The pain body, which is the dark shadow cast by the ego, is actually afraid of the light of its consciousness. He is afraid of being discovered.
Your survival depends on your unconscious identification with him, as well as your unconscious fear of facing the pain that lives in you.
But if you don't face it, if you don't bring the light of your conscience to the pain, you will be forced to relive it over and over again.
The pain body may seem like a dangerous monster that cannot bear to look, but I assure you that it is a substanceless ghost that cannot prevail against the power of its presence.
Some spiritual teachings affirm that all suffering is ultimately an illusion, and it is true. The question is:
Is this true for you?
A mere belief does not make it true.
Do you want to experience pain for the rest of your life and continue to say that it is an illusion? Does this release you from him?
What is at stake here is how you can realize this truth, that is, make it real in your own experience.
So the pain body does not want you to look directly at it and see it for what it is.
The moment you observe it, the moment you feel its energy field in you and direct your attention to it, the identification is broken.
A higher dimension of consciousness has appeared. I call it presence.
Now you are a witness or observer of the pain body. This means that you can no longer use it by pretending to be you, and it can no longer be resupplied through you. You have found your inner strength. You have accessed the power of Now.
What happens to the pain body when we become conscious enough to break our identification with it?
Unconsciousness creates it; consciousness transmutes it into itself.
Saint Paul expresses this universal principle beautifully:"Everything manifests itself when exposed to light, and everything that is exposed to light becomes light itself."
Excerpts from "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle