The pain-body is just a concept. Honestly, folks, it’s true. But don’t take my word for it. See for yourself.
One of the ways that the whole pain-body idea is reinforced is through the belief in it as an entity, a lasting entity with a past and a future. It is assumed to be in semi-permanent residence (i.e., once I liberate this creature, it will no longer live here). But where, exactly, does it live? What reality does it have? What evidence is there that it is real or substantial?
A definition of reality is that which does not come and go, that which is constant or unchanging. One way to end the pain-body ordeal is to look to see the facts of your experience. Upon investigation, you will soon see that what we’re calling the pain-body is not in fact a continuous or lasting thing.
Begin this investigation by looking into what is changing and what is not. What is constantly changing is the content - thoughts, emotions, sensations. What is constant is the quiet, ordinary knowing of all the changing content. This is sometimes referred to as presence or awareness.
Examine your actual experience and you will see this directly. Important note: Your actual experience is not the same as your assumed experience. Seeing through false assumptions is a key component to getting to the truth of your actual reality (which, by the way, ends the pain-body drama).
The mind will come up with all kinds of evidence to support the idea of the pain-body as something real, as a lasting entity. It will list this evidence for your review, probably on a frequent basis. Examples: I keep having this same pain-body reaction when I visit my mother. This emotion keeps getting triggered. There is an assumed continuity in these thoughts. If you just listen to thought, you will automatically agree with the assumption. It sounds so convincing. I can say from my own experience that I believed the assumption that the pain-body was real for a very long time. I believed it for exactly as long as I had a pain-body. Coincidence? Nope.
We need to look in a different way in order to see the truth and thereby end the pain-body drama. It’s pretty much over the first time you clearly see what is actually happening, the first time you choose fact over fiction.
What we call pain-body is actually just an emotion/thought/sensation combination that arises and subsides. It helps to highlight or notice the absence of the ‘symptoms’ of the pain-body. This will quickly reveal that it’s not always present. If it isn’t present in the moment, where is it? You won’t be able to locate it. The mind will offer some convincing statements to support the assumption that it’s just in abeyance. Believe that, and you are granting reality to the pain-body, which keeps the drama alive. Go on actual fact (i.e., it ain’t here at the moment) and freedom is already alive as the recognition of this truth. This is a very potent recognition.
Further, by reducing a so-called pain-body episode down to the simple facts of what is arising (sensation in the chest, intense energy moving, thoughts about the situation) you immediately step out of the story. This is important because story thoughts are like a magic spell; when they are believed without thorough examination, they perpetuate the belief in the pain-body and create the illusion of continuity. You break the hypnotic spell through investigation.
Finally, once you clearly examine what is actually happening, then notice what is aware of all of these arisings. All of this stuff is appearing or arising to you, the awareness. What you actually are is what is seeing the stuff, not the stuff itself.
See for yourself.