“The pain-body is my term for the accumulation of old emotional pain that almost all people carries in their energy field. I see it as a semi-autonomous psychic entity. It consists of negative emotions that were not faced, accepted, and then let go in the moment they arose.” A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
We all want to have control over our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This may be easier said than done if you have had depression in your life. “I don’t know why I blew up the way I did” or “I can't do anything right” are common thoughts of defeat and helplessness associated with depression. Attempting to regain control can be an exhausting struggle, especially when the negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors seem to sneak up with out permission.
Depression is the brain's natural function of shutting down when it is over stressed. Stress may come from outside forces in our environment. Or, the environment might be triggering stress associated with the residual pain from past experiences, memories, repressed feelings, or core beliefs about ourselves or the world.
For example, your boss does not recognize your hard work on a project, and you automatically feel a sense of worthlessness and dismissal. The environment triggered a feeling to surface that likely was already lurking in the background. This repository of information is hidden from our awareness and therefore capable of taking hold of thoughts and emotions with out conscious realization. It has been termed the subconscious, unconscious, psyche, latent, subliminal, and dormant part of the mind.
The pain-body is a similar concept but adds a new element; the law of energy. Eckhart Tolle describes the pain-body as an almost parasitic ghost-like entity. When the pain-body has an opportunity, it awakens and feeds on our thoughts and emotions. It uses you as a host and manifests in the form of despair, negative thoughts, fear, and all other low frequency emotions and thoughts. After the pain-body is satiated, we feel depleted and are susceptible to physical ailments. It is the shadow aspect of the self and it has its power because it is working on hidden plane.
“The pain-body wants to survive, just like every other entity in existence, and it can only survive if it gets you to unconsciously identify with it. It can then rise up, take you over, “become you,” and live through you. It needs to get its “food” through you. It will feed on any experience that resonates with its own kind of energy, anything that creates further pain in whatever form: anger, destructiveness, hatred, grief, emotional drama, violence, and even illness. So the pain-body, when it has taken you over, will create a situation in your life that reflects back its own energy frequency for it to feed on. Pain can only feed on pain. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible.”
In order to relinquish the pain-body’s control over us, we first must recognize when we are identifying with it. There are signs such as heightened breathing, changes in physiology, negative thoughts, and mood and energy changes. Notice the strange pleasure or vindication you derive from identifying with your pain, when you dwell on it. Can feeling victimized serve a purpose to the pain-body? Practicing body-awareness techniques can be a wonderful tool in regulating energy and mood changes.
Once it is identified that these forces are taking hold, the choice can be made to free yourself from perpetual drops into lower energy states. Remember that the pain-body only has control when it is hidden from your awareness. It looses all power once it is revealed to the light.
If you found this blog liberating or empowering in any way, please let me know. Wishing all an abundance of physical, spiritual and emotional health, wherever you may be...