Healing Back Pain by John Sarno is about TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) (myositis meaning muscle)
About pain being caused by the unconscious mind’s effort to repress emotions … the unconscious mind creates pain in the body to distract away from some unpleasant emotion you may not even know you are feeling.
(according to this book anger is the main one)
I almost never feel angry.
According to this book, my anger could be being diverted by my unconscious mind so I don’t even feel it, then the tension causes pain in the muscles.
Physical pain being preferable to emotional pain.
So the technique is whenever you feel the pain, try to realise what you are angry about and then the pain becomes ineffective as a distractor. Then you don’t feel the pain any more (or it just moves location, then you do it again.)
Then you just gotta feel the anger for a little while.
But honestly, I’d choose this over muscle pain, now.
Thanks for trying, mind, but I’ll take the emotions now.
It’s wierd, trying to dig up a feeling of anger. Trying to realise what you could been angry about but it got so repressed you didn’t even know it.
We’re socialised that anger is undesirable. And sure, it’s uncomfortable too.
But really, anger is human’s way of releasing frustration.
Like crying is human’s way of releasing tension. 7 years ago