Posted by: Bruce Proctor | May 29, 2008

3 of the best teachings/books for relieving chronic physical pain

From email to my dear sister, Carol:

Hi, Sweetie! (Or is that not PC?)

Just got an email update from Mom. Sorry about your pain. Glad that you’re managing it.

I’ve started my blog, It’s not fully up yet, but check it out!

One aspect this blog will address is tools of various sorts I’ve found helpful, such as those that have helped me work with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There’s a lot of overlap here with teachings I also call spiritual teachings. For instance, after several years of experimentation, I’ve learned that Katie’s Work will most times free me of physical pain. I still find it amazing, but no kidding.

Another very helpful teaching has been Martin L. Rossman, M.D.’s “Guided Imagery for Self-Healing.” The book is more helpful for background. More practical are the companion guided meditation tapes. He makes a very sensible and compelling argument for the efficacy of this approach, which utilizes relaxation techniques, and then visualizations. These are getting more and more use among cancer patients. You might find some relief or insight with this process.

For background, many healing traditions start with the understanding that pain manifests only when there is resistance to it. When relaxation or insight can be brought to bear, pain is no longer an issue. Relief (and freedom) is the result. These tools are ways to possibly access this.

And a wonderful book of support is “The Art of Getting Well” by David Spero. Ever gentle, compassionate, practical, wise.

With love,



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