Pain Is Love

by Fionn Zarubica

Pain is a wonderful messenger.  It is the human being’s measuring tool for growth activity.  The cause of pain might start out as a mental, physical or spiritual shift, but irrespective of where it starts, it always involves all three.

Does the experience of pain mean something bad is happening?

We humans like to view pain as proof that we are doing something wrong.  We like to criticize ourselves for our pain, and in order to stop the pain, take even more painful steps to correct it.

We ashamedly submit to the criticisms and opinions of others regarding the symptoms of our pain and the errors they believe caused them.

You eat too much and that is why you are fat.  You don’t have enough ambition and that is why you are not materially successful.  You are socially inept and that is why you are lonely.

We think we are in pain because something is broken.

But, what if we were to view pain as an indicator that one aspect of ourselves is growing more rapidly than the other two; that the others just need time to catch up?  

What if we were to congratulate ourselves for our continuing expansion, and rejoice in the fact that we can rely on the mind, body and spirit to lovingly do their jobs; to keep up, initiate the rebalancing sequences on our behalves and heal us?

Perhaps, instead of turning against ourselves when we are uncomfortable, we could take it easy and give ourselves time to come back into alignment?

And most importantly, say thank you.

Thank you Body for bringing me into balance with the evolution of my Mind and Spirit.
Thank you Mind for bringing me into balance with the evolution of my Body and Spirit.
Thank you Spirit for bringing me into balance with the evolution of my Mind and Body.

Thank you for doing such a marvelous job of healing me and supporting my growth!

Thank you me, for loving me that much!

Love is all that matters!

Guanyin of the Southern Sea  
[Avalokiteshvara “the lord who looks upon the world with compassion”]

Liao (907-1125) or Jin Dynasty (1115-1234)
Wood with paint
95 x 65 inches (241.3 x 165.1 cm)
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

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