Cognition & Reality

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Meeting The Dragon

Filed under: Non-Dualism,Perennial Philosophy — drtone @ 11:15 am

I’m reading another Robert Masters book, Meeting the Dragon, about what Masters terms at one point “radical acceptance.” He offers his method for entering our pain and thereby ending our suffering, because pain and suffering are not the same thing. Maybe that’s why damages are awarded for both pain and suffering. The pain is what hurts and how it hurts. The suffering is our story about it.

As I often tell clients and myself, feelings are always present, whether we acknowledge them or not. The temptation is to keep them subliminal, as if they were not present. It requires no fancy figuring to realize that doing so keeps us from being fully present. Holding part of me at bay not only prevents me from being fully embodied, but also takes energy. Therefore, it drains life force away from where I might otherwise use it. Even if a feeling hurts, it still deserves attention. The whole purpose of pain is to draw conscious awareness to the place that hurts. Following this natural law has its rewards, as Masters demonstrates, because bringing conscious awareness to bear anywhere brings conscious awareness everywhere.


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