Making Peace with Pain?

From Nikola Tesla: “There are some who have learned how to deal with pain by refusing to succumb to it: this is called a negative reaction to pain. A young girl with endometriosis that is told again and again, “You’re not hurting! You shouldn’t be feeling any pain with this monthly stuff: it’s natural!” or whatever, might actually train her body to be unable to feel the pain she is feeling even though., by most accounts, the pain of endometriosis can be very similar to that of childbirth itself. Or someone with rheumatoid arthritis that is a parent or someone who has the family responsibility of caring for an aged parent might just get used to: “I am always hurting at level three or four. It’s only bad, it’s only pain when it gets up to a seven out of ten.”There are several people that have a negative reaction to pain because they have been in so much pain that pain has become normal.

“And there are those that feel tremendous, agonizing emotional pain: being the only survivor in a car accident that has taken their spouse, children, and their best friend all at once, where there was no hope of saving any of them: that is a pain this person would wake up to every day, sleep with every night, eat with all of his meals and never be out of its vicious tortures. Or someone has seen others killed somehow, or watched a beloved one waste away, losing memory after memory, precious thought after precious thought, and there was nothing that could have been done. The emotional pain for these and other people is almost as dire as the physical pain of a devastating injury, leftover harm or damaged from war.

“And yet, you move away from pain whenever you can. You mask it, dull it, distract yourself from it or even kill yourself outright rather than feel it. Some of this is your genetic heritage: if someone or something is hurting you it’s best to get away from the pain so you can stop the hurt being done. But when you cannot move away or escape the pain something else must be done.”

To be continued… 

The Paradoxes of Pain

From Nikola Tesla: “To a degree, pain is automatic, however, way our response to it is learned.  When a young child is learning to walk and then falls, there is a space of several seconds before his young brain realizes that he has fallen, and that perhaps he might be shocked or pained by this: generally the adults react much more quickly to the fall, getting up quickly and with anxiety. Sometimes it seems as though the child obliges his caretakers by crying suddenly, several beats after the adults imagine he would be crying.

“For thousands of centuries, human beings, as all other animals, had to deal with constant irritations and pain. Fleas, ticks, lice, various fungi and molds would attack everyone and everything; various internal parasites would cause several types of trouble, leading to constant pain of one degree or another. In point of fact, a certain amount of pain was deemed normal! If all you had to sleep on was straw or even just the ground, your body learned to sleep in spite of the discomfort.

“Yet now in the modern age, and especially in developed countries, you are almost never plagued by parasites of any kind. Your beds are generally soft, dry, and comfortable; you usually have cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. In short, instead of  various levels of constant pain or discomfort, comfort is perceived as the normal state. 

“And yet: many of you are experiencing an epidemic of over-using pain killers, of millions that use alcohol or other chemical distractions to remove the pain you are feeling. Some of you, so fraught with emotional agony, distract yourself from that pain with the sharp, cruel pain of cutting yourselves!

“Is this only because the body is so used to living with constant irritations that it must invent pain to feel ‘normal’ again? Certainly, a lifestyle that is too clean, too antiseptic can destroy the biome balances. Is there something similar going on with pain? If we don’t have some, then we must invent it?”

To be continued…

The Complex Roots of Pain

From Nikola Tesla: “The sympathetic harmonies between the body and the mind have only been imperfectly understood, and it is a far more complex subject than might seem at first. One of the issues is how the mind/consciousness can ignore pain because of chemical additives such as alcohol, much less those medications specifically designed to mask pain. However, hypnosis can also be used to divert the sensation of pain, and when that hypnotic session uncovers pain’s original roots, the effects can seem miraculous: the multi-dimensional messages from the mind/soul/consciousness can remove the very reason why the pain exists and thus the pain drops away directly.

“Others have discussed the inner hierarchy of your makeup as a human being: the spiritual, mental, psychic emotional and physical bodies interweaving one another in an elegant structure of communication. Physical issues might be dreamed about, for instance, using the mental, emotional and psychic bodies perceptive abilities to uncover the needed information. There are many examples, anecdotal and otherwise, of how your feelings can affect your body and how your thoughts can affect your feelings: this is so obvious as to not deserve mention. However, the main thing I wish to present is at least some understanding of how complex the relationships between physical pain and the issues or causes in the other bodies might be.

“Granted, if you have been in an accident and you have broken a bone, the reason for the pain is clear. However, the roots can be complex. In the spirit, the injury might be the result of Karmic debt; in the mind, a moment’s inattention or perhaps unclear thinking caused the accident; in the emotional body anything from a feeling of self-pity to unexamined rage might have caused that moment or inattention, or your psychic perceptions might conceivably have been overwhelmed by some sudden input, perception or even a psychic attack. In this sense at least cause an effect can be incredibly complex. And so it can be with pain.”

When Pain Becomes Normal

From Nikola Tesla: “Constant, unremitting, ceaseless and intransigent pain: pain that you wake up to and go to bed with, that walks beside you whatever you are doing and gives you no rest: for some people, this is their daily experience. In a health system that works to solve symptoms and not causes, drugs are given to ameliorate the pain, to mask it and drown it out. However, there are too many times when the pain returns and thus the spiral of addiction: you do something that helps a little but not enough, so you do it again and again, hoping to solve the problem.

“However, masking the problem does nothing to solve the cause. This is as true of emotional pain as physical, of spiritual pain as mental agony, which might manifest itself in OCD, the compulsions to repeat old trauma, extreme and rigid ideologies (where the mind tenses itself so that it can resist against feeling pain) and it is as true of the psychic pains of over-sensitivity, temporal uncertainty (where you keep feeling and raecting to things long past) or a constant state of overwhelm that drives you into hiding.

“Sometimes, your natural desire to understand and solve the inner cause of pain has you looking for psychic or spiritual causes of physical or emotional pain or trying to break up mental patterns and oddly enough this works often enough to be worth pursuing. If certain diseases can be brought upon you through your emotionally or psychically-driven actions, such as weight gain because of trying to heal the hole inside of your soul caused by sexual violation or cirrhosis of the liver caused by drinking the alcohol you believe you need to calm your (unexamined) anxiety, it becomes abundantly clear that a disruption in one whole system (the psyche, the emotions and the like) can cause direct effects in any other system: the physical body, the emotions the mind or anything else. “