From my experience of working with thousands of people over more than 20 years, comes the understanding that pain levels can be increased or diminished according to how the pain sensation is interpreted in the brain.
I have worked with many people in chronic pain. Fear of pain and fear of a debilitated future spent in chronic pain are responsible for more than 30 to 50% of the physical sensation of pain.
Once the fear diminishes, so does the pain.
I have taught my clients to release fear and to become emotionally stronger and clearer in order to release chronic pain.
And here’s how this works. Candace Pert Ph.D. says in her book “Everything You Need To Know To Feel Go(o)d”:
“… incoming sensation is filtered heavily by endorphins and other molecules of emotion at the peri-acqueductal grey (PAG), a structure in the brain where pain is first perceived. Moving into higher regions of the brain, discomfort is further filtered.; and if it’s strong enough, it arrives in the foremost area of the brain, the frontal cortex. There, a decision about the severity of the sensation is made, impacting the degree of suffering that a person experiences. In other words, pain is highly influenced by emotion and interpretation…”
Read it over and over again. It is revolutionary.