In the method, ‘Pain as a Pinpoint,’ the approach seems counter-intuitive: you move into the pain, with no idea of stopping it. It is a friend and has a message for you.
Whenever you are experiencing pain, Osho suggests, ‘Sit and silently just focus your whole mind on the, for example, headache. Listen to it; almost touch the texture of it. Look at it not as an enemy; otherwise you will not be able to look at it rightly – you will avoid it. Nobody looks at the enemy directly, one tends to avoid. Look at it as your friend. It is your friend; it is in your service. It is saying, “Something is wrong – look into it.” So sit and watch with no antagonism, with no idea of stopping it, that it should disappear. No conflict, no fight.’
If there is some message, the headache can give it to you. If you look silently, three things will happen:
1) It will become more severe (because up to then you were avoiding it) – a sign that you are watching rightly
2) It will become pinpointed
3) It will disappear
Then, in the next step ‘Intensify it; make it more and more tense, and pinpoint where it is. The first feeling that it is spread over a larger area than it actually is, is a trick – a way to avoid it, because if it is narrowed down it will be more severe. The more you concentrate, the more it will go on shrinking. Then it will come to a pinpoint, it will not be the whole head. First you may feel it is the front part; then it is shrinking and becomes a pinpoint, but very sharp. Remain with it.
‘Remaining with it, suddenly you will see that it has disappeared. When your gaze is perfect it will disappear; and when it disappears you will have a glimpse of where it is coming from. When your gaze is less attentive, it will return. So it will come and go according to how intently you can gaze at it.
‘When it goes you will be flooded with bliss.
‘This happens because you are separate from your body: you are concentrating, the body is being concentrated on; it is the object. The more you concentrate, the more the gap between you and the body is widened and the identification is broken.
‘To concentrate you need to move inside, away from the body. To bring the point of pain into perspective you have to move away from it. That moving away creates a gap. And when you are concentrating on the pain you forget “I am feeling pain.” Now you are observing the pain, not feeling it. And when the gap is bigger, suddenly you forget the body completely, you are aware only of consciousness.
‘One can also do this with psychological pain – a hurt from the past. Go into it, accept it and go into it totally until it becomes minute, then it will disappear.’
(Osho: The Book of Secrets Volume 1; Zen: The Path of Paradox Volume 3)