Past Pain: Dissolving The Pain-Body

Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle – Bestselling Author of The Power of Now

As long as you are unable to access the power of the Now, 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.  This, of course includes the pain you suffered as a child, caused by the unconsciousness of the world into which you were born.

The accumulated pain is a negative energy field that occupies your body and mind.  If you look on it as an invisible entity in its own right, you are getting quite close to the truth.  It’s the emotional pain-body.  It has two modes of being: dormant and active.  A pain-body maybe dormant 90 percent of the time; in a deeply unhappy person, though, it may be active up to 100 percent of the time.  Some people live almost entirely through their pain-body, while others may experience it only in certain  situation, such as intimate relationships, or situation linked with past loss or abandonment, physical or emotional hurt, and so on.  Anything can trigger it, particularly if it resonates with a pain pattern from your past.  When it is ready to awaken from its dormant stage, even a though or an innocent remark made by someone close can activate it…

When you though you knew a person and then you are suddenly confronted with this alien, nasty creature for the first time, you are in for quite a shock.  However, it’s  more important to observe it in yourself than in someone else.

Watch our for any sign of unhappiness in yourself, in whatever form – it may be the awakening pain-body.  This can take the form of irritation, impatience, a somber mood, a desire to hurt, anger, rage, depression, a need to have some drama in your relationship, and so on.  Catch it the moment it awakens from its dormant state…

Some spiritual teachings state that all pain is ultimately an illusion, and this is true.  The question is: Is it true for you?  A mere belief doesn’t make it true.  Do you want to experience pain for the rest of your life and keep saying that this is an illusion?  Does that free you from the pain?  What we are concerned with here is how you can realise this truth – that is, make it real in your own experience…

So pain-body doesn’t want you to observe it directly and see it for what it is.  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, and it can no longer replenish itself through you.  You have found your own inner most strength.  You have accessed the power Now.

From Eckhart Tolle’s Book – The Power of Now

 

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