Cobra: Situation Update | The Portal

Friday, November 17, 2017

Situation Update by Cobra | The Portal

Operation Perseus is in progress. Nothing more can be said about that at this point.

The Chimera group is getting really worried and they are ramping up their defenses in Low Earth Orbit through their proxies within USAF:

Knowledge of existence of heavy quark reactions that could potentially lead to creation of toplet bombs is finally reaching mainstream science:
Mainstream science is also finally beginning to acknowledge plasma filaments between galaxies, which is crucial if humanity wishes to understand the structure of the universe:
Scientists have also created their first wormhole:
And there is more soft Disclosure going on:
Meanwhile, there is a lot going on in the Middle East as Cabal factions fight for power before their final defeat.
Rothschild-backed Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman has purged Bush-oriented Saudi faction that was partially responsible for 9-11:
Mohammed bin Salman’s agenda is consolidation of power to increase ties with Israel and begin regional war between Shia and Sunni Muslims that would serve Rothschild interests:
Iran has already issued a warning that this war is NOT an option:
The Rothschilds have also been warned more directly today:
Despite rumors in the alternative media, Jacob de Rothschild is still alive and was NOT harmed in the accident.
The Rothschilds are also afraid of this:
Positive and negative factions are still fighting for their influence over Trump.
The Jesuits have influenced his choice to appoint Jerome Powell as the new Fed chairman. You might want to know that Powell was educated at Georgetown Preparatory School, the only Jesuit boarding school within US:
On the other hand, positive factions within NSA and US Military also influence Trump to a certain degree.
QAnon leaks originate from the positive faction within NSA and are about 70% correct. Trump is NOT QAnon.
Although we are not there yet, there is a massive investigation against the Cabal taking place and it will ultimately lead to the mass arrests when the Chimera faction within the Air Force will not be able to cover the Cabal’s back with their toplet bombs anymore.
Unusual number of sealed indictments is the most visible concrete proof of this massive investigation:
Many members of the mid-level management of the Cabal are already cooperating and are willing to testify against the Cabal in exchange for amnesty.
The following meditation can help speed up this process:
1. Relax your body, emotions and mind by focusing on your breath or in any other way that works for you
2. Visualize a vortex of brilliant white Light descending from the Soul star chakra of all Cabal middlemen into their energy field and their personality, awakening them to the reality of Light, guiding them to step away from the Cabal, giving them power to set themselves free from darkness
3. Visualize all those Cabal middlemen joining the planetary network of Light, putting down their weapons of destruction and deceit, learning to cooperate and joining the human society in a constructive way.
Command PB Stardust Pleiadian protocol for removal of chronic pain has been proven to be about 80% effective. Main factors reducing the effectivity of the protocol are suppressed guilt, suppressed negative emotions, past life soul contracts with the dark forces and extremely complex and / or strong medical conditions.
You need to understand that this protocol in most cases does not heal the cause of the pain, it just adjusts the central nervous system so that is decreases the pain signal. Moderate pain signal is then simply a sign that something is wrong with the physical body and medical attention is needed. This protocol is NOT a substitute for medical intervention by conventional and / or alternative medicine.
The Light forces have requested that this protocol gets viral as it has the power to drastically reduce the amount of unnecessary suffering on the surface of the planet.
Victory of the Light!
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Jacqueline Lasahn: Scorpio New Moon: Deeper

Jacqueline Lasahn: Scorpio New Moon: Deeper
“Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.” Iyanla Vanzant
November 18, 2017
3:42 am PTSecrets have power
once denied,
now arise.

Don’t let fear shut the door.
There is more to be revealed.
There is more to be healed.
Investigate what undermines your power.

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Selacia: New Moon Breakthrough -Letting Go to Be Free-

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-Letting Go to Be Free-
by Selacia

This week with its New Moon is an opportunity for a significant personal breakthrough. Consider now specifically what you would like to shift and what your ideal outcome looks like. Continue reading for suggestions of how to tap into the energies for beneficial breakthroughs and how to focus your mind for optimal results.

With so much going on in your external world, it’s easy to lose sight of your personal goals and your larger soul mission for being alive now. It’s essential, however, to regularly come back to yourself and refocus your energies.

New Moon Opportunity
This is especially true now during the New Moon opportunity window. What’s needed is to be present to the opportunity for breakthroughs, and focus on what you want to create on a very personal level. As mentioned, do this with specifics in mind – rather than intending you have a great job or happy relationship, intend the specifics of what it looks like and feels like. And, of course, visualize yourself in the picture.
Intend now that you will rise above the tendency to get so caught up in outer world dramas and the annual holiday rush that you neglect your inner self and personal path.
You are not meant to be living on automatic, simply going from one experience to the next. Even though it’s in your conditioning to live on the surface – letting circumstances carry you to the next situation – this is not your authentic way of relating to this life experience. To be authentic, you must strive to be present to each moment and situation. This means being consciously at choice and considering the ramifications of choices before making them.
The more that you can do this, the greater your abundance and the happier you will be.
Mercury Retrograde Shadow
Since we now sit in the beginning of the Mercury Retrograde shadow phase, factor into your plans the need to take care of things like technology backups and contract signing ahead of the actual retrograde. Travel plans you make now may go more smoothly than if you wait to book during the Mercury Retrograde December 2/3-22.
Letting Go to Be Free 
This Scorpio New Moon is a perfect time for renewal, reflection, regeneration, and revitalization. The energies also support being able to put a magnifying glass on thorny issues that you haven’t been able to resolve. This can help you to see what you didn’t see before. Also, importantly, it can help you in accessing buried feelings that need to come to the surface before breakthroughs occur. As you let go of these old energies and feelings, you can be free.
During internal process on your own and with others you trust to work with you on the deeper levels, you can take a very big leap in these moments.

