Oh, the Pain

Today is my 61st birthday and what better way to spend it with a daughter I love in a country I’ve grown to love, Ireland. The people are so sweet; the countryside is breathtaking, and the food is delicious and even better when followed by a pint of Guinness listening to Irish music. Yesterday, we had breakfast in the castle’s conservatory (Waterford Castle Hotel,) toured the grounds on our own and left for Dublin. I’ve never stayed in an actual castle before and was shocked how it costs no more than an average hotel in the States! I’m not used to pampering myself, but I’m glad I did. 

The drive to Dublin was easy. We left our stuff in our non-castle (boo) hotel, and went to The Hairy Lemon, a local pub, for Guinness Beef stew and, what else? A Guinness. Guinness tastes completely different here. It’s smooth with chocolate and coffee tones and not as bitter as the Guinness in the States. Have I said this before? I think so. Oh well, You have to live with it! After lunch, we did what Kristina loves best (but I abhor)–shopping. The pedestrian-only streets are so quaint and busy. I’ll post videos and photos eventually, but if you want, you can watch Kristina’s daily vlogs (video blogs) on her YouTube channel HERE. She’s got four of them up already, all great!

Me: Hello, Jamie and Erik!

Erik: Hello, Mom.

Jamie: I know I was, um—it’s based on what I read, right Erik?

(Pause)

Jamie: No. Some of us are not privy to information, Erik, until it reaches our computer, so… He was discussing John Hopkins. Is that right, Erik?

Erik: Yes.

Jamie listens.

Jamie (with amazement): What? Like two years ago? A doctor talking about cancer?

Erik: All the cancer treatments are pretty much about making money. You know, all the healers—of course we’ve been saying that shit for a long time—but now finally the medical field is coming onboard. This is one small step for Spiritualkind.

Jamie and I laugh.

Erik: This is how science and spirituality are merging.

Me: Good.

Erik: I think it’s really awesome that herbs, aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture—

Jamie: He’s listing off some other things in that field as well.

Erik: Stuff that’s considered complementary kind of go under the whole spiritual healing. That is awesome, and that’s what we gotta get back to.

Me: Yes. M.D. Anderson is a big cancer hospital here and I think they have an entire department for energy medicine and complementary healing like reiki and so on.

Erik: That’s what my sister needs to do.

Me: Yeah, exactly. Anyway, here’s a question from one of the blog members. It has to do with physical pain. How do we view pain in the body? Is there a way that we can process various types of pain to lessen it or should we view it in a more positive way?

Erik: Well, the first thing you have to do—have to, need to, I’m being serious about the words—is to recognize it, acknowledge it. We’ve been trained to shove it off. As kids when we fall down, the first response is, “You’re okay. Everything’s fine.” Fuck that! Not everything is fine to a two or three year old when all the skin is scraped off their knee.

Jamie giggles.

Erik: Shit hurts!

Jamie: He’s being so funny!

Erik: So, we automatically train our children to not acknowledge the pain when it comes in. If there’s pain either we choose to ignore it or it means that something is terribly wrong. Why can’t pain be a trigger in our bodies to let us know that it’s not wrong but it needs change? We’ve gotta stop doing this yes/no, right/wrong thing. So, it helps to acknowledge it. Don’t ignore it. When there’s severe pain, go into it. Get calm. Go to where it is. Start documenting how the pain is. Let’s see if there’s a pattern, because we want to see why the body’s giving us the signal and what are we not paying attention to.

Me: Okay.

Erik: Because it’s a side effect, but we tend to want to pacify it. We have to look at why is it coming back to us again and again and again. And then this blog member’s going to find that her pattern is what—

Jamie (to Erik): Wait. Say it again.

Erik: –that her pattern is unrecognized—

Jamie (to Erik): Oh, dude, just say it really lame. Don’t get all high falooting.

Erik (laughing): You normally catch on.

Jamie: No, it’s just one of those days, Erik!

Me: Go easy on her, Erik. C’mon!

Jamie: Yeah! Just right now. Do it like I’m dumb.

Erik laughs.

