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The Pain Body

Many stressful emotional patterns repeat themselves again and again.

This is the invisible threat of Self-Sabotage. And it is invisible simply because it is an unconscious pattern that repeats itself.

Who doesn’t know a couple for instance, who love each other deeply, and yet have regular conflicts, often about the same meaningless things that they argued about decades ago?  Who hasn’t had the thought during very happy times: “This is too good to last!” Who hasn’t noticed repetitive patterns of self-inflicted suffering?

Who is not touched by the impact of recurring times of sadness, anxiety, anger, or self-defeating behaviors?

There is an unseen force that causes us to unconsciously seek pain over and over again. Of course no one would do this consciously. No one likes to suffer. And yet we unconsciously create repetitive and unnecessary conflicts.

These self-destructive habit patterns are known as the Pain Body. It is a powerful unconscious force with great momentum. It’s purpose is to continue the pattern – to bring us pain.

In his book “A New EarthEckhart Tolle describes the pain body as a ‘psychic parasite’ that possesses you and causes you suffering. Everyone, but the truly enlightened, is infected to some extent.

In most people the Pain Body is dormant for some time and then awakens to assert itself and replenish its energies. And it derives its energy from pain. Pain is its food.

Here is an example of how you can notice the pain body:

It can happen sometimes in the beginning of an argument with someone. You catch yourself saying some unkind words and you think, “Why am I saying this? I know where this will lead. It will lead to a conflict and I don’t want a conflict.” But then those words come out of your mouth anyway and the conflict takes its course.

At first, before the Pain Body took over, there was still enough of you awake to have this awareness, but not enough to stop the words. Then, after the conflict, the Pain Body has fed itself and goes back to sleep again.

Maybe you thought, “My God what possessed me to say the things I said?” Well now you know.

The Pain Body is the shadow aspect of our being, the emotional part of the ego. If we want to live in harmony with ourselves and the world, we need to dissolve it.

We create our own reality through our thinking and our emotional patterns. Until we change them, the same problems are likely to happen again and again, including our tendency to self-sabotage to keep the patterns in place. This is how we can stay stuck for a long time.

Some interesting self-sabotage events are completely unforeseeable events that interfere with your life. Most people would not ever suspect that such events can have anything to do with their own subconscious mind – until such events repeat themselves at similar junctions in life. Another form of self-sabotage are what we might call ‘metaphysical delusions,’ the conviction that grace will take care of you, that all is really fine, or that no action on your part is necessary. The truth however is that grace comes to us in exact proportion to self-effort. While grace is free and abundant, we have to make the effort to become able vessels of that grace.

The resolution of this challenge comes when our yearning to experience the true freedom of liberation from suffering has become stronger than the old habits of interference.

How does that happen? This inner maturing can be accomplished by two forces:

  • by suffering and
  • by a decision to do what is necessary to reach this freedom, aided by a deep yearning or desire for it.

Yes, we have a choice here: if we are able to make the decision to free ourselves proactively from the inner obstructions, we can avoid the necessity for suffering to give us this motivation. In this way we can prevent unknown suffering in the future!

~ You do this by becoming increasingly aware of the way you create suffering for yourself through your reactions to people and situations. Sometimes you may be able to feel the subtle onset of internal pain. Shedding light into these situations will dissolve the pain body. It can only exist in the darkness of unconscious motivation.

Let me summarize the process. Focus attention on the feeling inside you. Know that it is the pain body. Accept that it is there. Don't think about it - don't let the feeling turn into thinking. Don't judge or analyze. Don't make an identity for yourself out of it. 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.

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Good ideas! I have experienced pain moving as it were a body on its own! I often thought it was the fire of kundalini. It is triggered by breathing exersise. What made me think it was a body of some sort is that I may begine by feeling pain in the chest, then it goes to the back. I discovered that causing pain somewhere else in the body, such as by pinching myself removes the pain! So it is like a law of 'conservation of pain' as if pain were a form of matter or energy.

This is the emotional pain body, it is the accumulated emotional pain and trauma we have suffered and it is stored in the emotions and the cells of the body.  Everyone has this to some degree until they clear it and it is the underlying cause of much illness.  This is the reason we fight on ACC ...we awaken and feed our pain bodies.

Good point, Feather; I agree with you. is certainly a possibility and pondering on it is free.  The only thing we have to lose is our pain...

I am ready for suggestions where and how I can start this healing process ,couse so far nothing works for me.

The Pain Body by Eckhart Tolle

This 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.

.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.

So 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. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible.

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. There isn't really much difference between the two. You are not conscious of this, of course, and will vehemently claim that you do not want pain. But look closely and you will that your thinking and behavior are designed to keep the pain going, for yourself and others.

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 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.

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 strength. You have accessed the power of Now.
Unconsciousness creates it; consciousness transmutes it into itself.

The pin body consists of trapped life-energy that has split off from your total energy field and has temporarily become autonomous through the unnatural process of mind identification. It has turned in on itself and become anti-life, like an animal trying to devour its own tail. Why do you think our civilization has become so life-destructive?
But even the life-destructive forces are still life-energy.

Let me summarize the process. Focus attention on the feeling inside you. Know that it is the pain body. Accept that it is there. Don't think about it - don't let the feeling turn into thinking. Don't judge or analyze. Don't make an identity for yourself out of it. 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.

Here is a good article, but, I cannot post it because the color comes up red and you can´t read it on the blue background..

Mikael....we are talking abut the shadow side o the ego here...not exactly the ego.  It is all the negative parts of the ego that must be dissolved in order to fully align with our true self.   The ego is fine, it is a handy tool ...but the ego is often working against us until we integrate the shadow.   This is also called ´´making the sub-conscious conscious.´´   The emotional pain body has a lot of imbalanced and blocked emotions and trauma from ourselves, our family and the society., clearing the pain body allows the emotions to  low and be experienced fuller.   Agreed the media creates a lot of this...when someone becomes desensitized to others suffering it is due to the pain body becoming more dense.  The ISIL terrorists have very dense pain bodies and they live through them most of the time.

Check this article for it explains this better.  This is called the shadow for it is easy to see in others, but very difficult to see in oneself....but once you see it then there is no place for it to hide.

Mikael....yes, this all comes from living and experiencing life. Nothing wrong with that, but, we do experience and collect pain along the way and this can cause an action reaction of self defeating habits..  No this is not a foreign is part of us that is hurt and hurting. It is not about any external force controlling us....we can see this if we know where or how to look.....just takes more awareness. The point of the article is to show one how to see this more clearly in ourselves and how to dissolve it through awareness.   Some people simply call this karma and karmic imprints and work to clear karma. Others call it the Shadow and say to bring light to the shadow, some call it soul fragmentation and retrieval, some call it healing the inner child, etc.....lots of different approaches to this.   I like the description of emotional pain body, for it makes it really easy to see. and work with.  

  I´m not asking you to agree with me...and I´m not trying to convince you.  It is more like I´m trying to explain better and then you can notice this for yourself in the world.....once you see it, then you can decide.

not sure if you rad this article...

Really love Eckhart Tolle.  (I believe that he was a homeless person for years). 

darkstar,,,,,I think he had a lot of depression, too.  Pain moves us forward in the evolution,,,until we don´t need it any more.  I´ve decided I don´t need it any more...

Well, I don't know if he was exactly a depressed person, I think that he had a different way of looking at life.  I guess being homeless for a long period of time does change you, but if I remember correctly, I don't think that it bothered him that much.  He said he had a lot of time to THINK.  (Maybe this is something that we should all do).



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