 
DNA Akashic Records
Keep in mind that many of the seemingly immovable obstacles have roots in the past. These could be ancestral, your early life, or even past lives. These can be accessed and addressed within your DNA akashic records. A general energy guideline for accessing the deep buried roots is this: you must have on some level invited the deeper look, you are ready, and the timing is right.

Another part of the New Moon energy opportunity is having flashes of helpful insight about your current life and path ahead. You also may discover that a doorway opens for meeting new people, creating new business partnerships, and having closure with a loved one on the other side. I mention this here because already this month in my 1-1 DNA sessions, clients are receiving messages from departed loved ones – helping with understanding and an ability to let go of hurts and misunderstandings. This alone can be one of the most powerful breakthroughs right now.

Wherever you are in your process now, give yourself the gift of space and presence during this New Moon gateway. Invite a knowing of how you can utilize it in the highest way. Ask your Higher Self to give you clues and also help you in the dream state over the next few days – bringing to your conscious awareness what you need to know.
Trust that in the truest sense, you are never really stuck or blocked. It can feel like that with some issues, yet that’s because you haven’t yet accessed the deepest roots that need to come to light. Know that this is a process, and in the divine orchestration of things, you will see what’s hidden so you can address it and be free.

         Selacia MJB events       

Copyright 2017 by Selacia

– a globally known writer, DNA intuitive healer, spiritual teacher, and the creator of The Divine Changemakers * All Rights Reserved * http://selacia.com * Feel free to share these articles with your friends and post to your blog or website as long as you include this entire copyright notice, with link back to website, and the full article text.

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Connect with powerful rebirth energies at this New Moon Meditation.
This is a powerful energy gateway, providing opportunities to shift your life in amazing ways!
During guided process with Selacia and The Council of 12, you will receive quantum healing and insights designed to catalyze renewal in key areas of life.
Energies and insights you receive will help you to feel more inspired and resourced to make constructive changes and mega life shifts.

Use the energies of this Scorpio New Moon to get up-to-date with yourself before end-year.

Participate with others around the world taking part in a planetary healing to raise the frequency of humanity and bring peace to our world.

During the process, you will be connected with energetic forms of dolphins and whales, present at these meditations to assist with the planetary healing. One of your spirit guides will work with you, too, assisting you with healing and releasing old energies.

Using sacred sound, crystals, and essential oils, the meditation process is designed to help you achieve breakthroughs, harmony with others, and more inner peace.

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2017 has been one of the most unusual and chaotic years to date. The unknown factors are already unprecedented and piling up fast.
During tumultuous change, one of the most difficult things is not knowing what is coming next. Once every year, globally known writer, DNA intuitive healer and spiritual teacher, Selacia, releases her predictions for the forthcoming year.
Selacia’s 2017 Predictions eBook – still available on the ‘predictions’ page of the website – gives you a valuable personal road map to understand this year and overall trends playing out even after 2017. In the premium edition, you will have both the predictions and helpful information about your role and how to best navigate these energies to create your best life. Predictions
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Selacia: The Way Forward -Step Into the Light- +11/18 Meditation

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by Selacia
While the world around you is changing at lightning speed, do you sometimes feel stuck and unable to change something in your life? Right now there’s some good news on this common dilemma, since we have some helpful planetary energies for making breakthroughs on even the most challenging issues. Continue reading to learn how you can apply these energies, and how you benefit from addressing things that have held you back.

Moving Forward
In certain energy cycles there are moments when it can be easier to do the deeper transformation work needed to move forward. We’re sitting in one of those moments now ahead of the 11/11 and 11/18 energy gateways. The energies support being able to see things about ourselves that typically are off of the conscious radar – buried deep within the akashic records of our DNA. When we seek out and are open to a deeper level of self-knowing, it’s like someone turned on the light in a previously dark room. We then can see what’s there, in a direct way.
The first step to healing something is awareness. The more clarity we have about an issue, and the more directly we are able to access it, the greater the likelihood of coming to resolution.
Stepping Into the Light
When our issue is illuminated, we are resourced to make shifts in our approach and to take steps that previously were outside our radar. As we do the deeper transformation work and heal root causes, we can step into the light. Things look very different then. Things feel different too. It’s like there’s a spirit-sourced fuel available to a difficulty that we have experienced for a very long time.
Letting Go – Letting Yourself Thrive

This is a time of year when we naturally are reflecting on our lives and thinking about what our lives will be like next year. The end-year energies support a letting go process, so it’s wise to utilize the last several weeks of a year to clear away the outmoded and nonworking things that block progress. As we let go of what needs to leave, we set up conditions to thrive and expand how we manifest our soul’s purpose.

