Why Are You In Pain?

A Journey Beyond Symptom Management

Is Your Pain Based On Innate Behavior Or Operant Behavior?

Is Your Pain Based On Innate Behavior Or Operant Behavior? Chickens are in rows of pens on nests and their eggs roll out onto a conveyor.
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In the previous article, I was trying to find the connection to pain in the concept of preconditioning and a chicken laying eggs. Sounds insane, I know. However, there is a correlation.

Chickens Laying Eggs Are Preconditioned

I found out that chickens repeatedly lay eggs on farms because they are preconditioned. They have a natural instinct to lay eggs. They have a natural instinct to create a brood. 

A natural instinct is an innate behavior, and preconditioning is operant behavior. However, if they were in the wild; they probably would not lay as many eggs, as quickly as they do on a farm.

The reason for this is because they have been preconditioned for a farm. So no matter how times their eggs have been taken, they will continue to lay eggs.

How Are Humans Preconditioned?

A young child in a diaper is walking on the beach. He demonstrates preconditioning in humans because we are not taught to walk.

Humans on the other hand, also act by instinct as well as preconditioning. How so, you ask? How did any of us learn how to walk? One day, as babies; we just stood up, and shortly thereafter, started taking steps. How did we know how to do that?

Some people encourage their babies to stand by holding them up. That would be a case of preconditioning. However, most babies learn to balance them and stand on their own. So the question is, how do their muscles know what to do?

Can The Lame Walk Via Preconditioning?

I recently watched two different videos and posted them on my Facebook. Both videos were about animals, specifically a bulldog puppy and a baby goat. In both cases, these two baby animals could not walk. For some reason that is unknown; muscles in their legs were inoperable, and they were unable to stand on their own.

This little guy is such a personality!
She was so grateful for the assist!

It is as if the muscles did not know how to do the function that would cause them or allow them to stand and walk. As you can see from both of these videos, these animal’s success was the result of preconditioning. They were taught how to walk. Their muscles had to be trained. 

Changing Inerrant Programming

When the muscles received the new information and learned the functions of standing and walking; they were then able to continue walking because the muscle has memory.

Why do I bring this up? We don’t know if those two baby animals had any pain associated with their inability to walk. There may have been some psychological frustration. 

What we do know by those videos is that:

  • They had determination.
  • They wanted to walk.

Appreciate Your Blessings

And as I’m thinking about this, what is ringing true to me in my head at this moment; is one of Janet Jackson’s songs. It states the following:

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s Gone (repeat 2x)
Joni Mitchell never lies
You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s Gone”

This is the case with us. Oftentimes we take bodies for granted, and we don’t pay attention or appreciate what we have until it’s too late.

You Don’t Have To Accept The Status Quo

We become accustomed to our preconditioning and our operant behaviors. Thus, we fail to pay attention and fail to train our minds with new information.

These operant behaviors lead to lifestyles that conflict with the natural order and natural laws. We expect our muscles and our bodies to serve us, and we never serve our muscles and our bodies.

Pay Attention When Pain Signals

When pain signals us that there is a problem we often ignore it. Most of the time, we will get multiple pain signals and we ignore them. It is not until the pain signal reaches what one would equate with a high pitched scream; that we pay attention. 

At that point, the problem causing the pain has had time to exacerbate and manifest into a monster that we can no longer tolerate.

The Transfer Factor

A baby is on her belly in front of her Cockapoo. She is just beginning to learn the movements preprogrammed in her through preconditioning.

As babies, we learn how to stand because our muscles carry memory from our parents. That memory transferred to us just like their DNA transferred to us. This is why babies instinctively know how to stand up, after observing us for a while; as well as how to walk. 

That is innate behavior, based on natural instinct, based on predeposited information in our cellular memory. Something else occurred to me while writing this. I became curious as to what the word ending “ant” in the word operant stood for. Here’s why. 

It occurred to me that we become resistant to the signals of pain that become constant due to our operant behaviors. We are unrepentant, and non-combatant until the pain becomes malignant and overabundant

At that point, what we thought was unimportant has become significant and dominant; and has caused us to become a complainant seeking a suppressant as a counter-irritant.

So of course, seeing as how I’m always connecting things; I looked up the suffix. Here’s what it means.

“The root words –ant/-ent comes from Latin –‘-ant, implying an act or condition of’ and ‘-ent, someone who is inclined to’.”

When we have operant behaviors, we are operating within a set of preset parameters. These keep us locked in the past – in a preconditioned state; never moving forward and past the issue.

We are always “inclined to” behave in that preconditioned way until we decide to take control and reprogram our subconscious minds. Unlike the chickens on the farm, we have a way out.

We can repent or rethink what we’re doing. We can use forgiveness to break the law of karma and free ourselves from a situation that is creating pain.

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