You Gotta Take This Stand to Take the Experiment

by Wendy Down on September 6, 2016

As promised, today we kick off The Pain Experiment and discover pain is more malleable and responsive to your ‘inner world’ than you’ve ever been taught. Buckle your seat belts.

In this experiment, the relationship between our bodies and ‘selves’ differs 180 degrees from the position of standard Western medicine. By taking part, you’ll test out new assumptions and see the effect your new stance has on your pain.  The 4 months we’ll devote is plenty of time to get comfy.

According to widely-accepted Western thinking, the human body is a biological object which generates human consciousness as a sort of a by-product. The human self – YOU – are merely along for whatever ride your body takes.  In this view, you have no steering wheel to direct your body or its health.


Non-Western medical traditions (including mind-body or Integrative Medicine) take the polar opposite stance.  Consciousness (what you and I perceive as ourselves) exists first. Out of consciousness, our bodies, personalities and human experiences emerge. 

In Western medicine, your power to influence your body and health is negligible. But from an Integrative Medicine perspective, your power to influence your health reigns supreme.  Because you are the source from which your body and its biology arises.

(Deep breath.  Take it in.)

This is something you can investigate for yourself too, because this position is confirmed every moment through your direct experience.  You are the centre of everything you experience. Any other point of view is simply an idea, a mental reinterpretation of what actually happens.

Clearly, here we will be adopting the latter position. We will immerse ourselves in it for the next 4 months and note the effect this sea change of perspective has on you, your health and your pain. And by pain, we mean discomfort of any type, origin, location or duration. Emotional pain included.

In this Pain Experiment, you are the scientist, the practitioner, the patient, the treatment and the healing environment. 

This is what it means to take a wholistic approach.  You are the whole enchilada. You have what it takes.  And the 4 of us leading this experiment know this about you for sure. And we are here to guide and support you in discovering your astonishing latent power.

If you are not open to adopting this perspective, now would be a good time to opt out of the Pain Experiment.  

So there’s that.

When you’ve made your decision, let’s move on.

Awhile ago in this post, we talked about having a Pain Assessment Tool to help you measure the impact of this Experiment quantifiably.  But our thinking has since evolved.  Here’s why.  When we work on the level of consciousness, focus matters.

 ‘Where attention goes, energy flows.’

So instead of hauling your past pain and its history forward into this new environment, let’s kick off your Pain Experiment by focussing on where you want to go; the physical experience you want to pour yourself into. 

You may, in fact, have already declared this by responding to the question we asked in this post “How Will You know the Pain Has Changed?

If not, click on that link, read the question and answer it now.  Even if you don’t post your answer there, write it down for yourself.  Requiring yourself to answer this question will reveal to you how easily you shift your thoughts and attention from what is real-but-unwanted to what is wanted-but-not-yet-real.   It will grease the wheels for changing your point of view;  a skill you’ll be relying on here.  And when you’ve got it written, add the phrase ‘This or even better.’  Because hey, why limit an unlimited universe when you ask for what you want?

Then please, tell us below, what’s it like to declare the outcome you want from The Pain Experiment today? Is it hard, easy, emotional, risky, straight-forward… or what?  

Also, for solid evidence that pain can truly, reliably be relieved this way,  check out the work of one revolutionary American physician, Dr. John Sarno, who treated thousands of pain sufferers with pure mind body medicine and achieved astonishing results.   (Thanks, Pain Experiment participant, Trevor, for this reference.)

Read the Forbes magazine article about Dr. Sarno.

Or watch this documentary about him on 20/20.

Or hear this interview with Howard Stern, who was successfully treated.

By doing so, you’ll marinate yourself in the wonder of possibility.

Next Tuesday, I’ll share with you a tool of consciousness in the form of a recording you’ll listen to to apply to your own pain.

See you then!

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Melaney Gabris September 24, 2016 at 6:48 pm

It feels good, as in recent months, I have finally felt like I am on the path of improvement. To further declare starts me thinking about the ways I’d like improvement and further detail and it feels achievable. I feel as if making a declaration solidifies and speeds up the process. Thanks!

Zeta September 13, 2016 at 8:03 am

I have realized that my focus will be with emotional
pain…and I felt a pang of anxiety at the thought of
declaring the outcome….however, after having discovered
Dr Sarno (yes, thanks Trevor) I’m feeling decidedly
Harry Potterish..and my train is only just leaving the station!

Wendy Down September 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Yes, Zeta, your train is only just leaving the station.

Lisa September 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm

When I initially thought about this experiment, I was hoping to work on emotional pain that I have been experiencing lately. Now, after reading and watching the articles above, I will be sharing this with my immediate family members as well who have experienced physical pain! I look forward to changes in both their physical and emotional beings, as well as in my own emotional outlook.
In writing what “pain” means to me, and then “how will I know it’s successful”, I found relief in being able to write what I have been experiencing and what I look forward to experiencing!
So glad to be a part of this and to see what this new awareness will look like

Wendy Down September 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

That’s the spirit, Lisa – prepare to be challenged!

Chandrika Subramanian September 7, 2016 at 5:15 am

I am on in this experiment, for the sake of helping my mother who is constantly in pain. Language and communication issues have precluded her being directly part of this experiment. But then i wish t share everything with her.. Looking forward to AHA moments!!!

Wendy Down September 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm

How beautiful, Chandrika. Assume the love you have for your mother is also a powerful healing force woven into everything about the experiment that you share with her.

Janice September 6, 2016 at 10:08 pm

Loved the article about Dr. Sarno. Think I’ll be getting the book because my body has GOT to be telling me something.

Wendy Down September 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Exciting, isn’t it, Janice?

Cynthia Lee September 6, 2016 at 8:17 pm

It feels easy to declare the outcome I want. I am open to learning what my body is telling me about myself and my life through the pain I feel. Having typed that I feel a little uncomfortable now because I use my pain to protect myself from things and people I don’t want to deal with. Let the adventure into inner knowing begin.

Wendy Down September 13, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Such a wonderful insight, Cynthia Lee. May that awareness lead to adventures in wellbeing and ease.

Linda Dodrill September 6, 2016 at 7:52 pm

I am very excited to see where this experiment takes us all! Thank you, Consciouseers, for leading the way!

I absolutely loved the 20/20 interview on Dr. Sarno, it brought to mind Louise L. Hay’s You Can Heal Your Body and a quote I will probably get wrong that I think came from either Dr. Wayne Dyer, or Dr. Deepak Chopra “The body cries tears the eyes refuse to weep.”
I found another version of it: “The organs weep the tears the eyes refuse to shed” — Sir William Osler, 18th-century physician.

This and the ideas expressed above, about NOT starting with the past, sound more like a continuum – progressive degrees of better and better health, vitality and wellbeing; rather than a “this OR that” proposition (opposite ends of a stick, two sides of a coin, etc.) and I am eager to give this a whirl.

When I scan myself just now, I have no chronic pain, just some minor discomfort here and there, and maybe a bit of emotional discomfort as well. This could be from “making peace” with my 3-D, or maybe I have some denial?? It will be interesting to see how it all progresses and turns out!

Wendy Down September 13, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Yay, Linda, I’m so glad you’re here too. And what a gorgeous and accurate quote. Thanks for sharing it. I look forward to hearing your inevitable insights as you progress through them.