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Healing Back Pain with Dr. Sarno Book Reading – Technique to Let Go of the Pain

The Journey to being Pain-free

I hope you enjoy and really get something out of the latest reading of Healing Back Pain with Dr. Sarno. The first step is to allow yourself to have the feelings without resisting it, venting it, fearing it, condemning it or moralizing about it.

It means to drop judgment and to just see that it is just a feeling. 

The Technique of Letting Go!

The technique is to be with a feeling and to surrender all efforts to modify it in any way; let go of wanting to resist the feeling.

It is the resistance that keeps the feeling going when you give up resisting or trying to modify the feeling it will shift to the next feeling and be accompanied by a lighter sensation.

A feeling that is not resisted will disappear as the energy behind it dissipates over time.

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The Cause of the Pain?

Today with your life coach Ralph Ruiz, we will continue on with chapter one of healing back pain mind-body connection written by the awesome and amazing legendary John E Sarno

In his book, he says when first seen most people are under the impression that they have been suffering from the long-term results of an injury, a degenerative process, a congenital abnormality or some deficiency in the strength or flexibility of their muscles. 

Let go of the Pain

The idea of injury is probably the most pervasive. This often ties in with the circumstances under which the pain begins.

According to a survey we did a number of years ago, 40 of a typical group of patients reported that the pain began in association with some kind of physical incident. That’s very interesting.

My pain started after sprinting.

I was playing tag in the playground when I was 12 years old and there was a girl with a red hoodie. She was so fast much faster than me and I thought

I pulled a hamstring or something but I felt some type of way about her out-running me and out-chasing me and all the extra stuff. 

Then the second time it came around was doing deadlifts in the gym right shortly right after high school.

So, I can definitely identify with that.

I am sure that many of you can as well. I’ve heard that story many times. I just woke up one day and all of a sudden I can feel this pain.

For some, it was a minor automobile accident, usually the hit from behind type falls on the ice, down steps were common, lifting a heavy object, straining was another.

That’s what I just described.

The pain began anywhere from minutes to, hours or days after the incident raising some important questions about the nature of the pain

Some of the reported incidents were trivial such as bending over to pick up a toothbrush or twisting to reach into a cupboard but the ensuing pain might be just as excruciating as that experience by someone who was trying to lift the refrigerator.

The Actual Cause of the Pain is Psychological

In view of the different degrees of severity of physical incidence and great variation in when the pain begins after the incident, the conclusion is that the physical happening was not the cause of the pain but was merely a trigger.

Many patients apparently don’t need a trigger. The pain just comes on gradually or they awaken with it in the morning.

In the survey mentioned above,  60 fell into that category.

The idea that physical incidents are triggers is reinforced by the fact that there is no way to distinguish between these pains that start gradually and those that begin dramatically in terms of subsequent severity or longevity of the attack.

All of this makes perfect sense when one considers the nature of tms despite the perception of injury. Patients are not injured.

The physical occurrence has given the brain the opportunity to begin an attack of tms.

There is another reason to doubt the role of injury in these attacks of back pain. One of the most powerful systems that has evolved over the millions of years of life on this planet is the biological capacity for healing. 

For restoration our body parts tend to heal very quickly.

When they are injured even the largest bone in the body, the femur only takes six weeks to heal and during that process there is pain for only a short time for a very short time.

It is illogical to think that an injury that occurred two months ago might still be causing pain. 

Not to mention one of two or ten years ago and yet people have been so thoroughly indoctrinated with the idea of persistent injury that they accepted without question.

Invariably those patients who have a gradual onset of pain will attribute it to a physical incident that may have occurred years before like an automobile or ski accident because in their minds back pain is physical that is structural. 

It must be due to an injury as far as they are concerned.

There has to be a physical cause. This idea is one of the great impediments in the way of recovery.

It must be resolved in the patient’s mind or the pain will persist gradually. Patients need to begin to think psychologically and indeed once the diagnosis of tms is made it is common for patients to begin to recall all of the psychological things.

