A couple of years ago my son slipped while using a school sewing machine and broke the needle off inside his finger. We sat waiting in hospital emergency with the needle protruding from the middle of his fingernail. But fortunately he wasn’t in any real pain.
A young intern came to have a look at it and told Jules he’d have to have an injection to numb the finger so that the needle could be removed. Jules asked how painful this would be and the intern said, “Like a bee sting for 30 seconds.” Well, that did. Jules started whimpering and then howling his head off. This “imagined pain” scenario went on for about 10 minutes with everyone (nurses, intern and me) trying to console him. Eventually the actual surgeon came along and suggested a tranquilizer. Once the pill had worked its magic he then gave Jules 3 quick injections in the base of his finger which he hardly felt.
Within minutes the needle was out of his nail and we were on our way home. For the next few days Jules felt like a war hero. “I like injections!” was his revelation.
So why am I telling you this?
Whenever you’re in pain or upset, ask yourself, “Is this clean pain or dirty pain?”
What’s the difference?
Clean pain is real pain. A needle stuck in your finger.
Dirty pain is self created. By your own thoughts and perhaps vivid imagination.
(For example, worrying that the pain of an injection will be so bad that you’ll pull away and end up with 2 broken off needles stuck in your finger instead of one.)
Dirty pain lasts much longer than clean pain. Sometimes a lifetime.
But it usually dissolves quickly when we can catch ourselves at it.
Or as my dad used to say, “Why worry? It may never happen!”
There are a couple of really good systems to help you see dirty pain:
Byron Katie’s 4 questions.
Richard Moss’s Mandala of Being
Richard Unger’s LifePrints system
And a short cut?
Stop. Breathe. Feel where this emotion is in your body. Smile.
How hand analysis can help?
Horizontal lines on your hands indicate what kind of dirty pain you’re likely to subject yourself to. For example, horizontal lines on the top section of your thumb indicate you worry a lot. Whereas Venus girdles indicate a thin skin and a vivid imagination.
Here’s a picture of what Venus girdles look like.
A Venus girdle is a line or perhaps lots of little lines above your heart line under your ring finger. This indicates a vivid imagination. It also indicates a really thin skin. People who have these lines tend to be ultra sensitive to criticism. They can pick up vibes in a room way beyond what most of us can sense but the danger is they can also imagine stuff happening that may not be happening at all.
If you know this about yourself you can focus on the positive side; being sensitive and imaginative instead of torturing yourself with wild imaginings.
Learn more about hands here.
Our fingerprints are also a great help because they show us what kind of dirty pain we’re likely to subject ourselves to. What’s your core false belief? More about this, have your fingerprints analyzed or learn more about how this works here. Or join us in Earth School for our monthly topic calls.