Echkart Tolle’s quote for Saturday: “The remnants of pain left behind by every strong negative emotion that is not fully faced, accepted, and then let of of join together to form an energy field that lives in the very cells of your body.”
We continue our inquiry into the Pain-body. “Wash the dishes, clean the house, clean your plate,” all have a new meaning in the context of the Pain-body. Negative emotions that is not cleaned up falls like heavy particles of uneaten food into the unconscious where it breads mold and dangerous bacteria. While this is fact of life in the kitchen, when it comes to the mind it is neglected at our peril.
The IDEA that I’m floating here is in a materialistic culture that has no main stream stupor for “spiritual practice” and no “monasteries” where one can become a “spiritual seeker follow the path of God”, we have to create our temples in the secular world disguised as worldly action. If you act spiritual, you are judged as having a spiritual ego, and rightly so. So one’s practice can become secret. And where is this temple, this retreat where you can devote all you heart and mind to the liberation from the gravity and pain of the material world? You home. Make you household a Spiritual laboratory. Here you can practice the alchemy of turning base everyday household duties into metaphorical practices that both wash the dishes and wash your mind at the same time. House hold chores becomes spiritual rituals that activate Awareness and the liberation of your life energy from the buried Pain-bodies of undigested hurts and grievances.
Washing, dishes, cleaning your plate, washing clothes, cleaning the toile, ironing shirts, vacuuming the floor…all the cleaning activities of the house hold when created as metaphors that simultaneously point to the mind and the house are like sacraments in the church, ritual that transmute your everyday world into the gold of Awareness, which is the cessation of suffering and the pain-body. Awareness and pain are not compatible. You either have one or the other.