“We tend to think of certain feelings as “painful” and therefore we wish to avoid them. However, I have discovered that pain is actually resistance to a sensation. Pain is a mechanism in our physical body which helps us to avoid physical harm. If you touch a hot stove you will feel pain; this is resistance to the sensation of heat that you are experiencing. It causes you to pull your hand away and thus avoid damaging your body.
On the emotional level, it is our resistance to a feeling that causes us pain. If, because we are afraid of a certain feeling, we suppress it, we will experience emotional pain. If we allow ourselves to feel it and accept it fully, it becomes an intense sensation, though not a painful one.
There are no such things as “negative” or “positive” feelings – we make them negative or positive by our rejection or acceptance of them. To me, all feelings are part of the wonderful, ever-changing sensation of being alive. If we love all the different feelings, them become so many rainbow colors of life.”
Shakti Gawain, in “Living in the Light”
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