Does Eckhart Tolle’s popular writing about “pain body” have anything to do with the “historical memory” of the Spanish Civil War? I contend that it does, despite the self-help language with which Tolle describes how the past becomes part of identity and curtails achieving an ego-free consciousness. Like much self-help (or inspirational) writing, the notion of “pain body”––for Tolle an individual’s obsession with what he-she sees as past wrongs-–is too simple for those of us struggling with the vestiges of the Franco insurgency of 1936. At the same time there is a certain validity to the notion of “collective pain body” (Tolle 141). In this essay I explore the notion of trauma (another term for “pain body” of sorts) in Dulce Chacón’s stirring Spanish Civil War novel La voz dormida [translated into English as The Sleeping Voice] in conjunction with its lm adaptation directed by Benito Zambrano.