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Pain Emotional

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Knee pain. I’ve had knee pain off and on through the years. I ruled out physical causes several years ago when physical therapies didn’t relieve the pain. At one point, I examined a conflict with a loved one and when we worked it out, the pain went away.

Lately, the pain came back. Actually it comes and goes. Once again, physical therapies don’t relieve the pain.

I finally turned to Spirit to determine the cause. (Why did I wait so long?) And I learned that once again, emotional turmoil has come into play. The emotion–disappointment–has entangled itself around my kneecap. A person close to me disappointed me, and the disappointment hurts me physically and emotionally. Turns out that the pain in my knee reflects several disappointments from my adult life.

To relieve the pain, I must care for the disappointment with kindness. To do that, I will not try to relive the disappointments that happened; rather, I will create a way for the disappointments to dissolve. (I’m not explaining the Energy Guidance Complete way this will happen, because it differs from person to person.) When the disappointment has dissolved, the pain will end.

My experience reflects the experiences of many people. Emotional turmoil sometimes lodges in the body and manifests as physical pain. This type of pain is hard to treat, because emotional wounds defy physical treatments.

Back pain, knee pain, stomachaches, skin eruptions, and abdominal ailments are types of physical problems that often have emotional causes. When these problems occur, the best healing approaches are holistic therapies. When physical and emotional healing of physical problems occur, the healing is more often successful.

The body heals when causes are understood and acknowledged. As with me and my knee, emotions are responsible for the body’s responses. Pain and joy affect the way we feel, and the way we feel creates the pain or joy.

The more we focus on emotions that are positive, the better we feel. The more we allow negative emotions to fester, the more chance of physical pain. Even when difficult things happen in life, positive rather than negative helps prevent lasting harm.

The power of emotional healing is incredible. The first step is to understand its existence!

Excavating the Pain


Our bodies are constant communicators.


Here’s the message: pain has reasons. Pay attention and care for your body before it rebels.


Here’s the explanation:

Aches, pains, urges, dizziness, and intuition are some of the communication devices. Feelings of satisfaction and comfortable exertion announce states of comfort. Fatigue, turning inwards, and explosions of boiling announce states of upset. Nausea and weakness transmit helplessness. Feelings of myself (no special physical sensations) and unawareness (of other physical sensations) convey self-realization (here, self-realization means being or doing in an absorbed or forced fashion).


Subtle, intimate messages convey alerts for physical, emotional, and unsettled states of the body. The urges to perform daily physical actions start with subtle messages. Slight rumbling in the abdomen calls for attention to needs for nutrition. Urges to urinate and defecate are less subtle after sleep, but are more subtle when attention is focused on other activities. Mild pain in the back or legs conveys the need to move around. Yawning can signal tiredness or disinterest.

Louder messages are conveyed through less subtle means. Gnawing feelings in the abdomen shout for food intake. Leaking or spasming shout for attention to relief from waste materials in the body. Inability to move parts of the body shout for care of the affected body parts and the need to move more. Inability to focus shouts the need to change activities or to sleep.

Ignoring subtle messages can lead to the inability to care for one’s body. The body will actually give up the subtle messaging system and will work in distress mode until relief comes or relief doesn’t come and breakdown begins to occur.

Treating needs of the body with the wrong remedies contribute to the inability of the subtle messaging system to work. Examples: Drinking coffee late at night instead of sleeping upsets the body’s rhythms. Late night shift work after a day of not sleeping shuts down some functioning.

When pain is felt, a pain reliever is not the answer unless the pain reliever involves release of pain through natural or gradual means. Pain relievers that alter the communication between the body and the person are last resort options. The pain means that the body itself fights with itself—self-conflict with no winners. Relieving pain requires listening to the body’s subtle and not-so-subtle messages and relieving the body of its conflicts.

Message: the body is designed to function with proper care. Care for your body, listen to its messages, and go!

Suffering unexplainedly


Pains in the back or the teeth or the head or the abdomen or the back fontanel or the legs. And in other places as well. Pain that is suffered day in and day out or intermittently without reason for years or months or always. Pain that is debilitating or sort of debilitating or debilitating but withstandable. Pain that is examined and named and dulled and excised—with a scapel or a drill or a laser. Pain that is medicated away or pressed away or slept away.

