Originally Posted by snehaha
Naturally, those born into encouraging families would have a better home base and a better starting point on which to build their lives. They would be able to become conscious and happier individuals easier--because of all the support they have from childhood. Those born into more termulous homes would have to struggle much harder to find that inner peace/consciousness that their early negative environment destroyed.
Does this seem a bit twisted to anyone else?
I don't think this is the case. I've met a number of souls that shine very brightly - people who are, or have the potential to be, great healers and guides. Each one of them had a background of childhood abuse, severe bullying and/or depression.
I myself only awakened to spirituality in the aftermath of a highly traumatic experience involving being this
close to death (close enough to have a near-death experience, but I don't remember having one) and being stuck in a hospital for two months with most of my friends and relatives far away and unable to see me. Likewise, much of my drive to be more than I am stems from the desire to transcend a weak and cowardly personality shaped by a lifetime of emotional abuse from my parents. If I had lived up to now wrapped in ordinary happiness, I do not believe that I would have become conscious, or taken the path that I am currently on.