Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to manage your pain successfully – or do you believe that you have no control over your pain and that it is part of life that you must tolerate or accept? Well, this article just may have what you are looking for…..

While it is certain that some types of pain have an organic and demonstrable cause, it is equally certain that some types of pain – specifically stress-related pain – may not have an obvious physical cause at all. Stress in modern life is all too pervasive.

We no longer give ourselves permission for time-outs when we are lacking energy, motivation or when we’ve lost our natural vitality. We push ourselves to meet deadlines, responsibilities, appointments, regardless of how we feel. Even when we do find that there is time for what I like to call a ‘nana-nap’*, we don’t give ourselves permission to take a break, yet doing so would go a long way in alleviating stress.

In addition to rest, our unconscious mind can be a real ally when it comes to tackling stress-related pain. Using meditation-induced hypnotic techniques that just about anyone can master, and bypassing the conscious critical faculty, we can certainly create an impact to greatly reduce, and over time, eliminate, such pains as headaches and some types of back pain.

While you are strongly advised to consult your primary health carer to check out whether any pain you do have is not due to an underlying and more serious issue, the use of dynamic meditation techniques, even in these cases, provides a benign and complementary addition to other treatment therapies and methods. So how does our unconscious mind assist us to alleviate and eliminate pain?

The unconscious mind is largely an enigma, because by its very nature it is the part of our mind which is unknown to the conscious mind. It has been the object of study and conjecture for centuries – the term ‘unconscious’ was coined by 18th century German philosopher Sir Christopher Riegel, and also later used by the English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, although the idea of the unconscious can be traced back to Hindu tradition in the Vedas.

To Sigmund Freud it was composed of two parts – the id and the superego, while his former student Carl Jung, went on to describe the unconscious as consisting of the ‘collective unconscious’ and the ‘personal unconscious’. In this article, I am referring to the unconscious mind as that part of our intelligence that has a blueprint of our perfect health, and provides the consciousness and direction for the functioning of the body.

This idea is one of the Prime Directives of the Unconscious Mind, as described in Time Line Therapy®, specifically in that it likes to take direction and follow orders. While there are many theories that address the unconscious mind, what is important is that you don’t need to have a thorough understanding of the unconscious mind to engage with it; the ability to work with and influence it is your birthright, and you are already doing it every day, whether you realise it or not.

Look out for part two of this article, where I will describe a simple method for putting the unconscious mind to work to help alleviate pain.

* A ‘nana-nap’ is a rest/sleep break taken during the day, usually in the afternoon, and typically lasts up to an hour, although it can be as short as 10 minutes. Also known as a siesta!