Cages of Pain

by Gordon Aeschliman - Word Publishing

[Page 18] "Integrity requires us to reject the simple answers and mindless rehersal of Bible verses that so easily flow from the mouths of those who have not slogged through the vulnerable territory of passionate loving. A dreadful darkness and unutterable pain have become the companions of these angels of mercy, and our insensitive verbal prescriptions only move them further down the tunnel of despair. The old rules, pop-up verses, and prepackaged words of comfort bring no healing to these victims of religion.
   "Sometimes because of life's circumstances, I too have stood at the cliff's edge of that valley of pain. I have been consumed in those moments by fear, a gripping panic that I was only a breath's nudge away from falling. And sometimes I have been tempted in the agony of those moments to step over the edge and lose myself fully in the pain. Complete darkness appeared a more welcome friend than the call to stay in the unbearable light."

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[Page 40] "To become free people is to unleash the indignation of religion.
   "We must be clear that the journey to freedom is at times a bleak and lonely path, one that offers us few of the familiar comforts that came with religion. We are left to ourselves to discover our true salvation, and we are often confronted by the animosity of those who find our freedom a threat to their religious tranquillity."

" … In Escape From Freedom, Fromm describes how freedom can be frightening and how, therefore, many people run from freedom. They seek safety in answers provided by others … "

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[Page 64] "There is no sane person who would voluntarily ask for the devastating experience of hell. But there is no saner person than the one who by fate has been to hell and emerged upon a higher ground."

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[Page 96] "If you don't let go of the weapon of cynicism, it will eventually turn on you. You will become your own best example of why nothing and nobody is trustworthy, and you will have to live out that viewpoint in order to put to death the insistent nagging of hope. Hope is all around us, quietly feeding the elderly, visiting the prisoners, caring for the unborn, working for the release of the oppressed. But hope is not a grandstand item on TV or in the pulpit, because it, too, is a skeptic. It mistrusts the motives of those who would boost it to national prominence. It labors for others, not in front of them, and its work is rarely noticed by those who value flashy success over humble service.
   "So you have to look for hope. It will be in the most surprising of places, and when you find it you will slide ever so little toward its appealing labors of love — till one day you look back at yourself and notice with delight that somewhere in the process of becoming whole you were quietly transformed into a tender hearted skeptic. And the world will be a better place because of you."

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[Page 117] " … Quality relationship is not going to emerge in any other context than our facing the fears head-on and deciding to risk. It is a hardnosed, daily purpose of the will and emotions, a chosen willingness to bet against the odds of past losses.
   "And if we don't take the gamble, we never will know.
   "For some, this suggestion of gamble may be sacrilegious. God is the way of life. That's all there is to it. You believe it, you say it with your mouth, and by faith you live a good life and wait for the day of glory. For these folks, there is either a total denial of their own pain or an experience of life hat has kept them free of hardship or broken relationships. They have no doubts, and they consider such to be a sign of weak theology or lack of faithfulness. Ignore them, they are poison to your system, they have no words of life to offer a trampled soul."

" … . In our own biology is the key to the prison, the fear of fear, the illusion of isolation.Whole brain knowing shows us the tyranny of culture and habit. It restores our autonomy, integrates our pain and anxiety. We are free to create, change, communicate. We are free to ask 'Why?' and 'Why not?' … "
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