Pushing Out Pain

Reading Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dunnett. He recounts his small daughter crushing her finger tips. To comfort her pain while they drove to Emergency, he told her to push the pain with her mind into his hand. It worked! They had to repeat it, but it got them to the hospital.

That reminded me of Open Focus which I have used sometimes very successfully (see info page). In Open Focus, you are enlarging your focus, like widening a lens, so the pain becomes one small pixel in your mind’s picture. You could adapt pushing the pain out to dissolve it into the atmosphere.

I have been trying this with my sacral pain today. It seems to work, though only for a short time, but it is easily repeated as you go about your day, whereas Open Focus needs you to withdraw and concentrate.

Was out shopping, in and out of the car. It is always really hard walking round stores on hard floor – and slowly too. We had to stand and look and discuss, so my back was really bad. I retreated to the car, waiting for my husband. Tried very hard to push the pain out of my back, which is really a form of Open Focus, as I could visualize the pain leaving and drifting away, widening my focus. At the same time, I kept saying and trying to feel, “I dwell above and beyond the space of pain.”

It didn’t totally stop the pain, but made it feel less deeply connected and put me in a better place to be. My focus was widening, rather than shrinking protectively. It gave me some relief and I could do on the fly.

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.
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