Whatever suffers is not part of me.
The fact is, according to the Universalists, God loves us unconditionally. Whenever we suffer it is of the ego and not of our soul. A distinction can be made between pain and suffering. Pain is of the physical body and suffering is of the ego. Drop the ego and suffering ceases. In fact it never was. And so, we can say, “whatever sufferers is not part of me.”
In Alcoholic Anonymous, it is suggested in step three that we turn our willfulness over to the will of God. It is the will of God that we not suffer. In turning our willfulness over to the will of God, suffering ceases because it is no longer part of me.
In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and when we identify with this inherent worth and dignity we give up suffering. Suffering is no longer part of who I understand myself and others to be.
Today, I will reflect on the idea that suffering is a choice. Suffering is of the ego. The ego enjoys pity parties. In my soul I am free and suffering is seen as not a part of who I truly am.