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Natural Approach to Pain Management

Posted by Holly Stokes on May 7th, 2014

Natural Approach for Pain Management

My colleague Craig mentioned his back pain, he’d broken his back about 6 months before and was still feeling pain from the injury. So I asked him if he wanted to a natural approach to pain management and reduce the pain by using NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  He said yes, this is the process that I guided him through. It’s amazing at how much insight we can find if we look in the right places.

Holly: Think of the back pain, imagine scanning through your body and give it a shape, notice its outline and how it feels. Now imagine shrinking your awareness down to the size of a pea, and travel from your head through your body to the area of pain. Now ask the area of discomfort, what does it want?

Craig: It wants attention.

Holly: Thank that part for communicating with you. And what will it get by having attention?

Craig: It will be noticed.

Holly: What will it get by being noticed?

Craig: It will have influence.

Holly: What will it get by having influence?

Craig: It will have input into his (Craig’s) life.

Holly: What will it have then by having input into Craig’s life?

Craig: Then I can be more in line with my life purpose.

Holly: What will you have then if you are more in line with your life purpose?

Craig: Then I’ll have fulfillment, leading a fulfilling life.

Holly: What will you have then if you have fulfillment?

Craig: Then I will have peace and connection to God.

Holly: So what this part in charge of the pain really wants is peace and connection to God. If you were to set aside time each week for peace and connection to God, what would that look like?

Craig: Well, spending about 2 hours a week working on my own self improvement.

Holly: So ask that part if it will agree to reduce the pain signal if you make a commitment to make time each week for finding peace and connection to God.

Craig: It agrees, it  will try it out and see if I follow through.

Holly: So now, I want to ask your unconscious mind and the part in charge of the back pain if it will reduce your pain, taking all the time it needs in the next few days and hours?

Craig: Yes, it wants to do it at its own rate.

A couple hours later, I checked in with Craig about how his back was doing. He said the pain was getting better, and he had more flexibility and less stiffness in his back.

I checked in with him again 24 hours later and asked how his back was doing. He said that the pain had continued to reduce and he was feeling better.

Pain is a signal telling us that something is wrong. Pain is communication from the body. And sometimes pain is a communication of not only the body, but our higher intelligence. In this case, Craig’s body and higher wisdom was wanting Craig to connect with God and find peace and it was using pain as a signal to catch his attention.

We never want to reduce pain without understanding why it is present and what’s going on with the body. This means working with your health care professionals to address your medical issues. But once the pain is understood at the physical level, then we can look for the higher intentions, and we can make agreements with the unconscious mind to reduce the pain signal.

In this process we acknowledged the part of the body in charge of pain, connected with the body’s own wisdom about the meaning of the pain, and made an agreement to fulfill the higher intentions of the pain so that the pain signal would reduce.

Often times when we experience pain, we ignore the pain or we suppress it with painkillers and we ignore the body’s communication system. If however, we recognize the intelligence of the body and work with the body’s own systems for health and healing, we can address the mental and emotional and even spiritual blocks to healing.

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself. If something isn’t healing as expected, there could be a mental block to your healing.

Go through the process of asking your own body about the pain or work with a qualified hypnotherapist or NLP Practitioner to identify your mental blocks. Hypnosis can enhance getting in touch with the body communication system.

Here’s to Your Health, Happiness, and Success

Holly Stokes, The Brain Trainer