Millions of people across Canada and the U.S. suffer from chronic pain, which affects not only their health but their quality of life and that of their loved ones. Whether it is physiological, emotional or mental, pain that lasts more than a few minutes is stored as a memory in our nerves, a memory that can be recalled even months and years later; typical examples include phantom limb pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thankfully, methods of permanently erasing these painful memories might be on the horizon.
Neuroscientists at McGill University working on a treatment for chronic pain have administered a chemical called ZIP (zeta inhibitory peptide) to the spinal area of rats where it can reach the neurons involved in storing pain memories. ZIP wiped out the nervous system’s memory of the pain felt in the rats’ hind paws (that were tender from the application of capsacin, a compound from chili peppers). However, years of study are still needed before ZIP or a similar treatment can be widely used in medicine to relieve chronic pain.
Many other researchers are working on ways to erase painful memories in people suffering from PTSD. Under some conditions, behaviourial therapy can succeed in permanently deleting traumatic memories, suggesting that the erasure of a memory can occur, but how this happens is unknown. Recent findings describing the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the creation and retention of painful memories will hopefully help with the development of drugs that manipulate those processes.
The use of various energy healing methods can also assist with the release of painful memories, whether they are physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. In some cases of release, a person will remember the memory but not the emotions attached to it. Vicki Slater, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor who has been studying the physics of healing for 20 years, suggested that “…once a field releases information, that information is no longer in that person’s field. (…) It is like cleaning house; once you have taken the stuff to the dump, you might remember you had it, but it no longer takes up space in your home.”
In other cases, after the release of a memory during energy healing, a person has absolutely no recollection of it. According to Catherine Awai, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor, it’s possible that the release of a memory during an energy healing treatment goes back to the very moment the energetic pattern was created. Because the release occurred at the source, it’s as if the pattern never existed.
Could the same mechanisms underlying the deletion of painful memories during behavioural therapy and ZIP research also be at work during energy treatments?
In my article, “How Our Body Might Collect Information,” I discuss how all substances in our environment and within our body emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs). All of these external and internal EMFs can potentially travel through our tissues and interact with our molecules—a relatively new, very complex field. Recent research in biomedical engineering indicates that proteins and enzymes in our body can be altered by EMFs of selected frequencies. The results of the neuroscientists at McGill suggest that a type of spinal protein that underlies long-term memory storage is involved in the maintenance of persistent pain. Scientists at John Hopkins University managed to erase traumatic memories from mice by removing a particular protein in a specific part of the brain. Perhaps it is feasible, therefore, that the processes involved with the release of memories during energy healing might involve the interactions of the healer’s EMFs with the client’s proteins and other substances involved with memory retention.
It is exciting that more and more scientific discoveries are helping to shed light on how those suffering from chronic pain—physical, emotional or mental—might be able to permanently release those painful memories… and get on with their life.
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