That was going on in their lives when acute attacks occurred like starting a new job, getting married, an illness in the family, a financial crisis and so on or the patient will acknowledge that he or she has always been a warrior. 

And that’s warrior as in someone who worries a lot overly conscientious and responsible compulsive and perfectionistic.

This is the beginning of wisdom. The start of the process of putting things into proper perspective. 

Identify the Pain Point Triggers

Being Perfectionist can Prolong Healing Process

I would like to highlight specifically when it comes to perfectionists.

People who are overly responsible and the people who are compulsive when you are on your healing journey using that word for lack of a better word but when you are in this process of healing one thing that I highly recommend is to not take it so seriously because there are some people that just don’t mind it at all. 

It’s just through it to get anywhere but those people struggle just as much as the people who are constantly there.

You know listening to every recording, doing every exercise, trying to discover where the rage is trying to uncover this or uncover that or where’s the trauma or what do I need to fix.

Do I need to fix this. Do I need to fix that?

It also helps to have a kind compassionate approach towards the entire process as well, especially kindness and compassion towards yourself and lastly it also helps to implement some type of humor into the experience. 

I’m not saying make fun of yourself or make jokes about.

You know waking up in the morning and your butt is on fire but I mean you know how having this space to feel some type of humor and occasionally you’ll have some form of self-pity as well.

But allow yourself to have that space where you can smile laugh at yourself and go. 

Can you believe it, my back went out because I picked up a toothbrush. You know it doesn’t make any sense.

You know and if you could find the funny in that. It’s also beneficial as opposed to god damn it.

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Are You Over-Indulging? 

The question is how do I know whether I am overly indulging into the healing process?

That’s a very good question and can have two  answers. 

First is the long answer. We will get to when we get to book number four; so in total we’re going to read four books.

The first two are focused on understanding the process; understanding where we are.

This is our time to intellectualize this thing and go. When you ask questions you get deeper into it; so this is the space to understand.

The next book that we’re going to read,  we’re going to understand it even deeper from a more of an emotional, psychological perspective even though. 

This book is very much that as well and then the two last books are going to be focused on moving on you know the actual healing and in short the better you get at doing nothing the closer you get to that healing and that will make perfect sense as we get through halfway through book number four.

Now the short answer to answer your question, how do we know when we are overly consumed with it and here’s my answer to that. If the work that you are doing towards your healing, if you find that it’s becoming a ritual, if you find that it’s becoming something that is just routine or if you find that it is something that you run towards when you are feeling less than optimal then there’s a chance that the healing journey itself is serving you as a crutch.

For example let’s say you went to work today and you had a really rough day, you come home and you’re tense.

You’re tired. You’re angry. You’re frustrated and there’s that stupid pain and you’re so annoyed and then you grab your journal.

You start journaling and you go through this ritual reading this book and that book and looking at Ralph’s post on his social media pages to see if there’s something that will help you soothe your frustration.

That in my opinion is considered a crutch you know and I mentioned it before we put people first. People come first.

I don’t care if that means that at some point during your journey you say wow I’m perfectly fine.

My back pain went away. I’m so happy. I don’t want to see Ralph ever again because he reminds me of that back pain.

You come home from work, you’re frustrated you’re tired, you had a bad day, you’re annoyed, you sit down and you experience that frustration and we say well what do I do about it.

Experience it, sit with it, stay present with it now. What do you do while you’re feeling frustrated.

That’s a different story but the key here is, is there something that you’re doing to change your current experience, maybe physical or emotional.

If you’re doing something to change the experience then you’re falling more into the category of being overly absorbed and using the journey itself as an avoidance mechanism. 

The other example where you’re just sitting there with your emotions with what you’re feeling, you’re learning how to build tolerance for what you’re feeling.

You’re learning how to stay present with your feelings and then over time you won’t even need to journal about what you’re feeling.

Over time you’ll just know in real time while you’re at work you’ll know, I don’t want to be here, I hate this place. Oh God, I can’t believe it. 

