When I woke up this morning I had a frozen right shoulder. This is just one of the various muscle, nerve and tendon issues I have suffered with in my neck, back and shoulders since I decided to quit my life on the railway two-years ago. I have undergone numerous massages, stretched and exercised daily, spent a fortune on chiropractor sessions and visited an acupuncturist. All of these treatments supplied a short period of respite, but nothing more. This morning I meditated for 20-minutes and during this time I focused on what was going on with me mentally. I no longer have any shoulder pain and I won’t have any for the rest of the day.
Too many people in this world are experts at dealing with symptoms. They enter the garden of life and lop off the heads of the weeds. But beneath the ground the problem is still growing. After more sand has slipped down the glass the heads will return. Pain is a symptom and you cannot cure symptoms. Why can’t people see this? Why do the people we trust such as our doctors and health specialist’s focus on dealing with pain and pain only…everyone except John E.Sarno M.D.
I was in San Diego when an amazing young woman suggested that I could cure my back pain by reading this book. Books have helped shape my life in the most wonderful ways, and have provided me with the greatest form of education. No sooner had she told me about the power of the book I swear I thought my back problems were already solved. An important distinction here is my belief and open mind. I believe these things work. I put my faith into them and I receive rewards in my life. It’s so simple.
Societal conditioning is so strong it impedes our thinking. We are so indoctrinated in some of the ideas that we are taught in the world that we accept them without question. Our minds are closed off to so many possibilities it is startling. Take physical pain for example. People believe that it is structural and that it is caused by a specific injury. John E. Sarno offers an alternative to this way of thinking. The powerful thing about this alternative is it puts the cure into your own hands minds, and takes away the need to rely on the so-called experts; experts who also have closed minds.
When I work at a live poker tournament I experience pain in my neck, shoulders and back. Why? It’s because I have programmed my mind to think this way. I am expecting to feel pain, I am telling my body to create pain and it duly obliges. I used to believe that I was suffering from these physical pains because I had injured myself writing at poker tournaments. I thought it was a combination of poor posture, too much hard work and a lot of traveling in cramped places. After reading this book I believe that I am a sufferer of TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome).
TMS is characterised by physical pain, but this pain is brought on by psychological issues rather than structural issues or muscle deficiency. These neck, shoulder and back problems are not mechanical defects. They have to do with people’s feelings, their personalities and vicissitudes of life. – John E.Sarno.
It’s all about perspective. So I develop an injury and believe that injury is connected with my decision to leave the railway and start writing. The new form of work has left me sedentary for long periods of time and created muscle, tendon and nerve issues. But this time period also coincided with my divorce – the most stressful period of my life. I dealt with my divorce by moving on as quickly as I could. I repressed my feelings of anger and sadness and plough a furrow. How do I know that my problem is psychological and not physiological? It’s a form of choice. I choose to believe it’s the former, and when I concentrate on my emotional issues and the pain dissipates then I know I made the right choice.
In TMS the autonomic system selectively decreases blood flow in certain muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments in response to the presence of repressed emotions like anxiety and anger. The tissue involved is getting less than its normal supply of blood. This means there is less oxygen resulting in pain. – John E.Sarno.
The pain of TMS is created in order to distract the attention of the sufferer from what is going on in the emotional sphere. It is intended to focus ones attention on the body instead of the mind. It keeps the repressed emotions repressed. – John E.Sarno.
If you suffer from any form of physical ailment involving the muscles, tendons or ligaments; if you are a chronic sufferer of acne, headaches or migraines then you may also be suffering from TMS. You may also be able to take control of your pain, your destiny…your life.