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Pain or Fear - Overwhelming


Dennis Gersten, M.D.

Sometimes human suffering is so great that imagery techniques alone don't make a dent. The pain or fear goes on and on even after utilizing symptomatic kinds of treatments. This article is inspired by the work of Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies, and Meetings at the Edge. For several years Stephen and Ondrea Levine offered free 24-hour a day counseling by telephone for those with terminal illness.

It is human nature to push away pain and fear and to try to hold on to pleasure. But sometimes you need to fully embrace the pain, rather than using a technique to diminish the pain. The technique I use is a modification of one Stephen Levine developed.

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