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The Pain Body

What is "The Pain Body"

Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now, refers to stuck negative energy as "the Pain Body." It is the cornerstone of emotional toxicity which prevents you from experiencing peace and connection at an emotional and spiritual level as well as vitality and health at a physical and cellular level. When you experience disease, dysfunction, imbalance, or lack of peace at any level, you can be sure that the Pain Body is playing a very active role in feeding its existence.

Two levels of pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain of the past that lives on.

"There are two levels of pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain of the past that still lives on in your mind and body. This of course includes the pain that you suffer as a child, caused by the unconsciousness of the world into which you were born. The accumulated pain is a negative energy field that occupies your body and mind. If you look at it as an invisible entity in its own right, you are getting quite close to the truth - It's the emotional Pain-Body." The cells in which past physical or emotional trauma is stored operate in a survival pattern based on something that is no longer real or current for anyone but the person maintaining the pattern. When an unresolved issue or trauma impedes the flow of energy in the body-mind system, stagnation is created in a particular part of the body, often the organ, joint, or muscle most associated with the trauma.

Unresolved issues or trauma impede the flow of energy in the body-mind system.

Example: You burn your hand while cooking dinner because you are rushing to prepare before guests arrive. You feel very upset for not having enough time and you get angry at yourself for not paying more attention. "Stupid, you never pay enough attention! Dinner is going to be late and your guests and family will be [upset, annoyed, starving, impatient, unimpressed, judgmental, etc] with you." By now, your body is not only feeling the physical trauma in the form of real pain, but you are adding self-condemnation, anger, guilt, fear, and unforgiveness.


Acupuncturist, Tapas Fleming, writes in her book You Can Heal Now: "[...] At the moment when a problem or a trauma happens (physical, mental, or emotional), we have the feeling that life is unbearable and we say 'NO' to whatever is happening to us. Some variations to this theme include: 'this is too much for me; if this happens, I won't survive.' The implication to that inner statement is, 'I'll deal with it later, file it away, I'll face it when I can, when it is not life-threatening. "But we seem to put off forever something that we don't want to deal with now, and the imbalance of the undigested trauma stays with us. We can put time and distance between us and the event, but the experience itself is still on hold. Another response may be to deny that the problem happened. However the more we keep it locked in the 'so-called Past', the more strongly we are connected with it. The more unresolved issues we hold off, the more narrow and limited our lives will become." ​​Unprocessed traumatic experiences create suffocation and contraction leading to massive dysfunction in our body-mind system. Imagine the amount of energy that it has taken to "hold" that negative emotion stored in the cells all this time!

​​Unprocessed traumatic experiences create suffocation and contraction leading to massive dysfunction in our body-mind system.

Releasing Negative Energy

In a Feel So Light Energy Session, negative energy is released leaving the cells' natural energy free to be used for self-healing and growth. Since infancy, we learn to resist our feelings, damaging ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. We did this because we didn't know what we were doing and because we imitated others (ancestors, parents, teachers, TV programs, publicity, books, etc.). When we disregard a feeling, we are resisting its existence and trying to exchange it for something that matches our self-image. When we resist "what is" and the existence of present feelings, we cannot digest the experience. Thus we remain with "buttons to push" and are hooked to the past experience. "That's the last straw!" is a statement people say when they have reached a breaking point; it is a prime example of the past dictating our current/future experience. What supports the Pain-Body is "unconsciousness." The Pain-Body is an inner energy field, almost a "separate entity", with its own agenda. This is an energy field of negative beliefs. And the negative decisions that we make about our life and ourselves may affect our reactions when a certain button is pushed. Sometimes the stimuli are "nonsense" and other people don't understand our dramatic overreaction. This creates more negativity in our thoughts and perceptions, attracting more uncomfortable circumstances into our current experience.

The main reason why people don't deal with the Pain-Body is that they don't know how.

Knowledge is Power

The main reason that we don't want to deal with the Pain-Body is because we don't know how. We also don't know how because we may never have known of its existence; oh we feel the pain, but were unaware that there is a way to release and live without it. The Pain-Body is the accumulation in us of all the negative experiences we have had, all the resistance, all the complaints. Most of it is unnecessary suffering. Unconsciously we get used to a way of perceiving life that causes us suffering. It is because of ignorance and imitation. We don't know what we're doing to ourselves. The Pain-Body is very big in our society. It is everywhere--books, movies, television--wherever we go, we see its expression. These are expressions of resistance, of anger, envy, oppression, resentment, fear, guilt, shame, and all other forms of negativity. It is friction that was never resolved in our system, friction that was never observed, allowed, and transformed, but rather stored and put on hold. When we go through a negative experience, usually we make a decision such as, "I'm not good enough," or "I won't be able to make it"; "I'm dumb", or "this is too much for me." When we believe in those decisions, they get imprinted in our energy field and they run our lives like a script from then on. Many of these decisions were made at a formative age or were absorbed from our mother's energy field in the womb, and even in the DNA.

Action is Key

Now that you have begun to understand how the Pain Body is actively affecting your life, what will you do with that knowledge? Do you have the courage to decide to do something different to make a difference?

"The course of our lives is not determined by great, awesome decisions. Our direction is set by the little day-to-day choices which chart the track on which we run." - Gordon B. Hinckley

Decisions. Determine. Destiny. And you are the captain of your ship. Why not allow yourself an experience that will put the wind back in your sails? I look forward to helping you "release the barnacles on your boat" so you can Feel So Light!


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