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The Pain Experiment; it’s time to celebrate!

by Wendy Down on December 20, 2016

My daughter, Haley, on the right, and I wishing you a Merry… Everything!

Several months ago, we Consciouseers announced an experiment to observe pain change by changing your consciousness around it.  

We invited you to predict how you’d know if the experiment worked here.

You determined your candidacy for the experiment here and accepted the stand you’d need to take to take part.

Then we all got down to business.

A group of non-physical teachers spoke their heart-lifting message of hope about your pain.

You changed your pain by changing the past and set up a magical Creation Station to hold the consciousness of no-more- pain for you.

You saw medical evidence that changing one’s consciousness has already change pain for thousands, and you learned why and how.

Next, you felt your own pain change… in real time.

And accepted full healing, feeling the joy of it!

With all the work behind you, you played games with your pain.

You listened to it speak.  And finally, just last week, your microbes consciously joined the experiment too!

Today, you are not the person who began this experiment on Sept 6.  Your understanding of and relationship to pain has changed.  Your consciousness about pain has evolved.

It’s time to see the difference the experiment has brought about by answering two simple questions:

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What is your single biggest take-away from The Pain Experiment?  In other words, what will you remember most?

And how has pain changed for you over the past 4 months?

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By answering these questions, in words and in writing, you not only help us measure the success of The Pain Experiment but you help yourself to do the same.  As the season of celebration fast approaches, you celebrate whatever YOU have to celebrate on this subject!

And please, share your observations, learnings and reasons for celebration below.

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PS. A heartfelt thank you to Ken Graydon, Janice Dietert and Rodney Dietert for weaving your beautiful consciousness and contributions into another Consciousness Playground experiment.  There are no better collaborators anywhere, and I’ve loved every moment we’ve spent on this together.

Pain and Your Microbiome – Pain Experiment Post #11

by Wendy Down on December 13, 2016

Good day, experimenters. Today’s Pain Experiment post offers an ingenious twist on pain you won’t find anywhere else.  

Can’t find anywhere else.

‘Cuz in addition to being a co-leader (Consciouseer) in this experiment, its author Rodney Dietert is a world authority in the burgeoning science of the human microbiome.  You might recall his last contribution to the experiment was written on the cruise ship where he was lecturing to an exclusive group of cutting-edge thinkers.

Below, he addresses pain from his visionary perspective that our body is a community.

Lucky us!  Read on.

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You and Your Microbes in Pain and Wellness

It’s Consciouseer Rodney here with my final blog article on pain. Today, I will focus on the small, yet wondrous, part of your body as we look at pain, your microbes.

When you were in school sometime in the 20th century, you inevitably learned something about the human body in Biology class. Chances are you learned about germs – bacteria and viruses – and were taught that you needed to avoid them like the plague and kill them whenever possible. This was the era that saw the rise in products like Purell and antibacterial soaps to kill the germs outside of us before they could get inside and make us sick.

Now that we’ve moved into the 21st century, science has made some astounding discoveries about those germs and about us. We aren’t just human mammals, not by a long shot. In fact, we have a lot more in common with those germs we’ve been trying to kill off; they may actually be part of us.

You see, at least 57% of your body’s cells and 99% of your genes are microbial. They’re made up of some of those very same bacteria and viruses we’ve been trying to kill off.

Rather than just being pure mammals, it might be more useful to think of yourself as a walking coral reef exploding with multiple species rather than as a single, pure human organism. And when your body is depleted of any of these microbes, even the rarest species, you are less than healthy.

These microbes have been such an integral part of humans for so long that a major part of breast milk is designed to feed only the microbes. It cannot be digested and used by our human mammalian cells. That’s because these microbes have to colonize and grow on and inside the body (e.g., skin, gut, airways, urogenital tract, mouth, nose and more) so you can be healthy. In fact, 21st century science now realizes that these microbes support your mood, behavior, immune defenses, digestion, endocrine function and metabolism.

So, this is all interesting, you may say, but how do our microbes get involved with pain? This is the Pain Experiment after all. Microbiome researchers at the University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland and their collaborators have recently published their discoveries about the microbiome, neurodevelopment and functions, the origins of pain in tissues and organs, and pain perceptions. And it would seem, pain and our microbes are intimately linked.

Their most recent articles, Pain (doi: 10.1097/j.pain.000000000000077) and CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics (doi: 10.1111/cns.12490), show that your perception of pain varies depending on the specific mix of microbes in your system. Thinking back to Janice’s blog of Pain as Messenger, one of the things that pain tells us is that there is inflammation in the body. This is important to know because microbes control inflammation in the body. Beyond that, the particular mix of microbes you house in your body determines whether you’ll be more or less sensitive to the perception of pain, and that’s important.