You’ll be present with that to the point where you can go home and you’re like oh God that’s over.

You know as opposed to why am I tense, why am I in pain, why am I frustrated, was it something my boss said.

Was it something that I was thinking about? Am I tired? Am I depressed? 

Is there doing and the answer is yes there is a doing but the doing is not focused on healing the back pain.

The doing is more focused on developing skills that you may not have. 

For example saying no without feeling bad about it, setting healthy boundaries, learning how to discipline others in a healthier way and so on. Does that make sense perfectly? 

I’ve been thinking am I seriously trying to find my ways through all these instruments.

The one thing I mentioned is you have to move on. This journey will never end for some people simply because the fear of not being good keeps you seeking things that are focused on self-development, self-improvement. 

You know fixing yourself or fixing something about yourself and that’s just one way in which a person learns how to push further and further away their unconscious shame. 

What to do when your frustrated
Silhouette of the young backpacker man walking during sunset.

It has many ways of unfolding but even when we steer towards what I call the spiritual ego journey where we become super spiritual and all of a sudden we’re more spiritual than that person and we know more than this person and we’re more connected to the universe. 

Some people may not realize it but that could potentially be yet another way of pushing away the shame, the incompetence, the feelings of not being good enough and all that extra stuff and there are plenty of people out there that are quote unquote woke and yet they’re still struggling with themselves.

Now I’m not saying that struggling with yourself is a problem because we all do it, we’re humans and we all have something that we struggle with especially things about ourselves that we don’t like but what I am saying is that at some point it is important to embrace the whole of you. 

You know who you are, just you as an individual and the healing journey as well as the spiritual ego.

Journey can serve as crutches that help us push further and further away some of those feelings.

The Beginning of Wisdom!

We’re  closer to the right path when we are learning how to stay present with what we feel.

May it be good, may it be bad. It can be the most amazing feeling in the world. It can be the worst feeling in the world. You know it can be anxiety.

It can be depression or it could just be full-blown euphoria about life and how beautiful it is and the pretty colors and everything we have to learn how to stay present with both of those feelings.

No matter what side of the spectrum they are and spirituality, if the healing journey, if journaling and painting pictures or doing crossword puzzles is something you do while you’re feeling that way, then great.

But if it’s something that you do to change how you feel then it’s important to reflect on what makes sense.

I’m telling myself to enjoy my pain. Yes that’s one way to do it or we can simply just accept that pain is normal.

It’s a normal experience of life. Many people when they start going into remission they don’t mind the pain anymore even if the pain is there they just don’t mind it.

Think of physical pain as a substitute to an emotion I would put in the same category, physical chronic pain specifically the one that we’re talking about here.

In my personal opinion it is a substitute to emotions for that reason they live in the same spectrum so physical pain lives in the same spectrum as an emotion so if you can normalize the pain you’re on your way to normalizing whatever emotion is behind it.

There can be many but we start with what we can feel first that also goes for people who will listen to this in the future and think well what if I just can’t feel any emotions.

I don’t feel anything. All I feel is pain. Feel the pain; normalize the pain.

Start there if you can’t feel emotions. Start with the pains, start with what you can feel beautiful kai says I’m on the right path. I feel it is beautiful. 

You know you’re on the right path when all of a sudden you’re not afraid of pain as much as you used to be.

You’re not afraid of hurting yourself as much as you used to be and then once the emotions start to show themselves you have a few panic attacks and then you lose fear of that too and then the insecurities come up.

You go. I feel like I’m not good enough and you can say that comfortably. You can say wow I can feel this initially.

It hurts. You cry, you feel like you have no purpose.

You feel like why should I even be on this planet and I guarantee you you stay with those feelings. I guarantee you what happens on the other side. 

This is what we grow.

This is where we challenge some of these personality traits, the compulsive perfectionist and all that extra stuff. This is where we do it now; moving on, Dr Sarno says.

This is the beginning of wisdom and I strongly agree with the start of the process of putting things into proper perspective in this case.

It is the recognition that they are physical disorders that play a psychological role in human biology.

