Metaphors for Chronic Pain

Walk through the Raindrops

Use everyday events and peak experiences in your life to use as metaphors and reduce your pain.

In 2013, I sat in the Tillamook Rainforest for 4 nights and 4 days with no food and little water. This allowed me time in nature away from others, work, and technology. I also had someone check on me for a few minutes each day.

As I result of this silence, I heard towards the end of the first night “walk between the raindrops.” I wrote in my journal “Your thoughts about pain flow so closely together that you think you can’t avoid it. Look at science. There is a massive amount of space within your own body. See the vastness in your cells. Think of this as the space between the raindrops. Vast.”

Photo by Ivana Cajina 

Once I returned home, I researched this concept and found “…your friends, your office, your really big car, you yourself, and even everything in this incredible, vast Universe – are almost entirely, 99.9999999 percent empty space.” Ali Sundermier  


Look for your own metaphors.

How does this work?

You will start to see symbols, words, and images in a different way.

An example of how I use the rain and vast space story is when it feels like I have an icepick stabbing inside my left ear. I first imagine the pain as the rain falling fast and hard. I then see all the space within each raindrop and I am able to find many comfortable places now in my ear.

I ask, “How can space hurt?” I KNOW it can’t, so I sit in that knowledge until my mindset changes. I always physically feel better. You will too.

Imagine how relaxed you will be when you find your own stories?


Soothing Videos

You can start working with this idea by watching videos like Rain in the Woods of Oregon.

Photo by John Noonan 

Then watch some science videos of the vastness within you. You can start with this short one You are Made up of Nothingness on YouTube.


Walk Between the Raindrops Exercise.

  • When your pain flares, sit down.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Take a deep breath in through your nose and breath out through your mouth. Repeat until you feel yourself relaxing. Return to your normal breath.
  • Drop your shoulders.
  • Imagine the rain falling. Feel the space between each drop of rain.
  • Now turn that feeling of space into your body. Imagine the space throughout your body. Feel the lack of pain in this space. Stay in this comfortable soothing place for as long as you like.

Let me know how this works for you.

Hugs!


I am a Master Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, and Certified Nutritional Consultant who shares information on how to reduce your chronic persistent pain. I live with this discomfort and even though our pain may feel different I know what you are going through.

I mix words and magic as I write about chronic pain. I stir the souls of those who hurt and I share transformative tools to help manage your pain.

I want to share this information and tools with women living with chronic pain. 

We refuse to let pain be in charge of our lives.

If you need help or have questions, email me at gail@thrivewithchronicpain.com or go to my Contact page.

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