Managing the painbody

There is such a thing as old emotional pain living inside you. It is an accumulation of painful life experience that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain. It comes together with other energy forms from other instances, and so after some years you have a “painbody”, an energy entity consisting of old emotion.

It lives in human beings, and it is the emotional aspect of egoic consciousness. When the ego is amplified by the emotion of the painbody, the ego has enormous strength still – particularly at those times. It requires very great presence so that you can be there as the space also for your painbody, when it arises.

That is everybody’s job here – to be there, to recognize the painbody when it shifts from dormant to active, when something triggers a very strong emotional reaction. At that moment, when it does take over your mind, the internal dialogue, which is dysfunctional at the best of times, now becomes the voice of the painbody talking to you internally. Everything it says is deeply colored by the old, painful emotion of the painbody. Every interpretation, everything it says, every judgment about your life, about other people, about a situation you are in – will be totally distorted by the old emotional pain.

If you are not there as the space for it, you are identified with the painbody and you believe every negative thought that it is telling you. If you are alone, the painbody will feed on every negative thought that arises, and get more energy. That’s why it’s become active – after it does that for a while, you can’t stop thinking, at night, or whenever it is. The painbody is feeding, and after a few hours, it’s had enough. You feel a little depleted. And then it happens again a few weeks later, or few days later.

The painbody would feel even better if it could feed on somebody else’s reaction. Your partner would be a favorite person. And it will, if there is somebody around, or family situations. Our painbodies love families. And it will just provoke this person, your partner or whoever it is. The painbody knows exactly what the thing is that will trigger a negative response. Then it says the thing that is going to really hurt you. And of course, if you are not absolutely present in that moment, then immediately you will react. And the painbody loves it! Give me more drama, please!

Both painbodies are now awake, and feeding on each other. Then, a few hours later, or the next day, the painbodies no longer need it. They are full, they have replenished themselves. And you can look at each other and say, “What was that all about?” In some cases, you may not even remember how it all started. This huge drama started somewhere, and then one thing led to another. Wasn’t it the same two weeks ago?

Can we be present and see if next time we can catch it at its early stage, so that we don’t get drawn in totally? Can we both endeavor to be present for each other, and for ourselves? See if we can see the first signs of the painbody – either in ourselves, or in the other. Immediately realize it, be the space for it, and if possible – even voice it to your partner and say “My painbody got triggered when you said that”.

Often, little situations trigger enormous reactions. Be there, present for it. Your partner will find it easier to see it in you, and you will find it easier to see it in them. Whether or not you can tell your partner that his or her painbody has become activated depends on the degree to which your partner has already been taken over by it. If you catch it at a very early stage, then some remnant of Consciousness will still be there in your partner and that remnant will be hearing you when you say, “Could that be your painbody?” It has to be phrased very carefully. You may want to add, “Do you remember our agreement?”

If there is still a remnant of Consciousness then that will be listening to you, and your partner will be able to be there as the space for his or her painbody. If there is no remnant of Consciousness in your partner, you will be talking to the painbody, and the painbody does not like to hear about the painbody. Of course, it will deny any such thing. “My painbody? Look at yours!”

So, what do you do? Can I be the space for that? While the partner is there, be the space for that. When you are the space for something, it does not necessarily mean that you have to stay there. You can be the space, and then remove yourself. Self observation – this is why being in the body is an important part of this. Feel the inner body as often as you can. When an old emotion arises, it will be easier to be present as it arises.

If you are present, the painbody cannot feed anymore on your thoughts, or on other people’s reactions. You can simply observe it, and be the witness, be the space for it. Then gradually, its energy will decrease.

46 responses to “Managing the painbody

  1. This is honestly one of my favourite of Eckhart’s teachings. I think we all spend too much time in the company of our painbody.

