Pain is a challenging companion especially if it has come to stay. Chronic pain changes the body and even the physical structure of the brain which can be detected in the brain scans. Pain is an experience that involves the entire brain. In comparison most other experiences affect only a part of the brain. Chronic pain changes the personality and affects the thinking and attitudes that one has. In that pool of darkness one certainly wishes to find a solution or a path to life without pain.
Mahararishi Mahesh Yogi has famously said that “people need meditation not medication”. While that may sound radical in this world where it seems that most people are on some kind of medication, it still holds a very valid truth. A lot of what we use medication for is the result of lack of meditation or inwardness in life. The desire to seek for remedies from the outside is far greater than any notion of using the inherent healing abilities that every Body has.
This is not to say that medication is bad or that it should not be used. There is balance to everything. The question is more of what we focus on because that has the tendency to grow.
Can one Ascend pain? Is it a realistic remedy and not just a pipe dream or false hope? And what does it mean?
Fear and sense of uncertainty increase the intensity of pain and pushes us deeper into a place of feeling a victim to circumstances with little ability to affect it meaningfully. This is entirely in the realm of inner life, the mind and where we place the focus of our awareness. And this is where the true transformative power lies.
The challenge is that it does not always translate into changing our experience in the body or dissolve the experience of pain. The results can be, but often are not, felt at the surface level. Opening up to a level of reality that is far beyond the victim consciousness widens the perspective and offers the soothing reality of knowing the Self that is not limited to the body or any experience in it. Freedom from pain can be found within that experience and it is very empowering. We might even come to a point of witnessing in our own self how we have created the pain and what purpose it is serving in our life. That is a huge step away from being the victim to it and changes the individual experience from the inside out.
We all suffer from spiritual pain. That pain is the source for all other pain and it travels to the surface and creates any number of physical afflictions or challenging life situations. The spiritual pain is the belief in separation from the Source of All things, separation from the Ascendant Self. There is only one way to cure that and that is through directly experiencing Pure Consciousness right within us.
The Attitudes of Praise, Gratitude, Love and Compassion are great antidotes for any stress, fear and pain that one may have. They relax the body and expand the mind beyond the confines of limited beliefs in separation and pain. If pain can change the person on so many levels, it is also possible to reverse this flow. By choosing to use the mind for Ascension the body has a chance to heal and produce the hormones that alleviate pain. By using Attitudes for Ascension we focus our mind toward the Good and fear has no room to strangle us into victimhood and into the prison of pain. Our personality aligns with expansion and lightness.
Perhaps you are beginning to see how more meditation can serve a person in pain?
It does take an open mind and one that is willing to see deeper than just the surface level of physical experience. But if this resonates with you and there is pain in your life, then do not waste a moment to learn a practice that can open the inner doors of possibility and the Good will flow to you in ways that you can’t imagine.