As our last lesson explained, anger arises when expectations
do not match reality. Saying "I am angry," is one of the most disempowering
phrases you can ever utter. Not only does saying it deny the reality of the
situation, more dangerously, using the word "AM" equates an emotion with who
you are. This is a surefire path to suffering.
The ego is responsible for misleading you into identifying yourself with
your body, emotions and thoughts. You may have a body, feel emotions and
think thoughts, but none of these are who you are. You are a magnificent
spiritual being. Identifying with anything other than your true spiritual
nature will eventually lead to suffering.
In his latest book, A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle defines the "pain-body"
as "the energy field of old, but very-much-alive emotion that lives in almost
every human being." It contains both individual and collective elements.
In other words, this is your emotional body, which contains all of the accumulated
emotions and feelings that you have become attached to. For all of us who
are not yet self-realized, this emotional body becomes a pain-body that
is activated by various stimuli.
Identification with your pain-body can totally blind you to your true
self. In some cases, when your pain-body is activated, your personality
can change overnight, as you forget who you are and "become" your pain.
The Law of Attraction tells us that this is a self-reinforcing cycle. Pain
attracts more pain, and when the conscious mind is contributing, your pain-body
grows even faster.
If you suffered from a bad experience in the past, whenever a similar
experience arises, your pain-body automatically recalls the memory. Instantly,
it reminds you of this by secreting the same chemicals that produced the
initial feeling, just like a tuning fork that begins to vibrate when a nearby
turning fork plays the same note.
Worse, you get addicted to these chemicals (even when they're not good
for you) which reinvigorates your pain- body.
Your goal is to break your identification with your pain- body, and identify
with your true self. There are two practices that can help you to accomplish
The first is to bring "present awareness" to the situation. This is in
keeping with the mystic directive, "know thyself." When you are aware that
you are being triggered, rather than simply reacting, you can remain detached,
and separate your emotions from your true self.
Tolle believes you will eventually become so sick and tired of being stimulated
by your own and other's pain-bodies that you will, in desperation, seek
to dis-identify with them. This can happen in an instant, since all that's
needed is to shine present awareness on the situation.
This is what happened to him, and explains the revelations that others
undergo, when they "snap" from overwhelming suffering and spontaneously
gain Presence. The downside of relying on overwhelming suffering is that
it can take a while to get "fed up," and "snapping" does not always produce
a positive result.
The second approach is the path of purification, that is, eliminating
the negative energies that are lodged in your emotional body. This also
requires present awareness, but can be dramatically facilitated by an external
source of high-vibrational energy.
Physics tells us that higher frequency energy is more powerful than lower-frequency
energy. When you infuse higher dimensional energy into a lower dimensional
form, the lower energies must leave or be transformed.
By eliminating the lower density, negative energies, you will not be stimulated
by another's pain-body. Your tolerance will grow exponentially, as you will
no longer unconsciously resonate with others' emotional pains. You will
remain compassionate, but detached.
Of course, without changing your thoughts or, at least, becoming aware
of the thoughts that precipitated the painful emotions, clearing out your
pain-body will be only a temporary solution. But when your emotional body
is cleared, you will be less likely to identify with it. Unhealthy feelings
will become the exception, rather than the rule. You will come to identify
with your true self, and not your emotions.
When your emotional body is clear, the Law of Attraction will work in
your favor. People who were previously attracted to the emotional pains
in your energy body will no longer be attracted. Purification eliminates
the toxins that attract "toxic people." When this pain is replaced by love
and higher vibrational energies, you will attract higher minded, spiritual
people and will actually repel angry or fearful people.
As Jesus said, "For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath
not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath." This is the Law of
Attraction in biblical terms. You must decide what you want to attract.
Presence and purification lead to identification with your true self; unconscious
thoughts lead to pain and suffering.
To eliminate lower-vibrational, negative energies that lead to stress,
anger, pain and suffering, and infuse yourself with higher-vibrational energies
that help you connect to your true self, visit:
Best wishes, Ed
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