Fibromyalgia, Chronic Illness and the Pain Body, Part 1
The term the Pain Body was introduced by Eckhardt Tolle several years ago. The pain body is the accumulation of suppressed emotions, negative thoughts, unhealthy beliefs and destructive cellular memories within one’s body or energy field. It is what I call the Fibromyalgia Matrix. The pain body keeps us trapped in the past and interferes with our health and happiness. It blocks our ability to feel positive emotions and sabotages our attempts at creating a better life for our self.
The pain body is self-perpetuating
The pain body is like an entity in and of itself and strives to stay alive and functional. It loves conflict and drama. The conflict, drama and negative emotions triggered feeds it. The bigger the drama the greater the banquet. It will attract those situations to itself and then revels in the drama and negative emotions.
The Pain Body is a major factor in fibromyalgia.
The pain body is behind chronic depression and anxiety. Suppressed emotions give rise to the feeling of depression. When you suppress a negative emotion such as sadness, you are also suppressing the ability to feel positive emotions and end up feeling depressed.
Suppressed fearful emotions don’t go away.
Suppressed fearful emotions live within us sending a constant message of danger to the nervous system. It keeps the body in fight or flight mode, always feeling threatened and the need to fight or run away. The nervous system stays in a sympathetic (on) status and doesn’t know when or how to shut down. This give rise to insomnia, chronic fatigue and feeling crummy. When the body doesn’t get the rest it needs, it doesn’t heal, detoxify recharge and rejuvenate the body. You end up with multiple chronic symptoms with no seeming cause.
The Pain Body becomes our identity.
These patterns become so normal that we don’t differentiate between us and the pain body. You might say that we become identified with the pain body. It becomes us. It becomes our identity.
One commonality between women with fibromyalgia is that many of us feel a strong need for people to hear our pain. And we often feel defensive when others try to help us. This is the pain body talking. It wants to be heard, but it doesn’t trust others. It also has a commitment to staying alive and well in its misery . . . even though another part of you wants to be alive, happy and healthy.
Pretty nasty picture. Yet it is real. And it keeps us in a state of misery and pain. Can you relate? I sure can. I lived it for many years. I was a pro at being miserable and in pain. It is such a relief to be out of this pattern. You can too.
There is hope. You can healing the pain body.
My post next week will show the 5 stages of healing the pain body. Stay tuned.
Healing the Pain Body is an important part of rebuilding our health.
I have been asking myself this last year why I focus to much on the emotional, mental aspects of rebuilding our health. As I wrote the post, I received my answer. We can do all the right things on a physical level to rebuild our health, but without addressing the pain body, our health and especially our happiness will be compromised.
Let’s focus this year on healing the pain body!
This year, I am rolling out online group programs that will provide education, training and support in healing the pain body. One of my goals is to make the healing work that I do available to women and men with fibromyalgia at affordable rates. The group online programs will do that.
The first program is happening beginning on January 29.
I am really excited about this. My first program will be launched on January 29th with a free online guided Integrative Movement experience featuring Chair Yoga. Chair Yoga is the vehicle, Integrative Movement is the process that I have developed from years of practicing and teaching yoga to create awareness, compassion and gently heal the pain body.
The program on Chair Yoga class on January 29 will be followed with a 3 series movement course including, Tai Chi Chi Gong, Joint Freeing Movement and Freedom Dance. The Integrative Movement approach will be included in all classes. All movements are safe for women with Fibromyalgia and will allow you to gently move your body. Benefits include:
- gentle exercise
- strengthening and toning muscles
- increasing flexibility
- reducing pain and tension
- Improve sleep
- developing awareness
- healing the pain body
To join the free online chair yoga class on January 29, click on the link below.
May you be free, may you be peaceful, may you know your true self.