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Title: Spiritualität als Leidbewältigungspraxis?
Subtitle: Impulse Rut Björkmans für ein gelingendes Leben
Author(s): KONCSIK, Imre
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 29    Date: 2019   
Pages: 257-271
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.29.0.3286946

Abstract :
As suffering in itself is not a necessary but an illogical fact, we cannot deal with it from a scientific necessity. Instead, we can only react to suffering with an attitude of acting. Such an attitude stems from the human mind. As man is a spirit-filled body, suffering has its primary location in the mind. Here we enter the domain of spirituality which implies that the essence of human being is realized in spiritual acts. Suffering requires processing by the spirit in the virtue of an authentic spirituality. Such a spirituality is presented by the little-known female mystic Rut Björkman. Her strengths are the emphasis on the knowledge of the divine origin of human beings, the selflessness and the focus on the own power of the mind. The weaknesses are the lack of elaboration of love as the center of the human mind and, associated with it, the dependence of human existence on an a priori action of God: since suffering is a natural as well as a transcendent fact, it requires the grace of God, that empowers the human being to the spiritual transcendence of suffering. Otherwise, man can quickly be overwhelmed and existentially surrender by suffering – he would be mental dead resp. dead-in-mind.

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