    1. Keith,
      You wrote that you have no partner, friends and live alone. I believe that this is your life situation. And yet, when I read that, all I can feel is that I am there with you, loving you just as you are, and that you are very much not alone.
      Love to you,
      Charlotte

  2. I’m going though a bit of P. B at the mo.I have no partner,friends & live alone so it’s got no one else to feed from just me.Oh there it is again!,dead sneaky that P. B. Thanks Eckhart 🙂

  3. Reading it well, it says that unless we are willing to fully experience the painbody -whatever kind of unpleasantness or form of suffering might come up, physically, in thoughts, memories, imaginations, feelings and emotions- it will continue to haunt us.

  4. Over the years this practice has really allowed me to become more peaceful, not take myself or others too personally, and start recognizing my true divinity.

  5. Excellant information about managing the painbody. I know that I can feel the signs of being triggered, but I am often too taken by it then to stop from getting drawn in. More practice is what I need and what I will get until I learn this well!!!

  6. Gosh Eckhart, this describes exactly what goes on with me and being present is the key. Sometimes, I wish I had a switch to turn off that old mental chatter.

  7. My partner’s pain body is active 24 hours a day, even during disrupted sleep. Is it possible for me to help him? He hasn’t had any relief from the pain of living during the ten years we’ve been together, and for many, many years before we met.

  8. Just recently I got hit by what felt like a wave of depression (I take medication for both depression and anxiety). Even as I was experiencing all the negative thoughts, I was intellectually aware that nothing in my external situation could account for the negative thought and feelings (“you are worthless, you never get it right, etc.) – in other words, I wasn’t as if I had just made some big mistake at work or done something I was ashamed of – my external situation before and after the onset of the “depression” was pretty much the same. So I realized it couldn’t be the external world that was the cause of my thoughts and feelings (Byron Katie’s practice called “The Work” is very helpful for this kind of realization). Then I remembered Eckhart’s teaching about the Pain Body and I realized that if it wasn’t the external world causing my pain, it must be the awakening of the Pain Body. This was VERY helpful, because it helped me get some separation from all the pain – I think this is what Eckhart means by “being the space for it.” This freed me up to use other tools I have for shifting away from identification with drama and into presence in the moment. It was a great reminder of how powerful and useful the concept of “Pain Body” can be.

    1. Hi Warren, thanks for sharing. You mentioned other tools that you have to help you when connected to your pain body. Which tools are that?. Thanx, Christine

  9. I am wondering about getting rid of the painbody through healing the past issues that created it in the first place, even say through psychotherapy. Would that work?

  10. “Feel the inner body as often as you can. When an old emotion arises, it will be easier to be present as it arises…” –
    Good advice but overdoing it (feeling the inner body) causes my pain body to nourish, it gets more energy making it harder to come out. Instead I try to stay present, stay light, stay strong. I try to discipline my mind and discipline my day. I also keep some ‘controlled’ time aside to tackle the pain-body emotions in systematic way (therapy, talking to friends, meditation, massages etc) i.e. stay in touch with myself. Still sometimes unknowingly the pain body sneaks up on me and I struggle hard to come out of it..but it doesn’t happen without some emotional pain to others and physical exhaustion for me. So I guess it is imp to keep feeling the inner body..but maybe in a balanced way. Haven’t found out the method for it..

  11. Of all the wonderful and meaningful teachings of ET, the recognition and dissolving of the pain-body, is the one that elevates Eckhart’s teachings above all others. IMHO, without understanding and working to eliminate pain-body, no progress with ET’s teachings can or will take place. ET’s ancient wisdom is accessed when pain-body begins to dissolve. Most, including myself in the beginning, want to run away from pain-body…and that makes sense. Who wants to feel pain. But the pain tells you exactly where you MUST go to free yourself and awaken.
    thank you Eckhart
    I am grateful for everything and I have no complaints.

  12. Dear Eckhart,
    I have listened to the CD ‘ Living the Liberated LIfe and dealing with the pain body’, several times. Now, reading this reinforces the explanation and recommendations. In theory it seems very simple and easy to deal with the pain body.Gosh, I wish it was true. There are instances when I get a feeling that I have dealt with one Pain body and feel proud of myself. Alas, that feeling does not last long. Next moment, there comes pain body not necessarily different one, but the same one. Then I say,here you go once again! it is a constant and a constant struggle. I agree with Mark. I wish there was a switch to turn off Pain body. It is so very hard to bring presence at the time and every time. But I have no choice but to practice and practice at every instance.

