Back Pain or Curving Forward Abnormally

Bowing forward by Richard, 2013 Pastel on Fabriano paper, 24" X 36"

Bowing Forward by Richard, 2013 Pastel on Fabriano paper, 24″ X 36″

Facets Syndrome and lordosis literally mean curving forward abnormally.  My client, a 6′ 5″ man, has spent his whole life curving forward abnormally simply to talk to people.  “I am curving forward, I need to stand up straight,” he remarked shortly after looking up the definition to the word, forward.

Back pain is particularly disabling.  It comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Richard’s back pain has increased dramatically this year. He has had more occurrences of  “throwing out his back”.  We looked up the definition to the word,  abnormal. It defines as unsound, twisted, and beside oneself.  “I am beside myself with pain I can not fix.” Richard is a homeopathic practitioner with a twenty-five year practice.  As we continued tracing words in the dictionary, words with more subtle meanings appeared. These new words fitly described how Richard feels about living with back pain. “The words, vulnerable and apprehensive, are close to what I feel,” he remarked. “But somehow, they are still incomplete.” We traced the idea of the word, vulnerable, in the thesaurus. New words, endangered, threatened, and apprehensive appearedRichard was able to link his feelings of apprehension to his new state, viewing his future with anxiety. “The word, endangered, makes me think of my back going out. I never know when it will. But, it is eventual. Something is going to happen.”  

Richard is well-studied in the areas of meditation and mind/body connection. He wonders what his pain is all about and why it has been created?  “I think this time in my life is an exercise to learn to turn inward too trust completely. it is the knowingness to turn my life into the hands of my own self.  I must surrender to myself. I know nothing of my lumbar, my liver and the complexity of those fibers.” Below is Richard’s strong statement of his healing intention:

I have unshaken conviction to know/believe/trust  in my own innate healing to meet and correct all situations in my body/mind by abiding in my Self in natural trust and knowingness

Richard excitedly touched the pastels. He knew the image he wanted to draw right away. “I wonder, Diane, how am I the accessory in this drama?” I found his statement very intriguing.  “In my drawing, I want to make waves of healing energies that I will send into my body during the times of pain.” Long wavy lines of yellow and green filled the page from the top and move all the way down and off the page.  Richard spoke while drawing. “The drawing creates movement coming into my system.  The pink is the core healing emanations. The pain is in the curve. Me curving abnormally into this situation. The red is the pulsating life force.” Richard’s fingers made circles, mixing the colors on the paper.  “I am drawing the actual healing flow of myself. My belly is colorful,  alive colors not deformed energy. It is the rainbow, the spiral of my body. I believe, we live in rainbow bodies.”

Once done, we leaned the drawing against the wall. “It looks like a woman,” I said. Richard smiled widely. “I get it! We started with the words, curving forward abnormally. Which was the way I felt about my back pain. Now, through the Bodyscapes Process, I see it differently. I am pregnant with creativity,  bowing into the universal truth, the divine feminine creativity.”     



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