Pain is a powerful ally. Physically, it tells us when there is something wrong in our body that needs attention, like a ruptured appendix, infection, or broken bone. In this way pain is not the problem, only the messenger, but we often choose to treat only the pain and leave the root cause unaddressed. Emotional pain is the same. Instead of numbing it or ignoring it, we are meant to use it as a tool to find the things inside that need healing. When we have a negative reaction to something it means that we have a negative belief, and releasing that belief means becoming more of our true selves and finding freedom from that pain. Instead of fighting the pain, or the person or situation that triggered it, look inside. Is there a fear-based belief about yourself or the world? These beliefs do not belong to you. Find them and let them go, before they manifest into other problems. Don’t be afraid to feel pain; appreciate it and listen to what it has to say. Let it show you the way to your true self, a being of love.