Have you ever wondered why it is on some days we weather aches and pains without much thought, and other times it can be all consuming?
I have been fasting on and off for years as part of wanting to regularly detox the body and keep in good health. When I used to fast, I found the hunger pangs a real struggle and used to have a lot of thinking around food: When I would next be eating? Am I going to 'make it through'? What would I really love to be eating right now? Etc. etc. etc.
My inner thought dialogue was LOUD. My husband and I would have countless conversations around our experience, (he always does the fasting with me) and salivating over thinking around what our first proper meal would be. Even though we freed up a load of time not having to make meals, we’d spend a lot of time ‘in our thinking’ around not eating.
Fast-forward a few years and my fasting ventures have changed radically. This is because my insightful understanding of thought and how we experience reality has shifted.
When I used to fast, I had no awareness around how much my state of mind shaped my experience of the fasting. Seeing the nature of thought itself, and not the content of my thinking, has led me to paying less attention to the thoughts I’m having. Inevitably when we see them for what they are ‘just floating through, much like the weather’; we are less inclined to ‘hang on’ to them.
Now I notice I have so little thinking when I fast, and I also notice the very different experience between my own and that of my husbands. I now find his constant examining of his experience and thinking whilst fasting very amusing. I also really notice the very big difference to my own ‘quieter’ experience of it.
How we experience pain through thought works exactly the same...
So my daughter had a track brace fitted to her teeth a couple of years ago. She came to me in the night in a lot of pain and hopped into bed with me wanting some mothering. She slept with me for a few nights until the brace settled, the pain went and she got used to it.
But on the 2nd night I noticed she was listening to my iPod. I asked her the following morning how she slept? She said something fascinating... "I don't know if the pain went or if I just stopped noticing it."
I then discovered she was listening to one of my recordings. The recording explained how there is personal mind, and universal mind, and how we have the wonderful capacity to point ourselves back to our true selves past the personal human experience, (you could call it your soul or spirit).
Every thought we conjure up has a chemical affect within the body. You just have to see a picture of someone you love or something that gets you hot under the collar to really notice the effect. It looks like it is the thing we are looking at that creates the experience, but it’s thought that creates our experience of the thing we are looking at. It’s always an inside job, so to speak.
Our body works brilliantly when we are aligned with reality, when we know that ‘thought’ is creating our experience. In this state all the chemical changes and messaging that goes on the body works very effectively. When we are fooled into the very powerful illusion that it works the other way round, we don’t do so well.
When we are 'outside in', i.e. thinking that our felt experience is coming from something else other than thought in the moment, then this sends the body into a different mode, usually triggering the fight or flight hormones. These in turn affect all of the balance of chemicals in the body. This is why many people I work with on health issues often resolve themselves with very little or no nutritional changes.
When we insightfully ‘see’ that how we experience everything in our body is through thought, there is a spaciousness to experience it differently. It doesn’t feel as consuming. We become the observer of the experience rather than the victim of it. There are always chemical changes going on in the body, but our experience of them, 100% of the time, always comes to us through thought.