Chapter Two - CONSCIOUSNESS: THE WAY OUT OF PAIN
CREATE NO MORE PAIN IN THE PRESENT
Nobody's life is entirely free of pain and sorrow. Isn't it a question of learning to live with them rather than trying to avoid them?
The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self- created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.
The pain that you create now is some orm of unconscious resistance to what is.
For thoughts, it's some form of judgment.
For emotions, it's some form of negativity.
The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.
It depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind.
The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it.
the more you are identified with your mind, the more you suffer.
the more you are able to honor and accept the Now, the more you are free of pain, and free of the egoic mind.
The mind cannot function and remain in control without time.
Time and mind are inseparable.
What time is it? For a non human: “Well, of course, it's now. The time is now. What else is there?”
The mind, to ensure that it remains in control, seeks continuously to cover up the present moment with past and future.
The infinite creative potential of Being, the Now, becomes covered up by time, your true nature becomes obscured by the mind.
An increasingly heavy burden of time has been accumulating in the human mind.
All individuals are suffering under this burden, but they also keep adding to it every moment.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
Whereas before you dwelt in time and paid brief visits to the Now, have your dwelling place in the Now and pay brief visits to past and future.
Always say “yes” to the present moment.
What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to something that already is?
Surrender to what is.
Observe how the mind labels it and how this labeling process, this continuous sitting in judgment, creates pain and unhappiness.
By watching the mechanics of the mind, you step out of its resistance patterns, and you can then allow the present moment to be.
Then see what happens, and take action if necessary or possible.
Accept then act.
Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.
Always work with it, not against it.
This will miraculously transform your whole life.
PAST PAIN: DISSOLVING THE PAIN-BODY
every emotional pain that you experience leaves behind a residue of pain that lives on in you.
It merges with the pain from the past, which was already there, and becomes lodged in your mind and body.
A pain-body may be dormant 90 percent of the time; in a deeply unhappy person, though, it may be active up to 90% of the time.
Some people live almost entirely through their pain-body, while others may experience it only in certain situations.
When it is ready to awaken from its dormant stage, even a thought or an innocent remark made by someone close to you can activate it.
Illnesses and accidents are often created in this way. Some pain-bodies drive their hosts to suicide.
Watch out for any sign of unhappiness in yourself. This can take the form of irritation, impatience, a somber mood, a desire to hurt, anger, rage, depression.
Catch it the moment it awakens from its dormant state.
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, when it has taken you over, will create a situation in your life that reflects back its own energy frequency for it to feed on. Pain can only feed on pain.
Once the pain-body has taken you over, you want more pain. You become a victim or a perpetrator.
You want to inflict pain, or you want to suffer pain, or both.
If you were truly conscious of it, the pattern would dissolve, for to want more pain is insanity, and nobody is consciously insane.
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 pain that lives in you.
if you don't bring the light of your consciousness into the pain, you will be forced to relive it again and again.
all pain is ultimately an illusion.
make it real in your own experience.
The moment you observe it, 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.
You are now the witness or the watcher of the pain-body. This means that it cannot use you anymore by pretending to be you.
You have found your own innermost strength. You have accessed the power of Now.
“Everything is shown up by being exposed to the light, and whatever is exposed to the light itself becomes light.” (St. Paul)
you cannot fight the pain-body. Watching it is enough. Watching it implies accepting it as part of what is at that moment.
Stay present, stay conscious. Be the ever-alert guardian of your inner space.
Ex: if anger is the predominant energy vibration of the pain-body and you think angry thoughts. then you have become unconscious. Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.
when a dark mood comes upon you; you start getting into a negative mind-pattern, how dreadful your life is. You became vulnerable to the pain-body's attack.
It implies a complete absence of the watcher.
Sustained conscious attention brings about the process of transmutation.
It is as if the pain becomes fuel for the flame of your consciousness, which then burns more brightly as a result.
Focus attention on the feeling inside you.
Accept that it is there. Don't think about it don't let the feeling turn into thinking.
Don't judge or analyze.
Stay present, and continue to be the observer of what is happening inside you.
Become aware not only of the emotional pain but also of “the one who observes,” the silent watcher.
the power of your own conscious presence.
EGO IDENTIFICATION WITH THE PAIN-BODY
Once you have understood the basic principle of being present as the watcher of what happens inside you and you “understand” it by experiencing it you have at your disposal the most potent transformational tool.
You have believe that this mind-made fiction is who you are..
fear of losing your identity will create strong resistance to any disidentification.
you would rather be in pain be the pain-body than take a leap into the unknown and risk losing the familiar unhappy self.
observe the resistance within yourself.
Observe the attachment to your pain.
Be very alert. Observe the peculiar pleasure you derive from being unhappy.
The resistance will cease if you make it conscious.
Only you can do this. Nobody can do it for you.
THE ORIGIN OF FEAR
How does fear arise, and why is there so much of it in people's lives?
If I didn't have a fear of fire, I might put my hand in it and get burned.
The reason why you don't put your hand in the fire is not because of fear, ifs because you know that you'll get burned.
You don't need fear to avoid unnecessary danger. Just common sense.
Now if someone threatened you with fire or with physical violence, you might experience something like fear. This is an instinctive shrinking back from danger.
The psychological condition of fear is divorced from any concrete and true immediate danger.
unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia…
psychological fear is always of something that might happen.
You are in the here and now, while your mind is in the future.
If you are identified with your mind and have lost touch with the now, that anxiety gap will be your constant companion.
You can always cope with the present moment, but you cannot cope with something that is only a mind projection.
as you are identified with your mind, the ego runs your life.
an emotion is the body's reaction to your mind. What message is the body receiving continuously from the ego, the false, mind-made self?
Danger, I am under threat. And what is the emotion generated by this continuous message? Fear, of course.
Fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of being hurt…
but ultimately all fear is the ego's fear of death.
Ex: the compulsive need to be right in an argument and make the other person wrong. It's because the mental position with which you have identified is due to the fear of death.
you as the ego cannot afford to be wrong. To be wrong is to die.
Once you have disidentified from your mind, whether you are right or wrong makes no difference to your sense of self at all.
You can state dearly and firmly how you feel or what you think, but there will be no aggressiveness or defensiveness about it.
What are you defending? An illusory identity, an image in your mind, a fictitious entity.
Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power is within.
So anyone who is identified with their mind and, therefore, disconnected from their true power, their deeper self rooted in Being, will have fear as their constant companion.
The number of people who have gone beyond mind is as yet extremely small, so you can assume that virtually everyone you meet or know lives in a state of fear.
Only the intensity of it varies. It fluctuates between anxiety and a vague unease and distant sense of threat.