Dr. Klein, would you please talk about perception and exactly what you mean when you say that we must be open to pain? To accepting pain?
The non-accepting of the pain contributes to the pain.
I don’t understand very well what it means to accept the pain. How do I do it?
It is not a fatalistic way of accepting. It is not a masochistic succumbing to the pain. It is passive-active, with a view to knowing something about the pain. The knower of the the pain has nothing to do with the pain. When you feel this strongly, then you are distanced from the object, pain, and it is no longer painful. As long as you live in the “concept,” pain, you cannot face the percept. So to come to the percept, first free yourself from the concept. The concept “pain” is not painful.
I don’t quite understand what it is to accept, how to do it, how can I be fee of the pain, how can I change the pain into a stream of energy?
You know your pain through your reactions on the body level. When you look at how you function, you will see that you stay for a very short time with the perception of the pain because you immediately conceptualize it. And as the perception and the conception can never happen simultaneously, the moment you conceptualize you lose contact with the perception. So now the question is, how to face what you conceptualize as “pain.” You must go back to the body level. See where the pain is localized, explore the localization. Simply take note of it without interpreting it as “pain.” In doing so you will experience space between the knower and the known, and you become free of the identification with the pain.
This is what I was trying to find out: Do you mean to detach myself from the pain and to look at it simply as an observer?
Yes. When you see it as a fact, there is a space between the observer and the observed. And then comes a very important observation: You will see that the pain is in you, but you are not in the pain.
– Jean Klein
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