There has been a lot written in many current books and web sites about the concept that we are creating our own realities. It took a while for me to wrap my rational brain around that concept, as one of the main facets of my reality in the past was chronic pain. I’d ask myself…”You mean that I’m creating the incredible physical pain that I’m in? You don’t understand! I’d do anything to get rid of this pain!” …I’d cry out. Then I’d exclaim,“You’re just blaming the victim!” and write off the “heartless” person telling me that message as mean and uncaring.
Yet I have found through personal experiences, time and time again, where I was indeed creating my pains. Back in an early posting on Triune Brain theory, I wrote about the various consciousnesses in our bodies. It’s often the Body Brain or the unconscious part of us that is running the show. While doing research work with my colleagues, I’d find myself working on a core issue of mine. All of a sudden, I would be in excruciating pain, making it very hard to concentrate on the work at hand. Only minutes before I had reached that point in the healing process, my pain would be at its usual base level. However, as we worked through the issue and healed it, or at least the part that I was able to access that day, the pain level would instantly drop. just as suddenly as it had appeared.
While the pain was very real in my body, I began to realize that one or more of my consciousnesses, usually the Body Brain, was so terrified of what might surface, that experiencing pain was better than facing the issue at hand. Certainly not a logical response, but then this work is not about the conscious or Mind Brain part of us. The good news is that by staying with the issue and healing it, the pain does abate.
There are two good books that I’ve read with regard to how we create chronic pain in our bodies and how to relieve it. The first, Healing Back Pain, The Mind-Body Connection, by John Sarno, is a classic on the subject of back and body pain. Sarno’s major premise is that much of our pain is due to repressed emotions, especially anger. His take is to allow the emotion to surface, and the pain subsides. The second book is Somatics: Reawakening the Mind’s Control Of Movement, Flexibility, and Health, by Thomas Hanna. It’s major concept is that the area which is sore has muscles that have forgotten how to relax. The constant tension in those areas pulls bones and joints out of alignment. The book has simple exercises which are a little hard to follow as the pictures aren’t great, but VERY effective at releasing pain in just a few days of doing the exercises every day.
Finally there is the exercise work that I do with an Egoscue clinic in Northern Virginia. The director there, Kristen Thor, is brilliant at assessing what’s out of alignment with me and prescribes a series of exercises for the next month for me to do. What’s so cool about Egoscue is that the exercise, while not vigorous, are rigorous, in that they’re designed to work on a small targeted area. As a result of getting my ankles, knees, hips and shoulders back into more optimal alignment, I’m not going to have to have hip and knee replacement surgery that was prescribed as my fate six years ago.
So, my take for creating a reality that is pain-free for me currently involves exercises to realign and strengthen the body, and deep inner work to heal the underlying issues that are holding much of the pain in place. By combining both the physical and energetic planes of existence, I feel that I’m combining the best of both worlds to create my own reality.
Have you ever realized that you were holding something in place that you consciously didn’t want in your life? Were you able to figure out a way to release it, or is it still a factor in your life. Sometimes, just recognizing that you have a repeating pattern of behavior is the first step to removing it from your life.
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