hi, I wonder if to overcome chronic pain from TMS you have to be READY to experience some kind of Dark Night of the Soul. I mean: when you stop to avoid confrontation with feelings that are unbearable, when you make concious all your repressed "dark" emotions pain loses its protective function.... BUT you got exposed necessarily to the emotional pain, much more devastating . In that liberating transition have you to travel through that very dangerous territory ? Is that experience unavoidable? Minutes (but perhaps hours) of intense scary suffering. According to E. Tolle: "The dark night of the soul is a kind of death that you die. What dies is the egoic sense of self. Of course, death is always painful, but nothing real has actually died there – only an illusory identity. Now it is probably the case that some people who’ve gone through this transformation realized that they had to go through that, in order to bring about a spiritual awakening. Often it is part of the awakening process, the death of the old self and the birth of the true self." Any experience of the dark night of the soul? Thanks!