Erik: What she’s going to find out is that the pattern is going to show her what she’s choosing to ignore in her life and she’ll find that it’s emotionally rooted.

Me: Ah!

Erik: It’ll be an emotional ignorance she’s doing. Most people feel like they’re completely open. They’ve done everything. They’ve done everything, but they still have the pain. Well, if they’ve done everything and they still have the pain—right there that’s bullshit. They haven’t done everything. They feel like they have. They’ve done everything that they can comprehend and that they can understand, so why not let their body be a better teacher for them and tell them to shut up, center, calm down and go into the pain. This’ll let them know what’s really going down. I agree more with medicines that kind of pacify or dull the pain, but not remove it 100%.

Me: Yeah.

Erik: If you remove the trigger of your body saying, “Hey, this is my voice; this is what I want to tell you. This is not cool,” then you’re going to fuck it up even more.

Me: Exactly. Okay. Very interesting. It all rings so true.

Erik: You know what, Mom? I kind of find it funny now that when people—just the spiritual people—it tends to be just the spiritual people—when they say they have a disease or a cancer that they’re being punished? “Oh, I have this breast cancer because I’m being punished because I couldn’t’ love myself. Okay, maybe that’s two percent that that’ll make sense—

Jamie (laughing hard): he just laid a bunch of f-bombs.

Erik: Jesus Christ even got into that f-bomb and some other words.

Erik laughs. I have the feeling he’s just pulling our leg, though.

Erik: Really? What part of the granola spiritual world is there, “you’re rewarded and now you’re punished”? People have really gotta get off that boat! Mom, what do you think we can do to help get away from it? How can we present it?

Me: Sometimes I think it’s easier for people to say they’re being punished instead of doing their homework and try to really get down there and figure out what’s going on.

Erik: So the term “punishment” is just an excuse for them? That’s so fucked up in the head!

Me: well, it’s a lot of work to try to figure things out! It takes courage and perseverance. Okay, next one. How do children who suffer from severe illness—how do they manage to endure their suffering as well as they seem to?

Jamie (giggling): Erik’s mouth is just wide open! You can tell he’s about to start laughing but he refuses to.

Erik: Really? Mom, you can answer this quicker than I can. Kids are masters. They’re fresh from the whole energetic world. Their pain is not taught to them the way adult pain is. They take it the moment. They don’t take it as a punishment; they don’t take it as, you know, “This is my life forever.” They really know how to stay in the moment.

Me: Yeah. And, no, I could not have answered that as quickly as you could! I couldn’t have answered that at all!

Erik: C’mon. You’ve seen kids and how they handle stuff! They’re like tiny little angels. They get through cancer with a smile on their face every day.

Me: Yeah, that’s true. Because they always have hope. They’ve not been taught to lose hope.

Erik: Yes. They haven’t been tainted by us, by adults, by society. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just get in our brains and just erase—

Jamie (laughing): He shows it like an eraser on the tip of a pencil and goes, “EE OO, EE OO.”

I laugh.

Erik: Yeah, just erase that one part where we were taught that this is how it should be. You know what’s fucked up is that they’re trying to do that shit—erase memories. They’ve succeeded at some of it, so they have it. It’s a laser and it fries the areas of the brain that’s associated with the trigger and the memory. Then, you can’t recall it anymore. That’s it. Gone.

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  • Diddi

    Happy birthday Elisa. What a great way to celebrate the day….

    • Thanks!

      • Simon

        Happy you enjoyed Ireland, my sister lives there now.

  • T Diaz

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELISA!!! I hope I look as good and rockin’ as you do when I’m 61 in just a few short years 🙂 I’m loving watching Kristina’s vlogs.

  • Foisnet Lysa

    Happy Birthday Elisa ! I can see you have very much enjoyed every minute of your day and of your stay in Ireland !! Lots of hugs and my fondest affection to you and Kristina !!

  • KM

    I knew, you were a Taurus, because… I’m one! Happy Birthday girl! Truly, you look amazing for 61. KM

  • T Diaz

    Ahhhh, Guinness. I like it here, so i can only imagine how much I’d LOVE it here!

