They say the body never forgets.
There’s something both special and distracting about the Mind-Body Connection. If you are unfamiliar with the term it’s a basic description of how your mental and physical health are closely connected.
Factors such as trauma, stress, anger, sadness, joy, happiness, and so on contribute to how our bodies feel throughout the day and throughout our lives. The eutaptics® belief system is that the mind-body connection is our biggest asset and our biggest downfall, depending on how we use it.
Every interaction we have, everything we see, hear, taste, touch, smell, and the feelings we get from our experiences are stored in our memories, and by proxy, stored within our bodies.
If you’ve ever had a knot in your neck right after a stressful event or if you’ve had your stomach do a backflip when you saw someone attractive you know exactly what I’m talking about.
A way to test your mind-body connection is to think of a memory that brings on a powerful emotion. It doesn’t have to be a bad one, just a memory that brings you back into the moment the very second you think of it. Maybe it’s your first crush. Maybe it’s the day a loved one passed. Whatever it is, take a moment and see how it feels in your heart, in your mind, in your arms, legs, core. Feel those little tingles or the tightness and notice how it comes up without effort.
That’s the mind-body connection. You may have pushed that thought so far out of your mind you can hardly remember the details, but the body never forgets.
How does the mind-body connection create chronic pain?
Pain is a byproduct of trauma. Whether it’s trauma to your physical self or your emotional self, it all comes from the same root causes. Pain advances and becomes chronic when your mind stops processing the original trauma in a healthy way and lets your subconscious represent it now however it sees fit.
Not sure what I mean? Let’s get specific.
This past week I gave a seminar at HypnoThoughts Las Vegas and worked on a man named Charles Dray.
Nearly two decades ago Charles was involved in a motorcycle accident. It left him in immense pain, he suffered serious injuries to his back, arms, neck and legs. He spent time in the hospital and was traumatized by the whole experience.
Years later, there he was in Las Vegas, eager to attend one of my seminars after hearing about me and eutaptics® last year, complaining of the back pain that had never gone away. He volunteered to let me tap on him and see if we could work out the pain without medication and leave him feeling better than he had with any other type of therapy.
We went into the memories, discovered which ones stood out. He said he could still see the faces of the EMTs clear as day and smell the asphalt. I tapped that down.
After just 16 minutes we checked back in with those memories. The pain had dissipated. The sounds from the memories that he could hear crisp and clear had faded.
Interestingly enough, when addressing the motorcycle accident an unexpected memory came up that furthered the healing process of his chronic headaches and back pain. Unbeknownst to Charles, he had been representing the death of his father in his physical pain. By finally facing the emotional side of it, his body was able to release the weight of that loss as well.
So, what does this tell you about the mind-body connection and how it creates pain?
Memories, and the representation of what’s in those memories, play a heavy role in how our bodies hold onto pain.
How do we heal chronic pain when pills, doctors, and physical therapies don’t seem to work?
When ‘physical solutions’ aren’t solving the problem, you have to think outside of the box. We have been told that there’s a pill or an exercise or diet that will fix us right up, whatever our problem.
The truth is, if we start with the mind, you won’t really need that other stuff to begin with.
In order to free yourself from chronic pain and illness, you have to remember these three basics: FIND, CHANGE, HEAL.
- Find the memories/traumas that are keeping you in a state of pain, illness, dis-ease
- Change the memories at their core. They are memories. They are in the past. You don’t need them anymore. So get rid of their representations in your current life.
- Heal your body. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the hurts, all the traumas that have been living in your muscles, bones, aches, and pains your body will start to heal itself.
Get a complete understanding of how to yourself from pain and illness with the power of your mind join us for eutaptics® Heal Your Body: Pain and Illness this September. You can book your space or learn more about this event here.