I do not know for sure that the pain and sadness is due to separation from God. I assume so as I know God is my only love and so pain is what one feels when separated from deep love. Otherwise what is the pain about?so you cant find anything of this in direct experience: no lack, no separation.
you find sensation, pain and sadness. This is, what you can realy see here and now.
How do you know for sure, that the pain and sadness is because you are separated from god?
What if pain and sadness is because you BELIEF you are separated and you don't SEE that all is and ever was one whole flow united in god?
All "proofs" we find is thought and beliefing others (again thought).
And then please look for this I that seems seperated. Look in direct experience and describe what you find. What is this seperated I that can be more ore less united with god?
There is no proof of separation in direct experience. From reading and listening to spiritual teachers, I am continually informed that there are more or less advanced stages of unity with God. So I assume pain comes from less advancement. Since spiritual teachers know more than I do should I not believe them?
I do not find an "I" but pain and doubt do continue.... I admit that these exchanges with you has decreased the pain and doubt but it is not fully gone. There are respected spiritual teachers who are in advanced stages -- so I find it hard to let go that there is only one stage of awakening and unity... I (or whatever the "I" is) is still looking for advancement.
Thank you for your help. I truly am grateful to you.