The good news is that the microbial mix in your body is relatively easy to adjust. Who hasn’t heard of pre- and probiotics by now? Plus, stress reduction techniques and many spiritual practices (think meditation, exercise, and yoga) that reduce cortisol have been shown to have a beneficial impact on the microbiome. So, you can approach the microbiome from many directions and apply many modalities.

Rodney's book coverIf you are interested in reading more about you as a human-microbial superorganism in health and wellness, you can check out my new 2016 book The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life from Dutton Penguin Random House. It is available in print, ebook, and audiobook versions from your favorite online or brick and mortar book sources.

Being a devotee of Ken Graydon’s Regeneration Healing, I would like to offer the Microbiome Body Balancing Process. Not only does this address the issue of pain and your perception of it, this process may lead other areas of your body to come into greater wholeness as your microbial mix returns to that which the Creator intended.

To your better health and painfree living.

Microbiome Body Balancing Process

I connect with the Creator, the source of all healing.
I accept blessings for all creation.
My intention with the healing is to attain the microbiome-body balance that the Creator had planned for me to have.
I journey to the Soul Library where all knowledge is available to me of how my body exists in balance and health in the universe as a superorganism.
I visualize bubbles of microbes and information that contain every part of the Creator’s standard useful to shift my body into balance in the universe. I watch as the bubbles and information burst upon me releasing all that is useful. I watch as my body slowly shifts with each bursting bubble. I notice that each shift brings a greater sense of wholeness and oneness.
I am filled with gratitude and blessings as I accept this re-balancing and healing.

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Thank you Rodney!  And experimenters, slowly, consciously take in the process and then let us know what you notice.

See you back here next Tuesday, Dec 20, for the final post in The Pain Experiment.

Pain as a Messenger – Pain Experiment Post #10

December 6, 2016

Hello!  Let’s carry on with The Pain Experiment. Today, co-leader Janice Dietert takes the helm, sharing her own story with pain, including recent pain.  May her honesty touch you and her words unlock something important in your own journey.  Enjoy! ***** PAIN AS MESSENGER I have to admit that I’ve struggled to write this article. The […]

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The Game of Pain

November 22, 2016

Hey ho, onward we go.  With the Pain Experiment, that is. Today’s post, #9 in our series of 12, comes from co-leader, Rodney Dietert. If you’re not familiar with Rodney from last year’s $3000 Experiment, read about his remarkable story here.) Over to you, Rodney. ***** It is such an honor to join my fellow […]

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The Elusive Gift of Pain

November 10, 2016

Hello, fellow pain experimenter! Today’s post, #8 in our Pain Experiment, comes from our co-leader down under, Ken Graydon.  Thus you’ll notice Australia highlighted in the image, left.   In fact, if you look closely, you might even see Ken waving hello… Ken’s post enhances all the material we’ve shared until now, so I know […]

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Feel Awareness Change the Pain – New Audio!

November 1, 2016

Greetings, friends!  I’m excited to share today’s post with you, #7 in our Pain Experiment. Because here, you’ll find a brand new recording I made for you called ‘Feel Awareness Change the Pain’.  It weaves together a number of the key concepts we’ve introduced so far in The Pain Experiment. And more importantly, in the recording, I […]

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Mind-Body, All the Same Thing

October 18, 2016

Hello again.  This week, fall has arrived at the Consciousness Playground office, and with it, today’s post,  #6 in our Pain Experiment series. Co-leader, Janice Dietert offers a lot to absorb and before you start, know that in our next post, I’ll share a new audio-recording I’ve made. It weaves together all the key concepts […]

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Chasing Pain

October 11, 2016

Ready to let The Pain Experiment continue challenging and changing your perception of pain?  Today, experiment co-leader, Janice Dietert, takes the reigns, in Post #5.  Enjoy! “Have you ever seen a dog on a scent trail? Bloodhounds are particularly good at this. They have the most acute sense of smell and can be as tenacious as […]

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Pain. Accepting the Alternative.

October 4, 2016

Today we continue the Pain Experiment with Post #4. This post, like our last one, comes from experiment co-leader, Ken Graydon.  When you are finished reading this post, you will take some concrete action.  Find out what that is by reading below.  Enjoy! ***** “Pain is like the red light in your car, that tells […]

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Pain Again? Why Not Change?

September 20, 2016

Well, well.  Welcome to post #3 of The Pain Experiment.  This week’s contribution comes from experiment co-leader, Ken Graydon, pictured with me, left. (As background, Ken lives in Australia and I in Canada so our in-person meetings are rare. We have independent private practices but regularly team up to offer private Remote Sessions, which take place in […]

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