There are many ongoing dis-ease conditions both physical and emotional that people suffer from nowadays that require permanent pain control:
In the light of increasing prescribed and self-medicated pain relief addictions, this article is going to look at how we can get beyond pain control. Not only will this solve the root of the problem, but give you more energy and a greater ability live life the way you want it to be.
One typical disease such as this is fibromyalgia – various painful sensations and sensitivities anywhere in the body. Although it can be managed with de-sensitising pain relief such as medication, ‘positive thinking’, relaxation techniques including visualisation and water therapy, the pain however still remains. Medical science does to not understand the cause of this condition and can therefore not clarify a route forward for sufferers.
So many are locked into a miserable cycle of chronic ailments with no sign of cure.
In energy medicine we understand that chronic or unresolvable disease symptoms are the result of two opposing forces locked in stalemate, after an attempt to correct an imbalance – because our systems have an in-built mechanism to maintain haemostasis (balance) in order to keep us healthy and strong.
What are these two opposing forces?
The first is your life force that wants clear dis-ease (or dis-harmony) out of your bio-energetic system so that you experience better well-being or health (harmony). This force however can be opposed by our conditioned responses that occur in our nervous system (a wiring that conducts our life-force), that block the energy to come through in the right way.
So for example, if someone is upset, but does not dis-charge the energy of that negative emotion through crying or attending to their emotional needs, by blocking it and ‘sweeping it under the carpet’, where do you think that pent-up emotion (energy in motion) goes? Into the unconscious part of us which is……the body. We use our body as a dustbin for all the unprocessed and therefore unresolved negative feelings, in the hope that we’ll never have to look at the again!? Wrong! When someone does this, it is because they have been conditioned through survival programming to deny their own bad feelings because of many possible reasons, for example:
- People would think they are miserable and not fun and would therefore not like them so much and not be with them.
- People will take advantage of them as they would be displaying signs of weakness.
So one can see that the survival program forces you to choose safety over happiness: Survive or Thrive?
So over some time, if a person represses emotional pain from a number of incidents or unhappy ongoing situations in their life, the bio-energetic system of their body will have to hold more emotional charge. This is when the vital energy has to start trying to ‘discharge’ this increasingly problematic charge that will block the positive functioning or that person, just like a battery. If the life-force is successful, because the person has succumbed to it and ignored the social programming, they will have a good cry, and look at the cause of that upset, and how they could correct their thoughts and actions to create a better outcome in their lives. That would possibly mean breaking some of that social programming in favour of keeping their systems clear of pent-up emotional charges.
An example may be a person may have an ongoing situation where they are bullied or demeaned. They are too frightened to challenge or express anger because they believe that the person has power over them, either they could take something away, or not provide some them. Instead of remaining ‘present in their body’ sothat they can immediately sense that this is more damaging to them than any outside influence, they allow their fear of future outcomes to govern their response.
We all have many years of pent-up emotional charges inside us and here is a way to discharge them: Pain is nature’s way of drawing attention to the body. When you pay attention to something, it receives more vital energy:
“Where attention goes, energy flows”
The problem with pain killers is that we block that diversion of attention, so that your body cannot heal. To illustrate my point here, I’ll use an event that happened to me: I was suffering from severe menstrual cramps and have always known that pain killers will block that healing, and I took it once stage further, by remaining fully present to the pain, no matter how excruciating it was.
Another thing to remember is that our nervous system is automated to run away from pain, and run towards pleasure. Thus most people are stuck in a cycle of compulsive fear and desire, never resolving their problem.
So what happened next was really surprising: I had managed to transcend the fear of pain and desire for relief, and got myself into a state of equanimity or “ok-ness no matter what”. It was at that point, that the intense pain turned into something completely different, like a flick of a switch, into a warm wave of loving, healing energy that felt incredibly pleasant!
What I gauged from this was that in my relationships, I have always neglected my own feelings thereby suppressing self-love! The act of paying attention to the pain in my body, just like a mother holding a crying baby and allowing it to express it’s pain, was an act of self-love. This then sets up a harmonious relationship within yourself that can enable your life-force to heal you now and protect you from future dis-ease.
My advice to anyone suffering from long-term pain, is to pay attention to that pain, by sensing it, without distraction from the mind. This includes not meditating and visualising, because that is running away and managing it. If there are tears then you are releasing somatised (or embodied) emotional pain. This is a good thing, don’t allow your mind to tell you otherwise.
This exercise, transcends resistance and that is the ONLY cause of disease.