Transforming pain into fulfillment
Through pain experiences, something in our deepest self can make its way to our consciousness and shine.
Pain can be our ally, teacher and guide; when consciously experienced, it is, paradoxically, a gate leading to the release of suffering. Consciously lived, pain may lead us to a place that is like home, as if coming back to it. Most humans live in a state of unconscious suffering that is largely artificial. Sages and spiritual teachers of all time have said that this state is like "daydreaming," a "fantasy," a product of "imagination." Hinduism, for instance, calls it maya, the theatrical play the world is, a creation of gods, only a stage in a divine game.
Regardless of the name we put on it, it's a state of being in which we make everything we can to be different from what we actually are. Thus, as under a hypnotic trance or a spell, we live our lives profoundly identified with that which is untrue. And we can remain in that state until the end of our life.
Indeed, that's what happens with most humans
When one begins to know how to transform pain, what was a "disturbance" begins to become an opportunity.
Physical pain, sadness, anger, and fear become possibilities for healing and having access to our true potential.
This gives us the chance of awakening to a deeper sense of our inner self, which, paradoxically, perhaps needed us to be a bit unhealthy or unhappy in order to emerge in all of its eloquence. In order to transform pain we must feel in the moment the discomfort present in us. We may achieve this by submerging in the discomfort instead of fighting to get away from it. We must plunge towards the center of our discomfort with all our attention and presence, going to the depths of it without analyzing or interpreting where it comes from, why, or what is the reason for its existence.
This is the essential core of the technique I've called pain body release (PBR). The individual results of this process are so amazing that it remains a mystery to me, but its practice is simple and easy to implement. I can honestly say that, after the awakening, life is not the same as before. The pain body includes all that is perceived of as uncomfortable, or physically, mentally or emotionally painful. When a small stimulus (such as a comment, a look, or a memory) provokes in us a disproportionate response, it is a signal that the pain body has been activated. Something has "pushed a button" and carries us to a place of panic, rage, or deep and inexplicable sadness.
Has it happened to you at any time?
In the following exercise, we'll make a partial outline of the pain body.
In awareness and healing,
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