Inquiry on pain

 

I woke up with a rare (for me) headache this morning, and did some inquiry on it.

Look at the word “pain”. Can it experience pain? (No.) Are the words the actual pain? (No.)

Feel the sensations. Take your time. Do you notice any images connected with the sensations? (Yes, a texture somehow representing pain.)

Look at that image. Can that image feel pain? (No.) Is the image the pain? (No.)

Feel the sensations again. Do you see an image on the sensations? (Yes, an image of the skull with the painful areas “lit up”.)

Look at the image. Can the image feel pain? (No.) Is the image the actual pain? (No.)

Feel the sensations. Drop into the middle of the sensations. Are the sensations pain? (Yes, I see an image of the head.)

Look at the image of the head. Can the image feel pain? (No.) Is the image pain? (No.)

Feel the sensations again. When you are ready, see if the sensations are pain. (No, they are sensations.)

And a question from yesterday:

Feel the sensations. Are those sensations unloved by life? (No.) Look at the word “pain”. Is the word unloved by life? (No.) Look at the images connected with the pain. Are those images unloved by life? (No.)

This is a shortened version of the inquiry. For me, at least, there are more words and images connected with the pain.

As with inquiry in general, what happens is that….

I get to see what’s there. I get to see some of how my experience of pain is created.

The words and images associated with the pain are recognized as words and images, making it easier to feel the sensations as sensations.

The extra “layer” of stories loses its charge, which means that the extra layer of reactivity and distress is softened or falls away. This makes what’s left easier to feel and experience.

What’s left is not really “pain”, it’s sensations. And it’s easier to find curiosity for these sensations, feel them as sensations, and hold them in a loving presence.

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