Q: What does it take to diminish intense pain?
A: Intense, Frequent, healing partnerships
Intense pain can be physical pain, emotional pain or both. In either case, you need a team to support you. Whether this is an ongoing issue, or you’re suddenly hit with something injurious either physically or emotionally, you need a village of medicine peeps to help you out. Pardon me, but fuck all this “I’m independent and don’t need anyone” crap! That’s a giant pile of steaming poo! And you’ll get stuck in the giant pil-o-poo if you don’t get moving and ask for HELP!!! We are here to help each other, and that’s about all. Anyway….
I’ve recently gone through some emotionally intense, excruciatingly painful experiences. I’m still riding the waves of up and down, better to not so great to “wow” I can’t believe I feel this good considering. It’s forced me to make major changes, explore my strengths, gather good friends, seek out practitioners to help me find my balance, and stay tuned into my body, because my mind sure it’s being all that helpful at times. I’ve recently enrolled in a year long course called “Living in the Truth of the Present Moment” another level of support, helping me work on my thought patterns.
There are so many resources available, each person has a different way to heal, a path that works for them. Tuning into what works for you is kind of intuitive, you’ll find books that resonate (and those that don’t) friends that listen/friends that want to tell you what to do, family members who are/aren’t so helpful. Nature, pets, movement and other partnerships are especially important in order to heal.
Finding practitioners/partners who will assist you in healing yourself, rather than practitioners who want you to rely on them, will show up in ways that will seem very easy and perhaps coincidental. This will happen – it happened to me – a seasoned cynic – I got something in the mail for a series of 3 pranic healing sessions 2 day’s after the “domestic shit storm” hit and my world was turned upside down.
For me – pranic healing, acupuncture, cranial sacral, somatic therapy, new friends/old friends, books, my yoga practice, yoga students, chanting and even kindhearted strangers have assisted in my healing process.
At first daily support is needed – it can be bath’s, talking to friends/family, making appointments etc. The first month is critical; you need intense healing, intense sessions, and lots of support to move forward, to get through. You may need more, but give yourself at least one month – time/money will be needed.
Once a week sessions are not enough, you are in crisis, you need to honor your self by spending the time and money needed to move you toward balance, call in all your resources. You’ll probably need more than a month, but at least give yourself this at minimum.
Expense is an issue, but most people spend well over $300+ a month “Health Care” and get nothing in return. Do the math on wellness vs. money in the bank….your health and wellbeing doesn’t have a price tag. I’m saying every penny you spend up front will be an investment in your long-term medical cost, and your long-term happiness (again, no monetary value can be placed on that). The more proactive you are with your health, your body, then you are lowering your over all cost of health care likely by 10’s of thousands of dollars.
One thing became very clear to me regarding money – everything that has true meaning/value in your life has no monetary value at all. I knew this intellectually, now I know it experientially, it's a different level of understanding. I know that spending money on healing IS all that matters when you are in intense pain. You can’t function; you can’t live life if you are out of whack.
So, what is your sanity worth? $800 $1000?
You could spend 5/10K at the emergency room and have nothing but a few stitches and a couple Tylenol after getting in a car accident because you were so loopy from no sleep and depression. Take your pick…
If you are a mom, you can consider what you are teaching your kids. Do you want them to learn self-care?
Take one month – do intense sessions – 2 times a week if you want rapid progress. Invest in your healing.
Healing is helped along when you work with practitioners/partners whose goal is to stimulate your healing capacity. Run away from those who claim to be ‘healers”, nobody is really a healer; there are only those who can help YOUR healing process along.
You are the healer, by choosing to get the support you need, you are healing yourself. You are empowered. You are worth every penny you spend, actually 1000’s of times over, you are worth it.
Where you put your awareness and energy is where healing manifests. Your body knows balance, practitioners help you find that.
From yoga’s perspective, or from an Ayurveda perspective, you are meant to be happy and in balance with nature. Your job, as a human being is to know your self as a manifestation of the divine. Each person who you come into contact with is helping you on your journey, pointing you to THAT which is you = divine. Meaning, pointing you to notice, who you really are, that you are precious, you are totally worth taking care of and being taken care of by your own choices. We all want to you to see your own divinity, even if you forget again and again.
With love and gratitude,
Jagadambe = Janis Marie Fish