How Will You Know The Pain Has Changed?

by Wendy Down on May 17, 2016

Last week, I announced here that the Consciousness Playground will be hosting a new experiment starting Sept. 6, 2016.   Today, we invite your input about how to measure the experiment’s success.

Last year, when our experiment topic was money, the measure of success was simple and tangible; the goal was $3000 of unexpected income per participant and at the end, you counted your dough.   Pretty straightforward.

This time, however, our new experiment topic is pain and measuring improvement may be more complex.  So we thought we’d turn to you for your thoughts and wisdom.

To grease the wheels, think back on your own experience of pain during the last 3 months. (And yes, I use the term ‘pain’ without defining it at this point.  Let it mean whatever it means to you right now.)

Let’s say that a very good listener asks you to describe the pain you felt over the last 90 days.  You pour out your story, including lots of details. What the pain felt like, how often you felt it and what life was like for you when it was there.  You even discuss things you’ve never been prompted to consider before like how the pain affected your relationships. How it influenced what you ate, how much energy you had and even what you thought about the future.

At the end of your conversation, your interviewer calls in the 4 Pain Experiment co-leaders, Ken Graydon, Rodney and Janice Dietert and me.

We say, “We believe every unwanted experience you just described about your pain is changeable… by you.  We’re so sure, in fact, we want to work with you for 3 months to improve your pain.  And right now, all we need to know is, “At the end, will we know we were successful?”

So, since all that is actually true, we invite you to answer our question by leaving a comment below.

Said another way, the question we’d love for you to answer below is,  “At the end of the upcoming 4-month Pain Experiment, what changes might you be experiencing that indicate the experiment was a success?”

We look forward to hearing your response.

Imagine, muse and anticipate away!

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Melaney September 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm

I will know when sex is completely pain free (after recent hysterectomy) and my feet and legs and hips don’t ache at the end of a long day or first thing in the morning. I’ll know when my neck and shoulders and arms don’t hurt or get numb, especially when trying to sleep. I’ll know when I observe all situations in my life with wonder and delight.

Ana Maria September 22, 2016 at 2:09 am

I know that the pain has changed when I can walk up or down a set of steps alternating my legs as I walk down or as I walk up. I’ll know the pain has changed when I no longer hold on to the desk or table or counter to get up, I know the pain has changed when I can easily get in or out of the car with a bounce in my gait as I walk away from the car. My knees will no longer ache, my legs will no longer feel so weak , when I can trust I will not fall from pain.

Pat September 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm

How exciting to be working with the four of you on this new experiment.
I am very active, and the only thing that slows me down is the IT band in my left leg. It seems to be worse when I walk long distances. I’ve taken up running again, and many would say that is the reason for the pain.
At the end of this experiment, I will be able to run 3-5 miles with absolutely no pain afterwards.

Zeta September 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

I will know the pain has left when I
realize I have stopped worrying and
talking about it!

Pat September 8, 2016 at 10:31 pm

I can strap on any pair of shoes or sandals and walk for miles or stand comfortably for hours. My feet and ankles feel great, and I whip up and down steps with ease. I can practice and play violin for hours with no pain or stiffness. My back, neck, arms and hands feel great. I can kneel again!! And I can think about certain members of my family and even talk to them without bursting into tears. All this or even better!!

Pat September 7, 2016 at 5:58 pm

At the end of this experiment I know that it is successful because I am ready to roll as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, I zip up and down stairs with ease and I look forward to a daily 2 mile walk with my dog.

nancy September 7, 2016 at 12:48 am

I’ d love to be as active as I want to- gardening, walking, hiking, swimming, be flexible, strong and comfortable. I’d love to remember the happy parts of my childhood. I’d love to let go of mental/emotional pain and release that permanently.

SuzA September 7, 2016 at 12:41 am

Hi Wendy!

Thank you for this experiment. I’m on board.

Though not a gardener I foolishly gave a heavy chemical spray to seven rose bushes on a windy day. Consequences: working memory stressed, low energy, trouble concentrating and essential tremor in hands. Add: mental fatigue, sleep apnea and leg aches since childhood. Top it off with the responsibility and stress of being the HOA Board President.

How will I know this experiment has worked for me? Stress will be easier to handle, energy level will be up, concentrating will not present such a problem, tremor will be calmed, I will not feel the heaviness of mental fatigue, I’ll feel rested after a night’s sleep and leg aches will be few and far between, if any.

This or even better.


Neri September 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Hi everyone
I’ve been diagnosised with spadsmodic torticollis sounds great doesn’t it!
It’s a brain muscle miscommunication where the messages is relax and contract at the same time causing shakes and contraction at once always tight and sore.
As I work conciously it’s decreasing very slowly also rheaumIod and sjorgrens
I’m can see myself freely mining my head sleeping thro the nite greeting the day with joy in 3 months pain free yeah

Betsy September 6, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Over the last few months, I have had only sporadic pain. It used to be worse, but I’ve been changing my diet and using energy healing. Gluten, dairy and sugar free definitely helps, but I get into addictive patterns, where I don’t stick to my plan. Then pain increases in my right foot (I had a Mini Tightrope Procedure, which left me with a wheel and wires in my foot) and my right knee, especially. Participating in the experiment should help keep me on track, give me focus, and empower me. It would be great to become consistently pain-free, flexible, strong, and enduringly sure that I can create health and wellness, which is what my natural state of Being is.

Ana Maria July 31, 2016 at 2:54 pm

I will know, after 3 months this experiment has been a success for me by my ability to walk my dog, or walk along the beach, or climb 3 steps without holding on to a rail, or vacuum and mop my house without feeling the need to stop and sit down after just 10 mins because of the pain I feel in my knees. Just being able to walk down the stairs alternating my legs
even for 2 steps will be a miracle for me. I have been watching my legs deteriorate in strength and having excruciating pain in my knees, then hips and lower back for 34 years all due to being hit at a crosswalk by a car that ran the light. I have worked hard at not having to daily depend on prescription drugs and would like to avoid needing
knee replacement surgery, mostly because I can’t afford it and secondly because I don’t want more scar tissue. Yes, I want to be part of this experiment!!

