There is just one game left, the Super Bowl. The regular season of the NFL (National Football League) is complete. It was a special year. The Green Bay Packers flirted with a perfect season. Tim Tebow's faith and dramatic comebacks stole many a headline. The Houston Texans even won their first playoff game. Yet, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will now decide which team is the best of the best at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5.
I am a fan of the game. Although I spend more time watching games than I should admit, I spend even more helping to heal the pain and suffering of others. Therefore, it quickly caught my attention when Dallas Cowboys' safety, Gerald Sensabaugh, recently said, "Pain is just mental."
The news report I was reading stated that there are only a small number of football players who are able to complete a game with a strained arch and as well, play another game five days later. However, after he helped his team defeat the Miami Dolphins, Sensabaugh has been added to the list.
"I don't take any medications,'' Sensabaugh apparently told reporters. "I've dealt with all kinds of illness without medication. I remember one time I had the flu real bad and didn't take anything. Pain is just mental. If I know it's nothing structural, I should be able to ride through it.''
"That's how I was growing up, that's how I've raised my kids,'' Sensabaugh said. "If you fall and bust your head, get up and play. It's not that bad. Usually they get up laughing.''
Pain is a real battle for many people. However, there are those like Sensabaugh who have found that how they think controls how they feel. Studies at Stanford University's Neuroscience and Pain Lab show that redirecting one’s focus can lead to over 40 percent less of an awareness of pain.
Several years ago, I was working on an amplifier with a long-handled screwdriver. The screwdriver slipped, got turned around, and scratched my eye. At first I felt no pain, but then suddenly the pain was severe, and all light was painful. I put on a pair of sunglasses, closed my bedroom curtains and called a friend to pray for me. I’d found prayer to be enormously beneficial before, so this was a natural first resort.
I thought about how in times past I had felt control rather than helplessness through prayer, and that the spirituality that permeated my consciousness through prayer gave me a sense of freedom as well.
The pain immediately stopped. I opened the window and took off the glasses. I was pain-free for several days, -- the scratch had completely disappeared. The only problem left was the eye was slightly out of focus.
Then, to my surprise and disappointment, four mornings later it seemed I had returned to the old condition. The extreme pain was back.
I called the friend who had prayed with me to give her the news. She asked, "Have you ever been to Moscow." I said, "No." She responded, "If you've never been to Moscow, then you can't return."
I laughed out loud because I knew what she meant. If those prayers had truly been effective then there was no basis for returning to the former condition. As I thought about her point I noticed the pain had just as quickly disappeared, and the eye came into focus. That was the end of that.
What Sensabaugh stated, I found to be true: Pain can be just mental.
Does this mean we simply ignore it? Just tough it out? No. Every physical or mental trouble should receive some method of immediate and responsible treatment. The Dallas Cowboys have one of the finest medical staffs in America. The point here is that today there is a growing awareness of the other methods being used to treat pain and its causes. In my practice of spiritual healing, I've see pain successfully eliminated.
Along with Gerald Sensabaugh, we all have the authority to take control of our thought by changing our focus. Instead of pain restricting or dominating us, we can live (and play) with dominion.
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[Keith Wommack is a blogger, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, musician, and step-dad. He is the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in Texas. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). He is also fond of breakfast tacos.]
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