Predictions
One reason I began writing an annual predictions article years ago was to help myself and others with a fruitful updating process. The more that we can understand ourselves from a spiritually grounded perspective, the better equipped we are to use natural cycles of rebirth and refocusing.
We are eternal quantum beings – constantly changing. We have our own path, yet we also exist within the whole of humanity now experiencing life on Earth. It’s vital that we consciously connect with both levels. In reality, there is no disconnection between the two.
Divine Changemakers – Awake and Constructive
Our role as divine changemakers is to be awake to what’s going on and to be a constructive force in positive changes. To serve in this role, it’s important that we have awareness of energy cycles, our own soul path, Earth’s history, and potential societal trends. Therefore, an annual look at where we are personally and collectively – plus considering where we are headed – is essential. When we’re up-to-date on these things, we are more likely to see rocks in the road before we encounter them. We also can have more impact in steering the future course in more productive ways.
Wake-up Calls
I wrote on Facebook this week: “All across the world now, humanity is receiving a series of wake-up calls about the state of dysfunction in society and the need to come together in a compassionate way. Each of us can do our part through simple acts of kindness and by being present to ourselves and others. The planetary energies now, in fact, support very big shifts in consciousness and finding resolution to longstanding issues.”

A Daily Reminder 

Remember daily that you are an instrumental part of what’s unfolding on Earth now. Your light is needed. Your love is essential. Your compassion will plant endless seeds of hope for the generations to come.
     Selacia MJB events          

Copyright 2017 by Selacia

– a globally known writer, DNA intuitive healer, spiritual teacher, and the creator of The Divine Changemakers * All Rights Reserved * http://selacia.com * Feel free to share these articles with your friends and post to your blog or website as long as you include this entire copyright notice, with link back to website, and the full article text.

Below the photo – offered by Selacia:
1-New Moon Meditation 11/18

2-Mystic Journey 11/11 Activation – Sacred Numbers

3-2018 Predictions coming soon!

Step Into the Light

 

New Moon Gateway Global Meditation – 11/18
Live (teleclass or on-site) or with mp3 download REGISTER

Connect with powerful rebirth energies at this New Moon Meditation.
This is a powerful energy gateway, providing opportunities to shift your life in amazing ways!
During guided process with Selacia and The Council of 12, you will receive quantum healing and insights designed to catalyze renewal in key areas of life.

Energies and insights you receive will help you to feel more inspired and resourced to make constructive changes and mega life shifts.

Use the energies of this Scorpio New Moon to get up-to-date with yourself before end-year.

Participate with others around the world taking part in a planetary healing to raise the frequency of humanity and bring peace to our world.

During the process, you will be connected with energetic forms of dolphins and whales, present at these meditations to assist with the planetary healing. One of your spirit guides will work with you, too, assisting you with healing and releasing old energies.

Using sacred sound, crystals, and essential oils, the meditation process is designed to help you achieve breakthroughs, harmony with others, and more inner peace.

Mystic Journey Bookstore – Abbot Kinney, Venice  REGISTER
November 11 – Sacred Numbers & 11/11 Activation – 7-9pm

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Visit the link above to be notified when the 2018 Predictions is out.

2017 has been one of the most unusual and chaotic years to date. The unknown factors are already unprecedented and piling up fast.

During tumultuous change, one of the most difficult things is not knowing what is coming next. Once every year, globally known writer, DNA intuitive healer and spiritual teacher, Selacia, releases her predictions for the forthcoming year.
Selacia’s 2017 Predictions eBook – still available on the ‘predictions’ page of the website – gives you a valuable personal road map to understand this year and overall trends playing out even after 2017. In the premium edition, you will have both the predictions and helpful information about your role and how to best navigate these energies to create your best life. Predictions
2018 Predictions teaser

 

Private 1-on-1 Live Sessions with Selacia from ANY location

Read Selacia’s Books: Earth’s Pivotal Years 2017 Predictions

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THE ORACLE REPORT: Friday, November 17, 2017

 

Balsamic Phase Phase: release, transform, prepare for the new
 
Moon in Scorpio
 
Emissary of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom): Tara, Goddess who Guides
 
Emissary of the Aeon Thelete (Will): Elias, God of the West
 
SABIAN SYMBOL FOR SOLAR-LUNAR MONTH: 27 Libra: “An airplane sails high in the clear sky”
 
SABIAN SYMBOL FOR SOLAR-LUNAR YEAR: 08 Aries: “a woman’s hat with streamers blown by the east wind” (attune, align with new ways, hold on to your hat, stabilize)
 
Sabian Symbols for the Solar-Lunar Day:
  • SUN: 26 Scorpio – “Indians Making Camp in a New Territory”
  • EARTH: 26 Taurus – “A Spaniard Serenading his Senorita.”
 
Interpretation By Andrew:

  • For the Sun – 25 Scorpio – “Indians Making Camp in a New Territory” – When you find yourself in a new place, you need to be able to quickly acclimatize yourself to the new environment. You need to settle in. When you read the “Indian” image, are you seeing an old time western with “savages” in camp, or is it more like the sweeping vistas from Dances with Wolves? How ever you see it, the energy is the same. Now that you have gotten to camp, now you must make it your home. Are you out looking for water? Setting up the stable? Putting up and tending the home hearths? Or looking for food?

