Letting Go of Chronic Pain
121 pages, paperback
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Below is the Introduction from the book.






Introduction

	Nobody wants to live with constant, unending pain.  Intense daily discomfort overshadows everything you do.  Any chronic ache rules every decision you make.  It also saps your energy, your vitality.  Walking becomes an ordeal, and lifting your arm to reach for your morning coffee roast turns into an agonizing project.  Your movements are not whole, but rather fragmented, as if pieces of your body were somehow solidified.
	Your state of mind stiffens as well.  You start to believe that whatever you wish to do is not feasible, or even possible.  Your pain holds you back.  Your physical discomfort is also your mental discomfort.  If this situation persists for months or years, you may ponder that you are, in some fatalistic way, “cursed,” sinking you in an ever-deepening depression.  You would then know deep within your being, albeit in not-so favorable circumstances, that your body and your mind are indeed one.
	Your inner intelligence instinctively tells you that by lessening your chronic body pain, your mental anguish would subside too.  You try pain killers or other medications, and if the discomfort continues you seek help with chiropractic work, physical or massage therapy.  These are all wonderful tools.  By combining them, you get a chance of extracting the best that each one provides.  You experience their advantages – but you also sense their limitations.  Your outer body is slowly nurtured, but your inner body, your “spirit,” your “soul,” feels somewhat neglected.
	In order to nourish your inner self, you seek psychotherapy or counseling, and you make progress.  The dedicated professionals in these fields truly want to help you.  Still, your inner wisdom is constantly telling you, if you’re present enough, that in order to make further progress in eliminating your chronic pain, the physical and the mental aspects of your whole being must be treated at the same time.  Dividing who you are, your “essence,” into body and mind is duality.  Integrating your true self, your “consciousness,” is unity.
	The purpose of this book is to help you heal your chronic pain by relying less on duality, as helpful as it can sometimes be, and more on unity, on intuition, on feeling-presence, on consciousness.  How can this be done?  By the only way that you can count on: your own experience.  This means that a journey of lessening constant pain is ultimately a voyage of self-discovery.  It is a sort of vision quest, and like any Arthurian endeavor you might find traps and snares along the way.  My sincere wish is to guide you through these obstacles, and in order to make it easier for you I will inspire you all along.  The words that I use, on the other hand, are not that important on their own.  Instead, these words would serve as an inspiration to motivate you, as well as a lever to access the source of healing.  Paradoxically, this source can be found by what I loosely call “letting go.”  It could also be called “unwinding.”
	These last statements may already raise some eyebrows amongst some of you.  After all, how can you achieve something by not “doing” anything?  The apparent enigma can be solved by a simple realization: you have an intention, but not a goal.  Yes, the primary purpose of this book – what most people would call a “goal” – is to lessen chronic pain, but the means of achieving this desired outcome does not involve “doing” or “figuring out” in the normal sense of the word.  Prior to “doing” something, an inspired mind is the first step towards a worthy intent.
	A lofty intent, however, cannot produce results without action.  Motivational books (along with affirmations) are a great source for uplifting your morale and enticing you to effect a change in your life, but after reading them, you, or a friend who borrowed your inspirational volumes, may find it a bit hard to incorporate their noble intentions into the so-called hard realities of life.  It is as if, after reading the last sentence of an exhilarating spiritual pamphlet, you would then wonder, “and now, what?”  For purposes of lessening chronic pain, reading is a passive (yin) activity that necessarily demands an active (yang) component.  For this reason I provide something for you to do in each chapter, a variety of Eastern and Western approaches that I personally encountered through many gifted healers, most notably my mentors John F. Barnes, PT; Marcia Hood, PT; Steve Marcus, M.D.; Ulrike Dettling, M.A., Usui Reiki Master; and Dennis Kalthofer, CMT, Usui Reiki Master.  I have successfully used these approaches to lessen my own chronic pain.  As you will see in this journey that will ultimately lead you into the very nature of reality, this novel approach taps into the hidden aspect of healing that traditional therapies, as valuable as they are, do not quite address.  “Believing” in this or that healing method is not good enough.  Only through your own experience, through your own “sweat equity” if you like, will you be able to know the value of what I offer you in this book.  In other words, you – not what I say – are the proof.  Your action makes all the difference.
	Your non-action has an important part too.  As hinted earlier my words (yin), combined with your actions (yang), would act as a lever to access that other part that is missing in traditional therapies to treat chronic pain.  This missing part consists of a facet of non-action called “emptiness,” where intuition, feeling-presence, and intent play crucial roles.  Traditional therapies address mostly the “form,” where deduction, analysis, and protocol play their respective functions.  In a superficial sense, intuition is a right-brain activity, while thinking is a left–brain pursuit, but there is more than meets the eye, as we shall explore later.  For now, why use only one half of your brain, and neglect the other half?  Why be content with thought, and discard intuition?  Why be satisfied with the small part that you see, the “form,” and disdain the large part that you do not see, the “emptiness?”  Why settle for copper, when you could also have gold?
	You must ponder these matters carefully.



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