was a dark and stormy night. A monstrous colic was shattering my
bowels. I had no painkillers in the house and I had already found
out that slow motion movement is miraculous for joint pain and baldness,
but it does nothing for a stomachache.
Meditation and self-listening helped me bear the pain, but they
weren't able to eliminate it. It was clear that a titanic battle
was raging inside me in which my organs were trying to find balance.
In order to render the conflict less painful, I had to find an effective
method of intervention.
Traditional Chinese medicine sees the body as a network of canals
where the male energy yan and the female energy yin flow. Illness
is the result of an imbalance of these two energies. Along the canals,
there are points, which manipulated, work like faucets and allow
to regulate the flow of energy, thus restoring balance to the afflicted
organs. If I had been an able acupuncturist, I could have used a
very fine needle to remove the energetic cause of the colic and
stop the pain right away.
Unfortunately, I wasn't. Then I got an idea. For years now, I am
convinced that the body communicates its needs to the rational mind,
preferably through pleasure. It resorts to pain only if there is
no other possibility. I thought then that if I had explored my body,
massaging it centimetre by centimetre, I would have found along
the energetic canals, the pleasurable points to massage. These points
would have been the right faucets to manipulate in order to placate
the energetic storm that was grinding me to pieces.
If I had massaged those points one by one, until the pleasurable
sensation lasted, I would finally have restored balance in my stomach.
Essentially, it dealt with doing a massage under dictation.
I wanted to rely on my biological body's wisdom and follow the
suggestions that it would give me through pleasurable sensations.
I started. It wasn't easy because the pain was strong. I started
from my toes and I began to find the points that sent me slightly
pleasurable signals, which by insistence, would intensify. I tried
to touch every area in different ways, lightly caressing, pressing,
rubbing and scratchin... until I found a way that gave me some pleasure.
After about 5 minutes, I felt that the pain was loosening its bite.
I continued for another half-hour, and finally
THE PAIN WAS GONE,
and I fell asleep. Since then, I have tried this technique many
times on myself. I haven't had colic for three years and I have
found it useful for a whole series other ailments connected with
the poor functioning of the organs (obviously, I recovered from
gastritis also because I modified my anxious way of seeing life
and I gave up working in a stressful way).
It's as plain as the nose on your face.
The only problem is that it can't be practiced on others because
only you can know exactly how you like it at what point, moment
by moment. I admit that my own testimony of this technique isn't
sufficiently convincing. However, you have to admit that the idea
of being able to cure yourself by following the messages of pleasure
sent by the biological body is fascinating (as well as ancient).
Try it. Surely, you don't risk harming yourself. If it works, drop
me a line. Every medicine needs volunteer guinea pigs.