TRH (The Retired Husband) have both been hobbling around in pain recently.
Me? I seem to have one muscle in the left side of my lower back that decides to go into excruciatingly painful spasm about once a week. Cold sweat, painful grunting, shuffling at a snails pace for the chemicals cupboard and every other pain relieving device along the way. I have now learnt to manage it. Instead of being crippled for days, it has been reduced to one day. This last time just a twinge to remind me it’s still lurking.
TRH on the other hand is a whole other story. The poor old coot has been hobbling along in pain for the last week. Some days it’s better but still fragile. He has been so desperate for relief he’s even asked me to do some of that ‘witchy woo woo’ oil stuff on his back. And reluctantly admits that it does work! I do feel sorry for the poor old buggar. An old work injury is the cause. It rears its ugly head now and then. The shooting pain of sciatica is horrid.
But this whole pain thing has got me to thinking about pain from a whole other angle. The metaphysical nature of what pain represents and what we can learn from it. I turned to researching it for a bit of enlightenment about that.
Back pain is very common. Most of us experience it at some time or other in our lives. Many health care professionals base their whole career on dealing with back stuff.
The back is symbolic of freedom – pain in the lower regions symbolises fear of its loss. This list from Louis Hay breaks it down vertebrae by vertebrae-
- L-1: Signifies a crying out for love. Needing to feel lonely. Lack of security.
- L-2: Signifies the inability to see a way out. Remaining stuck in pain from childhood.
- L-3: Signifies strong feelings of guilt and self-hatred. History of sexual abuse.
- L-4: Signifies one’s rejection of her/his sexuality. Feeling financially insecure, and fearing having or changing careers. Strong feelings of powerlessness.
- L-5: Signifies feeling insecure. Difficulties in communicating. Strong feelings of anger. Denies the right to have pleasure in her/his life.
- Sacrum: Signifies stubbornly holding on to old anger. Feelings of powerlessness and loss of power.
- Coccyx (tailbone): Signifies blaming oneself, holding on to that which no longer serves the self, being out of balance with oneself, “sitting on old pain.”
Then there’s the whole thing about the pain body – it ‘is the shadow aspect of our being, the emotional part of the ego. If we want to live in harmony with ourselves and the world, we need to dissolve it.
We create our own reality through our thinking and our emotional patterns. Until we change them, the same problems are likely to happen again and again, including our tendency to self-sabotage to keep the patterns in place. This is how we can stay stuck for a long time.’
And what about body talk ? Developed by an Australian acupuncturist and chiropractor Dr Veltheim in the 1990’s, it is an energy medicine based on scientific principles that is now taught in over 30 countries in the world with resounding success.
What do you think about all this?
© Raili Tanska