    I am feeling this symbol this morning as we are resettling our home after a new baby arrived last night. We must get things ready and make him comfortable. And prepare ourselves to get to know him.

 
  • For the Earth – 25 Taurus – “A Spaniard Serenading his Senorita.” – How do you use your voice? Is it words? Singing? Poetry? Using your voice, you can affect others; sway them one way or another. And when you add passion and feeling, the message gains so much more. Using your voice to affect people can also be an art. Some are naturally born to it. Others may need to develop the skill over time. If I go out and sing to the world outside, I might expect alley cats to screech. But my daughter would sing a song that would melt their hearts. Find your voice today.


Sing for the day sing for the moment
Sing for the time of your life
Come for an hour stay for a moment
Stay for the rest of your life -Styx
 
 
 
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Sophia ke Thelete acousome.  Wisdom and Will, let us attend.

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Is Most Back Pain Caused By Repressed Emotions? By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Is Most Back Pain Caused By Repressed Emotions?

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Back pain is perhaps one of the most common health complaints across the globe. Worldwide, 1 in 10 people suffers from lower back pain, and it’s the No. 1 cause of job disability. In the U.S., a whopping $90 billion is spent on back pain each year.1 Tragically, back pain is also a leading cause of opioid use, which now kills more Americans than car crashes.2

Seventy-five to 80 percent of back pain cases do resolve within two to four weeks,3 with or without treatment, although it’s important to note that back pain can also be symptomatic of something else entirely, including an aortic aneurysm, appendicitis, gynecological issues, osteoporosis, arthritis and kidney stones,4 so if your back pain is not the result of an injury or strain, it’s advisable to see a doctor for an assessment.

Few people want to be told that their pain is psychological or emotional in origin, but there’s quite a bit of evidence that backs this up. As noted in a 2014 scientific review:5

“Specifically with regard to pain, studies pointed to the need for a model encompassing the complexity of the pain phenomenon. The biopsychosocial perspective closes this gap by confirming the existence of a dynamic relationship among biological changes, psychological status and social context.

The difficulty to accept the multidimensional nature of pain is largely linked to the widespread acceptance of Cartesian principles separating mind from body. Conversely, the biopsychosocial approach tries to consider physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects not separately, but as an integrated whole … [S]everal studies show the major role of biopsychosocial factors in triggering chronic pain, in the process of acute pain chronicity and in patients’ incapacity.”

 

Back Pain — Is It All In Your Head?

The late Dr. John Sarno, a professor of rehabilitation medicine, used mind-body techniques to treat patients with severe low back pain. His specialty was those who have already had surgery for low back pain and did not get any relief. This is a tough group of patients, yet he claimed to have a greater than 80 percent success rate using techniques like the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). A recent Vox article6 discusses Sarno’s unconventional treatment strategies for back pain, citing feedback from enthusiastic patients:

“‘Thousands of people, including myself and my husband, cured our chronic back pain using [Sarno’s] methods,’ wrote Karen Karvonen. Another Sarno devotee, Steven Schroeder, said the doctor changed his life. Schroeder’s back pain flared whenever he was stressed — a busy time at work, an illness in his family.

After he absorbed Sarno’s books, the discomfort mostly vanished. ‘I still sometimes have pain now in times of stress — but I can literally make it go away with mental focus,’ Schroeder, a lawyer in Chicago, wrote in an email. ‘It is crazy.’

Though he may not be a household name, Sarno is probably America’s most famous back pain doctor. Before his death on June 22, a day shy of his 94th birthday, he published four books and built a cult-like following of thousands of patients … Many of them claim to have been healed by Sarno, who essentially argued back pain was all in people’s heads.”

Before his death, Sarno was even the subject of a full-length documentary, “All the Rage: Saved by Sarno,” produced through Kickstarter donations. The film is expected to become available on Netflix before the end of the year. He was also featured in a “20/20” segment in 1999 (below).

As noted by Sarno in “All the Rage” — a four-minute trailer of which is included above — “I tell [my patient] what’s going on, and lo and behold, it stops hurting.” The “what” that is going on is not a physical problem at all — it’s emotions: anger; fear; frustration; rage.

The Psychological Underpinnings Of Pain

One of the most controversial aspects of Sarno’s theory is that spine and disc abnormalities have no bearing on pain. In this 20/20 segment, Sarno dismisses these issues as “normal abnormalities” that are unrelated to any pain you may be experiencing. Many with back pain have no detectable abnormalities or structural problems while some that do have them suffer no pain.

According to Sarno, you unconsciously cause your own pain. In a nutshell, the pain you’re experiencing is your brain’s response to unaddressed stress, anger or fear. When these kinds of emotions are suppressed, your brain redirects the emotional impulses to restrict blood flow to certain parts of your body, such as your back, neck or shoulder, thereby triggering pain.

This pain acts as a distraction from the anger, fear or rage you don’t want to feel or think about. The pain essentially acts as a lid, keeping unwanted emotions from erupting. You may feel anger at the pain, but you won’t have to face the fact that you’re actually angry at your spouse, your children or your best friend, or that you hate your job, or the fact that you feel taken advantage of.

As noted by Sarno, working hard and constantly trying to do everything perfectly to keep everybody around you happy, “is enraging to the unconscious mind.” The term Sarno coined for this psychosomatic pain condition is “tension myoneural syndrome,”7 and he firmly believed most people can overcome their pain by acknowledging its psychological roots.

Even if you struggle to accept such a concept, the mere knowledge of it can have therapeutic power. In other words, by considering the idea that your problem is in fact rooted in stress factors opposed to a physical problem can allow the pain to dissipate.

While many of Sarno’s patients got well without psychiatric help, he would often recommend seeking out a psychotherapist to explore repressed emotions, or to take up journaling to put your feelings on paper. Dr. David Hanscom, an orthopedic surgeon, also uses expressive writing as a primary treatment tool for back pain. To learn more about this, please see our 2015 interview linked above. Other dos and don’ts listed in Sarno’s book, “Healing Back Pain,” include:

Do:

  • Resume physical activity. It won’t hurt you
  • Talk to your brain: Tell it you won’t take it anymore
  • Stop all physical treatments for your back — they may be blocking your recovery

Don’t:

  • Repress your anger or emotions
  • Think of yourself as being injured. Psychological conditioning contributes to ongoing back pain
  • Be intimidated by back pain. You have the power to overcome it

Studies Support Mind-Body Connection In Painful Conditions

While many pain experts disagreed (and still disagree) with Sarno’s theories, recent research supports the idea that pain, in many cases, has psychological underpinnings. A study8 published last year found emotion awareness and expression therapy (EAET) reduced chronic musculoskeletal pain by at least 30 percent in two-thirds of patients; one-third of patients improved by 70 percent.

More recently, a study9 published in the journal Pain concluded that treating fibromyalgia pain with EAET was more effective than cognitive behavioral therapy and general fibromyalgia education. Other recent research10 found that feelings of stiffness in the back “may represent a protective perceptual construct.” Tasha Stanton, Ph.D., who investigates the neuroscience behind pain, explained her team’s findings:11

“People with chronic back pain and stiffness overestimate how much force was being applied to their backs — they were more protective of their back. How much they overestimated this force related to how stiff their backs felt — the stiffer [it] felt, the more they overestimated force. This suggests the feelings of stiffness are a protective response, likely to avoid movement …

In theory, people who feel back stiffness should have a stiffer spine than those who do not. We found this was not the case in reality. Instead, we found that the amount they protected their back was a better predictor of how stiff their back felt. [We] found that these feelings could be modulated using different sounds.

The feeling of stiffness was worse with creaky door sounds and less with gentle whooshing sounds. This raises the possibility that we can clinically target stiffness without focusing on the joint itself but using other senses.

The brain uses information from numerous different sources including sound, touch, and vision, to create feelings such as stiffness. If we can manipulate those sources of information, we then potentially have the ability to manipulate feelings of stiffness. This opens the door for new treatment possibilities, which is incredibly exciting.”

 

All Pain Is Regulated By Your Brain

It may be helpful to remember that while pain may be largely a product of your own mind, the pain is still “real.” As noted by Dr. Mel Pohl,12 a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, “all pain is regulated by the brain — whether there is an actual nail in your thumb or an old injury that should have healed by now but inexplicably keeps hurting — in both cases it is nerve fibers that are sending messages to your brain that cause you to feel pain.”

An acute injury doesn’t have to have a psychological trigger, but if the pain persists long after the injury has healed, there may well be an emotional aspect involved. Pain can also carve figurative grooves in your brain. When pain is perceived over an extended period of time, the number of pain-causing neurotransmitters in your nervous system increase and your pain threshold tends to get lower. Essentially, you become more sensitized to pain.

Like Sarno, Hanscom and many others, Pohl also believes emotions are a primary cause of pain, triggering as much as 80 percent of all pain. This does not detract from its validity or intensity, however. Writing for Psychology Today, he says:13

“Based on studies conducted [in 2013] … published in the journal NatureNeuroscience, we now have conclusive evidence that the experience of chronic pain is strongly influenced by emotions. The emotional state of the brain can explain why different individuals do not respond the same way to similar injuries.

It was possible to predict with 85 percent accuracy whether an individual (out of a group of forty volunteers who each received four brain scans over the course of one year) would go on to develop chronic pain after an injury, or not.

These results echo other data and studies in the psychological and medical literature that confirm that changing one’s attitudes — one’s emotions — toward pain decreases the pain. I believe that one of the most important things people with chronic pain can do to help themselves is to notice what they are feeling.”

 

Physical Movement Is A Crucial Treatment Component For Most Pain

Your body needs regular activity to remain pain free, and this applies even if you’re currently in pain. Not only does prolonged sitting restrict blood flow, which may trigger or exacerbate pain, sitting may even be the cause of the pain in the first place. For example, when you sit for long periods of time, you typically end up shortening your iliacus, psoas and quadratus lumborum muscles that connect from your lumbar region to the top of your femur and pelvis.

