and lead you to your true-self.

“This Yes is very, very powerful when it comes from the heart itself. It comes from the heart and goes straight to the heart and sets off a time bomb in the earth bound mind.”

“This Yes without compromise is the divine Grace that comes to guide you back to your original innocence, to your timeless and limitless being.” ~ Zen Master Mooji in his book, White Fire

Love and divine blessings.

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Removing the Blind-folds to see who you truly are


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Imagine being told as a child that you were blind. Your parents put blindfolds on your eyes to cement the idea that you are blind. Only to realize one day that you are actually not blind. You can see. That’s what’s happening to us. We are so blind-folded to realize that we are not our human identity. By believing that we are just human, we lose out on the magnificent implications of who we truly are. We suffer and struggle because we are downplaying ourselves. We are playing “sheep” when we are lions. We are playing “clouds” when we are the sky upon which the clouds float. Imagine removing this blindfold and revealing, or stepping into who you truly are!! How much blissful would life be??

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In this video, I share a few thoughts for you to ponder. 

Love and light

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