My “self” accompanies me through life like a gremlin. Muttering and criticising, complaining and doubting. Emanating noxious fogs and steaming mists. Seeing painful experience with humour helps me get less caught up in it.
Tolle: The pain–body is my term for the accumulation of old emotional pain that almost all people carry in their energy field. I see it as a semi-autonomous psychic entity. It consists of negative emotions that were not faced, accepted, and then let go in the moment they arose.