Wendy Down May 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Thanks everyone for your questions, input, ideas and help. We will take your comments into account as we decide how to handle the question of measuring pain and it’s change over the course of the experiment. Stay tuned!

Alana May 23, 2016 at 4:52 am

Oh!, C P again!
For me, pain in the last three months is related to overwhelm and tiredness.
I am progressing, and really on a breakthrough period of my life. For me, something very painful is to need to work so much, and to live in a city.
I give lots of individual sessions, and I need to return to be with myself, my plants, to cook, to knitting, embroidering, study, experience my own life. I really love my clients, and I plan to connect with them in a more grupal way. I am giving now the first Professional training of the therapy that I created , Neural Deprogramming.
It is my purpose to return to nature, and create a platform to work less, having also greater income.
I feel workaholic, I rarely take moments to play, dance, rest, or go to nature.
I “have no time” for relationships. Have no pets, in order to be free to travel for work, but also because I plan to return to Spain.
I am living near Buenos Aires now. Seven years in Argentina, missing Europe. I am so grateful for all that I healed and learned here.
Here I am in some way leader like a consciousness work therapist and astrologer.
And, I know that I can offer more to my own life and the lives of may people, if I resonate with the New Earth paradigm about time and it´s relation to wealth.
I have essential tremor in my hands, and, sometimes, in my voice.
And, yes, this kind of life changed my way of eating in the last three months. Now I started a grupal detox, I am very happy with that.
My next evolutionary step is to have the same income, or more, more connected with an attitude of surrender to the easiness of life.
At the end of the experiment, I would like to be in Spain, with my online platform running well, near a mountain, near a river, near my daughter, with all my things, accepting a new pet, and, if possible, a new life companion.
Mmmmm…. I love to join this experiment.

Kelly Wolbert May 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

I am free of all discomfort physical and mental. I have energy to walk
I feel less weighted down. I sleep well and am well rested. My muscles are flexible and stronger. Any pain is temporary if at all and is no more than a 2/10.

Jody May 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I agree with (and love!) Linda’s thought about ‘reframing’ pain. The ability to reframe the perception of pain through consciousness will be fantastic! Whether physical or emotional, pain can drop vibration and intention quickly. Journaling, post it notes and meditation work well for me to gauge progress. I am looking forward to digging deep into this experiment to raise awareness and vibration! Thank you mighty Pain Experiment Co-leaders! 🙂

Lisa May 18, 2016 at 3:16 am

I agree with others that physical pain can be measured on a “1-10” scale, and I would be open to using that as a gauge. I also deal with mental and physical stressors because in my situation, I am the support for someone who copes with daily pain. Although they have the tangible, physical, agonizing feeling, I also experience pain in the way of stress, affecting mental well-being, diet, and anxiety. That being said, I guess if you truly took the time to evaluate all aspects of “pain” you could, in fact, give it a number on a scale, and using a journal (or something similar) could tangibly record the physical, emotional and mental changes associated with pain. Thanks Wendy! I’m very excited to participate in this next experiment and look forward to working with all of you again!

Diana May 18, 2016 at 2:04 am

I would put each pain on a scale of 1-10 in intensity , also another on frequency – and compare ratiings from beginning of period to the end. Also compare range of motion, statements of what activities are restricted by pain, a scale on quality of sleep, scales measuring emotional pain- frequency of thinking about painful events, images of painful memories, and making a list of what you would do without this pain

Alycia Lund May 18, 2016 at 2:00 am

Hi. I’d love to participate, but I’m not experiencing physical pain. I have emotional pain around issues in my life that I’d like to change. Can I sign up and work on emotional pain? Or is this group strictly about physical pain? Thank you!

GD May 18, 2016 at 1:07 am

More than the pain itself, it is the fear and resistance to pain that seems to be the problem.
So if our attitude to pain changes, the experiment will be successful.
If the presence or absence of pain becomes irrelevant, the experiment will be successful.
Somewhere, I know that this is possible.

nancy May 18, 2016 at 12:47 am

I wouldn’t be afraid of “overdoing it”, having to ice/sit down when I get a lower back flare up, spasms, spending a lot of $$ on chiropractors/acupuncture, or looking for the next “fix”. No more headaches at work, no more aching thumb 24/7. Feeling like I can move in any way and be strong, with out fear, knowing I don’t have to worry about aging and hurting more over time.

Linda Dodrill May 17, 2016 at 11:55 pm

At the end of the experiment I would experience myself as expertly “applying pure awareness” or any other technique that reframes pain (energetic vibration + perception + emotion ) back into the pure energy from whence it sprang.

Lynda May 17, 2016 at 10:25 pm

Hi Wendy,

What I will notice as an end result is 100% mobility and strength in my left rotator cuff. I will have full use of my left arm and use it as much as my right arm in my massage therapy practice. How exciting!!


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Neva May 17, 2016 at 8:50 pm

I’ve been noticing what feels like the “flux of pain” in my life. When I am detoxing the body, for example, the flux is high. When I have emotional pain, likewise. When I am facing huge life changes that feel complex and a bit overwhelming, ditto. I think the interesting thing about pain is that it seems to respond to whatever we have going on in life. Everything that is happening seems to have an impact on my pain levels … What I’ ve noticed over time is that pain tends to go away when enough joy is present.

sirriya din May 17, 2016 at 8:35 pm

I would love to participate in this experiment. Many thanks. Sirriya