Why Are You In Pain?

A Journey Beyond Symptom Management

The Beginning Point of Pain

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Where It Starts

Everything starts with our spirit. In the dynasty of mankind that was the first part created. The first requirement to submit occurred here. It was resistance that created the first point of pain.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

If we split this up by the commas, you can see the distinction. Here, the words, “in his own image” is a reference to the creation of the spiritual man from within the spirit of God, Himself.

God is a Spirit. He created our spirit within His Spirit. Our spirits (male and female) were created with equal authority inside the mind of God.

We were a thought in the mind of God. Thoughts are the beginning point of creation. If it manifests in the form of a dream conceived, a goal realized, or the manifestation of a point of pain in one’s body, our thoughts are what we submit to.

The Purpose in the Beginning

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Here, the words “in the image of God,” is a reference to the “likeness” of God. It means that He created us to look like Him, as opposed to resembling an animal, or some other creature.

Create—verb (used with object), cre•at•ed, cre•at•ing.
1. to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
2. to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.
3. Theater. to perform (a role) for the first time or in the first production of a play.
4. to make by investing with new rank or by designating; constitute; appoint: to create a peer.
5. to be the cause or occasion of; give rise to: The announcement created confusion.
6. to cause to happen; bring about; arrange, as by intention or design: to create a revolution; to create an opportunity to ask for a raise.

In His own likeness, “created he him,” or He created him; him being mankind, and inclusive of females as the semi-colon and subsequent line indicates. He created “them” with equal authority. The intention was for them to rule the earth jointly.

The Connection

The issue of joint rule has not been widely accepted. It’s always been a power struggle and point of pain. It is a subjugation issue based on how we (mankind) have been thinking. There is a distinct difference between subjugation and submission.

verb (used with object), sub·mit·ted, sub·mit·ting.
1. to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (often used reflexively).
2. to subject to some kind of treatment or influence.
3. to present for the approval, consideration, or decision of another or others: to submit a plan; to submit an application.
4. to state or urge with deference;  suggest or propose (usually followed by a clause): I submit that full proof should be required.

verb (used without object), sub·mit·ted, sub·mit·ting.
1. to yield oneself to the power or authority of another: to submit to a conqueror.
2. to allow oneself to be subjected to some kind of treatment: to submit to chemotherapy.

the act, fact, or process of subjugating, or bringing under control; enslavement: The subjugation of the American Indians happened across the country.

verb (used with object), sub·ju·gat·ed, sub·ju·gat·ing.
1. to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
2. to make submissive or subservient; enslave.

The Correlation

Here’s the correlation. How we think is directly linked to our pain manifestations. Our thoughts dictate our behavior. We act how we think, and our actions can manifest a point of pain.

The question becomes, “Who’s governing your thoughts?” Who or what influences you? Whatever or whoever influences you is your master and in this age of technology and social branding, there are many “influences” out there that people are submitting to.

Submission choices cause some people to suffer from a point of pain. They choose to submit to the wrong things. The result of these wrong choices caused them to become subjugated by those same things or people.

The key to the real sources of pain; is to find these various influences, and subvert their direct effect on our thought life. Don’t allow anyone to direct your thinking with labels. Labels only have meaning if you give them meaning.

It’s all in what you believe. This is why the position that some non-Christian people take, stating that Christianity is for weak-minded, wimpy people is a complete fallacy.

To Thine Own Self Be True

To remain true to your beliefs, even in the face of social or cultural opposition, or even government opposition and threats, is not the position of a weak-minded, wimpy person.

Everyone is influenced by someone or something. Some are too easily influenced by everything; whether it’s the current social culture, politics, brands, celebrities; or by the most significant person to ever exist – Jesus Christ.

Whoever, or whatever influences you is who or what you have submitted to. Allowing something or someone to influence you is a decision to willingly follow that thing or that person.

Depending on the theology of the influence will dictate if you will experience a point of pain. Does the theology or influence violate any natural laws or principles?

The culture is to submit to Social Media
The culture demands we submit to social media.

It is not easy to submit to anyone. It’s not easy to submit to rules. Submission is the choice to put your own desires aside in favor of and in consideration of another’s.

The Choice Is Yours

I choose to be a willing, knowledgeable participant with a choice. I refuse to be enslaved; subjugated to any foreign or unknown influence.

This is why the first of The 7 Causes of Pain lies in your Thoughts and Decisions. How’s that you ask? We all make choices. Some of those choices affect our spirit, mind, and body. Choices direct our paths, and those decisions direct the measure of stressors we encounter along the way.

We make the choice to listen to sound reasoning or beneficial instruction. Likewise, we decide to take sound advice or take a risk.

The Pain Connection

To find and understand the catalysts for suffering; one must view the situation from a Natural, Holistic viewpoint.

From a Holistic perspective, the entire person and their personhood must be included. The Holistic viewpoint does not separate. It brings together.

The Problem of Disconnection

There is no division, like in Western Medicine. Western Medicine splits the internal relationships and severs them. Their approach to the physical body is divide and conquer. In Western Medicine, there is no causal relationship between one body part and another. Just as no man is an island, no part of our personhood or bodies is either.

Considering all of this, and considering that my approach is Holistic; I have to examine all facets of personhood. They are infinitely linked, so I will be approaching every bit of information I provide as content; based upon a Spirit, Mind (Soul), or Body perspective.

It’s Not Easy To Submit.

In examining the spiritual aspect, I began thinking about The 7 Deadly Sins. Thoughts and Decisions we make have a direct bearing on pain in the body. An activated Spirit governs the mind, I decided to explore the connections.

Regulation of the mind and body doesn’t mean that everyone has activated their spirit. Claims of being “spiritual” is not a real indicator of spiritual activation.

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Who Governs You?

If your thoughts are not governed by a strong active spirit, they will be regulated in the realm of the soul (the mind), the seat of desires. Lack of self-control and discipline is a major factor in the manifestation and continuation of pain.

The question of your healing or the proper management of your pain condition rests upon your perspective. Who governs your thoughts and decisions? Is it an activated spirit, or the base desires of your soul? And how do The 7 Deadly Sins play into this whole picture of pain?

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