Fear and Pain

This was a surprisingly refreshing perspective from a surprising source…

“It is very hard to loosen the tentacles that dread wraps around the mind, but I’ve found this thought helps: nothing bad will happen to you just because you feel afraid. Suppose you get gripped with the sudden sense that your partner doesn’t care; is lying; will leave. Whatever the burst of dread is about, the feeling alone can’t hurt you.

“Once you realise that, you realise you don’t have to do anything to make it go away. Fear likes to present itself as urgent and agenda-setting; it barges in and takes for granted that you’ll cancel your plans to spend time with it.

“But armed with the knowledge that it can’t hurt you, you can stop responding to it as though it will. You don’t have to soothe it, or run from it, or even think about it at all. You can just … do nothing. For me, this thought was utterly emancipatory: the more I responded to dread by simply not doing anything reassurance-seeking, the more the dread learned it wasn’t needed. The goal isn’t to be free of fear, but to be free despite it.”

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/oct/14/my-new-lover-takes-my-breath-away-however-i-feel-a-sense-of-dread-how-do-i-stop-this

That was Thursday. Now this today, Saturday…

“…a new treatment called “pain reprocessing therapy” (PRT). Developed by Alan Gordon, director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles, the technique teaches patients to reinterpret pain as a neutral sensation coming from the brain rather than as evidence of a dangerous physical condition. As people come to view their pain as uncomfortable but nonthreatening, their brains rewire the neural pathways that were generating the pain signals, and the pain subsides.

“Remarkably, 66 percent of the subjects receiving PRT were nearly or fully pain-free after this purely psychological intervention, compared with just 10 percent of the control group. A whopping 98 percent had at least some improvement, and these outcomes were largely maintained a year later.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/10/15/chronic-pain-brain-plasticity/

“Warning us of danger is, of course, the proper role of pain. You wouldn’t want to step on a rusty nail and remain oblivious, carrying on with your day. But sometimes our brains misinterpret threats and overreact by causing or prolonging pain when no danger is present. With chronic pain, our nervous system, triggered by fear, gets stuck in fight-or-flight mode, switching on our body’s alarm bells in the form of physical symptoms.”

A decent astrological correlate is the Stations of Jupiter (Expansion) and Mercury (Intellect, Communication) on 17-18 October 2021, Jupiter in 23 Aquarius at 10:30 pm PDT on the 17th, and Mercury in 11 Libra at 8:16 am PDT on the 18th, both Air (Mind) Signs. The Jupiter/Expansion event is about Self-Love in the face of Potentially Startling Revelations that could require Ego Death.1 The Mercury/Communication event is about Manifestation, with Potential for Despair.2 Of course we’d Transform into Miracles any Despair that showed up, by Poor-Sweethearting ourself, right?

For instance, most of us, to some degree or another, Consciously or Unconsciously, are Ego-Attached to Victimhood. If we had to give that up, there could be Social Costs, Explanations required, new Expectations, Relationship turmoil, Boundary Revision, all manner of Difficult Transitions. Think of all the things you’ve told your Boss, or your Sweetheart or your Mom or Kids, that you couldn’t Do because of your Chronic Pain. That could create so much Hassle that you might prefer to keep the Chronic Pain! And what if what you Manifest is so much Change-that-feels-like-Loss, that you Suffer serious Discouragement, even though you know that you’re Giving Up Limitations that have Hobbled you all your Life.

This would probably be a good time to work on converting our Unconscious Belief that Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual are different Levels or Arenas of Experience, into the Understanding that these adjectives just label different Perspectives on the Singular Entity that is Us. We might even Learn that switching our Perspective is a Powerful Tool to use in many many Conundrums, not just Dread or Chronic Pain.

  • 1 The Jupiter Station is Conjoined by asteroids Sappho (Self-Love) and Hybris (Hubris) and Opposed by asteroid Requiem (Respect for Death). The chart features a Pluto (Compulsion) T-Square (Major Challenge) on the Opposition between Eris (Revelation of What’s Been Denied) in Aries (Rebirth) and a Libra (Others) Stellium (multiple Conjunction) of Mars (Action), asteroid Atlantis (Tragic Hubris), and the Sun (Essence).
  • 2 The Mercury Station Conjoins dwarf planet Makemake (Manifestation) and Opposes Chiron (Despair and Miracles).

We get the benefit of Hindsight to Observe our Experience of Moon Out of Bounds, as it was that between 7am PDT 10 October (in 10 Capricorn) and 10:49 pm PDT 13 October (in 6 Aquarius), culminating in 26:13 North Declination at 2:09 am PDT 12 October (in 10 Capricorn).

The next Moon Out of Bounds will begin 24 October 4:07 am PDT (in 14 Gemini) and end 28 October 12:58 pm PDT (in 6 Leo), peaking at 26:18 South Declination on 26 October 9:06 am PDT (in 10 Cancer).

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