Celeste Cooper RN Author - Educator and Pain Advocate


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There are four elements to human existence, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. In every one of my (our) books, these basic principles are inherent to the rituals practiced in the Native American Medicine Wheel. The wheel has four directions, north, south, east, and west. The analogy I use for applying the “Wheel” is the four-seated teeter-totter. When any of the seats, say the physical, is laden with untreated burdens, it becomes heavy and drops to the ground. When this happens, the other three seats, mental, emotional, and spiritual, suffer in some way, especially if they are light or absent of content. A lack of balance results in unhealthy discord affecting how we live with chronic pain and illness.

Because of chronic pain, we spend a great deal of time in the physical quadrant. The arrangement of the stones is associated to the moon and the sun (the entrance is always to the east facing the rising sun), and each of us is represented somewhere in the circle. This continuum...

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"I was living a physically, mentally, and spiritually painful life in an incredibly fast-paced world. Everything was urgent, or so it seemed. My self-worth was driven and based my self-worth on achievements. And yet, my life was not nearly as full then as it is now…  

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Why is Spirituality Important for Coping with Chronic Illness or Pain?

"Who we are is more than the body or the personality"

             ~Ram Doss

The central question of the great religions—Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism—is, “How do we ease human suffering, explore the meaning of life and enhance our relationship with the divine?” My personal belief is that regardless of a person’s religion, the goal is the same—to awaken the desire for finding our spiritual existence. As a Christian, I try to follow the teachings of tolerance, gratitude, forgiveness and strive for harmony and peace. These virtues are present in all the great religions. We define our own spiritual path and what it means to us personally, but how we can use our spirituality to balance physical pain? 

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Striving for balance, treating ourselves with the same respect we would like from others, or give to others, is what helps us preserve as much function as possible and ensures well-rounded emotional, mindful, and spiritual soundness...  

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As we feast on the benefits of fall, we can relate to the aspects of self-exploration. We begin to discover mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. Focusing on the maturity of the fall season prepares us for learning new strategies to help us deal with the side effects of chronic pain… 

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Instead, [the theory of relativity] is the fundamental fabric in us and everything in the universe. Deeply understanding the nature of consciousness brings with it…How can I use Dr Weiber’s TOR to enhance my spiritual awareness?

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Research on the interaction of faith and healing clearly demonstrates that faith and action (e.g. prayer, fellowship) creates positive change in physical conditions. When we are experiencing times of stress, such as when learning to deal with chronic illness or pain, our spiritual practice, whatever that means to each of us, provides comfort. This balance is soothing and reliable and is as significant as having the right medication, therapies, and support.