by Rev. Diannia Baty
Through meditation and present moment awareness I have found that there is a level of consciousness that can be reached where illness can no longer make you suffer. I originally found this technique through Eckhart Tolle. What I have realize is that nothing, or no-thing can exist in the presence of intense consciousness. When you next feel suffering, instead of internally running away from it, confront it head on. Just observe it without judgment and you will become separate to it instead of identifying with its highs and lows. If you continue to identify with your body you will feel suffering when it has pain. It is as simple as that. I am not saying that you will never have pain in your body. I am saying that you suffering it is akin to somebody else on the other side of the world being ill and you deciding that you will suffer for them. It is completely ridiculous when you consider it. The pain is there to alert you to something that needs to be taken care of. Let us say you have toothache or even worse. Instead of complaining and resisting it inside just let it be. You can take medicine etc and see a doctor but there rest of the time what is the point of resisting it? Just observe the feeling around your nose and eyes or tooth. Stay observing that feeling for as long as you can and you will gain a sense of power over it as you are shining the light of your consciousness onto the area and anything bought into the conscious light vanishes. The longer you can sit internally with it without thought coming in to judge it and cause separation, the less you will suffer. If you do not accept it and shine conscious light on it then you will allow it to remain unconscious and it will gain power. It’s kind of like when you have unresolved emotional issues from a past relationship. If you keep ignoring the little signs to look at it then it will just get worse and worse because it had to be dealt with . Your emotional physical body is a very intelligent being. It only brings your attention to things that need attention bringing to them. Think about it. If you were aware of every single thing around you consciously right now you would go insane. The computer monitor, the sound of the keyboard, the pulsing in your right index finger. I like to sit with my pain when it becomes intense and just see its movements with my inner eye. When you have a feeling of stress, tension and being blocked in your whole body after a hard day of work or something like that, you need to just sit and look inside and let your body tell you where needs the attention. Consciously relax the area by becoming aware of the tension. This is a great gift that we are all born with. This does not mean that when you become ill you should just not go to the doctors. Still go about your normal illness routine but this is a route out of the suffering caused by illness to the body. Paradoxically, by realizing yourself as not your body you connect with oneness and come out of suffering. All deep spiritual truth is paradoxical to the mind. Who is that ‘me’ that suffers? A collection of empty atoms? Your beliefs? You are the background consciousness that plays with form like a puppet. You might be able to feel a little truth in this statement but not fully understand it yet. That is fine. Do not try to understand it and you will understand it (another paradox). This is why they have the statement “Those who speak do not know and those who know do not speak”. Not always true but it is very often. All things are mental phenomenon. When you enter the state of no-mind you actually see things as they are. They all appear to be vibrant, new and beautiful and this is the paradise on earth that we hear about in the Bible and is a state of being, not a physical place we used to live in. That is a huge misinterpretation. Their is the totality/oneness and the mind who has the job to separate things into two so they can be compared. You have to know the difference. This includes time. It is not evil but it has to be transcended. Next time you feel suffering from pain or any discomfort at all, observe your minds habitual tendency to suffer. As you being light to a habit it dissolves because habits are things that are unconscious by definition. As you observe without judgment you will begin to separate from all suffering. IT is also important to remember that what you put out in thought will come back to you so ask yourself if your body is responding to your thoughts? Are you seeing the world as a place full of illness and discomfort or are you seeing it as a healing energy full of light? You are energy first. Never forget that.