Conscious Community

by Carrie Chesney

There is an old saying — the greatest pain brings the greatest pleasure. Is this really true, or is this just a saying to moralize the bad things that happen in our lives? In the book, The Prophet, the great writer and mystic Kahlil Gibran wrote: “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” Within the book Gooberz, writer Linda Goodman often wondered why gladness rhymed with sadness. On a spiritual level, it’s very easy for us to say that with suffering can come some of the greatest insights and rewards. How do we deal with it on a practical level though?

I think most people can honestly say that when they’ve gone through hard times they haven’t always been the nicest, most tolerant people. Often, we wonder where we went wrong, what we did to deserve what is happening, and when it’s going to end. It’s generally pretty hard to sit there and think that this is all going to culminate in something good. It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the bills aren’t getting paid, when your job seems like it’s going to kill you through the sheer amount of pressure, and when the people around you are rejecting and disrespecting you. Then there is you, caught in the middle of it all, whether you are worrying or fighting or ruminating or just plain trying to ignore it. It can feel like a whirlwind of epic proportions that just won’t stop. For some people, it really doesn’t. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a whirlwind; instead, it can be a chronic thorn in the side. Whatever it is, we react to it in whatever way we do, but I think I can safely say that even when we are trying to see the good, we often don’t see any good at all.

Yet, we continue to glorify that which hurts us. Perhaps that which doesn’t kill us does indeed make us stronger, but to what detriment? We react in a variety of ways, whether outwardly or inwardly … from explosive anger to poisonous self-hatred, we muddle our minds, our emotions, and our souls with the things that hurt us the most. Sometimes it’s not even inner pain that does it either. Sometimes we are put in rotten situations that really have no visible escape.

So what is our saving grace? What is it about these “soul tests” that allows us to see the good in it all? Is it even really worth it? Perhaps, it’s the fact that we become a little wiser and a little stronger. After surviving the tempest, we feel like we can take on the world. The smaller annoyances in life no longer bother us so much when we put them next to our triumphs over larger problems. When we have lost everything and are forced to walk alone, we start to realize that if we can survive this, we can survive anything. Even in our weakness, we are strong. In the very least, we can say that we got through it and we can be proud of ourselves for just continuing to breathe. Isn’t that what it’s all about after all? Just surviving? In this cynical, violent, decadent world we live in, that is quite an accomplishment.

If you can stand strong in yourself and in your ideals, goals, morals and philosophies, against all adversity, you have truly won. You have asserted who you are, even when in the face of certain defeat. That’s true honesty. That’s a true baring of the soul. What’s even better is when you can take those truths within yourself and add them to another’s. You strengthen yourself, as well as the other person. This is the true goal of our little website isn’t it? To bring about a better world by banding together to share our truths with others. We have all realized that in order to make a change for the better, we must stand with our ideals and face the world, even in the face of defeat. Maybe we can’t do a whole lot, but we can do that. Others will see this truth and add their light as well. This is how community is built.

* White light and love for… *

  • Rachel G., who is contemplating marriage and seeking wisdom.

  • Bluedove and the little dove she’s expecting.

  • Gregory, for success in his new job.

  • WriteOn, for her new project creating a newsletter for the Community of Caring Foundation in Cripple Creek, an organization devoted to assisting children and families of the area.

  • The success of the Conscious Evolution Community Co-op.

  • Veneo’s mother, Lois, and cousin, Debbie, who both have cancer, and her former mother-in-law, Mary Geraldine, who died of cancer last month.

  • Woodchiro’s mother, Diane, who is facing health concerns.

  • Searching’s friend’s niece, Danielle, who finally awakened from the coma she was in following a serious car accident. While she was still in the coma, her second child was born via C-section. Danielle is undergoing therapy in her efforts to return to a normal life.

  • Lilicfairy’s friend Brandon, who is having serious troubles with his back.

  • Amykins’ cousin, James, still unresponsive after a severe automobile accident.

  • Moonflower, for health concerns and to quit smoking.

  • Gregory’s friend, Bill, who is in the end stages of cancer.

  • The children Gladeyes told us about — “Toks” and his brother, who, afflicted with a fatal condition, enjoyed receiving e-mails from elves and fairies. Their status now is unknown.

  • Rainbow’s favorite young poet, Mattie Stepanek, who went into cardiac arrest, thankfully without damage to his brain.

  • The soul of Cecilia (Dong-Yue) Zhang, the missing Toronto girl whose body was discovered by a hiker recently, months after she disappeared from her bed in the night. She would have turned 10 last month.

  • The victims of the Madrid bombings of March 11.

  • Terri Schindler Shiavo, the brain-injured woman in Florida whose birth family fights for her life while her husband tries to have the tube through which she receives life-sustaining nourishment and hydration removed.

Well that’s it for this month, folks! I hope you all are standing up to face the world, despite it all. Through your strength and learning, I hope you all can build a better foundation for your lives. It’s easy to get down on yourself in the muck of this world, but when you shine your light outward like a beacon, someone else will shine back. None of us are truly alone. There are billions of people sharing this earth. I find it strange that even in our age of constant connection and communication, we still feel alone in our fight. That is why we must stand up and spread our truth, for we are not alone.

Thanks for reading our newsletter. If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or white light requests, either e-mail us at or PM me, (enchantress299).