Pain in the neck

I truly appreciate your continued prayers on my behalf, and I wanted to share with you my experience of the power of prayer in case it is helpful for you, too. Know that your prayers are just as if not more impactful!

Last week, I had intense pain in my right shoulder and neck. Last September, I injured that shoulder while carrying a large boat, and the pain periodically returns.

This time, I used all my pain management techniques. I tried to go to sleep at 9:30 p.m. to escape, hoping that the pain would just be gone when I woke, but I couldn’t sleep.

I tried focusing on the space between the bouts of pain, those moments where there was no pain at all. Often this follows the theory of “What you pay attention to will grow” and those spaces between the pain get larger and larger and the pain itself smaller and smaller. Didn’t work this time.

I tried breathing into the painful areas and observing them: What do they look like? What color are they? Spiky? Smooth? I got lots of information. I also continued to get lots of pain.

I tried tong ren (beating on an acupuncture doll with a metal hammer). That brought temporary relief but eventually the pain came roaring back.

I noticed that my shoulder felt better when I was sitting or standing. Bummer, because by now, it was 2:30 a.m. and all I wanted to do was sleep. And I prefer to do that lying down.

With all of my mental activity, my husband couldn’t sleep. He knows my aversion to drugs but suggested that I try an Aleve. I was so desperate that I agreed.

Over an hour later, the pain was even more intense, so I went downstairs to avoid bothering anyone. I sat on the sofa in the dark house and closed my eyes. Without thinking about it, I started to pray. Of course, always my last resort.

“Dear God and all the entities, I would really love to get some sleep right now. Could you just remove this pain? If I am supposed to have it for some reason, I’ll happily take it back in the morning. That would be awesome. Thank you.”

And then I sat. Only a few moments later, with my eyes still closed, I saw a bright light on my right side. And then, twinges in my shoulder and neck. With each twinge, the pain went away. They followed each other in rapid-fire, one after another, until all but one spot of pain was gone.

I added, half-joking, “I hate to be greedy, but can you get this one last spot?”

And the last spot of pain disappeared. I sat for another minute or so, briefly thinking, did that really happen? I need to figure out how to do that for the tumors.

Then I walked to bed, exhausted, and fell right to sleep.

At 8 a.m. I woke up with raging pain in my neck and shoulder and had to laugh with gratitude.

22 thoughts on “Pain in the neck

  1. I have my CEA test tomorrow so I was already praying up a storm for good results – your new post just arrived in my email box tonight, inspiring me to double my efforts! Great story & perfect timing, what a “coincidence” 🙂

    • Yes! I did go to an acupuncturist the next day, which helped a ton. 🙂 While I marvel at the power of prayer, I am pretty much in awe of everything else as well and just lucky to have access to it….gifted massage therapists, acupuncturists, etc. So many people do what I cannot do myself!

  2. Wow—truly amazing example of asking for what we want. And maybe even (?) a pointer in the direction of daring to ask for more… Expanding the consciousness to accept a reality, step into a reality, where it makes perfect sense for us to have it play out as we most deeply want/resonate with it…

  3. Thank you for this, Marie. This was just the inspiration I needed to start my day!!
    Warm hugs,
    Wendy (Stacey’s sister :))

  4. You are in our thoughts and prayers always. Hoping the pain has subsided and you can rest.

    God Bless.

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

  5. Hot Damn! I am pretty sure you could not be more awesome than you already are! For going through that process. For having the wherewithall to even know, in the face of intense pain, what you could try that might help. To keep going. To acknowledge that pain is part of life and you were willing to make a deal-sleep now, pain later. That you write all of this so that the rest of us who are not so brave can read your words and find comfort and inspiration.

    I just love you. That is all.


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  7. Marie, I loved reading your posts. I really feel you. You make me laugh, you make me cry. What a beautiful journey you are on. I had to slap my thigh and laugh when you said…..”I added, half-joking, “I hate to be greedy, but can you get this one last spot?”
    I love you Marie! You are a huge inspiration to LIFE!!

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