  • T Diaz

    This post where Erik talks about spiritual types, considering illnesses like cancer as punishment, reminded me of a postcard I have. I’m posting it here but have never tried uploading an image before, so here goes. Let’s see if it works . . .

  • Joe D.

    Happy Birthday.

  • KM

    On July 14, 2014, after being admitted into a hospital, my family was told, that I wouldn’t survive the night. Well, somehow…I did! While I was unconscious in ICU, I heard a doctor say to a nurse… “don’t bother with her, she’s not going to make it.” I couldn’t speak, but I got really angry and I was screaming (in my head) that’s not fair! I wasn’t mad at the doctor, but that… I wasn’t even given a chance! A week later, when I was moved out of ICU, I was told by several doctors and specialists, that I wasn’t going to last another week. They kept asking me if my financial affairs were in order. I laughed to myself, each time they said it, because truly, at that time, I didn’t have a whole lot to care about. Seriously, when you’re dying, the last thing you care about….is your financial affairs! Then, they said, I’d be dead in a month and bla bla bla. Then I was told, I wouldn’t survive past the the end of October. Then, the day I left the hospital, I was told, to get on the transplant list as soon as possible, because if I didn’t get a liver transplant by Christmas… I wouldn’t survive past, New Years. Then, via a second MRI, a tumor was discovered on my pancreas. Crikey! More fun news! What I did do… was to NEVER ONCE, believe that I was going to die. My liver was so swollen, I looked like I was nine months pregnant for several months. Plus, my skin and eyes were bright yellow and I matched my fluorescent, hospital socks. Yep…I looked scary-ass sick, because I was for months on end! Worst yet, when I left the hospital..I chose to take care of myself, which was difficult and sometimes lonely, but I managed. I got stuck in the bathtub a couple of times and ended up sleeping in it overnight, because I was too weak to get out by myself. Well anyway, I’m still here… going strong! I took my recovery into my own hands. I never took the prescriptions, that were prescribed to me, when I was released from the hospital. I did however, read book after book, article after article and checked out several websites about cancer and liver disease. I followed a very healthy diet and most importantly, I “always” stayed positive! Oh yeah, my financial affairs are still not in order. I was and I have, only been focused on getting well…not planning my death. Also, I read your latest book two times. I watched your videos, with Erik and Jamie Butler, via youtube, for an entire week, both day and night. I’ve also read nearly all of your interviews posted on your website. Well, I just received my latest MRI report, which was ordered by my GE Specialist because he couldn’t make sense of my blood work, which came back saying everything is normal. The report stated that my tumor is nearly gone and my liver is totally normal! Funny thing…my doctor seemed upset by my recovery. Therefore, I completely and wholeheartedly believe in what Erik is saying. I’m living proof! Everything, I have learned from you, Elisa, Erik and everyone else involved with your website, is that… there is so much more, with living life and accepting death… than I ever imagined! Being sick didn’t teach me that… you all did! If not, for Erik’s face continuously popping up, completely out of the blue, every single time I got on Youtube, I know, I wouldn’t be nearly as happy as I am, now! I look forward to each day, instead of sitting around, wondering, why am I still here! By the way, after about the 20th time, Erik’s face appeared on my screen via Youtube, I remember saying to myself, out loud, “fine…I’m only clicking on you, so you’ll leave me alone! What a treasure, I received because of Erik’s, very strange persistence, Thank you all. Always and forever! KM

    • Foisnet Lysa

      Dearest KM, You’re such an AMAZING person !! Brave and always positive! I’m so happy you made it through ! Stay on the high vibrations !! All my love and hugs

    • Leilani

      Thank you for sharing, KM. This is one of THE BEST things I’ve read on how to take back your health! I hope you write a book about it because I’m sure you have the stack of proof to show the world. More people need to hear about you and your recovery. And most of all your determination to prove them all wrong. And there is nothing more reassuring than seeing Erik’s smiling face. It makes the world seem less scary 🙂

  • Tess Muth

    Happy Birthday Elisa! Omg did you hear about Prince…Ask Erik how Prince is doing on the other side….