  13. One of the things that helps me when the PB surfaces is intense observation of it, in the context of realizing that thoughts are not real. So, for example, the PB surfaces and I am angry, wanting to say something hurtful to somebody. At that moment I try to step back and observe it, saying to myself, “ok, watch and understand what’s happening in my mind. This is not real, it is a thought. The only truth at this moment is that this physical body is verbally interacting with another physical body, and egoic thoughts are driving that interaction”. Witness that set of circumstances. Just the process of doing this seems to interrupt the pain body, at least long enough to slow it down and bring me back to the present moment.

  14. Yesterday afternoon I had lunch with my daughter and the Pain Body was very present. We discussed it at great length which was tiresome, we agreed, disagreed. Suddenly I remembered what triggered the pain body and felt relieved that it has happened before and it will pass. It does not belong to me, I acknowledge it but don’t own it. This morning I feel more conscious, more loving. I am in control, I do not have to stay in that space.

    1. Hi Bernard,
      I too am a senior, and I’ve not heard of the pain body before. But, I haven’t read all of ET’s books. I’m wondering how closed or weak chakras would affect this ? Any thoughts ? Thanks,
      Betty

      1. closed or weak chakras would be a manifestation of the pain body. Also called the subtle, emotional/mental, energy, or light body by different writers. How can we heal our wounds?

  15. I find ET’s discussion of the pain body to be very helpful. However, I’ve also done a lot of experiential work
    over the years (I’m 78,)especially breath work and regression therapy to get to the root of it and release the energy blocks. It’s a life long project!

  16. This, too, was exactly what I needed to read – again – at this time in my life. I practice gratitude every day but that ‘darn PB’ just doesn’t seem to want to let go these days.

    I’m thankful, today, that a friend posted this link on FB and that so many people shared that they, too, are feeling the same way. I feel so much less alone in my growth when I read these…

    Namaste

  17. Today I experienced the effect of a pain body kicking into full force, full energy and full momentum.
    Ive spent 6 months now putting all my energy into making sure sure I stay present, dealing with the pain body, and dealing with a boss who is unconscious and has a pain body that surfaces and feeds every day. Staff are reduced to tears every day. This was good for me today because it taught me how to deal with my pain body, simultaneously with another, which was much stronger.
    But alas…. Her pain body subsided, Mine had been kept in check for a good month at the very least and today… I guess it had been starved for too long and it surfaced in a strange and scary way. First I forgot my pin code and locked my bank card. At this moment I knew I was not present so I focused on presence.
    Then I felt anger for no reason, just anger towards everything and everyone, again I recognised this as the pain body and tried to remain present not feeding it.
    Anger wasnt working I guess so sadness surfaced, and washed over me to the point that I started getting teary. Why?? No idea!! I just felt like sitting down on the park bench and crying my eyes out! Again I recognised this as the pain body. I stayed present. I guess this too didn’t succeed in the pain body trying to be fed, so then fear surfaced. An anxiety so great I felt my life was going to end and I couldn’t breathe. Again, I recognised this as the pain body, focussed on breathing . For the rest of the day I was like a zombie. Just trying to remain present and not feed the pain body.
    The day came to and end and it was time to go home. The whole bus ride home all my energy remained on staying present, I knew one slip and the pain body would take over.
    I eventually got home, my mother was over, I told her what had happened. She said, just breathe. We had a laugh, dinner, a wine and at 11:00pm, I finally came to myself.
    This was a 13 hour experience with the pain body and trying to fight it.
    Has this happened to anyone before???
    Does this happen??
    Is it supposed to happen on our journey of being??
    Does anyone have any tips on how to overcome this and end it soon rather than over a span of 13 hours???
    I’ve never experienced anything like this before in my life!

