Mental Pain

From Nikola Tesla: “Although the brain does not feel pain itself, it is necessarily aware of messages of physical and mental pain; so also in some ways the mind does not feel pain in the same way as the body or emotions: mental pain is evidenced in confusion, obsession, exhaustion and depression generally. When the mind is in pain it can become over-reactive or under-reactive, either skittering from thought to thought without focus or stumbling and moving slowly, as though you are trying to think through sludge or glue.

“Emotional pain can be the trigger for some of this, especially grief and loss; however, physical situations are also the source: brain damage or dysfunction on the cellular level, as well as lack of sleep or improper nutrition in the physical sense as well as lack of mental “nutrition:” a static, repetitive, burdensome round of days upon days as when one is in prison, living alone or even caring for someone without respite, or even living in situations where there is no mental stimulation and the same, tired old opinions, perceptions and attitudes are replayed continually.

“This lack of mental stimulation can of course be set aside when you come into new situations, especially when you are in situations of learning like college or studying for a new job; this is part of the reason why college towns can seem so light and vibrant: new things are being learned and experienced constantly. That this is a tragedy when too many college students numb, silence or warp this vibrant, challenging influx of new ideas, perceptions and challenges with alcohol and other self-altering drugs: this specific issue must be addressed in another article.

“Suffice to say: your mind is hurt by stagnation but, rather like having a limb that has ‘fallen asleep,’  exercising the mind after long disuse or over-use through trying to make sense of insane, conflicting and/or threatening perceptual confluences, getting free of the static mental traps can hurt as well.”  


Blame and Emotional Heaven

From Nikola Tesla: “The true difficulty of using blame to deal with heavy, painful, embarrassing or demanding emotions is that blame glosses over those emotions through the illusion of solving them and, in addition, “solving” them by removing your power to deal with them. Every time you tell someone, “You make me feel…” you have not only blamed them for your feelings you have put them in charge of those feelings: their actions or words, their withdrawal or silences, become your weather-vane of how you feel about yourself. One of the results of this is that you always need constant vigilance to be aware of them instead of your own true ownership and control of your emotions and reactions, In short: you can never truly deal with your emotions or learn from them.

“Were you to live without blame, though, you would have to take stock of how and what you feel almost continually. This gets to be rather impossible for those of you that are told to deny your emotions continually and unilaterally: when you are told, “Don’t be a crybaby!” or, “Don’t be a sissy!” or even, “Quit the dramatics!” your emotional self is being disenfranchised, marginalized and even obliterated.

“Oddly enough, the fear that allowing yourself to be emotional does not lead to your emotions being out of control: if emotions are seen, felt, understood, honored or otherwise dealt with at the moment they arise, they do not become painful: they do not sink into your heart or your gut and fester, unexpressed, to become difficult burdens that weigh your down at least and dangerously toxic at worst. It is only the emotions that build up pressure at not being addressed or even expressed that explode.

The two most difficult drivers in the Earth Plane are, as many of you understand, fear and pain and of the two, fear costs you the most but pain wears you down the most.