posted on Jan, 7 2007 @ 11:30 AM
Wandering, those who've become accustomed to physical abuse/violence very often do not feel the pain either.
Some of these are quite young children, although people of all ages are able to numb themselves to pain. Very often, if the abuse continues, they
cease to show much bruising. The world is full of people (including children) who outwardly appear perfectly happy, when in fact their lives are a
living hell due to continual physical abuse. Teachers and doctors often claim they were completely unaware of the abuse; saw no bruising or other
physical indicator that abuse was occurring.
Usually, when the victim escapes or is removed from the abusive situation, their capacity to feel pain returns and/or or their need to repress same
diminishes, resulting in their feeling pain (stubbed toe, injection, etc) 'as normal'.
So it's clear that everyone -- with or without conscious training -- possesses the ability to deny pain and possibly also, the outward evidence of
However, the pain and resultant bruising etc. is registered somewhere, possibly at cellular level, according to those who claim to know.
For example, many who as children were able/forced to deny pain, often suffer from arthritis in later life and not ALWAYS as the result of actual
structural damage caused by the childhood abuse.
So, it's very possible that the body 'remembers' the pain, even though at the time that body did not react to it.
I can see the need for abused children (and others) to suppress reaction/pain, but I'm not sure of the benefit gained by someone who deliberately
inflicts pain upon their body or invites others to do so.
Is it a 'macho' mindset, posing as 'spirituality'? Is it an illusion of gaining mental control? Does it provide an advantage, psychologically,
within martial arts?
Regarding the latter, I realise that suppression of pain could offer advantage within competition or within actual combat. Apart from the obvious
though (as above) why would someone inflict pain upon their body simply in order to suppress it? Pain is a practical indicator of damage (and
potential further damage) to the physical body (at least in the context under discussion here). It's similar to a warning-light; an alert to the
occupant of that body to remove the body from a situation.
If the situation is not one of life or death (and martial arts training doesn't usually fall in that category) what spiritual benefit is to be gained
from hurting the body, triggering the warning-light of pain, and then ignoring/suppressing that natural function; pain ? How does this elevate
Is it mentally, spiritually healthy to engage in such activities? Why not attempt to progress spiritually in a manner that does not abuse the body
nor the body's attempt to warn and protect the occupant?
Isn't deliberately and needlessly inflicting and then suppressing pain an actual ABUSE of the body by the occupant? Is it not logical that the body
and mind would decide the occupant to be unworthy -- even to 'punish' that abusive-occupant?