Pain is a total projection, and it prevents us from noticing that it’s all love.
– Byron Katie, paraphrased from a webcast
I see this for myself, and these days especially when I use the living inquiries.
When words, images and sensations combine into the appearance of pain, it’s experienced as painful, whether it’s emotional or physical pain.
Examining each of these separately, I see there is no threat in the words, in the images, or in the sensations. (And if there appear to be, I can – for instance – look for underlying images and ask if there is a threat there.) The stickiness of the idea or experience of “pain” is reduced or falls away.
There may still be words, images and sensations, and more of an allowing of these, and a noticing that they are already allowed. The sticky conglomerate of words, images and sensations called “pain” is not there anymore, or it’s faded and in the background.
I get to see that “pain” is a projection, and that what’s here is love.