Friday, October 30, 2009

Feeling true pleasure and pain: What it means to feel alive and well!


Many years ago, someone very special wrote me a very long letter. Though the whole letter was beautiful and well thought, there were few sentences in particular at the end that really stood out for me. But I’ve forgotten about this letter since.

Then just a few days ago, I stumbled upon this letter in some folder I’ve forgotten about on my laptop. So I scrolled to see these few lines once again.

Since the last time I saw this letter, I’ve grown and evolved so much that these particular phrases make even more sense to me now than they did the first time I read them. And so it is why I want to share with you the life lessons and understanding with which they carry.
Since I can’t share the whole letter, I’ll share the last paragraph where the phrases to which I’m referring, reside. (Uncut).

“In the end, I still must thank you for the happiness you did bring me. I thank you for the simple things like my first oysters, better hair spray, and aspiring to play the piano. I dreamed of sometime in the near future, being able to play for you. I thank you for being an Angel in my life and aspiring me to want to continue being good in this dark world. Thank you for making me feel, true pleasure and pain. Thank you for this feeling of being so alive!”

So the thing that stood out for me is: “Thank you for making me feel, true pleasure and pain. Thank you for this feeling of being so alive!”

This wonderful person knew what it meant to feel alive! He was able to recognize and appreciate both the light and the dark – the pleasure and the pain. I’ve written many articles on this. I’ve shared at length that it is in accepting both your light and dark sides that makes you complete – makes you feel alive!

You can’t be complete if you only know one spectrum of yourself and not the other; you can’t truly know happiness if you’ve never felt the opposite, or know what works for you if you’ve never experienced the things that don’t. And so it is we must feel both pleasure and pain in order to grow and make better choices for our lives.

Here’s the thing: there are really only two feelings at play at all times – they are pleasure and pain. Deep down, I’ve always known this but never knew quite how to articulate it. That is why this statement “Thank you for making me feel, true pleasure and pain” strike a chord with me.

And now, throughout my own findings and teachings, I’ve come to discover many other highly credible authors, advisors, healers and leaders in this world who have also shared this same understanding of life in their speech and literature.

A simple articulation of this pleasure-pain notion is one shared by Dr. Deepak Chopra, a world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, best-selling author, and a global force in the field of human empowerment.

He has this to say:

“There are really only two emotions: pleasure and pain — either it feels good or it hurts. Most people believe that the two fundamental emotions are love and fear, but these are really just the ways we respond to the potential for pleasure and pain. Love means we want to get closer to it because we think it will bring us pleasure. Fear means we want to move away because we think it will bring pain.

The optimal and truest condition is one of balance. Any time we have emotional turbulence, we upset our natural internal balance, which can block our spiritual evolution and may even disconnect us from synchronicity. This is not to say that emotions are, in themselves, harmful or to be avoided.

As human beings we will always have emotions; these are part of the human condition. But extremes of emotion will set us off course for our true life purpose. There will always be things in this world that cause great pain or anxiety. But we need to avoid getting stuck on one emotion.

Although our natural instinct is to avoid pain, we must deal with it when it occurs; otherwise, it will resurface later in life in some form of emotional turbulence. The form it takes may be different from what you expect, but it will resurface, perhaps as insomnia, or illness, or anxiety, or depression.”

In addition to this, here is what Master Stephen Co, one of the only four Master Pranic Healers in the world, has to say:

“Negative emotions themselves do not cause problems; our resistance to feeling them and releasing their energy in a constructive way causes the problem. When you avoid feeling negative emotions and beliefs, your body’s musculature physically constricts and holds on to them.

Held tightly in the body over a period of time, these negative emotions, limiting beliefs, and traumatic memories form blockages and energetic disturbances that lead to physical health problems. Certainly, your health can be affected adversely by external factors such as bacteria and viruses, as well as poor life choices, bad habits, and accidents.

But many health problems result from an energetic disturbance that is ultimately caused by the unconscious mind trapping a negative emotion or limiting belief in the body.”

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