The natural response to pain is to
move away from the cause of the pain. That is of course if you know
the cause. If the cause is a hot stove, you take your finger off the
stove. If the shoes are too tight, you change the shoes, stretch the
shoes or use some type of padding. What may be hard to accept is if
you don’t address the cause of the pain as a natural response, you
are simply indulging the self and what the “I” wants for your are
denying the natural response mechanism of the body.
We are all aware of examples were one wears clothes that don’t feel
right and may even be painful but we wear them because of what the
“I” wants. Now, it is hoped that you will note that we did not say
pain is self indulgent. There is a significance difference between
being self indulgent and indulgence of the self.
Self indulgence is colloquially used to imply giving into one’s
desires as a weakness and inability to control onself. Indulgence of
self is about holding to a desire for the purpose of creating an
particular type and kind of experience. Indulgence of self is
neither good nor bad. You can say that, there is nothing wrong with
the indulgence of self. The entire concept of the individuated
consciousness, individual spirit, an individual flow of energy, a
soul or whatever you like to call it, exits for the purpose of
indulgence of self. The self is what gives rise to the illusion of
separation such that the Consciousness of All That Is can experience
Its own Creation. If you have not read the
Creation Story for the Creativity Perspective, you may wish to
read it and see what the self really is and why it is so important
to Creation and the experience of Creation.
The self needs to be indulged to experience Creation. Without it
there is no Creation to experience. It is the way Creation works and
Creation would not work without it. The question is whether
indulgence of self is done out of strength or weakness. If one is
going to become a conscious creator and take responsibility for what
they experience and not be a victim, they will have to consciously
indulge the self. The question is whether or not we are aware that
in which we indulgence ourselves, including our pain. The question
is, “How and why are you choosing to indulge the self?”
It just needs to be realized that continued pain is no more than
indulgence of the self in a given pattern that is pushing you beyond
the limits that you established within your own being. It only
depends on how you choose to deal with the pain you create and why
it is being created.
Indulgence of the self through indulgence of our desires is how we
co-create creation. To understand how we indulge the self one needs
to realize when experiencing pain, if you can get past the pain and
look at it origins, you will find its purpose is the same at any
level - to warn you that you are passing a limit or boundary which
you hold. It is what you hold, no one else and you are creating it.
So if there is continued pain, it arises from no more than
indulgence of the self. It is the indulgence of self in a given
pattern of living that is pushing your beyond the limits that you
established within your own. It does not matter whether it be
spiritual, mental, emotional or a physical limit, in the end it is
all the same. Because there is pain, it means that you are unaware
of what limit you are pushing yourself past. It only depends on how
you choose to deal with the pain you create.
In all cases when the indulgence of the self is taken to an extreme
pain will result. Pain in fact is indulgence of the self at its
worst in that you attempt to maintain the self as you have defined
it at all costs when you are simultaneously trying to created
something other than how you have defined yourself can support.
Rather than identify with the creator to create something new, you
are identifying with the creation and the past. What most do is try
and find a way to endure or suppress pain caused from your
attachment rather than let the attachment go. That, in turn, causes
the pain to lead to an addition or addictive behavior. Either you
need to let go of your attachment to what you want to create or let
go of how you have defined yourself and the past creation that is
interfering with what you are trying to create.
Pain lies at the basis of all addictions, no matter what that
addiction may be. Anything of pleasure or anything that can give
pleasure that takes us away from our pain or numbs our pain can
become an addiction. Rather than face giving up what we want and
giving up our past, we look for something to distract us or numb the
pain we feel. When we become to rely on the action or external
substance to take away our pain rather than have the strength of
will to face the attachment that lies at the source of the pain and
let it go, we essentially become addicted. How significant that
addiction is in our life is another question and another issue.
Thinking itself can be an addiction if it is used to distract us
from the decisions we need to make about our attachment. Anything
can become an additions. We think of addictive substances or
addictive behavior such as gambling or sex but even meditative
practices and prayer can be addictions if they are used to avoid
facing the pain of the physical world, interactions with people or
the pain of our own aloneness and the
ultimate pain we each will face.
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