Investigating branches, trunk, and roots

 

When I explore the label physical pain, I notice a couple of things.

The stress that comes with taking the thought as true, comes from additional beliefs and assumptions. Beliefs that depend on the initial label of pain to get triggered.

And the label physical pain, although very basic, depends on some equally or more basic underlying beliefs and assumptions.

In this case, pain can be seen as the trunk, the triggered thoughts can be seen as branches, and the underlying assumptions the roots.

Here are some of the thoughts triggered by the label pain, when it’s taken as true:

It’s pain, and that means…. I’ll suffer. I won’t function. I won’t be able to do what I want. I’ll be crippled.

It’s pain, because…. I did something wrong. I didn’t drink enough water. I failed at taking care of my health.

And some that may be underlying assumptions of the label pain, or at least help prop it up:

There is a world. There is a body. The body is in pain.

It’s my pain.

As the label pain is investigated and something else is revealed as more true, the branches don’t have a trunk to sit on. They fall away, at least momentarily, since they are not triggered by the pain label anymore. It doesn’t mean they won’t come back. They, or thoughts following the same pattern, may well come up again, triggered by the pain label or another thought taken as true. And that’s why – if I want to be thorough – it can be both interesting and helpful to investigate the whole tree – branches, trunk, and roots.

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– it’s pain
— (a) trigger some thoughts – it’s pain and that means… I’ll suffer, I won’t function, I can’t do what I want,
— and (b) depend on other / underlying assumptions – there is a world, there is a body, the body is in pain, I have the pain
— in this case, it’s pain = trunk, triggered thoughts = branches, underlying assumptions = roots

 

draft….

When I explore the label physical pain, I notice a couple of things.

The stress that comes with taking the thought as true, comes from additional beliefs and assumptions. Beliefs that depend on the initial label of pain to get triggered.

So when I investigate the label pain, and it’s seen to not be true, these additional beliefs don’t have a footing. The trigger is gone.

It’s the same in many other situations. A thought taken as true may trigger a range of other thoughts also taken as true, and when the trigger thought is investigated and seen through, it doesn’t serve as a trigger anymore.

And yet, these related beliefs are still there, and they may – and most likely will – be triggered in other situations, where the same or other trigger thoughts are taken as true.

So it’s helpful to investigate the trigger, and also what’s triggered.

It’s pain, and that means…. I’ll suffer. I won’t function. I won’t be able to do what I want. I’ll be crippled.

It’s pain, because…. I did something wrong. I didn’t drink enough water. I failed at taking care of my health.

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