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Pain is actually the absence of attention, so the solution is ‘giving your presence’.

There is a simple and beautiful self-healing meditation technique that channels your presence into the diseased limb or the suffering mind. You can try it out the next time you experience pain or suffering. It is definitely a better option than painkillers, whose side-effects sometimes are worse than the original complaint.

Suppose you have pain in your leg, or you are suffering because of some external incident. Lie down in a dark room. Make a conscious effort to forget about your whole body, focusing only on the spot which is causing you pain. If it is mental suffering, then forget your whole body and focus only on that incident that caused you suffering. As you experience the pain, deliberately drop the word ‘pain’ from your mind. Your mental chatter will continue to tell you that you feel pain. Switch it off.

Feel deeply; experience with an open mind. Look into what is happening inside your mind. You will soon see that your mind was just exaggerating the pain. Put all your awareness on the center of the pain, and it will soon shrink to become just a tiny point of pain. Concentrate completely on this point and you will discover in a sudden moment that the pain disappears, and in its place there is bliss!

When you are faced with physical pain, just witness the feeling of pain in that part of your body in a relaxed way. You will see that first, there might be a surge of pain, but soon the pain reduces to a spot and disappears.

What happens is that the moment you get hurt physically, energy supplied by your own body intelligence rushes to that part to heal it. The energy rush is what you label ‘pain’. If you witness the energy rushing and healing in a relaxed way, the pain disappears and healing happens. If we just understand this, we will not resist and suffer the pain, we will cooperate with the natural healing energy of the body. Your own inner ambulance system is what you call pain!

The witnessing focus that you give the pain will make you realize that you are more than a mere body. You will touch your energy base and realize that you are more than the body-mind. Watch the pain intensely but without attaching the word ‘pain’ and the meaning ‘suffering’ to it. For a brief moment the pain may seem to intensify, but soon it will dissolve. Actually, the body is intelligent enough to allow energy to flow to the part of the body that is asking for energy. But you resist that energy flow by labeling it as ‘pain’. Just allow the energy to flow by infusing full awareness into that part of the body. Just look at the energy flow with curiosity. Be a complete outsider; do not participate in the process. Just let the energy flow to that area and work on it. You will see it heal. - H.H. Paramahamsa Nithyananda

Go beyond Pain

Awareness in pain brings you bliss. Pain — whether physical, mental or emotional — has only a negative existence, like darkness. Darkness exists only in the absence of light. As such, it has no positive existence of its own. In the same way, pain exists only in the absence of awareness. Just as darkness disappears automatically when light is brought into a room, pain dissolves automatically when the energy of your awareness is focused on it.

When you face any pain with awareness you become aware that you are not just the body. You become aware that no pain can touch the real ‘you’. Any mental or emotional pain that you carry is just the tip of the iceberg. You need to work on the root cause of it and heal it. I tell people, ‘If you have pain, just drop everything and work on it. See that the root is healed.’ Once you realise that you are beyond pain, you rise above pain to become a dukkha ateeta (one who has gone beyond sorrow). You experience the rare freedom that arises with non-attachment to the body. You leave mundane life behind and enter into a spiritual plane. The pain will evaporate of its own accord when you see the nature and cause of pain with intense inner clarity because the clarity evaporates the reasons for the pain to exist in you. And this realisation brings with it a state of absolute bliss, the state of enlightenment.