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Turn Off the Pain

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Learning how to “turn off the mind” to achieve temporary inner peace is the first step in learning how to use the mind. The first lesson of inner development is slowing and then stopping the flow of conscious thought. As our inner development continues, we learn more and more about the geography of our own minds. We discover new things about ourselves–as seen from the inside. Unfortunately, all this is something most westerners don’t know much about.

As we discover more and more of our inner world, we also learn that we can control many things we couldn’t control before. One important thing we can learn to control is pain.

People with no inner development are defenseless against pain and suffering, unless they have drugs to artificially numb down parts of their nervous system. Of course, using such drugs often comes at a very high price–and I’m not just talking about the monetary price. Worse yet, many kinds of pain and suffering can’t be controlled with any known pharmacology.

The student of inner development will discover, after some unpredictable amount of practice, that pain from physical sources can be masked within one’s own mind. Probably the greatest masters of such mental agility were the Fakirs, who were known for astounding feats of controlling their minds and bodies. You may not want to sleep on a bed of nails or walk across hot coals. However, your quality of life may improve greatly if you can “mask off” or distance yourself from a given source of pain.

A regular, consistent practice of conscious quiescence brings the student to discoveries of how the mind can be controlled to ignore or subdue inputs from different sources. As experienced from inside your mind, a bed of nails is not much different from a migraine.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

March 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

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  1. […] to teach and show people how Zen meditation can be used to block pain. I mentioned it a few times elsewhere in this blog, and I’ve also written about it in my books.** Essentially, pain happens in the body, but it is […]


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