The Calling of Pain

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The Calling of Pain

Welcome to my very first Blog!  I am extremely excited to be launching ExtRAWdinary Health & Wellness.  I have so many ideas in mind, new friends to meet and more learning to receive on this life journey……..

I will be kicking off with, what some may consider, a slightly controversial subject that follows on from my story and bio – “The Life Lessons in Pain”.  Whether physical, emotional, or through illness, pain can come hurtling through, bowling us over like a steam train.  It can bring with it intense emotions of anger, sadness, grief and confusion to name a few.

As my own health journey continues, my overall health – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, has improved drastically in the last few years but it is an ongoing process.  I am reminded of the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson “Life is a journey – not a destination”.

In his book “The Biology of Belief” by Bruce Lipton PhD,  it describes how the thoughts we think directly impact the state of our body and immediate environment – it is a direct connection.

Pain, in all forms, has long been seen as some sort of handicap, inconvenience or hardship.  People who seek psychological help are still perceived as sick, weak or unreliable.  In reality, these people are the only ones who are, at least, doing something about their pain.  Most people hide their pain so well that they don’t even recognise themselves anymore or lock it down so far into their psyche that these issues have all the time in the world to wreak havoc in their lives and/or physical health.

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
– C.S. Lewis,

Does Pain Have a Function?
But what if pain has an actual function?  What if pain was a Universal ‘Alarm System’ to awaken us?  If we take a look at the human body we see this principal in effect.  Touching a hotplate warns us of danger, a cold or flu gives us aches and pains, telling our body to rest, take it easy for quicker healing and reminding us to re-connect, ground and prioritise rather than using superfluous energy for things that don’t matter.

What if pain held a message – to tell us something is wrong with us or the way we are living our lives, or that there is something else we need to do, or follow a different path?  I know from my own experiences, that I certainly would be heading on a quick journey of self-destruction if I hadn’t listened to my body’s message! My internal “Alarm System” got louder and louder until I could no longer ignore my body.  I had no other choice other than to stop, ground, listen, get active and correct my course of action.  The message?  “Install better lifestyle habits!”  But other messages might be “Slow down”, “Stop putting others before yourself and learn self-love”, “Take notice of the important things in life”…..the list is endless.  If the warning check light on the dashboard of a car lights up, we had better not ignore it or else we could regret the decision when our car breaks down on the highway in the middle of nowhere!

Meet Your Pain

So, what if the way out of pain was actually the way in?  Instead of shutting down, avoiding, distancing, removing ourselves and running away from it which can be the natural tendency, what if instead we stop, ground ourselves, listen and reflect?

It can be a scary, uncomfortable feeling to meet our pain head on, but what if our pain was like a small impatient child, who gains increased determination to get attention the more we ignore it?  What if there was a danger in running away?  Hence the rise in pain intensity when we don’t listen to this internal alarm system.

Once we gather the courage to listen to what is going on, sit with the pain and ask our bodies what is going on, the pain can very often peak and then fall away as we acknowledge it.  I remember my pain peaking…..then falling, contented that I was finally listening to my true inner self.  Many researchers, such as Candice Pert Phd  – “Everything you Need to Know to feel Go(o)d”,  have suggested that this pain can lodge in our body’s cells and can cause further sickness and pain.  So, by being with our pain, sitting with whatever comes up in whatever form, it can heal, evaporate and never has to continue making us sick or cause further problems.  What if………the way out was actually the way in!

Then there is of course the inevitable in life.  Loss of loved ones, terminal illness, catastrophes…….who can say what learning processes there are in such traumatic circumstances?  However,  if we just sit and acknowledge our pain to allow the healing to take place…..maybe then we find the message of hope somewhere?

Stay tuned for next week where I’ll be looking at the Benefits of Raw Foods…..

Until then my dear friends…..Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Well!   :o)


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About Michelle

Michelle Firrisi is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Clinical Herbalist. She lived most of her life in the Island of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, UK.

She now lives in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Michelle also holds an Honours Degree in Bachelor of Science Podiatric Medicine and practices Reiki, Massage and Shamanism. Her main speciality is in the areas of Addiction, Anxiety, Depression and reversing Mood Disorders with targeted Amino Acid Therapy & Nutrition.

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Statements and opinions written on this website are based on experience and designed for educational purposes only. It should not be taken as professional medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before changing your diet or with all medical conditions consult a qualified medical professional.