This is a commonly asked question by non-dual students on the topic of enlightenment. David’s answer is direct—that is a misperception; he says that there is no pain or suffering of any kind in Oneness. It is the deceived mind (the ego) that seems to experience emotions. If you perceive a world of separate images and seem to feel fluctuating emotions, that is the indicator that you want to ask for Help. It is the opportunity to question and enquire within; to forgive the very possibility of emotions, pain, and suffering, to use the language of “A Course in Miracles”. “Help me to see,” then an openness and humility can come in and you can choose again; to choose the joy of reality, of truth, of God instead of a false idea of pain.
Inquiry is a way of getting underneath unquestioned assumptions. ACIM asks you to question every value that you hold. Are you willing to to look at and let go of your basic assumptions? These include such concepts as career. As you practice the Course, Spirit will gently guide you down into your mind. Ultimately all the concepts rest on linear time.