It’s a good thing to respect the paths of others, especially if you are not experiencing what they are experiencing. How can you know? Going through a lot of pain is sometimes exactly on the path.
IMHO the path at some point includes a lot of humble pie. That is when you find out that what you judged in others you either have to experience yourself or you see everything that you thought was not you was you all along. What if some people took it on themselves to process/transmute the pain/karma of others?
There are pitfalls on both sides of this path of experiencing pain: the martyr vs. the master. The martyr sacrifices his well-being by taking on the pain (sins) of others; if the Martyr isn’t conscious, they can fall into the trap of thinking they are a victim and the world owes them big time for all their work/pain. The Master stands in her ego and claims that others are in pain because they haven’t done enough spiritual healing/cleansing/work, etc.
But what if we DON’T know / CAN’T know what we are really doing while we are here? What if the least of us is actually the Master who came here to experience separation consciousness—i.e. suffering, ego, lack, hatred, jealousy, etc.? What if experience is all there is, and there is no meaning to anything except what we assign to it? Can our egos stand to live in such a humble state?
Maybe that is what free will means—the ability to choose how we view what we are going through without allowing our self-importance to get in the way of experiencing life directly.
And perhaps that is what freedom really is—the ability to experience all of life directly in the purity of the moment.
— Aliyah Marr