    1. Hi Lalita, this may be too late for you to see but I hope that you somehow do!
      I think that supressing those tears might have been an unhelpful move.
      Eckhart talks about letting go of inner-resistance. You might instead have gushed for as long as you felt like it and been present with that as crying is an amazing gift and it’s gotta be the best or one of the best ways to let out tension.
      As long as you are present and the release doesn’t turn into gratuitous crying or self-pity (and even if it did – just accept and be present with that) then I’m sure you would feel brand-new afterwards.
      It sounds like dinner and chatting (and wine!) was your release that day.
      I’ve noticed that if something triggers that crying emotion in me and I’m present enough to feel its onset, I can “watch” and feel it rise through my body and flow straight out of the front of my head.
      And I don’t necessarily have to produce tears. Sometimes just a little misty-eyed. But being present enables me not to fuel it with another thought or reaction.
      I might also add that if you consider Eckhart’s teaching a “journey” then you automatically tell yourself that you are not “there” yet. You are always “there”. Just got to take the first letter away.
      Cry if you want to.
      PO Lalita you sound like a great person 🙂

      1. Steven, your comment may have been aimed at Lalita but it hit it’s mark with me. Thanks so much, I needed that 🙂

    2. Lalita, My sisters and I have found our female hormones play a large role in PB triggering “so easily” and uncontrollably in situations that last all day. P.S. I know a glass of wine at the end of those days helped me flipped the switch on the mood/thought/hormone cycle!!

  18. In our profession (hypnotherapy), we deal with people’s different aspects of parts, which have different agendas and desires and beliefs. We don’t want an internal civil war in which one part can win another part loses – If there’s a war, we as a whole being lose. They are all parts of us after all so only love can bring peace.
    In Eckahrt’s language, though not quite exact: The conscious part of us and the painbody part of us. Love painbody! After all, it’s all energy. Feeding by negativity gives it life. The stronger it gets, the more overwhelming it gets, until it takes us over. But who’s feeding it? The true power lies in us, because we can decide when to stop feeding it. When we shine the light of consciousness, and love it, it’s not really there.
    Thank you Eckhart Tolle! Living in this time and space is so much more interesting because you are walking the planet earth together with us, right now.
    Oh even more, I live in the same city as you. Wow, the sky is so blue today! Love you!

  19. Thanks, I needed that. A pain body was recently awoken in me after seeing someone for the first time in twenty five years. I am amazed at how strong and fresh the sadness feels after so long for this very minor life event. Clearly it is something I hadn’t faced up to. I am grateful for the knowledge gained from Eckhart’s lessons that has led me to be present enough to weaken the pain without doing something regrettable. I look forward to the realization of the positive effects this process will have on my spiritual and physical health.

  20. Charlotte ,not sure if your c this but thankyou for your kind words.In my life situation I maybe alone but I don’t feel lonely.I’m very contented & feel so much joy-thanks eclkhart. 🙂

  21. Great teaching and comments on the recognition of our pain bodies and the light we can shine on them by awareness. Isn’t it wonderful how our egos dissolve in that space!

  22. Why not call it what it is. Defining the pain body as a separate entity makes it easy for people to not take responsibility for how they react to negative situations. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to it.

  23. I like thinking of the inner body in terms of the chakras, as it feels like each center of the body is honored and diagnosed in more specific terms.

  24. Namaste~ and Merry Meet One And All 🙂

    Bless Master Eckhart for Embodying and Manifesting Presence in such a perfectly ambigious Way always using Words (Sign Posts) that clearly point to the Truth of our Existance, Words that clearly point us to the Sacred Divine Way that Lives Within Each of Us, within everyone and everything, Words/Sign Posts that clearly identify what is blocking Our Blessed Divine Charge To Be The Masters That We All Are, So That We Too progressively Share More And More Of The Divine Presence Clearer, Stronger and Evermore Peaceful Through Our Unique Beings, In Our Unique Way 😀