When these muscles are shortened, it can cause severe pain upon standing, as they will effectively pull your lower back (lumbar) forward. When there’s insufficient movement in your hip and thoracic spine, you also end up with excessive movement in your lower back. Most people tend to “baby” the pain and avoid moving about as much as possible, but in most cases, this is actually contraindicated. In fact, experts now agree that when it hurts the most, that’s when you really need to get moving.14

A scientific review of 21 studies15 confirmed that not only is exercise the most effective way to prevent back pain in the first place, it’s also the best way to prevent a relapse. Among people who had a history of back pain, those who exercised had a 25 percent to 40 percent lower risk of having another episode within a year than those who did not exercise.

Strength exercises, aerobics, flexibility training and stretching were all beneficial in lowering the risk of recurring pain. The video above, featuring Lisa Huck, demonstrates and explains the benefits of dynamic movement, and how it can help prevent and treat back pain.

New Treatment Guidelines For Back Pain Stress Nondrug Interventions

Fortunately, doctors are increasingly starting to prescribe activity in combination with a wait-and-watch approach for back pain patients.16 Dr. James Weinstein, a back pain specialist and chief executive of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, told The New York Times:17

“What we need to do is to stop medicalizing symptoms. Pills are not going to make people better … [Y]oga and tai chi, all those things are wonderful, but why not just go back to your normal activities? I know your back hurts, but go run, be active, instead of taking a pill.”

This view has now become the new norm. In fact, on February 14, 2017, the American College of Physicians issued updated treatment guidelines18,19 for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, now sidestepping medication as a first-line treatment and recommending nondrug therapies instead. This is a significant change, and one that could potentially save thousands of lives by avoiding opioid addiction. The new guidelines include three primary recommendations:

1. “Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat … massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation … If pharmacologic treatment is desired, clinicians and patients should select nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or skeletal muscle relaxants …

2. For patients with chronic low back pain, clinicians and patients should initially select nonpharmacologic treatment with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction … tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or spinal manipulation …

3. In patients with chronic low back pain who have had an inadequate response to nonpharmacologic therapy, clinicians and patients should consider pharmacologic treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as first-line therapy, or tramadol or duloxetine as second-line therapy.

Clinicians should only consider opioids as an option in patients who have failed the aforementioned treatments and only if the potential benefits outweigh the risks for individual patients and after a discussion of known risks and realistic benefits with patients … ”

The guidelines stress that even in the rare case when an opioid is given, it should only be prescribed in the lowest dose and for the shortest duration possible. Steroid injections and acetaminophen are also discouraged, as studies suggest neither is helpful or beneficial. Acetaminophen does not lower inflammation, and a review of the research20 shows steroids are on par with placebo when it comes to treating back pain in the long term.

Nondrug Solutions For Pain Relief

I certainly believe that your emotional health and your ability to effectively address stress is an essential component of optimal health, and can have a major influence on whether or not you’re effective in eliminating your pain. And so do many other doctors and scientists from various fields of medicine.

It’s unfortunate that so many people dismiss these types of treatment strategies simply because they seem “too simple to be effective.” We’ve been indoctrinated to believe that getting well involves radical, often painful treatment, when in most cases the complete opposite is true.

It’s also important to be fully aware of the addictive potential of opioid drugs, and to seriously weigh your need for a narcotic pain killer. There are many other ways to address pain. Below is a long list of suggestions. If you are in pain that is bearable, please try these options first. If you need a pain reliever, consider an over-the-counter (OTC) option.

Research21 shows prescription-strength naproxen (Naprosyn, sold OTC in lower dosages as Aleve) provides the same pain relief as more dangerous narcotic painkillers. However, while naproxen may be a better alternative to narcotic painkillers, it still comes with a very long list of potential side effects,22 and the risks increase with frequency of use.

Eliminate or radically reduce most grains and sugars from your diet: Avoiding grains and sugars will lower your insulin and leptin levels and decrease insulin and leptin resistance, which is one of the most important reasons why inflammatory prostaglandins are produced. That is why stopping sugar and sweets is so important to controlling your pain and other types of chronic illnesses.

Take a high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fat: Omega-3 fats are precursors to mediators of inflammation called prostaglandins. (In fact, that is how anti-inflammatory painkillers work, by manipulating prostaglandins.) Good sources include wild caught Alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies, which are all high in healthy omega-3s while being low in contaminants such as mercury. As for supplements, my favorite is krill oil, as it has a number of benefits superior to fish oil.

Optimize your sun exposure and production of vitamin D: Optimize your vitamin D by getting regular, appropriate sun exposure, which will work through a variety of different mechanisms to reduce your pain. Sun exposure also has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects that are unrelated to vitamin D production, and these benefits cannot be obtained from a vitamin D supplement.

Red, near-, mid- and far-infrared light therapy (photobiology) and/or infrared saunas may also be quite helpful as they promote and speed tissue healing, even deep inside the body.

Medical cannabis: Medical marijuana has a long history as a natural analgesic and is now legal in 28 states. You can learn more about the laws in your state on medicalmarijuana.procon.org.23

Kratom: Kratom (Mitragyna speciose) is another plant remedy that has become a popular opioid substitute.24 In August 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a notice saying it was planning to ban kratom, listing it as Schedule 1 controlled substance. However, following massive outrage from kratom users who say opioids are their only alternative, the agency reversed its decision.25

Kratom is likely safer than an opioid for someone in serious and chronic pain. However, it’s important to recognize that it is a psychoactive substance and should not be used carelessly. There’s very little research showing how to use it safely and effectively, and it may have a very different effect from one person to the next.

Also, while it may be useful for weaning people off opioids, kratom is in itself addictive. So, while it appears to be a far safer alternative to opioids, it’s still a powerful and potentially addictive substance. So please, do your own research before trying it.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): EFT is a drug-free approach for pain management of all kinds. EFT borrows from the principles of acupuncture in that it helps you balance out your subtle energy system. It helps resolve underlying, often subconscious and negative emotions that may be exacerbating your physical pain. By stimulating (tapping) well-established acupuncture points with your fingertips, you rebalance your energy system, which tends to dissipate pain.

Meditation and Mindfulness Training: Among volunteers who had never meditated before, those who attended four 20-minute classes to learn a meditation technique called focused attention (a form of mindfulness meditation) experienced significant pain relief — a 40 percent reduction in pain intensity and a 57 percent reduction in pain unpleasantness.26

Chiropractic: Many studies have confirmed that chiropractic management is much safer and less expensive than allopathic medical treatments, especially when used for pain such as low back pain.

Qualified chiropractic, osteopathic and naturopathic physicians are reliable, as they have received extensive training in the management of musculoskeletal disorders during their course of graduate health care training, which lasts between four to six years. These health experts have comprehensive training in musculoskeletal management.

Acupuncture: Research has discovered a “clear and robust” effect of acupuncture in the treatment of back, neck and shoulder pain, and osteoarthritis and headaches.

Physical therapy: Physical therapy has been shown to be as good as surgery for painful conditions such as torn cartilage and arthritis.

Foundation Training: Foundation training is an innovative method developed by Dr. Eric Goodman to treat his own chronic low back pain. It’s an excellent alternative to painkillers and surgery, as it actually addresses the cause of the problem.

Massage: A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Pain Medicine included 60 high-quality and seven low-quality studies that looked into the use of massage for various types of pain, including muscle and bone pain, headaches, deep internal pain, fibromyalgia pain and spinal cord pain.27

The review revealed massage therapy relieves pain better than getting no treatment at all. When compared to other pain treatments like acupuncture and physical therapy, massage therapy still proved beneficial and had few side effects. In addition to relieving pain, massage therapy also improved anxiety and health-related quality of life.

Astaxanthin: Astaxanthin is one of the most effective fat-soluble antioxidants known. It has very potent anti-inflammatory properties and in many cases works far more effectively than anti-inflammatory drugs. Higher doses are typically required and you may need 8 milligrams (mg) or more per day to achieve this benefit.

Ginger: This herb has potent anti-inflammatory activity and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.

Curcumin: In a study of osteoarthritis patients, those who added 200 mg of curcumin a day to their treatment plan had reduced pain and increased mobility. A past study also found that a turmeric extract composed of curcuminoids blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the overproduction of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.28

Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Bromelain: This enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in supplement form but eating fresh pineapple, including some of the bromelain-rich stem, may also be helpful.

Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO): This oil, found in fish and dairy butter, acts as a joint lubricant and anti-inflammatory. I have used this for myself to relieve ganglion cysts and carpal tunnel syndrome. I used a topical preparation for this.

Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils: These contain the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is particularly useful for treating arthritic pain.

Cayenne Cream: Also called capsaicin cream, this spice comes from dried hot peppers. It alleviates pain by depleting the body’s supply of substance P, a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to your brain.

Methods such as hot and cold packs, aquatic therapy, yoga, various mind-body techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy29 can also result in astonishing pain relief without drugs.

Grounding: Walking barefoot on the earth may also provide a certain measure of pain relief by combating inflammation.

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See also:
Study Reveals Previously Unknown Mechanism Behind Acupuncture’s Ability To Reduce Pain
There Is More Than One Way To Deal With Pain And Disability

Tania Gabrielle: Scorpio NEW Moon: Total Transformation & Financial Flow

   Scorpio NEW Moon:
Total Transformation & Financial Flow

By Tania Gabrielle ~ Posted on November 15th, 2017.

Scorpio is an intense, magnetic star sign, so when Scorpio is enhanced, part of your life is totally Transformed. With a powerful Scorpio New Moon early on Saturday, expect something to be completely changed!

  • Your passionate nature will be ignited – you’ll feel more sensual, and there will be a mystery about you that is positively magnetic.
  • You’ll notice being able to see through people, and get straight to the point.
  • Scorpio rules the 8th house in astrology – a strong activation of abundance and financial flow.

In a nutshell, Scorpio teaches us that true abundance and security arise from self control and self awareness. It’s a great time to study divination arts like astrology and numerology, and bring what’s hidden to light – a Scorpio specialty!

Here are some great things to focus on around this Scorpio New Moon:

  • Make Investments
  • Get your finances organized
  • Share deep secrets with soul friends you trust
  • Get a soul reading
  • Explore your sensuality and sexuality
  • Have a private, confidential meeting
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Open up about your emotional needs and pains
  • Express your feelings with total confidence

Scorpio energy is powerful and penetrating. Honor your deepest, core feelings – no matter HOW they show up!

The highest expression of power is KNOWING yourself: surrender to the truth sets you free.

