I just finished chapter 5 in A New Earth. This chapter is all about the pain-body. There was a lot about this chapter that resonated with me. First of all, my recent sickness. I am not one to become ill. I am normally pretty healthy person, however looking back to what happened just before becoming sick I realized that a situation arose that activated my pain-body which allowed for a lot of negative thoughts and emotions.
In the book Eckhart talks about this very point. He speaks of something called a psychic parasite. This psychic parasite comes in to play when our dominant pain-body becomes active and we unconsciously allow it to take over. Allowing it to bring about negativity into our lives. This very thing is what the pain-body feeds on. When I became negative and allowed for the negative story to play out over and over for a few days it weakened me.
It caused my immune system to break down just enough to allow the sickness in. Now that I am aware of this, I am going to be more conscious the next time it happens. All I have to do is be present with it and allow whatever it is that has caused my unhappiness to be. That is it. There is nothing tricky about it. I only have to allow it to be without suppressing it or trying to push it away.
This goes along with something else Eckhart has said in the past; “Whatever you resist, persist”. Therefore the next time I have a negative emotion I am only to allow it to be. I am only to be present with that emotion instead of telling and retelling a story about this emotion Rethinking or retelling a story only keeps the emotion alive, and unfortunately our bodies cannot differentiate between thoughts and actual events, meaning that if a bad situation arises and we rethink that situation over and over again, the body thinks the situation is actually happening. Doing this only creates unnecessary stress on the body, which could very well create illness.
So here I have it. Just another form of presence I need to bring into my life. I love working on me. I have become one of my favorite projects. ☺
With much love