Shortly after Christmas, one of my ribs popped during a very mild exercise routine! Needless to say, I was quite perplexed. None of my ribs have ever popped in my entire life, and the exercise I did was minimally stressful to the body!
However, the inconvenience and the pain that the injury caused put quite a dent in my daily routine: difficulty getting in and out of bed and car, and when I needed to turn to look around, I needed to turn my entire body instead of just the head.
Luckily, I thought of doing Self- Brainspotting to see if I could heal myself. After a few minutes on the brain spot, a wave of sadness overpowered me, though I had no idea what the sadness was about, I invited it to express itself through tons of sobbing.
As soon as that wave of sadness calmed down, a light bulb went on in my head! I was able to put together the life event which has been contributing to the injury! During that Ah-ha moment, there was a distinct feeling in my body that the rib went back into its socket in the vertebrae in a sloooow motion. Then, the relief of pain was immediate!
So, what showed up in that Ah-ha moment?
Peipei, our 17-year-old dog, has been really sick throughout Christmas. We basically said our goodbyes to her as we witnessed her losing weight to just skin and bones. Even though she was skinny, it was easily covered up with her fluffy coat. In order to know how much weight she has lost, I would feel her one rib on the left side which was born congenitally protruded. The skinnier she got, that rib stuck out more.
The rib I popped was also on the left side and about the same location as Peipei's protruded rib.
Although at first, I did not link the two events together, however, when I was able to release emotionally through sobbing what my body has been carrying, the weeks of worry, grief, fear, impending loss, relief, and waiting associated with Peipei's condition, my brain was able to release subcortically and the rib followed the neurological signal to go back into its rightful place, no more protrusion!
This is the story I tell my students when I teach "Intro to Brainspotting"! It is a very empowered feeling that one can heal oneself just with Brainspotting!
To date, my little old girl is still alive, though still weak, but eating food! We respect her own timing.