Eckhart Tolle’s Quote for today: “The beginning of freedom from the pain-body lies first of all in the realization that you HAVE a pain-body.”
Today’s Metaphor for your tool box is Koi fish as the Pain-body. I have a little Buddha pond with three very large koi and when I approach the pond the koi begin to stir, knowing that food is coming. The pond my be still with nothing stirring, as the water has algae in it and you can’t see the koi that are deep. But when the food comes they rise to the surface and will feed until they are sated, the pond all in a chaos of feeding ripples. Then the pond become still again and reflects the trees and sky on its mirror surface.
The pond, the koi and the feeding are a metaphor for our minds. Pond’s have always bee metaphors for the mind because there consciousness is what we can see above the surface, but the unseen water below is the unconscious, or just that which we may not want to be conscious off. Our intention is to not dive beneath the surface, to keep the unconscious unconscious.
The spiritual journey when awakened, when on hears the Call of Consciousness awakens the Intention to see beneath the surface, to clear the water so we can see what’s down there, to get rid of the algae. The koi are what Tolle calls the Pain-body that we all have to some degree or another. The Pain-Body is where our unresolved pain collects as a body of grievance that needs to be released like a. ghost that can’t rest. In a rhythmic pattern their hunger brings them to the surface to feed, but their hunger always returns. This hunger is the hunger for Unity, for balance and for permanent release or peace.
But because we feed the koi, they just keep growing. My koi started out the size of goldfish and now they are over a foot long. We feed our pain bodies every day until we are consumed with pain. A person has a pain body when they want to share their pain through the reenactment of pain dramas. We all have friends who share their most recent feeding of their pain-body—they got upset with the doctor—and their reenactment fill the room and you with their pain, as if they could get rid of it through ritual reenactments and sharing the food with you.
We are also going to frame this inquiry with reference to our grammatical structure of First and Third Person. In our materialistic culture everything is Third Person he, she or IT..but primarily IT or a thing that does something to other things as a cause effect continuum. When the Pain-Body rises we say: I HURT! The next thing we say or think is: Who did it? and obvious someone or something did it, or caused it. The logic here is that I am a thing and some other thing hurt me. Pain rises. This identity with myself as an IT and the cause as an IT is the feed that grows the Pain-Body.
The Pain-Body is a self-regulating energy field like a whirlpool that needs energy to keep growing. It produces nothing. It’s concern is self-replication. It needs your First Person. The Pain-Body needs your sacrifice, your blood sacrifice. Oh…this reminds me of the Cross that needs the blood sacrifice of Jesus….But Jesus doesn’t feed the koi, so he gets resurrection from the Crosss of the Pain Body. Hey…why can’t I get resurrected? Why can’t I get rid of my recurring whirlpool of pain? What am I not seeing?