OTM of Pain 2
Posted by Henric C. Jensen on January 12, 2010
“what hurts us most heals us most”
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. [link – WARNING, 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: