The Hero’s Journey Out of Chronic Pain

Today is May the 4th, and May 4th has many different meanings for many people. But one of the meanings is that this is Star Wars Day. If you’re not a Star Wars fan, my condolences, but I am.

I remember when I first saw Star Wars, and that was in the last century; in 1977. It was on a thing called the Cinerama, a massive curved screen.

There was this very low-frequency sound, which was a new thing. I remember, my wife and I have been hitching around the Cape, which is this beautiful part of South Africa. It was the end of a long day, and we both sat down.

I remember this rumbling sound shook the whole cinema, and a massive, curved spaceship came into view. I was completely sucked into the story, transported to a galaxy far, far away.

When the movie finished, I sat and thought, “that was amazing.” I turned to my wife…and she’d fallen asleep.

The Hero’s Journey

To everyone, whether they’re Star Wars fan or not, the reason this story captured the imaginations of people worldwide is that it’s one of the clearest examples of what is called the Hero’s Journey.

Young Luke Skywalker had to go through a transformation to save the galaxy. He had to become a Jedi knight, and face his darkest fears.

The key to the whole hero’s journey is that it’s not just an external journey. If we are going to be the heroes of our own lives, we also have to go through a inner transformation.

Yes, there’s a villain and you’ve got to fight the villain, and you’ve got to complete your quest. But the true changes occur inside. This is true for everybody. When the odds appear overwhelming, you’ll find what you need to inside to become the person who can win.

…Out of Chronic Pain

Now chronic pain is one of the most challenging things a human being can go through. For the vast majority of people who have chronic pain, what you find is the battle you have to fight is inside.

You look around, you want a knight in shining armor, you think, “Oh, this thing will work for me. This drug is going to be wonderful, this treatment will fix me,” and so on.

At the end of all this, you find out that in fact, unfortunately, you’re not much better. Sometimes you quite a lot worse because of the things people do to fix you. That is when you need to look inside yourself. You need to plumb your depths to find your inner resources.

This journey takes you to places that you would never, ever have been if you’ve never had chronic pain. For many people, it’s one of the most challenging things anybody can go through.

Changing the Things that Matter

For some people, some of the changes are in your relationships. Maybe you have to start saying no to your family, your friends or your boss.  Maybe you need to learn to ask for help from those closest to you, and feel worthy of receiving that help. Maybe if you find it impossible to take a weekend off  because you always got to be serving others, then that needs to change.

Each person may make many different deep level changes. You often need to challenge deeply held beliefs, limiting beliefs which are stopping you from moving on in your life.

If you are not sure what it is that you need to change inside as part of your hero’s journey, then ask yourself this: what is the hardest thing for you?

What is the thing that you think you couldn’t possibly do? That’s probably what you need to look at.

The journey is to change your inner being so you can stop doing the things that are keeping you in pain. You can then, from inside, start the process of retraining your pain system and shrinking your pain.

The Answer’s Within

That process is the most exciting thing. The answer does not lie outside. The answer lies inside. It’s the journey inside yourself that you have to take. This is not easy. That’s why it’s the hero’s journey.

If you hear what I say and it rings true inside you and you think, “Yes, that’s actually what I need to do,” but you don’t know how to take the next step, then it’s ok to get some help.

Click the link below, and this link will connect you to experts, people who work with me and you can begin the journey of inner transformation which is what you’ll need to do to escape from chronic pain.

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