“Pain is really there to awaken you.” William Bento ‘The Counselor …as if soul and spirit matter’ p230
This would suggest that if we avoid pain – which we do – then we avoid awakening. In its extreme, this avoidance of pain can involve excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs, addictive behaviour like gambling, extreme physical activity and anything else that takes our mind off the pain.
Yet, if we really think about pain, we will understand Massimo Scaligero’s words, “Instinctive movements and moods [read pain] do not manifest in order to be endured, but in order to arouse thinking.” p63 ‘A Treatise on Living Thinking’
Why do we endure pain rather than let it arouse our thinking? Perhaps we enjoy pain – is this why people cut themselves? It seems that we find ourselves trapped in a difficult place as far as thinking is concerned. On the one hand thinking is too hard, and on the other we cannot free ourselves from the deadening thoughts of our society. What we don’t realise is that if we free ourselves from these two positions then we can experience the source of thinking. This thinking is alive and mobile – a kind of ‘in the moment’ thinking. It is inspirational. We experience it when we connect with our ‘I’.
As long as we don’t have this experience we will feel pain; the pain is simple a prompt. Not using it as a prompt is like leaving our hand on the hot stove. We can expect this pain to intensify for as long as we don’t use it to free ourselves from mundane second-hand thoughts that pervade life. When we experience the living thinking described by Massimo Scaligero and Rudolf Steiner before him, we will experience true freedom.