MAY 3, 2017 :: KATIE SCHETTLER

SOME INSIGHTS FROM THIS SESSION:

  • Noticing how physical pain can induce auditory and visual flow.

  • Being curious about and exploring resistance, and feel flavors within resistance.

  • Carrying over dissolution flow into daily activities.


ABOUT KATIE

Katie Schettler lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband, Bob, and dog, Louie. She works for the American Cancer Society and loves her job. 

But Katie has another job, an avocation of sorts. She’s experienced chronic migraines for 33 years (since her mid-teens), and she’s been on a quest to get free of them. 

I have 3 to 4 migraines a week. There was a time that I wouldn’t realize I was getting a headache. It was either nothing, or all of the sudden it was a full-on, 10-out-of-10 migraine. 
I can’t take the prescribed medications because they lower my threshold for seizures, which I also experience. So, the doctors recommend magnesium, and that’s about it.  Otherwise I’ve been on my own. And I have tried everything -- diet, hypnotism, past life regression. I even got braces again. Excedrin Migraine works, but it has its own 24-hour “detox” headache the next day, so that’s sort of a deal with the devil. 
Shinzen’s method is the only thing that has worked for me so far. 

Katie found a copy of Shinzen’s book + CD Break Through Pain at a bookstore in Tucson. A couple months later, she attended the Home Practice Program.

Every day for four years, sometimes up to an hour a day, I played Track 3 from the Break Through Pain CD. I played it over and over to focus out on the pain.
I wasn’t a meditator before that. I didn’t understand the concept of following your breath. But something with Shinzen’s system clicked. 

She described an extraordinary experience using one of Shinzen’s techniques from the Break Through Pain book.

I was trying to go outside of the pain. I pictured a spot outside of my head and rested there for a few minutes. And all of the sudden the pain dissolved. It just started to disintegrate and fall away. 
I wish I could do that all the time.  If you give me a half hour to three hours, I can usually get there. Maybe not that dramatically, but I can usually get there. 

Despite this chronic condition, Katie maintains that this, too, is an opportunity to learn and grow: I’ve always felt this is a puzzle for me to work out through my life, like God gave me this to work on. She continues the search for answers, and is currently investigating how food and environmental toxins stored in the body may have an impact. 

Break Through Pain has been reprinted by Sounds True as Natural Pain Relief, and is available here.

#THREELITTLEKNOWNFACTS

  • KATIE LOVES PROJECT RUNWAY.

  •  SHE IS A HUGE ADELE FAN.

  • SHE ASPIRES TO LEARN TAI CHI SOME DAY.


As I get older, it’s as if the realization and the event move closer together, and so I have less suffering in between. I say to myself, okay this is an event that’s happening. How do I get to learn from it?
— KATIE SCHETTLER
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