Does pain seem to have a life of its own?
Do you ever wonder why that is?
What Is The Pain Body?
The pain body wants to survive, just like every other entity in existence, and it can only survive if it gets you to unconsciously identify with it. It can then rise up, take you over, “become you,” and live through you. It needs to get its “food” through you. It will feed on any experience that resonates with its own kind of energy, anything that creates further pain in whatever form: anger, destructiveness, hatred, grief, emotional drama, violence, and even illness.
The pain body is an energy field that is a part of your energy. We all have all of the energies as part of us and access to them. When we deny energies we get in trouble because we are cutting ourselves off from a part of us. On the other hand, if we identify with our energies too much we also get into trouble, because we then protect the energy. So whatever we reject or protect creates problems for us.
How The Pain Body Gets Created
Sometimes the pain body comes into our lives even if we do not want it to because of our living conditions and situations. Often we are introduced to the pain body as children through our families, religions, and communities through violence, discrimination and other life problems.
Pain needs to be processed and released; it should not be a constant in our lives.
Although we may experience pain, it becomes an more serious problem when we come to believe that pain is something we deserve, or the only real condition of life. Many people are taught that pain is what life is all about. To think otherwise can be considered an act of betrayal by your social group. Under these circumstances, pain is personal and inevitable. Pain then becomes part of our identity as individuals and as a group. It dominates our worldview and how we relate to the world.
Once it becomes our way of life it can be difficult extracting ourselves from the pain body. Because pain is inevitable in life, it can be easy to personalize it when the opposite might be more appropriate.
We are most vulnerable when we are young to indoctrination into mindsets and role and rule social systems that are harmful and painful. We can be conditioned to become servants to struggle and various forms of violence rather than individuals who are co-creators of the world along with everyone else. And so we become victims and victimizers. We join the pain body and turn our lives over to it.
What To Do About The Pain Body?
According to Eckhart Tolle:
The pain body, which is the dark shadow cast by the ego, is actually afraid of the light of your consciousness. It is afraid of being found out. Its survival depends on your unconscious identification with it, as well as on your unconscious fear of facing the the pain that lives in you. But if you don’t face it, if you don’t bring the light of your consciousness into the pain, you will be forced to relive it again and again. The pain body may seem to you like a dangerous monster that you cannot bear to look at, but I assure you that it is an insubstantial phantom that cannot prevail against the power of your presence.
So the pain body doesn’t want you to observe it directly and see it for what it is. The moment you observe, feel its energy field within you, and take your attention into it, the identification is broken. A higher dimension of consciousness has come in. I call it presence.
It is a huge act of courage to look the pain body in the eye and say no to it. You may not necessarily get support for doing so. So it may seem like a revolutionary act and it is.
But the light in you needs to face and let go of the pain body.
Once you do that the pain body cannot keep you as victim any longer. You have moved into your light which is also your health and your natural abundant creativity – a life affirming creativity based on love and joy.
This is your natural home. Once you are there you will feel lighter because you are no longer carrying your piece of the pain body.
The world is currently in the process of waking up from the pain body. I say join the party. Have a ceremony, a funeral for your pain body. Send it on its way. And celebrate a new life. You deserve it. We all deserve it.