“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King
Do you always look outside yourself for something to make you happy? When things you don’t want to happen occur, do you get angry or try to learn from those experiences? Do you take full responsibility for the good in your life?
The popular literature of our time seems to be obsessed with darkness—death, violence, vampires, a future world where life is not humane. The same is true of television programs on the basic channels. The stories are all based on police and detective stories or have main characters that are violent or vengeful even if they are the heroes of the stories. The same is true of many movies that are based on dark stories.
Our Pain Bodies Addict Us To Negative Thoughts and Emotions
Why are we so obsessed with the dark side of life when it is the light of life that brings us joy? The movie and television industry discovered at some point that it is much easier for us to become addicted to these negative influences than to the positive and that they could make money off that. The reason for this is what Eckhart Tolle calls the pain body.
The pain body is an energy form that lives within all of us, and in order for it to be active, it must be fed. What it feeds on is negative energy, so negative thoughts and emotions trigger it and allow it to take control of our thinking and emotions to the point where we begin to see the negative in every thought or encounter. But unless the pain body is stimulated in this way, it lies dormant.
The Pain Body Feeds On Negativity
It is this aspect of our emotions and psyche that the entertainment industry understands and uses to addict us to the negative stories they produce. One of the things I’ve observed is that people who spend a great deal of time immersed in these stories often have a great deal of fear because, when they choose to expose themselves to this kind of negativity on a regular basis, the pain body gobbles it up and expands.
Just as too much fat and junk food harm our bodies, exposing ourselves to unhealthy thoughts and experiences is harmful. Even the kind of violence present in video games can distort a child’s concept of reality, and with the amount of violence being committed by young people these days, parents need to closely monitor how their children spend their time. In the case of the young people who have entered schools and killed teachers and classmates, it is clear their pain bodies are ravenous for the charge that only violence toward others can give them.
We Create Light and Love Within
As King says, only love and light can drive out the darkness and hate. Only we can change what the entertainment industry insists on giving us by refusing to watch stories that feed us only the dark side of human nature. I’m not suggesting we return to the days of “Leave It To Beaver,” but there are many human stories with positive themes that can be entertaining and uplifting.
In the coming year, let us commit to supporting only what is positive and learn to shift our negative thoughts to more positive ones. By doing so, we will weaken the pain body and free ourselves from its grip. We all have challenges, but we can choose to live them in the dark or the light. The concept is so simple. On a sunny day, don’t most of us feel more energetic? Even on a dark, rainy day we can choose to have grateful and joyful thoughts so that we feel the light inside us.
Gratitude Expands Our Inner Light
The pain body doesn’t want us to feel good, so a gratitude practice can be a wonderful way to counteract that negative energy. I use breakfast as the time when I express thanks for my food as well as other things in my life. Some people prefer to write a list. Even on the days when it seems everything is going wrong, it is worth hunting to find something positive.
A couple of days ago, I sneezed and one side of my back went into painful spasms. It was bizarre and probably an unexpected reaction to a fall I’d had a few days earlier. Here I was, with Christmas approaching, and I had to be taken to the emergency room with severe pain unable to move. I wanted to rant and rave and feel angry about this awful event, but instead, I just gave in, stayed in the moment, and focused on what I could be thankful for like the careful, kind paramedics who transported me, the doctor who talked with and treated me, and my loving partner who was there every moment, helping in every way possible.
We can always choose to look at the light rather than the darkness. In this case, I knew this happened because there was an underlying problem in my back, and it was better that it came to the surface when I was able to easily get help. I am most grateful that it didn’t happen on my trip to visit family or on Christmas Day.
Saying “thank you” is always a way to create light in our lives. I once knew a woman who didn’t have a lot of money, but every time she wrote a check, even to pay a bill, she wrote “Thank you, God!” at the bottom of the check. It might have been her last dollar, but rather than focusing on the negative, she chose to feel abundant by paying that bill.
Winter Is the Perfect Time to Find Our Inner Light
During this winter season, the hours of light are less, and yet it isn’t the literal light that matters the most; it is the light and love within our minds. We can create light in the darkness. What is more wonderful than snuggling with your loved one by the fire or filling a room with the warmth of friends? What is more wonderful than the generosity we see this time of year when so many people give to organizations that feed, clothe, and warm those in need? And we can create those loving feelings within by focusing on what is good in ourselves and life.
Be the Light of Your Own Life
What gives us warmth and light may be as simple as listening to the birds and their sweet songs each morning as we rise. No matter what challenges may appear throughout the day, we can reflect on the light their song brings us at the beginning of each day, as they remind us to look for the good in every day and every experience. May you warm the darkness within, deplete the power of the pain body, and create the light in your own life. Thank you, Oneness, for this life.
HAPPY HOLIDAY TO YOU ALL!
©2013 Georganne Spruce ZQT4PQ5ZN7F5