“I gave her the belief that she was herself the cause of her suffering, that she had somehow brought it about. There is an important idea in Nietzsche, of Amor fati, the ‘love of your fate,’ which is in fact your life. As he says, if you say no to a single factor in your life, you have unraveled the whole thing. Furthermore, the more challenging or threatening the situation of context to be assimilated and affirmed, the greater the stature of the person who can achieve it. The demon that you can swallow gives you its power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.
“My friend had thought, ‘God did this to me.’ I told her, ‘No, you did it to yourself. The God is within you. . . .If you find that place in yourself from which you brought this thing about, you will be able to live with it and affirm it, perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.” Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
We are bringing about what we experience from the depths of our being, where God is. The “genie” is not external, but internal. And if we have not communed with our God, then our attempts to attract experiences and objects into our lives by the law of attraction, the manifestation will be hollow. We simply will not long enjoy what we have attracted.
All of us know how fleeting is the sense of pleasure we get from material objects. We want a nice car; we get it, and then too often we begin to take it for granted, and we are off to another object of desire.
There is no end to it. The ego will tease us onward, but our continual happiness will be missing.
When we look within, though, where God resides, and we commune with Him, we find that our attractive power takes a giant leap forward. We start asking for experiences that do fulfill us. Our boredom with the material is assuaged. We live peacefully and contentedly with what life brings, even if the objective experience is not all wonderful.
Our pain too may have something to show us. And then, wondrously, it will cease to be pain.
The surety of happiness is built on a whole life, and when we take responsibility for the whole of what happens to us, we walk a green earth again.