What have we Learnt from the Case Studies so far?

Each person we have spoken to so far for Liberation Found couldn’t be more different. They all had contrasting symptoms and other than two who used the Cureable app, found different methods of resolution.

It became apparent during the first interview with Nam that certain character traits not only influenced his conditions, but that he had positive traits that led towards healing.

It got me thinking about research on character traits developed through traumatic childhood’s, is there an inverse to these adaptations? What are the positive traits people are utilising in their recoveries?

I applied this curiosity to our other participants and a number of attributes began to emerge.

Determination:

Every single one so far has talked about a persistent focus in the work. They understood that in order for their method to be effective, they had to do the work. Day after day.

Inquisitiveness and building on Somatic Awareness:

Dana in particular talks about getting to know herself, her symptoms and her triggers better. All the participants developed a keener understanding of the messages behind their sensations.

Independence:

Manju talked about her journey in such a unique way. Her method is a spiritual one, and her faith in Christianity was the first time in her life she was making decisions for herself, not chosen by her family or her community’s beliefs.

And finally, we learnt as much by what is unsaid, as what is said – I haven’t seen a holding on to resentment or anger in any of the participants stories.

I am confident that as we continue even more patterns will start to emerge. That the global community of people who have been able to recover from chronic conditions have things in common.

What do you feel are the most important traits we need to nurture to heal from our traumas and illnesses?

Four A’s

Gabor Mate, the world renown doctor and author has a wealth of experience in the mindbody field. He personally feels there are four main aspects to a person that helps then navigate out of the long term pain. He coins them the four A’s (‘The Myth of Normal Pg 380)

1. Authenticity – The experience of living life and expressing ourselves ‘as we really are’. Even when that comes with the knowledge that we may disappoint some people to do so. To pursue or not to persue as we choose.

2. Agency – The capacity to take responsibility for our own lives. Not to lean on others to make decisions for us. Depravation of agency can also appear due to larger social conditions like poverty, injustice and marginalisation. To recognise when we have the power to control something and when we do not.

3. Anger – an often repressed emotion in persons with persistent pain. An essential skill in survival, the use of ‘No’. The use of anger to reinforce a boundary in the moment. To not hold onto anger in the long term, resisting the urge to use it in self serving narratives. Forgiveness for some may play a role in this.

4. Acceptance- the awareness and recognition of the current moment. Not to brush off an event with an ‘it is what it is’. To sit with the discomfort of now and allow it to pass on it’s on. Not to push down how we are feeling. This does not include tolerating unsafe environments with abuse.

We are learning so much from real, global world examples of chronic condition recovery and are starting to witness similarities of people who have made significant steps in recovery. Their journeys may be very different but the road to self-growth has lead in a recognisable direction to growth. What do they have in common?

‘Please note, though I am a Physiotherapist by profession, I am not your Physiotherapist and the advice shared on Liberation Found is for educational and informational purposes only’. The information provided here is not a substitute for professional, individualised, treatment. As such you should not rely solely on the information posted here. If you feel this content resonates with your lived experience, I encourage you to work with a SIRPA professional, or other qualified mindbody specialist to address your concerns.

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