Not to be aware of that fact is to doom oneself to perpetual pain and disability.

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The Courage and Freedom to Accept the Defeat Helps

Perhaps the most common and undoubtedly the most frightening manifestation of tms is the acute attack.

It usually comes out of the blue and the pain is often excruciating. 

The most common location for these attacks is the low back involving the lumbar small of the back muscles, the buttock muscles or both any movement brings on a new wave of terrible pain.

So the condition is very upsetting to say the least it is clear that the involved muscles have gone into spasm is a state of extreme contraction, tightening tensions, tensing of the muscles and abnormal condition that may be horrifically painful most everyone has experienced a leg or foot cramp. 

The cramp will stop as soon as the involved muscle is stretched.

The spasm of an attack of tms does not let up when it begins to ease any movement can start it up again and from my experience just as randomly as it can show up.

It can just as randomly disappear and I share a very brief story with you.

One time I was sitting on the couch my dad wasn’t home and I was having the worst back pain of my life.

It was terrible I couldn’t even move from that damn couch and I laid back oh oh oh god forbid if I sneezed you know if you want to know what evil is just knees while you’re having a flare-up it’s the worst pain you’ll ever experience in your life so much that I learned how to avoid the sneezing back in those days.

So I was sitting on the couch and at one point I said to myself okay okay let me just move and oh oh crap and I got so I cannot say it was anger, it was not anger. It was a feeling of complete surrender.

That feeling that you get when you’re starting, I mean most of us have played sports at some point and there is a point in every sport where you’re getting closer to the end and that feeling of oh crap you know this is it we’re gonna lose this game, we’re gonna lose this season, we’re not winning the championship, we’re not going anywhere or I’m not going anywhere that feeling starts to sink in when you start to lose hope and you start to feel like okay screw. 

This is not going anywhere.

That feeling many of us call defeat. That feeling started to set in and at that point I said screw it and guess what just like that gone I got up from the couch, I walked I moved I went.

Whoa, what happened I don’t know it just went away, just like that and I thought to myself, this cannot be physical, there is no way in hell that inflammation can disappear that fast. What’s going on?

Oh wow and I called my mentor and said dude this just happened and he says all right, good. I said what do I do about it; he says, there’s nothing to do. Just go on and live. 

Accepting Defeat therapeutic

The moral to that story is that feeling of surrender, giving up, accepting defeat is therapeutic at least when it comes to this.

So therapeutic is so good to have.

The courage to have the freedom to admit to yourself that you have been defeated and I’m not just talking about the physical pain.

There are many things in our lives that many chronic pain sufferers are still fighting and they haven’t realized that it’s contributing directly to their pain. The pain of a loved one who passed away.

It’s okay to accept the feet and accept the fact that the they would never come back.

I had plenty of those experiences and I can tell you it hurts the pain of not achieving a goal or some type of dream that you had growing up which brings on a lot of grief.

The pain of never being able to impress your parents or caregiver or coach or or someone in your life that was very important to you and you tried so hard to impress them and show them how good you were how amazing you are and that you are good enough and then you can achieve and so on and so on to accept defeat is to accept the fact that you came up short and that’s okay and I guarantee you that during your healing journey there will be many of those moments many of them you know including breakups. 

You know nothing hurts like a breakup where you start thinking about why couldn’t I make them happy. Why wasn’t I able to and so on and so on.

Accept defeat, it’s over and sometimes there is no special lesson.

So don’t let the internet memes tell you that oh what’s the special lesson there in that trauma that you experienced sometimes.

There is no special lesson; sometimes it’s as simple as you know.

I experienced that I didn’t like it. It doesn’t make sense but I accept the feet and that’s the end of it. It is what it is now moving on. 

There we go, the spasm of an attack of tms does not let up when it begins to ease any movement and can start it up again.

I believe that oxygen deprivation is responsible for the spasm as well as other kinds of pain characteristics of tms it is likely that common leg cramps also reduce results from oxygen deprivation which is why they usually occur in bed when the circulation of blood is slowed down and there is liable to be a temporary minor state of reduced oxygenation in the leg muscles blood flow can be quickly restored to normal with muscle contraction with tms. 

