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OTM of Pain 2

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on January 12, 2010


“what hurts us most heals us most”

Another fantastic nonsensical statement that is meant to cement pain and suffering as a path to a healthy spiritual living…and of course pure bullshit as well 🙂 – and one of the most horrifying examples of Spiritual Double-Speak that I have ever come across.

In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance it was believed that pain and suffering had an ennobling, sweetening and cleansing effect on everything.

 

So in order to sweeten the meat of animals, they were cooked alive and eaten while still alive in that cooked state. [linkWARNING, the text is extremely graphic and disturbing, read at your own risk, and don’t tell me I did not warn you] witches, prostitutes and homosexuals were thought to be cleansed from their ‘sins’ by the repeated insertion of hot-red iron rods and iron-‘eggs’ (nice little contraptions that could be opened inside the body once they had been inserted) in their mouths, rectal orifices and vaginas. There was even a special chair that could insert those implements simultaneously in all orifices of the human body. Gay men were also subjected to what was called “the ring” – a red hot iron ring were pressed on and around their penis repeatedly.

It was believed that it was good for their souls – that they, because they eventually died from this treatment (the longest recorded time anyone lived through this treatment is said to have been 4 days), were not only cleansed from their sins, but ennobled and elevated human beings.

In addition to this belief, flagellants – self-mortificators – were held in high regard because it was believed that the repeated act of whipping, cutting and branding themselves lead to an ennobling of the soul.

The honest fact about all this ‘pain is enlightening, ennobling and good for the soul’, which was not just high spiritual fashion in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, but is high spiritual fashion today, and in Gaia, is that it is all a way to find purpose in that which we cannot explain – it is a way to solve the problem of human suffering.

If I can say (and believe) that “what hurts us most heals us most” is a spiritual truth, then suffering is not suffering at all, and pain is not pain at and I can go on denying the facts of my life – especially if I take road of Siddhartha Gautama and sits me down under a tree and close my eyes to it all. Spiritual Double-Speak. It also removes the responsibility of being compassionate, caring and kind from me, because if suffering and pain is GOOD for people, then I shouldn’t work to alleviate wars, famine, torture, abuse or human rights violations, because in doing so I would be robbing people of much needed spiritual growth., like this child here:

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OTM of Pain 1

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on January 12, 2010


Pain is inevitable,

Suffering is optional

Bullshit, pure unsifted horse manure, is what it is.

Pain IS suffering – even if it’s just a mild headache. With a mild headache I might be able to function, and unless my headache is chronic, it will eventually cease. I can perhaps quicken its demise by taking an aspirin. Good. Then I do that.

Yes, you can learn to live with pain – cope – but it’s still suffering and it still affects every aspect of your life. Inevitably. To claim anything else is lying and delusional.

Contrary to common belief, exposure to prolonged pain doesn’t desensitize us to pain, it makes us more sensitive to pain.

Something that is often observed in victims of chronic pain – after a while the pain medication seem to not be working, and the dosage needs to be adjusted – not because the pain in itself increased, but because the body itself and the nervous system has became more sensitive, and thus the experience of pain changed and the pain increased.

Because – and this is important – even if pain-medication blocks the pain-signal from the site of the pain, it does not REMOVE or HEAL the cause of the pain. That is still there, and the body is still experiencing it in full, the nerves and tissue are still exploding with pain. What happens when we get more sensitive to pain as we are exposed to it is that the tissue, nerves, the area of pain is getting fatigued, and we all know that fatigue makes anything more sensitive, from inorganic minerals to human flesh. So the site of pain will raise its voice and break through the pain-medication block, and tell us that it hurts and even more than before.

We experience pain differently to begin with. What to some might be mild and bearable may to others be excruciating. That’s why in modern pain-management the sufferer is asked where on a scale from 1-10 their pain level is, so that they can get pain-medication or pain-relief that is adapted to their personal and actual experience of the pain, not to a standardized dosage scale.

I will be getting at the ‘pain-worshipping’ that we are so fond of, in my next entry. Until then contemplate the victim of torture in the picture, and meditate over how his pain is a spiritual experience to be embraced for the betterment of his soul, and how the trauma will teach him a valuable lesson about the kindness of humans and the omnipresence of G-d 🙂

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