What is pain to you?
Pain to me is just a sensation. Another type of feeling, not different from a good feeling. Like something that is speaking to you. When you have a
wound, whether it is emotional or physical, it is you speaking to yourself. It is a voice asking " Is everything OK?"
Are you Ok? you are asking....When you can answer it back and say "YES. Everything is fine" honestly, confidently, it quiets itself. You are still
then and all is clear. When you are not afraid of the pain, of the damage you will suffer, then you stop suffering. You become as nothing. You become
as something more.
If someone hurts you and you are able to see beyond the situation and see yourself in pain, and then beyond it. When you are able to become more than
something being spoken to, when you can become that which is speaking, you can make pain become something else. You can make you become something more
than what you only thought you were.
Sometimes pain is like a fire that motivates you. That is you listening but not speaking back. You know what it is, you feel it, you acknowledge it,
but you dont let go. you dont command it/you to be at ease. You dont tell it/you that all is fine.
You then say it is NOT OK, but that YOU will make it better. You say to wait in pain. Your pain is not asking for you to do anything. It is simply
letting you know that YOU are feeling it. It always awaits for you to command it to be still. You wait for you to be still. NOT to prolong it and make
it last like fuel.
Pain CAN be fuel for something. When you are being tormented and the pain makes your mind clear so you can focus. It can be something that drives you
to "overcome" against all odds. It invokes your faith in yourself and the belief that you can overcome.
What it does not do is tell you how to let go once you are above the situation. It doesnt explain what you need to do. That is your responsibility.
It just asks "are you OK?".
It is trying to show you, make you respond, "YES, Actually I am." More to the point it is trying to make you realize something contrary to what life
teaches. Something contrary to the mortality that life teaches you.
It is the immortal trying to nudge you into the next step. Your own acceptance of more.
A hand over a flame. I am sure many are now conjuring up that example mentally . Pain tells you to pull your hand from it. It is so your physical body
doesnt get hurt. Sure.
Maybe, YES it is. BUT it is also a lesson about fire as well as reality. It will not end you for putting your hand over it. It will hurt and burn your
hand. What about beyond that hand? What about something more?
What if you then thought all you were was that hand that had to avoid flames? Do you see the fear of that existence? What of the spirit that drives
that hand? The force behind the mechanics. Is IT burned by that flame? Does it suffer pain?
No. That too is a lesson. Your hand was burned but not your spirit. Some say that after enough physical pain you learn to not fear it. Some can say
the same for emotional /psychological pain.
Both are true. Why though? Is it not still a danger for that hand to get burned and damaged?
It is, the same threat exists yet we fear it less. We know better than to get hurt, but if we DO, it is not as bad the second time around. It is not
as scary. "You have been through this before" you think.
Like getting punched as hard as someone can for the first time in the face. The fear of it at first is worse than the actual pain felt. A threat of a
punch is also not as scary after being in several fights.
Why? The threat is the same?
Because we know it will not end us. We learned we are more than what we were, more than the perceived end we thought up for ourselves and believed in.
The pain showed us that if we let it show us,we can learn to see greater strength and forms of ourselves. That is good, but we can become addicted to
it. We then look for pain to teach us more and move us farther down the road of transcendence like the first moment of clarity after the pain we
That is not its purpose. We must let go after learning our lesson and look for new limits, and move past them. We must NOT search for that "first
punch" in other things we think we need to move beyond. We must see ourselves beyond. Our true selves always just a thought and a moment away.
That true you that you inch closer to with pain as the catalyst is always "just ahead". It is the carrot, the goal we will never reach but that we
improve ourselves by searching for it.
In the end, we are more. It is all here to teach us. To make us realize unto ourselves that we lack nothing.
We are complete once we allow ourselves to be. Once we just see it.
So next time you are asked "are you OK?". Command yourself to be. See yourself being.
That is I AM and all the pain of the human condition can not ruin it. All the contrary.
edit on 21-3-2013 by tadaman because: (no reason given)