How To Access A Divine Perspective In The Face Of Extreme Pain

The golden key to finding true authenticity lies buried deep inside our own hearts, just waiting to be discovered. Many of us have no idea that this treasure awaits, as we rarely take the time to stop and listen to the message our heart is sending.

Lucky for us, we can be certain that at some point in life a sacred moment will come knocking at our door and deliver us a moment of profound pause. Sacred moments can arrive in many forms, like:

  • expansive connections with nature
  • magical dreams
  • birth of a child
  • union with your lover

In my personal experience, however, the deepest sacred moments, or the ones that provide the biggest opportunity for authentic creative expression, are often ones that arrive along with a large serving of extreme pain. These sacred moments can be experienced in the form of:

  • death of loved ones
  • breakups and divorce
  • serious illness
  • financial loss

As I see it, the only real option for an intelligent person during these moments is to get down on your knees and offer this experience over to something greater than yourself. It’s the smartest thing to do, because the burden is just too much to bear all on your own. If you can find the spiritual perspective, even extremely painful events carry within them the opportunity to discover deep expansive beauty. I would even go as far as to say that painful sacred moments carry with them the greatest opportunity in existence.

This is because extreme pain requires extreme faith. And, if you allow it, it will work miracles in your life.

Here are six ways to access a divine perspective in the face of extreme pain.

1. Recognize the devastating event as your sacred moment.

Because within an application of divine perspective, you have an opportunity to transform your experience. Remember, it’s not what happens to you; it's who you become in the face of it.

2. Don’t be a victim.

We are all architects of our own life. No matter what's happening in your life, it's part of a grander plan you had a part in creating. Understand this to be true. It is extremely challenging to find this perspective in the midst of great suffering. And we must have great compassion for ourselves within this suffering. But when we find a way to release our attachment to victimhood, we will find that we are tremendously healed and empowered.

3. Meditate.

Inquire deeply into your heart. Practice a humming mediation or any technique that can assist you in accessing some deep silence and connection. Humming can help you to clear the emotional trauma in your heart. It serves as an active technique that works as a clearing tool.

4. Process the emotion.

Get it all out. Cry, scream, hit pillows, and express yourself as much as you need to get the emotion out of your body. If you do not process this energy, and instead choose to suppress it, it will show up later down the road.

5. Nurture.

Take care of yourself by eating clean, organic, plant-based foods like warm nourishing soups. Take frequent salt baths. Rub your body in warm oils, like sesame or coconut. This provides a protective barrier on your skin and helps ease the pain in your fragile nerve endings. Using essential oils like lavender, rose, and grapefruit can lift your spirits through the power of aromatherapy. Keep fresh flowers nearby so you constantly see the beauty of the bloom representing a new life experience on the horizon.

6. Serve.

Take action on your intuition and messages received from the place of silence and stillness. You will rise out of this experience transformed and you will have garnered some wisdom that may help others along their journey. Know it is your service to share that wisdom. Serve your newfound authenticity with all the courage and love that you have.

Establishing a regular meditation practice can drastically improve your health, and so can choosing the right foods. Ready to learn more about the power of food? Register now for our FREE Functional Nutrition Webinar with Kelly LeVeque.

Julie Piatt

Plant-Based Chef & Best-Selling Author
Through embracing a plant-based diet complemented by a deep meditation practice, Julie Piatt healed herself of a large cyst in her neck, which doctors diagnosed as an incurable ailment. This experience gave her an intimate connection to food, and proved to her the miraculous ability of the body to heal itself when supported with pure whole living foods and a connection to the soul. Along with her vegan ultra-endurance athlete husband and fellow MBG contributor Rich Roll, Julie is co-author of The Plantpower Way: Whole Food recipes and Guidance For the Whole Family, available everywhere. Read more about her healing on her blog at
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