    Eckhart’s Teachings On The Pain Body Are At This Place And Time On Our Infinite Journey Through The Present Moment Are By Far The Most Powerful Keys To Complete Self-Transmutation… A Blessed Gift Of Light In Our Self Created Mass-Consciousness Of Ignorance And Darkness… So Perfectly Worded (Spot-On Sign Posts) To Point Us To The Gigantic Portal Into The NOW… He Is Offering Us All A Blessed Ticket For The Goddess Kundalini’s Express Rocket Train That Will Transport All Of Us Willing To Risk Hopping On Board Condeming Our Personal Pain Bodies To Death…And With Each Brave Train Rider Cashing In Their Ticket, Helping To Kill Collective Pain Bodies Of Oh So Many Of Our Kindred Souls!

    For Each Of Us To Embody The One Master Of The Way, Of The Tao, To Be The Master Of The Way Of Things That We All Are, To Awaken And Realize That The Master That Flows Through Eckhart Is The Very Same Master That We Are Making Space For Within Our Own Beings, So That Thy Master May Flow Freely Through Every Aspect Of Our Being… Bringing More and More Light And Presence Into This Darkness…

    From The Master Within Me, With These Words/Sign Posts, I Offer An Answer To All Of Your ‘How Do We Do It???’, I Offer A Blessed Way To Dance With Your And Dance With My Personal Pain Body, A Way To Acknowledge The Accumulation Of Fear, Guilt, Pain, Grief and Every Nasty Chain That Binds Our Beings To Our Ego, Keeping Us Trapped On The Wheel Of Karma, Keeping Us Mere Wanna-Be Masters, Stuck On The Sidelines, With No Real Hope Of Ever Joinging The Game, Joinging The Sacred Divine Cosmic Dance As Masters With All The Wisdom In Action That Blessed Beings Such As Rockin’ Eckhart… The The Blessed Portal Eckharts Words Grounded In Presence Above, Once Again Opened In Me… Through This Being That I Am… The Master Of The Way Offers You And Me The Most Powerful Key To True Transformation and Transmutation… I Offer You The Bitchin’ Billions and Trllions Of Times More Beautiful Than Anything And Everything Beautiful And Divine…
    I Offer You NOW The Key In, Through, And Death To The Pain Body… No Matter How Evil You’ve Tricked And Convinced YourSelf That Your Pain Body Is…
    I Offer You The Essence Of The Goddess… Every True Master Knows That The Divine Femine. The Goddess Aspect Of This Groovy Thing We Call Life, Is By Far The Most Powerful Aspect… All Things Flow From And Flow To The Goddess, And The Sacred Vagina Is OPEN SPACE… The Openess Of The Divine Goddess Is The Space Where The Infinite Creation Of Life Takes Place Within, Within Her Sacred Womb … I/She, The Divine Lady That Opens Up To Envelop The Light Of God’s Brilliant Phallic, Boner Of Creative Seeds, Which Thy Ever Fertile Lady’s Womb Wisely Grows…
    Now I/Thy Divine Goddess Offer You My Essence… My Essence Is Pure Joy…And Joy, My Joy Is Your Key To Completely Transmute And Lay To Death Your Pain Body, Everyone’s Pain Body…
    You See… True Joy Is A Lubricant, A Magical Lubricant That When Unleashed, Instantly Manifests WILLINGNESS, And Willigness Is All That Is Needed To Make A Space For Your Pain Body, And Once You Taste My/Your True Joy, You Will Instantly Want To Dance With That Crusty Old Pain Body, You Will Find And Understand, That True Joy, Is Infinitly More Powerful Than Fear, Anger, Rage, Hate, Grief, And All Those (In Comparison) Nasty Bummer Bum Bum Bumholliioo Crappy Old Emotional Pain Body Aspects Dont Stand A F**king Chance In Hell Against True Joy… They Will Try To Run, But To No Avail… My Joy Awakins Within You All The Willingness To Want To Live , TRULY LIVE LIFE, TURNING THE LIGHT BACK ON IN YOUR HEART, REMINDING YOU OF ALL THE AMAZING THINGS YOU WANT TO EXPLORE IN THIS WORLD, ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU AND YOUR HEART CAME HERE TO PLAY WITH, ALL THE FELLOW SOULS YOU CAME HERE TO LOVE AND DANCE WITH…
    CONCENTRATING ON, FOCUSING ALL YOUR ATTENTION ON MY BLESSED GODDESS JOY AWAKINS A UNIVERSAL SHIT-LOAD OF WILLINGNESS THAT WANTS NOTHING MORE THAN TO WASH AWAY ALL THE DESPARE, AND RUSH TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN WITHIN YOUR HEART, AND AWAKEN TO THE MASTER THAT YOU ARE, AND LIVE EVERY MOMENT IN BEAUTY, BLISS HELPING POINT ALL YOUR SOULMATES, AND EVERYONE ELSE HUMAN, ANIMAL, CHRYSTAL, MINERAL,PLANTS, TREES, AIR, FIRE, WATER, EARTH AND SPIRT TO THEIR JOYFUL HEARTS…

