As the witnessing presence of Awareness, we stand in the background of experience; as the light of pure Knowing, we stand at its heart. 

Bodily Pain

Is it possible to take pain for granted the same way other bodily sensations and thoughts can be taken for granted when they appear?

Dear Rupert, 

I believe (although I am anxious to use the word ‘I’ in advaita circles because the phrase  ‘who is this I?’ often ends further conversation) this is the way of explaining that for me must open up an understanding. It seems to ‘resonate’.

Yet there seems to remain a sort of blockade, especially, I think, because I regularly suffer physical pain. The more pain, the harder it gets not to identify with the body. The pain is something ‘I’ urgently want to get rid of when it appears. 

Is it possible to take pain for granted the same way other bodily sensations and thoughts can be taken for granted when they appear?

Johan

 

Dear Johan, 

Johan: There seems to remain a sort of blockade, especially, I think, because  I regularly suffer physical pain. The more pain, the harder it gets not to identify with the body. The pain is something ‘I’ urgently want to get rid of when it appears. 

Is it possible to take pain for granted the same way other bodily sensations and thoughts can be taken for granted when they appear? 

Rupert: The desire to be relieved of pain is not a sign of ignorance - it is deeply programmed into the body. If pain was not unpleasant there would be no motivation to avoid it and, as a result, it would no longer serve its primary function of protecting the body. 

So use intelligence to minimise pain in whatever way is most appropriate but see, as much as is possible, that all sensations appear in your open, allowing Presence. 

If the pain is overwhelming we have no option but to be overwhelmed. Hopefully these periods are not too long. The rest of the time, abide knowingly as yourself, Awareness, and allow all things, including uncomfortable bodily sensations, to flow through you. 

With warm regards,

Rupert