Truth will not spare the illusion...It will do anything to wake us up, and when we come to sanity, we always see the "hell" was created by the mind. The medicine sent is exposing it so it can dissipate in Awareness like mist in the morning sun. It is a mistake that can slow things down and leave us spinning in unproductive cul-de-sacs of guilt, however, if we make it personal. As in "why is my mind creating this awful world/sickness/problem?! After 20 years on the path? I am a failure!"
We feel as though it is "my" mind and "my" life, however, there is no person. We are the Self viewing from an aspect and clearing layers assigned to us that have collected for eons.
Those of us knowingly using the world for this purpose will always have what we need to turbo charge the process (i.e. the Miracle) and reduce or eliminate pain and suffering. This includes friends who are really "mighty companions" as The Course in Miracles says who Know. Whether just in form or not, there are always those who will join with us, at our invitation, to remember the Truth while we temporarily let 'r rip.
Awakening is essentially a destructive process (from the individual self's point of view), and therefore often messy. (aka "healing is not for sissies.") We can remember that no matter what "problem" faces us, everything is unfolding as it should and All is Well. All is Well, because there is only One Power. As we heal, we are the trail blazers for those around us. Just our Presence is often all that is needed, and certainly it is all that ever heals or "teaches."
I wanted to share the letter I wrote (names have been removed) that shares a bit more on how all these lessons were reinforced in me.