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The Difference Between Pain and Suffering

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 by in Blog | 4 comments

"The Difference Between Pain and Suffering"
The Difference Between Pain and Suffering by Catherine Carrigan, a handbook about how you can get out of pain naturally without drugs.

The Difference Between Pain and Suffering by Catherine Carrigan, a handbook about how you can get out of pain naturally without drugs.

There’s a difference between pain and suffering.

Pain is the physical experience. It’s an ache in your muscles, the strain in your joints, the fever and chills, the throbbing in your temples, the congestion in your sinuses, the stabbing in your upper back, the shooting sharpness down your leg.

Suffering is your emotional experience. Suffering may or may not be connected to physical pain. You can suffer emotionally even on a sunny day when nothing apparently bad is happening to you on the outside. Suffering is the negative story you are telling yourself about what is happening now, what has happened in the past or what could potentially happen in the future.

When I do a medical intuitive reading, part of what I do is help you understand:

  • The physical causes of your pain and the natural healing approaches you can take to alleviate your pain.
  • The emotional causes of your suffering and the spiritual healing approaches you can take to alleviate your suffering.

If you are wanting to understand more about what is going on with your body, call today to set up an appointment at 678-612-8816 or email for a FREE 15 minute consultation.

As they say, pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

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As human beings, sooner or later we experience the vicissitudes of life. The rain comes. We lose our job. The value of our investments go down. We stub our toe, break our foot, catch a cold, contract an infection, get a bad report from our doctor.

It’s easy when these things happen to take it all personally, as if somehow nobody other than you is going through anything halfway challenging.


It is helpful from a spiritual perspective to understand that pain is actually an aspect of our collective human experience.


We all experience birth and death, two of the most traumatic events that will ever happen to any of us.


If I am doing a healing with a client, part of what I do is thresh out the difference between your physical pain and your emotional suffering.


It is my experience that if you try to get rid of a physical pain without also clearing the emotions behind the pain – the suffering – you will not actually be able to clear the physical pain totally. It may morph into another direction, another organ, another layer of your energy field, but your pain won’t totally go away until you also let go of your emotional suffering at the same time.


This is why if I am doing a healing, I identify the goal – say to get rid of the pain in your shoulder – and then find the emotion or emotions plural – behind the pain. Once I identify all aspects of the story of your suffering about the physical pain then I lock the information into your subconscious mind and clear the whole thing – the pain and suffering – at the same time.


Many people are not able to get rid of their pain completely because they have not actually confronted themselves about their suffering.


We can be so heavily invested in our tales of sorrow and woe that we have no clue how much every time we repeat that negative story the chemistry that story creates in our body mind triggers the physical pain.


Next time you are in physical pain, pause to ask yourself, “What is the emotion I am suffering with this?”


Identify your emotions in as great a detail as you can.


If possible, see if the feelings began at an earlier age in your life. Many times our negative story started early on – even at birth. Sometimes we know this story because we have told it to ourselves so many times, possibly through our entire life.


The quicker you can let go of your emotional suffering, the sooner you can be done with your physical pain.

If you are interested in a FREE 15 minute consult, please contact Catherine Carrigan at 678-612-8816 or email We can discuss whether you are experiencing pain or whether you are suffering and discuss ways you may be able to clear the issue.

To learn more, please read my 6th Amazon Number 1 bestselling book, The Difference Between Pain and Suffering, available in audiobook, ebook and paperback at this link. 

The Difference Between Pain and Suffering is a complete handbook for hope and healing for pain relief without drugs. Written by medical intuitive healer Catherine Carrigan, this book outlines tips you can follow to restore your health naturally. Drug overdose is now the No. 1 cause of death for Americans under the age of 50.Learn how to feel good without opioids or over-the-counter medication.

  • Your Physical Body: Learn how to heal pain through nutrition, yoga, posture exercise, restorative movement, juices and smoothies and food healing.
  • Your Energy Body: Take advantage of the hidden secrets of your chakras, energy healing, Reiki, balancing your acupuncture meridians and breathing exercises.
  • Your Emotional Body: Release the emotional stress behind your suffering, overcome your broken heart, understand the messages from your body and let go of the payoffs for chronic pain.
  • Your Mental Body: Change your story to think like a rich and healthy person.
  • Your Spiritual Body: Raise your vibration past pain and suffering and learn how to comfort others when all you have to give is love.

This book includes an appendix with 41 therapeutic yoga exercises, charts and directions on how to balance your own acupuncture meridians and recipes for radiant health.

Overcome your pain and suffering the natural way. Medical intuitive healer Catherine Carrigan shows you how.

Overcome your pain and suffering the natural way. Medical intuitive healer Catherine Carrigan shows you how.



  1. Hello!
    thank you for your post.

    ****suffering is optional****…

    • Thank you so much for reading my blog! As we do our inner spiritual work, we experience less aggravation in daily life. In so doing, our experience becomes more seamless, smoother, even more graceful. Even if we can not muster total grace in our transitions, there is less and less friction as we bow to what is and delve deeper into the mystery of life. Love and light, Catherine

  2. Hello Catherine , you’ve mentioned pain as a physical aspect but there is also the emotional pain related to sad events , may we call it emotional “injury” , it’s not only suffering related to an event , but it’s also combined with real pain resulting from an event that caused painful changes in one’s life ! I agree that the fact of judging events “sad” or “good” is wrong , but sometimes we can’t help it . it’s hard to heal from such significant events , specially when it leaves eternal scares and changes your reality . what do you think ?

    • Hi Nader, Thank you so much for reading my blog. Sounds like you would enjoy reading my book! I speak at length about the difference between physical pain and emotional/mental/spiritual suffering. The book goes over how to get out of pain AND suffering on every level – physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. All day long every day in my work I empower my clients to get rid of pain AND suffering. This book is a handbook anybody can use to take your own steps to happiness and wholeness. Although our challenges can feel acutely personal, they are in fact an aspect of being human. My life’s work is to empower my clients and readers to move past these challenges in a healthy, easy way. Sending you love and light, Catherine Carrigan

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