Doing the Living Inquiries on Pain

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Doing the Living Inquiries on Pain

I have an old shoulder injury from falling down the stairs many years ago. It hurts most of the time, and even when the pain is less, it always seems to be lurking in the background. Every week when I go to the chiropractor, I ask him to adjust it. Sometimes it hurts so much that he uses kinesio tape to help it heal. I always get temporary relief from that, as well as from the massage that I get twice per month.

Yesterday morning I woke up with a lot of pain in that shoulder, so I decided to do some inquiry on it. For those who have been asking how to do self-inquiry on pain, here’s how my process went.

 

I felt the pain and thought ‘it hurts.’

I decided to look for someone here who hurts.

With the pain, I saw a picture of me falling down the stairs.

I looked at the picture, the mental image that appeared in my mind, and asked, “is that picture me, the one who hurts?”

Yes, it sure feels like me.

Still feeling the pain, another picture came in – me on my back at the bottom of the stairs, in pain.

Looking at the picture, I ask, “Is that picture me, the one who hurts?”

Yes, that feels like me too. How did I know? Because the pain in my shoulder was getting more intense when I looked at the picture.

So I went back to feeling the pain in my shoulder. “Is that energy me, someone who hurts?”

Yes. This time I see a picture of the shape of the energy.

Looking at it, I ask, “Is that picture a person who hurts?”

No.

“Is that picture the pain?”

No. It’s a picture.

I went back to the energy in my shoulder. The pain felt less, but it was still there, so I asked if it was me, someone who hurts.

Yes. Again the picture appeared of me lying at the bottom of the stairs.

I kept looking at it. “Is that picture me, the one who hurts?”

Yes. The pain flared up again. And a different picture of the energy – a small, round, dark ball.

“Is that picture me, the one who hurts?”

No. The picture then disappeared naturally, on its own.

I looked at the picture of me at the bottom of the stairs again. “Is that me, the one who hurts?”

Yes. This time the words ‘Pain’ and ‘Injury’ appeared.

I looked at those words. “Are either of those words me, the one who hurts?”

No.

“Are either of those words the pain?”

No.

I go back to feel the energy.

I can’t find it.

But the picture of me at the bottom of the stairs is still there.

“Is that picture me, the one who hurts?”

No.

The picture changes. In it I’m standing and smiling.

And I can’t find the pain.

 

Last night I slept on that side of my body, and today I still can’t find any pain in my shoulder. Will the pain come back? I don’t know. Maybe. If it does, I can look again.

  • Terry Breeze

    That’s great to hear Jullianne. I am a chiropractor and massage therapist myself and have sometimes experimented with ways to help my clients to heal the emotional component of their conditions. i am new to LI and excited about it. I would love to to hear how it goes with your shoulder. By the way, thanks very much for the rest session the other day. I really likes it and I am really looking forward to doing the deepening with you and Fiona. So glad to know you got some relief from pain.

    • julianne1000

      Thank you Terry. I look forward to working with you. I’ll let you know how it goes with my shoulder. So far, still no pain 🙂