Eckart Tolle once spoke of an emotional pain-body. Apprehension, self-hate, remorse, rage, envy, and other negative emotions are a representation of the pain-body. All emotional pains suffered during your life fall within the pain-body.
In many people, the pain-body is either dormant or active. Some events may trigger it to wake up or go back to sleep. A great way to measure the activity of your pain-body currently, take the following quiz:
Answers: 1 = virtually never, 2 =sometimes, 3 = frequently, 4 = almost always.
The Pain-Body Quiz:
- I can be mad for no reason
- I harbor resentment against others
- I am easily angered
- I feel serious remorse
- I am impatient with other people
- I become depressed without any reason
- People make me anxious
- I am overcome by self-pity
- I am often overcome by my emotions
- I have negative ideas about myself
- I have envy for others
- I am easily offended by others
- Small, insignificant things trigger intensive emotions in me
- I am often overcome by my emotions unexpectedly
- I am not happy
- I am able to control my emotions well
- I can forget about old offenses
- When I realize that an emotions overcomes me, I am able to consciously suppress it
- I am able to contemplate my emotions like an outsider
- I do not identify with my emotions, I simply allow them to happen
- When I am suffering emotionally, I do not escape, I make efforts to consciously face the emotion concerned
- I am able to focus my attention on the present, instead of re-living old emotions
If you scored between 15 and 30, your pain-body is weaker than most people. You may consider it in a resting state.
If you scored between 31-45, your pain-body is normal. You have tranquil periods and at times get fired up.
If you scored 46-60, you possess a very strong pain body, activating itself easily and taking control of your life.