The cause of you pain and suffering seems to be many different things: Your body, bank balance, food, alcohol, what someone says or does.
Taking responsibility for all your pain and suffering seems to be arrogant, unwise, untrue and even irresponsible. But who is telling you that? You believe in many causes of pain and so it is real for you. But is it really real? Is it the truth?
What if you as a powerful mind set up this world to make it seem that you were a victim of external causes when you are not?
What if it’s too frightening to take responsibility for your mind’s choice for fear so you decide that physical causes of fear are less frightening?
All of the causes of the fear you experience seem to be external physical causes – I’m counting your body as external to your mind.
The secret of freedom or salvation is recognising that the power of your mind to choose fear is the only cause of all suffering. This is salvation because you are then free to use the power of your mind to choose love rather than fear. Then you experience a joy and happiness that is not dependent on any physical cause.