However reduced blood flow is continued by action of the autonomic nerves and the abnormal muscle state persists.

People often report that at the moment of onset they hear some kind of noise, a crack, a snap or pop. Many use the phrase my back went up.

They are sure that something has broken.

In fact nothing breaks but the patient will swear that there has been some kind of structural damage. The noise is a mystery. It may be that it is similar to the noise elicited by manipulation of the spine which is kind of cracking the knuckles of the joints of the spinal bones. 

One thing is clear the noise indicates nothing harmful though the low back is the most common location for acute attack.

It can occur anywhere in the neck, shoulders or upper and lower back wherever it occurs it is the most painful thing I know of in clinical medicine which is ironic because it is completely harmless.

There’s that term again; it’s ironic because it is completely harmless still hurts like hell.

Though it’s harmless but hurts like heck not uncommonly.

The trunk is distorted by one of these attacks. It may be bent forward or to the side or a bit of both.

The precise reason for and mechanism of this is not known. Naturally it’s very disturbing but it has no special significance.

These episodes last for varying periods of time and invariably leave the person with a sense of dread and apprehension.

The common perception is that something terrible has happened and that it is important to be very careful not to do anything that will injure the back and bring on another attack if the low back pain is accompanied by pain in the leg or sciatica.

There is even greater concern and apprehension for this raises the spectra of the herniated disc and the possibility of surgery in the meat.

In this media dominated age, very few people have not heard of herniated discs and the idea arouses great anxiety resulting in greater pain.

In the course of medical investigation imaging, studies show a herniation. 

The apprehension is multiplied even further and if there should be feelings of numbness or tailing in the leg or foot and or weakness all of which can occur with tms because of burgeoning fear.

The conditions for a very protracted episode of pain are defined as will be discussed later. Herniated discs are really the cause of the pain.

One can speed the resolution of such an episode if the person is fortunate enough to know what is going on that this is only a muscle spasm and there is nothing structurally wrong.

The attack will be short-lived but this is rarely the case I advise my patients to remain quietly in bed, perhaps take a long a strong painkiller and not agonize over what has happened.

Is Medicine is The Only Option

They are further instructed to keep testing their ability to move around and not assume they are going to be immobilized for days or weeks. If one can overcome one’s apprehension the duration of the attack will be considerably shorter.

Dr sarno’s recommendation on dealing with a flare up if you need to you take a painkiller.

Take it easy but don’t start thinking that you’re going to be in pain forever as you could imagine when you’re told that your pain is forever that triggers with anxiety.

It brings even more pain, more anxiety, more apprehension before you know it becomes a cycle that makes it chronic becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The slow onset of pain in over half the cases of tms, the pain begins gradually.

There is no dramatic episode. In some cases, there is no physical incident to which one can attribute the pain and others onset of pain may follow a physical happening but for hours, days or even weeks later,  this pattern is fairly common after a so-called whiplash incident.

A car is struck from behind and your head snaps.

Back examination and x-rays do not reveal a fracture or dislocation but sometimes thereafter pain begins usually in the neck and shoulders occasionally in the mid or low back.

Pain in an arm or hand may also occur and like sciatica arouses a great deal of anxiety. Sometimes the pain begins in the neck and shoulders and then moves down to involve the rest of the back.

If one knows that this is tms, the course may be relatively brief. If some sort of structural diagnosis is made, symptoms may continue for many months.

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Understanding the Stimulus for TMS

Why does the pain begin, when it does remember the physical incident? The answer of course is to be found in one’s psychological state. 

Sometimes the reason is obviously a financial or health crisis or something one ordinarily thinks of as a happy occasion, like getting married or the birth of a child. I have had a number of highly competitive people whose pain began in the course of athletic competition, like a tennis match.

