Pain has been described as stagnation – lie fallow, be still, unchanging, stuck. In this life of ours if we do not change we will stagnate, and die long before our time. In your body, every second there is a phenomenal amount of change happening, and if this wasn’t happening your life would soon be over. Every 7 years your whole skeleton is brand new, every 120 days your blood has been replaced, your liver can be replaced in 7 days and your intestines are relined every 3-4 days. You may well be asking, why then do I still have an ulcer? (This, I will cover in another blog) Change is so important. So when we have an understanding of our beliefs/perceptions and thoughts all impacting our biology (Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton & Spontaneous Healing of Belief by Gregg Braden) we have a starting point when we experience pain.
Now I am not talking the immediate pain of an injury, accident or hurtful words. What I am talking about is the ongoing mental, physical and emotional pain & anguish. I think injury/accident pain is easier to handle because we can show off our wound, the site of the pain and we can see it healing. Mental and emotional pain is more of a challenge, because no-one can really see the hurt and suffering we are experiencing, and most will tend to tell us to get over it, toughen up or let it go. Just like physical injuries emotional and mental injuries can and do cause scarring. This scarring will set up another set of challenges for our bodies to overcome.
The natural role of the emotions in our body is to help up to experience and move on. When we get stuck on something in our lives or thoughts everything in our body experiences this stuckness on some level. This is where our pain originates, when we cannot let go of a situation, experience or thought. This pain will cause restrictions in the flow of our blood, and energy systems of the body, in turn restricting the ability of the blood to get nourishment to our tissues, clean out the waste and heal and repair our body. And now you have another lot of potential problems on the way! I experienced depression for a big part of my life and one day I happened on a saying “if you keep doing the same things you will keep getting what you have always got”! Something happened that day – it was like the Olympic fireworks display lit up my life and I realised and owned, that I was doing something that was causing me to experience this pain, misery and unhappiness we label depression. I became possessed almost, to discover everything that could point me to changing my thoughts, behaviour and life so I would be pain free. My body was a mess, regular massages and osteopathic visits did not seem to last long, I was still miserable and angry. I realised I had forgotten what it felt like to be happy, to feel joy, to enjoy my body and my life. I used to blame much of my physical pain on accidents and injuries I had experienced, and the pain of others words and actions, but I know now there were NO accidents, it was my body screaming at me to get me to look at how I was living my life, trying to get me to have a different perspective, to change the way I looked at situations and people. The less judgmental, happier and grateful, more aware I have become the less pain I experience. Now I take a look at the thoughts and actions that led up to a pain (mental, physical or emotional) and I own my stuff, see how I could do it differently and most of the time the pain disappears. It has taken me some time to reach this place, but it is possible for all. I believe healing is possible, simple and easy. I choose to see my pain as a guide, a prompt for change and not a reason to stay restricted and limited anymore. There was a time it was an unhealthy excuse, a way to get attention, a way to glean sympathy. I look back on the joy I have experienced in later years, of the things I have learnt, of the compassion I have experienced and can share, of the fun I have in life and in seeing transformation in others and I am so grateful for that day the lights came on, that I had the courage to step out of the cage, that I had support to change and learn a new way of living.