I feel it. It is both positive and negative. You might ask how can this be possible? If you are a female, you might understand this better than if you are a male. Distress can be and should always be seen both positive and negative. We should then evaluate which is greater and how to change the situation.
Sometimes moving away from distress means that you have to move physically from the source. Sometimes it can mean, that you have to adjust, go with the flow for a while. Breathe through with strong positive affirmation like ( I know this will be over soon, this is just a phase, I can see it is already over and solved, I got this, I don’t have to worry etc.) What ever makes you to see the betterment of the situation you are in.
The metaphor of birthing pains are therefore very describing and accurate. We all know how the contraction of labor starts subtly growing in power and then reducing the force before it goes off. The sequence with this phenomena describes also very well how the distress goes within us. The more we fear, the more we resist the most painful part within us, the longer the pain stays within us. The body doesn’t get enough oxygen, the flow of energy and the flow of blood gets stuck so the next time contraction comes the pains will be greater just because we didn’t allow the pain flow through us in the first place.
So this leads then to the fact that we have to surrender to the pain. We have to know and have faith that nothing is ever permanent. Allow things to evaporate or let them go. The evil/ the enemy/ the person harassing or whatever, won’t have power over you if you don’t give them any chance. The battle is already over, because you surrendered to the truth. Your peace will confirm, that you are in good company. Your light will shine without spots, that they were trying to put over it. It comes to the point where they get so aggravated by the fact, that you have nothing to hide that they are ready to fight with each other to “expose” some dirty secrets they think you are hiding from them, not understanding that they are reflecting their dirty laundry on you.
“The act of congregating or collecting together.
A gathering of faithful in a temple, church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship. It can also refer to the people who are present at a devotional service in the building, particularly in contrast to the pastor, minister, imam, rabbi etc. and/or choir, who may be seated apart from the general congregation or lead the service (notably in responsary form).
A Roman Congregation, a main department of the Vatican administration of the universal church
A corporate body whose members gather for worship, or the members of such a body.
Any large gathering of people
The collective noun for eagles.”
I think this thing should be mentioned. As people are starting to question teachings of the church or finding their practice more self-serving than serving our God, we should understand the true meaning of the congregation. As we gather to serve God or to read to understand the Holy Scriptures we form a congregation of Christ, the true congregation. As we discuss with friends and family members about the Scriptures we are the congregation. We don’t have to go to a church on a certain day or try to apply that which makes no sense to us in the given moment. God is speaking directly to us in words and ways we need. So if things our priest is preaching about doesn’t make sense, these words are not meant to us in this moment. I am not saying stop going to church but simply suggesting that not aways the word of the Lord comes from the mouth of the priest. BE receptive, stay awake for we are asked to understand not to rote.
Rote is” The process of learning or committing something to memory through mechanical repetition, usually by hearing and repeating aloud, often without full attention to comprehension or thought for the meaning.”
I hope your day is filled with love and light of hope.
Yours loving sister in Christ Titta Hannele