Viktor Frankl is known to millions as the author of Man’s Search for Meaning, his powerful Holocaust memoir. In this book, he goes into all the ways of thinking that enabled him to survive imprisonment in a concentration camp and find meaning in life despite all the odds and horrific conditions. Frankl’s lesson for us is clear: We always retain the ability to choose our attitude—to see the light or darkness, meaning or hopelessness, love or fear.
Or, as I like to say, there will always be suffering — it’s how we react to the suffering that counts. Again, we can respond with bitterness and hopelessness, or we can respond with love and light. For Viktor Frankl, one of his great transformational tools was human kindness. He went to great lengths to find it in a concentration camp, choosing to see the light instead of the darkness. He would tell you that the choice saved his life. I couldn’t agree more. However, I would also add other transformative tools, including truth and awareness, forgiveness, gratitude, and personal responsibility, related to my beloved Ho’oponopono and Zero Frequency®.
As we shine light and love onto the obstacles we face, we must learn to be kind to ourselves and allow ourselves to feel lost and hurt. We should also remind ourselves that God puts things in our path so that we will have to tap into the higher part of our awareness—to discover our true Divinity. Once we do this, our struggles will awaken us to our spirituality, where we begin to see the blessings in our problems. Of course, this doesn’t make them go away (or our pain), but it will bring meaning and light to them, transforming our obstacles into a path for love, peace, and spiritual abundance.