    SO NOW,RIGHT NOW, ALWAYS NOW, WHENEVER YOUR NOW FINDS THESE WORDS, THE MASTER DIVINE GODDESS WITHIN ME, FLOWING THROUGH ME, THE DIVINE MASTER GODDESS I AM, POINTS MY WORD SIGNS AT YOU, SHOVING THE SUCKERS RIGHT DOWN YOUR THROAT…SWEETLY BOMBARDING THEM, FILLING YOUR HEART, EXPANDING YOUR JOYFUL HEART THROUGH ALL OF ETERNITY… GIVING YOU YOUR KEY TO FREEDOM, TO YOUR MASTER, THE ONE MASTER… I AM, YOU ARE, WE ARE ONE!!!!
    I DIVINE GODDESS BESTOW UPON YOU YOUR SACRED TASK…WHICH WITH YOUR SIMPLE JOB OF FOCUSING YOUR ATTENTION ON JOY, PURE TRUE JOY, WHICH YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY REALIZE IS THE MOST ENJOYABLE JOB IN ALL OF EXISTENCE… I HERE BY SAY TO ALL THOSE WHOSE EYES FIND THESE WORDS, I DIVINE GODDESS HERE BY COMMAND YOU TO FOCUS ALL OF YOUR ATTENTION ON JOY… IT STARTS OUT WITH IMAGINATION, CONJURING UP A PICTURE, A FEELING, A SMELL, A SOUND, AN INTUITION OF WHAT PURE JOY IS… I COMMAND YOU TO IMAGINE WHAT PURE TRUE JOY FEELS LIKE MOVING THROUGH YOUR BODY, YOUR MIND, YOUR SPIRT, THE BEAUTIFUL NATURE ALL AROUND YOU…I DIVINE GODDESS COMMAND YOU TO IMAGINE THAT YOU POSSES THIS PURE JOY, AND EXAMINE CLOSELY WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE FULL OF NOTHING BUT PURE JOY, IMAGINE WHAT YOUR LIFE LOOKS AND SOUNDS AND SMELLS LIKE BEING COMPLETELY OVERFLOWING WITH PURE TRUE JOY… USE YOUR POWER, AND FOCUS ALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS TASK, KEEP AT IT, AND JUST WATCH HOW UNBELIEVEABLY HAPPY YOU FIND YOURSELF, FOCUS, IMAGINE, FOCUS AND IMAGINE… DO IT ALL DAY LONG, ALL NIGHT LONG… PRETENDING THAT YOU ARE COMPLETELY HAPPY AND FILLED WITH JOY FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON WHATSOEVER…
    KEEP AT IT UNTIL YOUR IMAGINATION MORPHS INTO FOCUSED WILL… FOCUSED WILL THAT YOU FIND, SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE, THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR INTENT, YOUR WILL, WHAT WAS IMAGINATION, NOW BECOMES A CLEAR FOCUSED INTENT OF YOUR WILL, COMMANDING YOURSELF AND COMMANDING THE GREAT SPIRIT THAT IS THE MASTER, THAT IS THE WAY…
    YOU WILL SEE, YOU WILL FEEL, YOU WILL SMELL, YOU WILL HEAR, YOU WILL KNOW THAT YOU HAVE MADE A CHOICE, THE GREATEST OF GREATNESS, A CHOICE THAT COMMANDS EVERY ASPECT WITHIN YOU THAT YOU CHOOSE JOY, BEAUTY, GRACE AND WILLINGNESS OVER FEAR, HATE, PAIN, GRIEF, WORRY, AND ALL THAT BULLSHIT THAT YOU CAN NOW CLEARLY SEE, IS RAGGEDY PEASENT’S CLOTHING, WHEN YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART THAT YOU ARE A MASTER, A KING AND QUEEN, AND IT IS TIME THAT YOU THROUGH AWAY THOSE NASTY SMELLING CLOTHES THAT NO LONGER MATCH THE MASTER THAT YOU ARE…

