The Four Bodies of Pain


Part Two – The Four Bodies of Pain

Before we look at the bodies of pain, I’d like to say that in no way am I trying to oversimplify the very complex phenomenon of pain. Any particular pain can have multiple causes. I’m just trying to get to the very bottom of the pain; the root cause.

Working with the root cause is something you can do in addition to any other therapy or method or medication you may be taking.

Four categories of pain exist, each corresponding to the four worlds of metaphysics – the four worlds you live in right now.

Physical Pain

Physical pain exists as a synergy; a separation from and a longing for:

1. control (and/or)

2. feeling.

If you are not in control of your life, if you believe that someone or something else outside of you is controlling you, and you feel helpless and ‘out of control’, it can lead to physical pain.

If you long to be in charge of your life, but you can’t for one reason or another, it eventually ends up expressing itself as physical pain.

Likewise with a lack of ‘feeling’. Society actually encourages us to not feel. Making yourself numb rates as a national pastime, with many innovative ways to do so!

If you have created a situation where you are not feeling -either yourself, or the world around you – that can also lead to physical pain.

Mental Pain

Mental pain exists as a synergy; a separation from and a longing for:

1. understanding,

2. meaning,

3. conception (and/or)

4. perception.

If you have difficulty understanding things, conceiving and perceiving your world, or if you are not able to see the meaning in life, any of these things lead to mental pain.

Emotional Pain

Emotional pain, on the other hand, is a separation from and a longing for:

1. belonging,

2. love,

3. intimacy, (and/or)

4. caring.

A lack of any or all of these four things can lead to emotional pain.

We all have a natural tendency to want to belong, to care, to feel love and intimacy; but when they are lacking, when they are absent, the result ends up as emotional pain.

Spiritual Pain

Lastly, spiritual pain, which expresses itself as that hollow feeling that just won’t go away, is a separation from and a longing for:

1. aesthetics (and/or)

2. God.

A lack of either one or both of these can lead to spiritual pain.

Pain, from a metaphysical point of view, exists as a separation from and a longing for any of twelve different things: feeling; control; understanding; conception; perception; meaning; love; intimacy; caring; belonging; aesthetics; or God.

These are the twelve root causes of pain, hidden beneath the surface reasons, such as the action of stubbing your toe.

It is very important to end the pain, for the following reasons:

Pain produces a separation. Pain separates you from your world and it separates you from yourself. This separation can become too wide, meaning you can reach a point of no return. When this happens, no amount of technique can help.

Also, pain spreads, eventually entering every part of your life.

It will not end by itself. The form may change, but not the function. You might be able to stop stubbing your toe, for example, but some other form will take its place (such as jamming your finger).

Lastly, the very nature of pain makes it difficult to do the actual techniques that are necessary to end it.

The first step to ending pain lies in understanding your own unique function of pain. Look to which of the twelve root causes are yours.

Which ones are you separate from? Where is your greatest longing? Spend some time discovering and exploring these root causes of pain.

By working with the underlying causes of pain, you begin to not just solve, but resolve, your pain.




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