The Power of the Mind: Today’s Woo-Woo Moment

True story.

Last Friday, my dog and I got tangled up at the beginning of a walk and I did “something” to my back. Of course, I went walking anyway, and then on Saturday, I sat through an all-day workshop. By Sunday, “something” had become incredibly painful, to the point where I was walking like a toy soldier and having difficulty sitting and lying down.

On Monday, I saw the chiropractor. We achieved minimal relief that lasted for the drive home and then disappeared. By this time, I was up to two ibuprofen every four hours and sleeping on the couch because bed was just too painful.

On Wednesday, I saw my massage therapist, who, through a combination of massage, Bowen, and cranio sacral therapy, managed to unlock my sacro iliac joint (that’s where the big, wing-shaped hip bone connects to the spine). Definite relief this time, but I was still very stiff. A big proponent of “energy” treatments, she suggested I consider whether or not stress was a factor. A somewhat skeptical believer, I said I’d think about it.

On Thursday, things were moderately better. Good enough for a walk with the dog, and to carry laundry up and down the stairs, but still requiring a muscle relaxant to achieve sleep…and still on the couch.

This morning? Right back to Wednesday’s pain level. Remembering that my usual cranio sacral therapist also subscribed to the idea of holding stresses in your body and the physical issues that can arise, I went online to search for an author by the name of Louise Hay, who wrote Heal Your Body. Specifically, I wanted to see what Louise had to say about low back pain. I came across this blog posting about that very topic. Louise, the blogger said, related low back pain to fear of money, lack of financial support.



I had to admit she had me on that one, because with working from home for the last several years (which has meant a sporadic income lately), finances have been very much on my mind recently.

Reading a little further, I found that Louise suggested the following affirmation for letting go of my worries: “I trust the process of life. All I need is always taken care of. I am safe.”

Really. It was that simple? Sure.

But already in pain (and at the coffee shop with no access to my ibuprofen stash), I figured I had nothing to lose. I read the affirmation twice, then copy-pasted it to my phone’s notebook and forgot about it.

Until I left the coffee shop three hours later. And walked all the way to my vehicle before realizing that, for the first time in a solid week, I was pain-free. Completely. As in able to move, stretch, sit, stand, walk, and yes, lie down (I tried when I got home) without the slightest discomfort.


I know.

It makes my brain hurt, too.

Will it stick? Only time will tell. In the meantime, however, I have my new affirmation posted above my desk. And when I’m at the bookstore to do my signing tomorrow?

Yeah. I’ll be picking up Louise’s book.





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2 responses to “The Power of the Mind: Today’s Woo-Woo Moment”

  1. D. D. Syrdal Avatar

    Wow, that is UH-MAYZING. I’ll have to look for that book, too. And I’m so glad you’re feeling better!

  2. Linda Avatar

    Thanks, D.D. — and yes, I’m a little stunned myself. And yes, as of the next day, the effects seem to be lasting. *crosses fingers*

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