Remember the Host
'I am pain; I am in pain; I am aware of the pain' - these are three different, very different states. The [enlightened one] says, 'I am aware of the pain.' This much can be allowed, because then you transcend pain. The awareness transcends - you are different from the pain, and there is a deep separation. Really, there has never been any relation; the relation begins to appear only because of the nearness, because of the intimate nearness of your consciousness and all that happens around it.
"Consciousness is so near when you are in pain - it is just there by the side. It has to be; otherwise the pain cannot be eased. It has to be just near to feel it, to know it, to be aware about it. But because of this nearness you become identified. This is a safety measure, a natural security. When there is pain your consciousness must go in a rush towards the pain - to feel it, to do something about it. Because of that nearness there is identification.
"You are not that of which you can be aware; you are the 'host' to many passing moods and sensations. Don't get lost in the crowd of the guests. Remember your hostness.
Step 1: Remember the Host.
"When the guest is there, remember the host. And there are so many types of guests: pleasurable, painful; guests you like, guests you would like to be your guests; guests you would like to live with; guests you would like to avoid. But all are guests.
"Constantly remember the host, be centered in the host. Then there is a separation; a gap, an interval - the bridge is broken. Then you are in it and not of it. Then you are there, in the guest, and still a host. You need not escape from the guest - there is no need."