Everything you experience is part of your spiritual journey.
“Before we enter the path, we see our experiences in terms of ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Upon truly entering the path, we see them only as opportunities to awaken.”
It has been said that we are not humans having a spiritual experience, but Spirit having a human experience; therefore, nothing is separate from the process of awakening. Often, things are the opposite of how they appear: loss awakens knowledge of abundance, ill health leads to more conscious life choices, trauma sparks a movement to help others heal, heartache leads to inner awareness.
Keeping the concept of paradox in mind, practice interpreting any life situation you encounter through several different filters of consciousness. What might a fearful person see? What does a courageous person see? Depending upon ones level of consciousness, the perception and resulting actions may be significantly different. The only thing that will lead to transformation is a wider, more objective viewpoint.
So while many may engage in arguments regarding whose perception is accurate, realize that all viewpoints play a role in how we engage with one another during the process of awakening. Honor these differing viewpoints with the knowledge that perception will expand as we evolve. Have compassion for those trapped in limitation and be a loving example of how to experience and embrace the wonder of being alive.