In the Access Consciousness modality, there is a thing called a "Universal Surrogate", which is someone who takes on the pain and suffering of the world with the intent that by so doing, they are bringing relief to the afflicted. I found out that I had an unconscious habit of automatically internalizing not only the miseries of other people, but also Planet Earth itself.
After 60 years, it finally caught up with me. I actually attribute this relatively sudden onset of physical pain symptoms to a kind of awakening upon the passing over of my twin flame in January 2012. Shortly after her passing I began to get intermittent muscle and joint pain unrelated to my physical activities. I believe that my heart was somehow "broken open" during the dying ordeal triggering the expression of all this stored-up pain and suffering I'd accumulated since childhood.
By using the Access Consciousness question of "What percentage of this (pain) is yours?" I discovered that nearly 100% of it was NOT mine. I then began to systematically ask about every ache and pain, "Whose is this?"
At first, I got pictures and sometimes verbal information about individual people whose pain I had taken in. After several hours of questioning, I began to get pictures of mountains, forests, oceans, underground water caves, crystals and rivers. This was because I had taken on the pain of the Earth at these locations. After a couple of days of pretty much asking this question constantly, I started getting pictures of past pets, other animals, insects, plants and even movies and TV shows. I got pictures of books and magazines.
I realized the extreme nature of my automatic "surrogating" for all manner of pain and suffering I observed regardless of the source.
Oh, yes, and pains are reducing or going away, strength is returning, skin is clearing up, range of motion is improving.
A friend of mine asked today in a Facebook post: "What if pain is really memories of collective experiences that took root in your body? And, you hold onto the memory root through the illusion of control?"
This brings up the possibility that part of the human experience of consciousness includes some degree or another of this special type of empathy defined within the concept of the Universal Surrogate.
Perhaps we could carry the idea farther. What if all non-optimum conditions of the human body have as their root cause the erroneous belief that by making the pains and sufferings of others your own (empathy) it ameliorates that pain and suffering in the other person (or even in the world).
Isn't socialization all about the belief that you can control pain and suffering in your experience? Isn't part of "caring" about another's pain a cherished value in most cultures?
In fact, isn't it possible that such accepted distortions and permutations as aging or "incurable diseases" are actually a sort of empathetic resonance with others who in turn have resonated with others who are dying?
My shaman/coach recently pointed out to me: "You know, it looks to me like you're dying. You're following Shay (my partner) into death. You need to look at that, and make a decision about whether or not you really want to be here" (see previous post).
I had been so busy taking on Shay's pain and suffering, I had forgotten to connect it to what was going on in my own body. Quite often as I continue the Questioning, I'll see that a certain pain twinge, ache or stiffness was Shay's.
The second part of the process is to send the energy back from whence it came. At first, I was reluctant to do so, thinking it was sending the pain back to the source. This is a misnomer--pain is merely energy. Whether or not it arrives back at its source
as pain would be up to recipient.
If we continue following this magic carpet down the rabbit hole, it becomes possible to see how the "Powers That Be" in the world could quite easily control their masses by making empathetic surrogacy a moral imperative, such as in most religions.
Is it then possible or necessary to "care for others"? Well, perhaps shockingly, the answer is NO. In fact, all that happens is that one person's pain migrates out to everyone in their vicinity, who then take it in as their own and in turn broadcast that further out into the society and planet. That's propagation, not caring...
So what is a poor surrogate to do? The very best thing to do when confronted with pain and suffering of any kind is to maintain awareness. By this I mean to become very mindful of your own emotional state, and observe the mind and nervous system. Empathizing or, worse, sympathizing with another person opens the doors wide to surrogacy.
I'm not saying to not have compassion. In fact, compassion is probably the most mindful thing to do when suffering and pain come into your awareness. Compassion is a certain stillness and an abiding in empowerment for another. Yes, that person is hurting now, but I know, one way or another they are experiencing what they are experiencing as a completely unique imprint with special meaning just for them. For me to judge the situation to mean they need some sort of emotional support or surrogacy on my part is the height of egoistic control fantasies. Instead, we must truly appreciate and respect another's process.
Perhaps taking on another's pain is actually complicating and maybe neutralizing their process. You've made it about YOU now, when it's actually about them.
This is not to say that if you are present, say, at a car wreck, do nothing. Preventing suffering or pain is not same as taking it on as your own.
Is it possible that ALL conditions that are NOT joyful, empowered and pure bliss are created due to empathetic surrogacy? Try this thought experiment: Imagine if everyone you see who is in pain suddenly stops their own surrogacy? What if pain and suffering is the result of a sort of cultural dissonance created by the mis-absorption of other's pain on a mass scale? Maybe that's what causes aging. Maybe that's why we die. We're just all trying to control each other's pain.
Considering recent research in the field of epigenetics, where our environment, including thoughts, feelings and intentions, affect gene expression--it's not too far a jump to see how pain surrogacy could easily create disease and even death.
A dear friend of mine, who was a trance channel, once said, "Aging and death is really just a cultural habit." Perhaps how we achieve this sort of "population purging" is by rampant pain surrogacy, which is fully supported and further propagated via social and mass media.
Science has already defined the human body as a self-repairing organism. As Lissa Rankin, M.D. has proven in her book, "Mind Over Medicine", remove the stress response from the human body, and there is nothing it cannot repair or heal. When she says "remove stress" she's talking about completely removing it, as in a radical state of relaxation--a state few of us ever get to, creating a "repair deficit", which could be another word for aging.
The stress of pain surrogacy is most certainly included in this sort of radical relaxation, yet most of us are completely unaware that we are doing this surrogacy. Ask the questions. Keep asking the questions until things start to change, and continue asking the questions. Within the question lies the energy of freedom, the energy of liberation, the energy of the eternal.
What if the whole deal about YOU is your uniqueness? What if all of Nature and all of Universal creation is about uniqueness? What if the reason you die is due to a denial of that uniqueness? Isn't pain surrogacy the height of non-uniqueness? It hurts us because we are giving away a part of ourselves, a part of our uniqueness. The Universe just wants YOU to be YOU.