Two dynamic astrology aspects help you heal and manifest:

  • Sun & Moon (New Moon) in Scorpio are TRINE Chiron in Pisces
  • Mars is square Pluto (both rulers of Scorpio!)

This New Moon is urging you to surrender, so you can confidently step into partnership with the Universe.

Miracles await you!

Love and Blessings,

Tania Gabrielle

P.S. I love hearing from you! Leave me a comment and share how this Scorpio New Moon is impacting your life.

Shanta Gabriel: Expanding your Inner Activity

Shanta Gabriel


Expanding your Inner Activity

Posted: 15 Nov 2017 03:43 PM PST

 

Dear Ones,

It is a time of expansion and an amazing ability to generate new levels of activity. You are probably feeling the sense of ignition within you, like your inner motor is just beginning to run more consistently. There is a sense that you want to swing into action, but you may not be sure where that action needs to be focused.

The focus of your exploration at this time is to expand on any ideas that come upon you. Offer all that you do to the Divine working in and through your life. You have divine partners who are totally invested in what you create in your life. They want to participate with you in the new birth of ideas and creative expression that give your life more meaning and purpose.

Without having a clear purpose there is a rudderless feeling inside. There is energy to put forth but no direction. Most people are looking for something that has great merit and benefits the world in beautiful ways. However what if your purpose is as simple as bringing higher light frequencies into the world? This may seem minimal but we promise you it is the basis of what everyone needs to do to bring greater purpose and more beauty into the world.

With that in mind, what can you expand on that will bring you a sense of fulfillment? You may have been gifted with fleeting ideas from your guidance. These small avenues can become the creative flow working through you that calls forth manifestation of the guidance working with you in this special time.

You might even have tried some of those ideas before and they did not work out the way you had hoped. In this new time of deeper communication with your Higher Self, these ideas may need to be brought out into the light, dusted off and reformatted for a new, empowering enterprise.

It is a time when what is hidden is being brought into the light. This includes your deepest dreams, hopes and wishes. You have tremendous levels of nonphysical support during this time of the year. It is the last Gate of Power before the end of the year. It is in some cultures the beginning of the new year.  Call your support team into action to bring into fruition your greatest dreams and abundant ideas.

There are aspects of your life that are ready to come into fruition for you in new ways. There is a passion running through your energy system that allows you to create in harmony with your Highest Soul’s reality.

Without the patience to truly explore the ideas streaming through your heart, you will miss the opportunity that may be presenting itself in perfect divine timing.

Have faith in yourself and the guiding light working through you. Become personally involved with the energies of the masters, ancestors, guiding spirits and angels that are supporting your growth and ascension at this time. Invite them in. Give yourself time for communion. Have a meeting if there is an idea that inspires you. Record the meeting or keep notes of what transpires. Sometimes it is just a small moment of insight that can transport your idea into the realms of abundant fruition.

Be free to explore the avenues within yourself that are opening for you right now. Let yourself be in the childlike space of wonder, openness and exploration. Nothing is as it was. But know that all is well.

And so it is.

Shanta Gabriel for Archangel Gabriel
November 9, 2017

 

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The Everyday Astrology Podcast: 033.Scorpio New Moon: We labour then release so we can begin again by Hillory Skott

Be sure to listen, as what is below is a taste, not a transcript! ~PB

033.Scorpio New Moon: We labour then release so we can begin again by Hillory Skott

November 14, 2017

November 14-20 2017 The Scorpio New Moon is an opportunity to let go for good.  If there is something holding you back now is your opportunity to push the release button and launch yourself out of that sticky situation. Even if you don’t know what lies ahead.  Make room for the new and let go of the done.

The 16th the healing trine between Neptune and Venus offer up some poetry for our Souls.  This a deeply feeling trine between water signs. Venus is in Scorpio making sure we bare wittness.  Neptune sooths us the reminder that its all an illusion. There is opportunity to cleanse the Soul of pain and regret, of shame and of blame.  This is a day for feeling. To really heal you must allow yourself to feel.

The New moon on Saturday will give a 3 day opportunity to get very clear about what you need to lay to rest.  It is an opportunity to release to reknew your world. Take the opportunity. Deep understanding will sooth away the grief so you can wipe your eyes and look forward to a whole new future filled with all you can consciously conjure.  You are in touch.

On the 19th there is a stressful square between Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.  Watch for explosions.  Stuff the needs to come out is likely going to. Might as well help by being able to receive it. The war between slippery charm and hard cold facts is at hand.

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Medical Intuition: Quick Insights into Common Symptoms

Thanks, Laura! I use Louise Hay’s book Heal Your Body to look up symptoms and find understanding and new intent. Your observations are helpful!

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I’ve had so many blog posts swimming around inside my head lately, but every time I start to write one down, I get another idea. Add to that my fascinating research for Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar and, well, I haven’t actually posted in awhile. It just occurred to me that I receive so many of the same questions from people that I might share a few general tidbits here. These aren’t meant to replace medical advice, of course; they’re meant to give you pause and reflection on what your body might want to tell you through your symptoms. If these don’t resonate with you, there may be a deeper soul issue wanting to come through. Please feel free to contact me for a personalized reading. ‘Til then, enjoy!

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