Both pain and pleasure arise from
body sensations. They are related much like opposite sides of
of a coin or a sine wave. For the pain or pleasure sensation, there
is a rise in intensity of what you feel to give the sensation of
pain or pleasure. Then as the sensation is removed, the pain or
pleasure decreases. However, if one strongly attaches to the
pleasure one feels, as the sensation causing the pleasure is
removed, one may feel pain. Similarly, if one strongly reject pain,
as the sensation causing the pain is removed, one may feel pleasure.
Hence there is a cyclic aspect to the rise and fall of pleasure and
When the sensation first starts we do not always know whether will
be painful or pleasurable. Some experiences have an uncanny way of
not truly revealing their full nature until they become intense. So,
if we fear pain, we will turn off such experiences long before they
become intense. But in doing so one also denies the pleasure that is
possible. Of if we fear intense feeling of pleasure because their
absence is experienced as pain, we will terminate them long before
they become intense. In doing this we do not allow the range of
possibilities to exist.
What is not realized is that we can experience pleasure only to the
depth we allow ourselves to experience pain. As one begin to become
awake and aware, they move from seeing themselves as an isolated
individual separate from the rest of creation. Them move to seeing
themselves to an independent consciousness at one with all that is.
The being to see themselves as a fragment of that infinite
consciousness discussed in the
Creation Story for the Creativity Perspective. They being to see
all lies within their own being.
As one awakes and moves beyond their separateness, they have the
possibility of feeling pain in two different ways. One is the
discussed in most of the topics related to pain. It is to see the
limits and barriers that we have constructed in our life to have a
physical experience that we have. Here, we realizes we will need to
expand beyond these limits to fully experience the depth and breadth
of our own creativity and that of the universe.
However, as we begin to explore this deep inner world, we may find
the conscious awareness of our attachment to Creation to be too
strong and the pain too great. So many would rather remain asleep
than feeling the pain that lies within the collective and release
what we need to let go to live in the awareness of the existence of
this pain. This pain is the demons that Buddha faces in coming into
realization. These demons are no more than the attachments that hold
us bound in our own creation so as to not see and know the
interconnectedness of all that exists.
When we are able to see how we have created the separation between
ourselves and the rest of the universe, we will also come to
understand how we each create our own separation to have the
physical experiences that we do. It is in that realization we
realizes that if we properly focus to ourselves we can feel and
experience the pain of another. We can experience the pain that
results from the limits and barriers they have constructed in their
lives to keep their creative spirit safe. In this realization we can
see there is nothing any one individual can do for other for only
the individual can take the bars of the
cage of their own making. Yet we can see we can
create the space for the individual to see that the bars that
keep them bound fall outward. When the proper space is created the
bars will fall freely outward if the individual is willing to live
their own truth and thrust outward into creation in that truth. In
doing so the set themselves feel and claim their
birthright as the creators that they are.
This is the pain of interconnectedness and it is extremely easy to
see and feel anotherís pain. It is also relatively easy to see what
needs to be done to create that space for another to become free.
Yet, for most, it is much easier to remain asleep and live in the
need not to know. It is easier to not to know rather live in the
awareness of our own pain created by our attachments and than have
the possibility of experiencing the pain of another through the
interconnectedness of all that is. It is much easier to live in
separation and see the other as a complete separate and independent
entity. However, in this awareness true compassion arises. In this
awareness one realizes all they can do is create a safe space for
another to experience what they themselves have created and the
limits and boundaries they have constructed around themselves to
keep themselves safe but in the end putting their creative spirit in
cage of their own making.
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