I have this hip pain. It comes and goes and when it's bad, it's really bad. I take medications, do physical therapy, but believe me, it's bad. EBT helps a huge amount, and so we're starting Brain Based Pain Management Training so that you can apply neuroscience in helping deal with your pain.

The course is based on with six weekly, one-hour telegroup sessions with six participants and a Certified EBT Provider. I'll be the provider on the first few groups, and am really excited about launching this. I believe this training is essential for anyone who is hurting to add to their traditional treatment, because of these four benefits:

Benefit #1: Unconscious expectations of hope

The newest literature on the placebo effect shows that it is a combination of emotional connection with a benevolent healer and renewed hope. For most diseases, it delivers about 70 percent of the benefit of the traditional drug treatment. Who is to say that the benevolent emotional healer can't be connecting to the deepest part of ourselves? From a neuroscience perspective, that's neural integration; from a spiritual standpoint, that is God or some divine connection. Also, hope can come from inside, and using the Stop A Trigger Cycle Tool

Last weekend, I had taken my pills and was out on the road doing the Saturday errands. I was hurting. I went ahead as I was driving along and did a Cycle, and bingo, the pain faded 70%. Later it came back to about 50% and for the rest of the day I noticed the sunshine, the flowers and the goodness of life. That mattered because my day matters! What evidence do I have about its chemical comparison to various types of placebo effects? None, except that it worked for me, and it may be helpful to you.

Benefit #2: Better medical decisions

This same technique, the Cycle Tool comes in handy when trying to decide "should I take the pill or not?" and the myriad of medical decisions necessary when trade-offs are involved. The stressed brain is really bad at making decisions, and stress causes us to have drives that get in the way, such as the wire that triggers distrust or trusting too much, the one that attaches us to worrying all the time, or the wire that makes us go numb and forget that we ever had a health problem! The Cycle Tool clears away that stress so we find ourselves making really good decisions!

Benefit #3 Creating a happier, healthier life  

Adversity is really good for us, right? Well, the truth is that without it we'd all be emotional babies. It's the learning that comes about when we process our emotions in stress that leads to maturity. What's more, that bump up in our Brain State from using any of the Cycle Tools or my personal favorite – all three of them in a Cycle Blitz – that works the best. With a higher brain state, some emotional trash from the past cleared out and a bounce to our step again (yes, my hip is better today so that bounce is back), we can be more loving partners and parents, more compassionate friends, and more productive on the job.

Benefit #4 The warmth and support of a small group

Although when we're stressed, the distancing circuit can be activated, along with the shame circuit, making being in a small group the very last thing one wants to do. We take away the stress of the group – it's anonymous (we share no information unless you do), and the telephone is perfect for emotional work. We bonded with our mother in utero through voice, so telephone support groups are very authentic and deep. Best of all, nobody sees you, so telegroups feel safer that on side groups.


If you are interested in learning more about using simple emotional tools to decrease pain, and  give yourself bursts of dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins, inquire about this group. CRITERIA: Must be under the cause of a physician for pain.
Starts: September 10
Ends: October 15
Weekly session: 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Pacific Time
Provider: Laurel Mellin, PhD
Fee: $199 to enroll, and $199 four weeks later.
To enroll: Contact Michael McClure - michael@ebt.org