Originally Posted by ameliorate
Not all suffering is self inflicted, e.g. slaves, domestic abuse, accidents, war casualties....it's a long list!
Ascension is interesting and, whilst I believe great strides can be made to get closer to it in one's lifetime, I'm not so sure that you can bypass what would be the natural course of spiritual evolution (over sufficient lifetimes). Clearly you are motivated to try though! I assume then that you are working with light, i.e. helping those in need or is it just about furthering your own advancement (which I would take a dim view on altruistically)?
All human suffering is self inflicted. It might be complex to try to figure out in our world, but from a spiritual standpoint it is the Truth. However, we are taught to be flawed by our parents and they were taught by theirs ect. So it's not exactly 'fair' but it is True.
Ascension does not take a lifetime, it takes genuine effort. I am not just working with light, in fact that phrase doesn't even make much sense to me. I am one of Jesus' inner circle. I was James The Just, in his time. The more people who 'try' the easier it becomes for everyone else who is trying. We are connected as a species. Convincing others to choose forgiveness over judgement even just once is a major victory.
You cannot control the light you can only make yourself worthy to receive it.
Just do not pretend to know anything until you do, for certain. That's the mistake most people make. Anything you hold onto, anything you believe in will stand as an idol in place of the Truth and remain there as long as you keep holding on.
God is real, our views are fabricated, our entire perception of physical existence is all a fabrication, an illusion, a stage act.
As Yoda once said 'Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.'