Who is Dr. John Sarno? Dr. John Sarno is a physician from the U.S who spent a large part of his career treating back pain. He discovered many of his patients problems simply did not match up with their test results. He wanted to find out why and so turned to psychology for some answers. He began to explore the connection between unconscious emotions and physical symptoms and to cut a long story short he found a very direct connection between repressed anger, sadness and his patients level of discomfort or disease.
- First off read one of his books in it’s entirety. Then reread the psychology or treatment section every day paying close attention to what you recognise about yourself. Amazingly for some people this is all that’s needed and having been made aware of the ‘trickery’ of their subconscious minds their chronic pain or illness simply goes away.
- Make a list of all the things that could potentially be causing painful and threatening feelings in your subconscious. Examples include anger, hurt, sadness, childhood issues or extreme pressure on yourself to be good or achieve.
- Then set aside 15 to 45 minutes each day to review these feelings and journal on each area until your symptoms begin to clear. Apparently the goal is not to have these feelings burst into your conscious mind like a giant emotional volcano.
- A small portion of patients (around 20%) may need the help of a specific style of psychotherapist to help to expose the subconscious emotion. The purpose of this psychotherapy is to help you become more aware your emotions, especially any defensive structures that may be holding back subconscious anger.
- Click here to download a very useful word document containing a short summary of Dr. Sarnos approach.
- Here is a link further exploring some of the techniques Sarno advises for releasing suppressed emotions.
- And finally the website of the practitioner who introduced me to the work of Dr. Sarno. His name is Hal and he recovered from R.S.I and chronic fatigue using the methods explored in this article. He’s a very nice guy and wealth of information. Be sure to contact him with any questions you might have.
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