By Christina Haverkort (August 2020- Updated March 21)
For many types of pain, the key to releasing it from the body is to go into the pain. Although not always easy, it’s usually possible. Pain triggers the sympathetic nervous system – the fight/flight response. Prompt activation of the opposing system – the parasympathetic nervous system – allows release of the trauma associated with the pain that the body is holding. This is accomplished from a deeply relaxed, grounded state of awareness. I am always gratified to see some of my clients do this with ease; they’ve learned to tap into the intelligence of their own bodies, and tend to the process with me there as their guide.
Pain is a general term to describe uncomfortable, unpleasant sensations in the body. Its function is to let us know that something is out of balance. Being with the pain you’re experiencing – allowing space for it instead of ignoring it, resenting it, or feeling upset by it – helps you comprehend where it’s coming from and what steps you want to take to cope with it.
Pain signals come from the nervous system. Remembering that the human nervous system is like an electrical system helps us understand in which system the pain originates; muscular,neural, skeletal, vascular, epidermal, etc. Each person has a unique response to pain; one person may have a high tolerance, while someone else’s is much lower. Therefore one’s experience of pain is highly subjective. When you experience pain, ask the following questions: why this pain? What is its origin? Could it indicate something greater going on?
*Acute pain often stems from soft tissue injuries; chronic pain is typically due to conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, or spinal issues. Neuropathic pain indicates damage to the nerves or other parts of the nervous system and is often described as shooting, stabbing, or burning, or pins and needles. Nociceptive pain is a type of pain caused by damage to body tissue. Radicular pain is a specific type of pain that occurs when the spinal nerve becomes compressed or somehow inflamed. It radiates from the back and hip into one or both legs via the spine, and spinal nerve root (* www.beaumont.org). The endocrine and central nervous system, together play a role in pain receptivity and response. The way we respond to pain depends on the condition of our nervous systems prior to the onset of the pain. Can we condition our nervous systems to handle pain more calmly, and re-calibrate the way we respond to trauma? I believe it’s possible, with the consistent practice of going ‘into’ our bodies, grounding deeply, and calming the nervous system.
Pain is complex. There are so many kinds of pain, stemming from chronic or degenerative conditions which are generally treated with medication. In more general cases, pain may be related to a recent injury, treatable over the course of a few weeks or months. Still other pain may be chronic, particularly with older injuries that never fully healed, or postural imbalances that include ongoing discomfort lasting longer than three months. Most chronic conditions resulting in pain or discomfort originate either from past trauma or chronic stress. Unresolved trauma lingering in the human energy field affects the mental, emotional, and physical self.
Eckhart Tolle speaks about the pain body. He states that the pain body is “an old emotional pain living inside of you. It may have accumulated from past traumatic experiences, and sticks around because these painful experiences were not fully-faced and accepted the moment they arose.” Such cases are extremely common; multitudes of people endure the burden of unhealed pain bodies throughout their lives. Energy healing is a powerfully beneficial tool that can clear away stale emotional energy attached to old injuries or traumas. In my years as a practitioner I have borne witness to how the body stores pain in the energy system, and I’ve also seen the great benefits of going into the body to interact with it, and discern what that pain is about and why it lingers. These answers flow into awareness as verbal messages, imagery, or scenes of memories, unattached to any emotions felt at the time of injury. With your intention, groundedness, and deep focus, the body’s intelligence is able to heal it. I view the pain body as emotional protection. It, too, comes from the body’s intelligence, forming an etheric ‘suit of armor’, a protective storage layer for unresolved emotional energy lingering in the field, awaiting resolution. It will linger indefinitely until it receives the attention it needs. Once you’re willing to tend to it, the healing process begins.
*The dictionary’s definition of fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. (*Dictionary) Pain in the body has varied reasons, such as: postural imbalance, bunions, hip misalignment, injury, toothache, muscular imbalance… the list continues. Without a thorough assessment of the skeleton and muscular system, pain and tension can persist for an extended period of time. If the musculoskeletal system is examined and found to be sound, the reason for the overall pain is very likely the established presence of a pain body. The pain body is generally not perceptible, or believable, to a traditional physician, making fibromyalgia difficult to treat with traditional medicine. However, when someone is ready to resolve the constructs of past trauma, using a steady course of healing work, fibromyalgia can be completely healed. This is because energy healing proves to be one of the most effective methods of resolving ‘stuck’ emotional energy.
It is the nature of the body to continuously store memories of physical, mental, or emotional trauma, but it is not always sensed consciously – it’s different for everyone. Given that the body so readily stores memory, during a stressful time or following a new trauma, old injuries are often emotionally triggered to flare up again. When the stress passes, symptoms reduce or go away, but can re-occur when stress heightens; thus establishing a pattern of discomfort. As we know, pain elicits response from the sympathetic nervous system; therefore we look into the opposite system, the parasympathetic nervous system, to help the body achieve grounding much in the way that an an electrical panel has a ground wire that taps into the earth. It is one of the most effective ways to reduce pain levels from 10/10 to 2/10. As well, while immersed in the parasympathetic system, it is possible to discern what kind of trauma is stored in what area of the body, and how the pain can be resolved. I have personally witnessed this many times. Your body is a map; I take you on a journey across, into, and through it, enabling you to discover what areas need your attention, how to heal them, and in what order. The intelligence of your own body is truly the most remarkable gift you have.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection that typically causes a painful skin rash, often with blisters. It typically affects older adults or people with weak immune systems. A typical herpes zoster rash appears on one side of the face or body and can last two to four weeks. However, the pain of shingles can last for months. Read more about shingles HERE.
A client came to see me having suffered unrelenting months of pain from a case of shingles. Even after the blisters cleared up he was left with lingering, excruciating nerve pain. Even though his shingles pain was not the original focus of his healing treatment, it was inevitably part of the healing he received. His body knew how to heal; together, my client and I set appropriate intentions and created the necessary conditions, allowing his body to establish the frequency it needed to make changes in his nervous system that diminished the chronic pain. Throughout the course of treatment, he expressed that his arm felt as though it was heavily weighted; this was when his energy field created the necessary circulation to disrupt the pain cycle. After his session, I advised him that some physiological and energetic and shifts were likely to continue for approximately another 24 hours to 6 days. Within 24 hours, the client informed me that the constant agonizing pain had finally stopped after 3 months since the onset of the virus.