on burning through pain
Chaos often fosters the greatest creativity. Breakdowns often precede the greatest breakthroughs. And when the pain is greatest is often when we're on the brink of the greatest realization.
The ego would prefer that we not look directly into the darkness. It would not have us investigate our pain, for that is when we can learn from it. The ego knows that crisis often leads to that pivotal moment when we fall to our knees and ask God for help. The ego is endangered by crisis, preferring that a mild river of misery simply run through the background of our lives, never bad enough to make us question where it comes from or what it means. Yet that painful moment, endured and transformed, is our chance to "rout Satan and remove him forever." When the pain is burned through rather than numbed, then and only then can we move on. And move on we do. The ego knows this, and stakes its life on the fact that we don't.