Recognizing that you are in pain or have a pain body is the initial movement to get you through thresholds such as anger, sadness and grief. What can happen is you become so invested in avoiding what’s moving within and around you that by resisting this movement, the movement actually becomes more intolerable. It takes a lot of physical, mental and emotional energy to avoid what wants to heal. Awareness and a willingness to heal starts the momentum for opening to acceptance and from there the road to forgiveness is created.
The experience of being human rests on a continuum, a spectrum of felt experience that you move along throughout your life, with pain on one end and pleasure on the other. Remembering that one isn’t bad and the other good, rather both are necessary in the fullness of the human experience. It’s in the awareness and acceptance that moving through the pain and feeling through the suffering is what brings you into deep connection with your heart.
Being fixated on feeling better and seeking pleasure means that you avoid your wholeness and continue in the suffering and pain cycle. Without conscious integration of your patterns of pain and suffering, you will pass it onto the next generation. To end the cycle of pain that is passed on from generation to generation, is to fully embrace your own healing.
The pain body awakens you to presence and therefore allows you to break free from the pain body in those moments of presence, for as long as you identify with it, the suffering will continue. Thankfully however, you can consciously choose in any given moment to transmute the identification with pain through deep forgiveness of all the conditions surrounding the suffering you experience both personally and as part of the collective.
The conscious choice for forgiveness applies most deeply to yourself as you continue to learn and remember on your path. Put your time and energy into healing and you’ll be on a profound journey through your pain back to love.
Art by Mary Pines