They assumed that they had hurt themselves when they realized they had tms they admitted how very anxious they had been about the competition. The key word there is they admit it; admit it to yourself. 

ou don’t have to admit it to anyone else but just acknowledge it to yourself. So it is not the occasion itself but the degree of anxiety or anger which it generates that determines if there will be a physical reaction.

It’s not the occasion itself but the degree of anxiety or anger which it generates that determines if there will be a physical reaction.

The important thing is the emotion generated and repressed for we have a built-in tendency to repress unpleasant painful or embarrassing emotions. 

These repressed feelings are the stimulus for tms and other disorders like it. Anxiety and anger are the two of or two of those undesirable emotions that we would rather not be aware of and so the mind keeps them in the subterranean presence of the subconscious.

When we begin to discuss the trials and tribulations of daily life, it is usually clear that this person is generating anxiety all the time.

I think there is a gradual buildup in such people until a threshold is reached at which point the symptoms begin.

Once it is pointed out to them these patients have little trouble recognizing that they are the kind of perfectionists and highly responsible people who generate a lot of subconscious anger and anxiety in response to the pressure of everyday life.

Women Feeling Repressed

So, we have some clarity, right?.

We’re looking at anger and anxiety as the causes so when we start journaling, if you decide to go that route, the focus would be on questioning what’s you know, what’s happening in your life, what else is going on in your life.

And from my experience I can share with you something that can help you with your journaling and help you get deeper clarity is usually the stuff that you label as not a big deal. It’s usually the no big deal stuff that the chronic pain sufferers repress.

I went through this thing here, but it’s no big deal.

It’s usually the no big deal stuff that’s one of the things you have to keep an eye on and a lot of people when they journal and they explore their repressed stuff they think it has to be like some big problem but the problem there is that they don’t realize that what they label that’s not a big deal is a big problem.

It’s just that they stuck that label on it and now they have a hard time identifying just how big of a problem it actually is.

Moving on the delayed onset reaction, there is another interesting pattern that we see very often.

In these cases patients go through a highly stressful period that may last for weeks or months, such as an illness in the family or financial crisis. 

They are physically fine as they live through the trouble but one or two weeks after it’s all over they have an attack of back pain either acute or slow onset.

It seems as though they rise to the occasion and do whatever they have to do to deal with the trouble.

Once it’s over the accumulated anxiety threatens to overwhelm them and so the pain begins. 

So for those of us who journal trying to discover what’s causing the pain there’s a good chance that the cause of the pain happened a few months ago and there you are journaling about what happened today. 

The Power of Consciousness

You can experience something traumatic 20 years ago and 20 years later is when you start to feel the symptoms of that experience.

Why does it happen, usually when we start to experience symptoms maybe from a delayed onset of tms or delayed onset of some form of trauma or anything like that. 

It usually shows up when we’re physically and psychologically able to process it.

As long as you’re not able to process it, you may never experience symptoms.

So, if you’re experiencing pain there’s a good chance that your unconscious understands that you are able to process whatever is behind that pain. 

So if you’re in pain there’s a good chance you can process what’s behind it. 

No matter how overwhelming it seems obviously working with a mental health professional or a therapist that can help you work through traumas and some of those emotions is highly recommended.

And if you have the ability to connect with one I highly recommend you do especially if there’s trauma involved.

Moving on another way of looking at it is that they don’t have time to be safe during the crisis. All of their emotional energy goes into coping with the trouble.

A third possibility is that the crisis or stressful situation is providing enough emotional pain and distraction that a physical pain isn’t necessary.

The pain syndrome seems to function to divert the person’s attention away from repressed undesirable emotions, like anxiety and anger, when one is living through a crisis.

There is more than enough unpleasantness going on and one has no need for a distraction. 

Whatever the psychological explanation, this is a common pattern and it is important to recognize it, so that the back pain would not be blamed on some physical condition.

Another thing I can add to that another way of looking at it, we can think of it as the fight flight or freeze response. 

If you are a zebra in the jungle and there’s a lion chasing you, the instant that you notice the lion is coming your way your body has to make a very quick decision. 

