The Tuesday, February 18, call-in discussion group will be discussing Chapter 34 (“Giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy”) and 35 (Repetition”) in Steve Ozanich's book The Great Pain Deception starting at 9 pm Eastern Time. It lasts an hour, sometimes a little longer. Phone lines will open half an hour early so you can talk to hosts and early callers. Here's how to join the discussion (for detailed instructions, visit www.tmswiki.org/ppd/Connect ) · If you're connecting by phone, dial 1 201-479-4595 and when prompted enter the pin code 18311499 followed by the pound symbol. · If you're connecting via your computer (Fuze Meeting), go to www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/app/48fb7aa8/18311499 and follow the instructions from there. For more information, visit www.tmswiki.org/ppd/Call-In_Peer_Discussion_Group. Steve opens Chapter 34 with a quote from the comic strip Pogo: “I have met the enemy and they are us.” That sure is Dr. Sarno and TMS. But Steve reminds us that our pain is not really an enemy and should not be looked at that way. It is really a friend, our unconscious mind sending us a message to ourselves that we need to deal with our repressed emotions. We need to accept the pain but understand that it does not mean accommodating fit, which then would give it aid. When we have pain walking, sitting, bending, we should not give in to it. We must keep doing the normal activities in our daily lives and not fear that any movement will make it worse. But he, like Dr. Sarno cautions, that exercising the back or other hurting parts of the body by intentionally thinking that will help it or heal the pain is not the thing to do. Doing back or leg stretches would just be another way of “accommodating” the pain by recognizing it structurally and not psychologically by working on our repressed emotions which are causing the pain. Exercise for general good health, but not to relieve pain. In Chapter 35 on repetition, Steve reminds us that some people are free of pain fast, just by knowing about TMS and repressed emotions causing our pain. For most of us, it takes time, because our unconscious mind may may need more time and reinforcement to truly accept that we understand and believe in TMS healing. Healing may take much repetition or rereading of the TMS “knowledge penicillin” that Dr. Sarno tells us is essential to healing. For those who want a more clinical explanation, Steve says that TMS healing begins in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, also known as the “frontal association,” and its specific influence over the amygdala.” The amygdala fires signals to the hypothalamus to ignite the sympathetic nervous system that causes all health problems if strained with tension, from obsessive thinking.” The amygdala is responsible for emotional processing and the expression of emotions. Anger is governed by the amygdala. TMS repetition-healing reverses fear by training the amygdala that you are safe, replacing fear with feelings of safety. Once the amygdala feels all is safe, it then eases up on the autonomic nervous system and our pain symptoms ease. My head can’t handle all that, and it isn’t necessary, so long as I just know that if my TMS pain doesn’t go away fast, I need to feed my unconscious mind with more “Knowledge penicillin” so that it knows 100 percent that I believe in TMS healing by discovering and healing with my repressed emotions. Dr. Sarno says just recognizing our bad repressed emotions can be enough to heal our pain. If our unconscious doubts and fears the healing can be painfully slow. Steve says to relax and not push the healing. It will come. Repeating TMS knowledge into our brain’s frontal cortex slowly seeps into the deeper self. Once the deeper portion accepts the TMS information, the body relaxes. Steve says it’s when “The truth sets you free.” But sometimes and for some of us, we have to fight to free ourself, and weapon is persistence. Steve then discusses the two sides of our brain – the right hemisphere and the left. The right side governs our emotional self, our thoughtful self, and puts things together. The left side is logical, analytical, takes things apart, and is concerned with the inner world, perception, physiology. Those who heal fast from TMS may not be in “their right mind.” Don’t you just love Steve’s sense of humor? Healing may have to come from “an incessant pounding into the right brain as to what is occurring until the ‘whole picture’ suddenly comes into focus, and then, in an ‘ah-ha’ moment, the brain finally gets it, that we accept that repressed emotions cause our symptoms and the pain leaves. Steve sums up by saying that if you don’t heal fast from TMS knowledge, even after you feel you’ve accepted that repressed emotions are causing your pain, you need to repeat over and over again to your unconscious that you do accept TMS and it eventually will believe you and release your pain. We hope you will join the call-in about these two chapters and share your thoughts and experiences about accepting TMS Knowledge penicillin and convincing your unconscious that you believe it 100 percent.