Pain that always comes back.

Pain can be unbearable, bearable, or determinedly-bearable.

Pain that a person is determined to bear gives strength when the pain is caused by irreparable damage. Overcoming the pain of an amputation or a paralyzed limb is not an easy task and it requires determination and ability to disregard the reality of the pain.

Pain that is unbearable requires attention, not determination to bear it, if the pain is overwhelming yet solvable. The solutions may not be straightforward, but there are solutions.

Pain that is bearable also requires attention. Chronic pain requires solutions that also may not be straightforward. The causes of chronic pain often require attention to physical, emotional, and even spiritual issues. Chronic pain is explored in this blog post: Life with pain.

The causes of pain are mutifaceted. Usually they can be overcome by awareness of emotions and behaviors. Yes, it might be easier to swallow a pill to make the symptoms abate temporarily, but relieving pain through solutions that have effects on the pain and on the underlying causes brings well-being.



Life with pain


Back pain, headaches, knee pain, reflux, stomachaches, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), toothaches, constipation, tendonitis, neck pain, and more.

Pain occurs because of deliberate infliction, injury, poor choices, ill-use, and improper posture (when standing, sitting, reaching, lifting, reclining, or working). Pain can be interesting or fearsome, over-preened or overlooked, intense or annoying. The anticipation of pain is less frightening when awareness of its cause and extent are known. Chronic pain causes curbed activity, poor decision making, despair, and questioning.

Chronic pain is exhausting. Chronic pain can be empowering—if the pain enables refusal of unpleasant tasks (such as disliked household tasks) —or if the pain provides attention (for people who like to complain and feel that they don’t receive enough attention). Chronic pain is one more hurdle to overcome (for those who see it as a challenge) or defeat (for those who see it as an overwhelming obstacle).

Many therapies and lifestyle changes are able to reduce, and often rid, pain that is bothersome or chronic. People who suffer from pain benefit from introspective focus on the causes and intensification of their pain. Life with pain is not the given; it should be the exception.

Vitality revisited


The feeling of life in one’s body is an extraordinary feeling. Noticing the feeling of being alive, of being awake, of being vital. Amazing! Yet taken for granted and not appreciated. Too many people focus on pain or discomfort or hurt feelings. Those things exist, but they are minor in comparison to the body’s vitality!

Vitality! This word should always be written in color and in bold—and with an exclamation point! So that people will read it with energy and with desire. Desire to feel the strength of the word deep within the core of one’s being.

V-i-t-a-l-i-t-y! Feel its pull and its launch. Living life in a rich sense of being. Living life with gusto and with verve. Living life with emotion—feeling the fullness of each moment as it passes into the past.

When the blues hit or the bones creak, they take the focus and move miraculous existence to second best. Keep in mind that emotional ebbs and physical challenges are just parts of living—but they are not the main elements. They steal attention from the important aspects of life, and people must be vigilant to not become too immersed in the difficult and unhappy moments.  Health is so multi-faceted that its wonder is often overlooked. Appreciating the wonder of health is imperative to living with vitality!

Is what I feel real?

My knee hurts. Just started hurting. Did I do something to cause the pain? Is the pain real?

Pain is multi-dimensioned. The physical dimension. The awareness dimension (acknowledging and noticing the pain). The action (taking steps to relieve, ignore, or reduce the pain) and observant (more than awareness–“seeing” the pain and connecting it to possible causes) dimensions. And if the person is conscious of Spiritual Presence, then the spiritual dimension.

Ignoring pain is mistaken behavior. As written in The Gift of Intuitive, Dedicated Comfort:

“People should be aware that their body needs nourishment, sleep, etc., but many people see ignoring the body signals (hunger, tiredness, urges to eliminate, thirst, pain) as marks of control. They think that by ignoring these “annoying” feelings, they become better, stronger people. They err in their judgment.”

Caring for the body is a personal obligation on all. Caring for the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual components.

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