Is it going to fight or is it going to run away now because your unconscious is the part of your mind that deals with what we call intuition or instincts.

The Power of Consciousness

Most of the decisions it makes are done before you can even think and that’s why the unconscious has depending who you ask. 

he unconscious has a greater deeper understanding of who we are than we consciously know who we are.

So, your unconscious knows you better than you know yourself because you’re a zebra and you notice that there’s this big cat running your way before you even have the ability to consciously decide if you should run or not.

Your unconscious has already taken three or four steps running away from it. Your unconscious knows that you’re a zebra and you cannot take down the lion so it makes a decision for you.

When people have panic attacks, anxiety, this is the same exact process. It can be frustrating because your conscious mind never sees what caused it. 

All it knows is that it’s time to run and you don’t even know why but your mind is telling you.

There’s a trigger we need to run.

ow once you decide to run, the body of a zebra is filled with hormones and stress hormones and a lot of energy.

In order to run away from that lion and as it’s running away eventually at some point the lion catches it and at that point the zebra says, okay I need to fight.

It starts kicking and doing its thing.

And then at one point it just freezes and once it freezes it numbs itself out.

There is an unconscious process that we all have and many of us don’t talk about and that is the process of dying.

The process of dying begins before you start to die. So the zebra starts to go into that freeze response; it numbs itself out so that it doesn’t feel any pain as it’s dying.

Now, once it’s going into that state something happens.

An elephant jumps out the bushes and the lion runs away. You survived! Look at that you’re not cut.

You’re scraped but you survived.

The lion was taken care of and at that moment the zebra does something. 

What it does is that out of nowhere it goes into a sprint and I don’t mean the telephone service I mean like a sprint like it runs really fast and it shakes his body and that’s the way in which the zebra releases that energy that was stuck in the body when it went numb.

So just because the lion caught, it doesn’t mean the energy disappears.

The energy is still there so the zebra has to release it. Once it knows that it is drumroll safe to do. 

So, human beings have a similar process.

We can experience trauma 20 years ago, we could have been in a situation where oh my god I’m gonna die, even If you’re in third grade and as a child that perception of oh my god I’m gonna die is nothing more than some tv show.

Maybe you’re watching too much chucky and you thought your dolls were gonna get you but at some point when you’re 25 or 26 years old, all of a sudden that energy starts to come out.

I don’t know where this anxiety is coming from. Why am I having night terrors, why am I having chills, why I am not able to sleep.

That’s the beginning of the of the part where the zebra sprints goes into that phase of releasing that energy and unfortunately when you start to fight that natural process of releasing that trauma because remember your body was getting ready to die and It survived. 

So now It has to release all that energy and when It does so you get to experience some of those emotions and for me personally I believe that the physical pain is a way of our unconscious mind gradually releasing that energy. 

It’s almost like your mind says hey I know that’s too much is too overwhelming.

We need to release some of this energy and as you get better and better at processing what you’ve gone through now.

We can let go and let go of that back pain and release all that energy because we made it right and as a second side note, I don’t know about you but just the fact that our unconscious mind knows us that well.

It’s proof that there is such a thing as god.

You know may it be in us or outside of us just the fact that nature has a dying process tells us that death is a natural part of life and there’s definitely something more than what we know when it comes to that topic, more than what our conscious mind can process.

Anyways, that’s a whole different topic.

Before we end, let’s take a moment as usual.

Let’s take a deep breath in… into the belly and exhale gently out the mouth, just noticing where you are in the present moment.

If there are sounds around you, notice the sounds, notice the temperature in the room that you’re in, notice any thoughts that may be passing by.

I’m sure many of us have gained a deeper understanding that it’s not a disease but instead a process of healing that looks like a disease.

You think about being in pain, that’s a problem, it’s a disease but in actuality it’s our way of the body releasing that energy just like the zebra does.

So, this chronic disease is a chronic healing and that’s what we’re all here to further understand why we are healing as opposed to why we’re in pain. Why are we sick; we’re not sick; we’re healing.

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