In the section of Discipline in THE ROADLESS TRAVELED, Peck leaves with some thoughts. Is it ever possible to become free from emotional pain in this life? The best decision-makers are those who are willing to suffer the most over their decisions but still retain their ability to be decisive. If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, Peck recommends that you do not seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual evolution.
A final word on the discipline of balancing and it’s essence of giving up: you must have something in order to give up. You cannot give up anything you have not already gotten. Discipline has been defined as a system of techniques of dealing constructively with the pain for problem-solving –instead of avoiding that pain –in such a way that all of life’s problems can be solved.
Spiritually evolved people, by virtue of their discipline, mastery, and love, are people of extraordinary competence, and in their competence they are called on to serve the world, and in their love they answer the call. The next section is Love.
I believe that God calls us all to learn and to grow. It is a constant. As we learn and grow God will lead us to maturity in Him. And as Peck says there will be suffering.