Each week, spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra responds to Oprah.com users' questions with enlightening advice to help them live their best lives.
Q: Honestly, I can't imagine a more blessed life. Everything I've ever dreamed of, I asked, and here it is. I know that pain of the soul can manifest through illness and injury. It's been a very long journey. Looking back, I can see why it all happened, when it happened and how it happened. It was all important to get me to where I am today.
With that in mind, I have a back injury. I've tried Reiki (why doesn't Reiki work as well on me as it does on someone else?), red light therapy, massage, traditional torture with epidural and radio frequency ablation. But still, there it is. I used to think maybe it was about the weight I carried, as a single mom trying to survive on next to nothing. It was challenging for a long time, but I have no regrets, I'm not angry, but thankful for it all. So why am I having such a tough time healing my back? I feel it down to my core. Is it possible to heal this? What am I missing? Thanks!
P.S.: Thanks for all your work. You seem to show up with just what I need, at exactly the right time. I am truly grateful!
— Deborah J., Westmoreland, Kansas
I sympathize with your frustration and applaud you for having used so much past trauma as part of your growth. The question of back pain plagues millions of people who resist the risks of conventional surgery and yet find no other outlet except perhaps for temporary relief. Right now, you are probably taking stabs in the dark, while what is needed is a steady, patient approach.
Before launching into any new treatment, make sure that you have thoroughly done the following:
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Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books on health, success, relationships and spirituality, including his current best-seller, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, which are available now. You can listen to his show on Saturdays every week on SiriusXM Channels 102 and 155.
Published on March 10, 2010