    THE MASTER THAT FLOWS THROUGH ME, THE MASTER THAT I AM GUARANTTEES THAT IF YOU PUT YOUR ATTENTION INTO THE PRESENT, FOCUSING ON BEING TRULY JOYFUL, IT WILL LUBE UP YOUR ENTIRE BEING, AND YOU WILL BE OVERCOME WITH THE WILLINGNESS TO CHANGE, AND SIMPLY RELAX AND WATCH THE BEAUTIFUL MAGICAL CHANGES TAKE PLACE ON THEIR OWN… YOU ARE A MASTER ALREADY…YOU’VE JUST FORGOTEN. AND THE MASTER WITHIN YOU KNOWS EVERYTHING IT NEEDS TO KNOW TO MAKE THE CHANGES YOU ARE WISHING FOR… YOU DON’T NEED TO FIGURE IT OUT, INSTEAD, JUST MAKE A JOYFUL SPACE WHERE YOU CAN KICK BACK AND WATCH THE GREATEST SHOW EVER 🙂

    ALL MY LOVE TO ALL YA’LL

    NAMASTE` LOVE MICHAEL…THE WAY

  25. My difficulty with this particular teaching is how it absolved personal responsibility of negative actions and reactions from individuals. If I’m being a dick to someone I don’t have to worry about it because “it’s not me, it’s the pain body”. Yell at my kids, be a dictator to my employees, be mean to service personnel….it’s OK, it’s not you,” it’s the pain body”, etc.

    Seems like a way to absolve dick behavior.

    1. Hi Will,

      I can see how you might interpret the teaching that way, but I see it from a different perspective. When the pain body is active and we are taken over by it (and are completely identified with the thoughts and emotions it’s generating), then we don’t have a choice, because we are in total reactionary mode; “we” essentially ARE the pain body at that moment. And the pain body is a dick, to say the least! But those thoughts and actions are not a true expression of our highest selves / soul, just a collection of old energies, limited by the negative stories we’ve been telling ourselves.

      I have a very strong pain body (working on bringing awareness to it, sometimes successfully, sometimes not), and when I get taken over by it, afterwards, I usually feel very guily or ashamed. But guilt is just another way the pain body can keep itself active, and keep me out of the present moment, keep me telling the story. By saying “that wasn’t me, that was the pain body”, it isn’t absolving myself of guilt at all, but it is bringing awareness to the unawareness and bring consciousness to the unconscious pain body / ego. Of course it was still “me” that said / did the stuff, it just wasn’t “ME”.

      The goal is to keep awareness when the pain body starts generating the thoughts and feelings, so that through awareness we DO have a choice, because we become the aware presence instead of the pain body. Through awareness we can have the freedom to react in new ways, or not at all, instead of being a dick.

      Hope that perspective gives you food for thought 🙂

  26. Thank you for providing a clear explanation of “pain body”, and all your examples and strategies dealing with the pain body. I’ve been searching for a “definition”, even after reading The Power of Now, and now I know. Thank you!

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