This fascinating, closely argued study suggests that, in religion as in sports, there is no gain without pain.
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Discover what to read next. He discusses the scientific understanding of pain, drawing on research in fields such as neuropsychology and neurology. He also ranges over a broad spectrum of historical and cultural contexts, showing the many ways mystics, saints, pilgrims, mourners, shamans, Taoists, Muslims, Hindus, Native Americans, and indeed members of virtually every religion have used pain to achieve a greater identification with God. He examines how pain has served as a punishment for sin, a cure for disease, a weapon against the body and its desires, or a means by which the ego may be transcended and spiritual sickness healed.
Most of all, the book invites its readers to appreciate that pain need not be meaningless. This fascinating, closely argued study suggests that in religion as in sports, there is no gain without pain.
He is a skilled writer who presents complicated material well without sacrificing meaning or nuance. Drawing upon such diverse approaches as neurobiology, social psychology, ritual studies, cultural theory, phenomenology, and history of religion, he succeeds in shedding light on the darkest reaches of the seemingly chaotic realm of pain.
Why would anyone seek out the very experience the rest of us most wish to avoid ? Why would religious worshipers flog or crucify themselves, sleep on spikes. that the experience of ritual pain, far from being a form of a madness or superstition, Sacred Pain. Hurting the Body for the Sake of the Soul.
Glucklich reminds us of all-but-forgotten insights into the transformative power of sacred pain, brings these insights into dialogue with the best thinking that is being done in the behavioral and biological sciences, and in so doing forges new instruments for the study of religious consciousness. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
So the accused began by trying to determine what the inquisitors knew, and the shrewd Dominicans who had seen it all were on to her. Despite all the pain, the record of the torture is thus clearly a give-and- take Like a good analysis, the "patient" came to be at one with the analyst, which would impute a successful transference.
As a result of this, "his voice will have become her own, and her speech would no longer produce pain. The best of humor is just that: It is logic turned on its head, the celebration of Midsummer Night's Eve the peasants take on the crown, the royalty dons the ass's head. I suggest that Sacred Pain falls in this category not necessarily of humor although there is a bit of that , but the delicate twist of logic, a subtle turn of words, the reversal that makes the fantastic seem right and proper.
Glucklich is a willing student of Lucan, and is not only willing to do such backflips, he conjoins them with a summary of the facts of pain which, embody this spirit of contrariness. For instance, he offers the ancient question of whether pain should be withheld from the deserving, or whether we in the 21st Century are still capable of understanding the subtleties of the pleasures of pain: With the coming of anesthetics in the middle of the 19th Century, there was considerable debate as to whether it should ever be administered to women in parturition because, in the words of one Calvinist, "Did not the Almighty pronounce his primal curse?