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Eckhart on Dense Pain Bodies

Some people carry dense pain bodies that are never completely dormant and cause endless cycles of emotional pain in themselves and others.

Some people carry dense pain-bodies that are never completely dormant. They may appear to be normal, calm or indifferent, to have normal relationships, a steady job and social life. Yet, just underneath the surface is a seething mass of disturbance just waiting for the next situation to react to or the next person or group to blame. These pain-bodies are like hungry ghosts who are never satisfied. They are quick to slide into a state of blaming, wanting revenge, or feeling outraged and betrayed. The ego’s need for enemies is always magnified in people who have dense pain-bodies.

Because of this heightened reactivity, something that really is relatively insignificant gets magnified into a life and death situation that pulls other people into their drama. Some people get themselves involved in extended, exhausting court battles. Others are consumed with hatred toward an ex-partner or family member. Anyone who holds a grudge is acting out of their pain-body. Because they are not aware of the pain they are constantly carrying inside, this dense pain-body is superimposed onto ordinary situations. This sets up a scenario where the person cannot tell the difference between what is happening in their reality and their reaction to it.

The resolution of this pain and suffering therefore must be outside of themselves, so split-off are these people from their dense pain-bodies. This usually brings about actions that recreate the pain-body in real life real world events. This is what seems to have happened to the mass-murderer who appeared to everyone as an ordinary citizen, yet, for years an incredible internal hatred was brewing inside — a pain-body so dense that they feel little or no remorse for acting out on innocent victims. As shocking as these extremely dense pain-bodies are, they are an exaggerated symptom of the human pain-body as a whole — a warning to all of us that the pain-body in each of us must be recognized and resolved through understanding, compassion, and the present moment.

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