    • Maya

      Yeah, so sad about Prince. He followed Michael Jackson footsteps :(.

    • Thanks and yes, we’ll have to bring him in after he settles.

  • Maya

    You are 61? I thought you’re 55. Happy Birthday!!

    • You just made my day!

      • Simon

        I agree with Maya you don’t look your age

    • Simon

      You have such a lovely name

      • Maya

        Thanks.

  • Lorri

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

  • Sabrina Reyenga

    Happy birthday Elisa. Hugs, love, light, and blessings. Namaste

  • Happy birthday, mamacita! Hei, erik n jamie! Hello channeling erik family! love u all. Bananas are a great anti-depressant! Feeling the love here!

  • Ive been watching kristinas vlogs. You two are having a lot of fun. Enjoy your stay in Ireland!

  • TERESA

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! YOU LOOK GREAT AND INSPIRE SO MANY PEOPLE. THANKS FOR SHARING ERIK WITH THE WORLD!

  • Aurelie

    Happy Birthday Elisa! And many many thanks for all the work that you do.

  • Paulette Roberts

    Happy Birthday Elisa, remember it’s your birthday month! I am so interested in the channelling demystified, is there anything to read on that?

  • Amy N.

    Happy Birthday Elisa! I’ll be 61 in August. See you in Chicago! Can’t wait!

  • SoulScribbles

    The warmest, heartfelt birthday wishes are being sent your way, Elisa, even if they are a few days late. So glad to see how much you are enjoying your trip with Kristina, and may I add how wonderful and happy you look, and yes, PSS followers are quite right, you are adorable and are rocking it, girl!

    • Thanks! Of course they only use words like “Adorable” and “Cute” for old ladies! LOL

  • Alba Kambouris

    I just had my 67th Birthday that’s me on the profile wondering where has the years gone and wishing that they be over I gave enough to this world lol. Being a Piscean hasn’t been a picnic also losing my son Jonathan doesn’t help can’t wait to see him. Elisa, have a great Birthday and you are cute so ware it proudly not too many cute 61 out there. We took our friend that just turned 50 to eat out and she was feeling old. LOL There I was just turned 67 so I must be ancient right? They forget I am the oldest in this group.

  • Leilani

    Beautiful Discussion, Elisa. Wish more people could really understand pain instead of trying to blame it on something – Like “punishment”. Very true.
    I was taking notes as I’ve started going through the Blog – saving some to send you on your Birthday (once I figured out which day it was haha).

    “We want to thank you, because you’re a big part of helping to elevate human awareness.
    Thank you for being a messenger for hope.” ~ Anne Frank

    “He wants to thank you, because you’ve been a big part of what everyone else over there has been working towards—helping people to open their eyes, to get rid of their fears.” ~ Abe Lincoln

    I just thought you might need a reminder from these two wonderful people about how important your role is, why you’re alive, and to never give up or give in.

    I often don’t know how you do it because of the comments and feedback I’ve seen and read. I share a similar childhood so I know that mine made me a survivor of Anything and it makes us tough as nails. I’m sure the same is true for you too. It’s one thing I had to learn to appreciate and not let it overcome me. It was strong but I figured out I could be stronger than it was.

    I want you to know that I do believe in Hope. Some days it’s the only thing that keeps me going. I want to personally thank you and wish you many more birthdays to come and to let you know, I’ll be celebrating each and every one of them with you – even though I’m not there in person. HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Always!

    • Aw, I did forget about those. Thanks for the reminder! It made me happy!

  • Errin

    Happy belated birthday, Elisa! We share a birthday! Looks like you had a great time in Ireland! My birthday was dreary and somber, I’m from Minneapolis and that day Prince passed away. I’m still feeling the aftershock of all. I pray this year will better than the last. God rest his soul.

  • Errin

    Happy belated birthday, Elisa! We share a birthday! Looks like you had a great time in Ireland! My birthday was dreary and somber, I’m from Minneapolis and that day Prince passed away. I’m still feeling the aftershock of all. I pray this year will better than the last. God rest his soul.

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