Episode 129: Vanishing Pain Gaps

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“We can start to see that our pain lies between what we think should happen and what actually happens. Then, if we remove the secret demand for this or that to happen, the pain-gap vanishes.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

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Vanishing Pain Gaps

“We can start to see that our pain lies between what we think should happen and what actually happens. Then, if we remove the secret demand for this or that to happen, the pain-gap vanishes.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

This is a huge theme with the teachers we study in these Notes.

My favorite thought on the subject is from Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now (see Notes) where he says: “Accept--then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”

Accept it as if you have chosen it. That’s HUGE!!!!

What’s stressing you out right now? Can you see how the suffering is the result of the gap between what you think *should* be happening vs. what is actually happening?

You want to close the pain-gap? Simple. Act as if you actually scripted the event to go just the way it is. Voilà! Pain vanishes.

Byron Katie tells us pretty much the same thing: “The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want.” And, remember, according to Katie: “If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.”