Physical Pain and the Miracle of Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy

By Roberta Himing

Despairingly I stood, thinking to myself “What am I to do? How can I do it?” I had already walked 50 metres from the car park and the shop where I needed to buy a few things for dinner that night was only another few metres along. I stood trying to decide whether the level of pain would allow me those few extra steps – but then the thought of having to actually walk around the shop as well as the steps back to the car saw the fortitude dissolve. Was I really listening to my body or was I giving up – giving in to the pain?

That was only a few months ago.

The story of the on-again/off-again severe physical pain in my body began more than 30 years ago when a fall on my tail bone at a wet and greasy petrol station in Melbourne caused tears to flow for most of the 2 hour journey back home to country Victoria with 3 young children in the car.

The x-ray suggested a possible hairline fracture of the coccyx, but little did I know at the time that this was to be the commencement of years of pain, incidents and surgeries as I continued in the momentum of pushing myself to cross the things off the ‘to-do’ list and getting the job done.

Yes, there was much for me to learn about listening to my body.

Roberta Himing – ‘I was Owned by Constant Physical Pain’ 

By late spring 2013 constant physical pain owned me. Everything was governed by the level of pain that I was in – where I parked the car, where I would shop and ‘if’ I really needed to shop, who I would visit and could I even manage to visit… did they have stairs? A visit then was not an option.

I was in physical pain doing everyday activities (walking, cooking, weeding etc.), but often my back would also ‘lock’ causing me to stay in whatever position I was in at the time (sometimes up to several minutes where I could not move). Although a level of pain was constant during this period, sometimes it was more extreme than others.

Looking back, ultimately the excruciating back pain saw me calling an ambulance late one night, unable to put one foot in front of the other; subsequently I lay for 5 weeks on my side, not moving. An MRI showed 4 bulging discs and one ruptured disc. I feared I would not walk again.

A frozen right shoulder and a badly torn cartilage in my left knee soon followed, with keyhole surgery resulting for the knee. My knees and ankles would often let me down at the most inopportune times so I resorted to wearing flat shoes, just in case.

Early 2000 Roberta Himing is Introduced to Universal Medicine and the Esoteric Modalities: Beginning to Develop Awareness of the Body 

These incidents were all before I introduced myself to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. In the early 2000’s I commenced as a potential student with Universal Medicine and the opportunities arose bountifully to observe my previous reckless and disregarding behaviour more honestly. Pain in the body continually resulted in many visits to the G.P. along with x-rays, scans, M.R.I’s etc. Two cortisone needles into the bursa for revealed bursitis produced unsatisfactory results. The x-rays showed then there was nothing wrong with me… I felt to see a hip specialist – but the doctor said not necessary, the meniscus was in great shape, no hip replacement required. Basically they couldn’t work out what was going on. Was it all in my head?

Despite this, we had to move from our house about 15 months ago because it became too painful for me to pull myself up the stairs while gripping the banister to get to the bedrooms and bathroom.

During these past several years I have been receiving the most divine assistance from a few practitioners working esoterically, Neil Ringe being the most regular one whom I visited for Esoteric Chakra-Puncture. During these years of pain his true knowledge, deep love and wisdom were supportive to my healing my body. At an appointment with Neil late last year it was indicated there was a possibility, a potential, dependent on my developing awareness about taking notice of what my body was trying to tell me, that healing for the constant physical pain I experienced could indeed take place. I held onto that, but at that time did not trust myself really. In early 2013 there were another two hernia operations.

In September last year the pain increased. I felt ‘use-less’: I had allowed the constant pain to own me. Further x-rays, scans on ‘whizz bang’ updated machines, and a couple of M.R.I’s later now showed all the degenerative stages of the chronological age of this body, including scoliosis, narrowing of the spinal canal, atherosclerosis etc etc. plus now the new kid on the block – muscles had fallen from my right hipbone. By this point my husband had to take over the household chores and drive me to doctor’s appointments.

It was about this time that the Expo for Body Mind and Soul was to be held at the Convention Centre on the Gold Coast. I felt how important that event could be to expose the Gold Coast to the Esoteric Healing Modalities, however up until days before I had not rostered my name on as a practitioner – after all, I was walking with a purple walking stick – how could I be a practitioner with a walking stick? But I must have trusted enough innately. Unbelievably I had no pain for the 3 days I attended the expo.

However the physical pain in my everyday life returned thereafter. My G.P. suggested a referral to a Neurosurgeon as he indicated that it was difficult to fathom what was going on – he was perplexed but could not help me. Arrangements were made for me to have a ‘Disability’ sticker for my car and a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon was prepared.

My GP said that the body does have an amazing ability to heal itself but meanwhile I had better be in touch with a Pain Management Clinic and continue taking quantities of strong pain relief tablets.

Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy… The Beginning of a Miracle 

In late 2013 I finally listened to and acted on inner promptings and made an appointment to see Kate Greenaway, a Universal Medicine esoteric practitioner, and commenced Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy sessions: I recall my level of constant pain then being gauged as at least 8 out of 10. The subtle but ‘power-full’ modality of Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy began its magic. I diligently did the ‘sliding/gliding’ exercises Kate recommended.

She reminded me that I was not the pain. The physical pain was not who I was. It was my experience, but it did not define me.

These words caused a light-bulb to go on. There was a knowing, a deep awareness that a miracle was occurring within my body: I sensed the connective tissue fibres ‘re-growing’… it seemed as though I could feel the muscles somehow re-attaching themselves to my hip bone, like ‘picking up dropped stitches in a piece of knitting’. There was a knowing that through the Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy sessions there was the potential for healing. At last I started to truly listen to my body. I knew it was time to share with others my experience of this amazing and awesome modality.

My next visit with Kate Greenaway in early 2014 saw the level of physical pain as about 5 – 6 out of 10 as a constant, but I knew that if I focussed on my body a little more deeply and the fact that “I indeed was not the pain” there were endless possibilities. Just trust. It is almost the end of April 2014 and I’ve not needed to use pain relief nor the walking stick for about a month. The pain percentage now would be about 5 -10% which occurs only when I basically ignoreand stop listening to the signs from my body.

I’m still learning to evaluate and listen to my body as to how far to walk so as not to cause distress and pain.

This evening I walked along the foreshore, not on the soft sand yet, but enjoying nature, feeling the sea breeze and marvelling at the wonder of the body and how it reflects to us just how we have treated it in this and other lives… have we respected it or been in total dis-regard?

I sit here typing this unfolding story with no physical pain evident. The Universal Medicine healing modality of Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy has revealed to me the depth of healing that potentially is possible when one gets themselves out the way to re-connect with that deep and quiet place within.

This has been a Miracle – (an everyday miracle).

by Roberta Himing, Elder Student of Life

Update: as of August 2015 Roberta Himing continues to live pain free. To this day she regularly does connective tissue exercises and continues to receive Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy sessions a few times per year. She recently travelled to Costa Rica where she did a days rainforest trek and crossed several swing bridges across cavernous ravines . . . and all with no pain! You can learn more about Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy and Universal Medicine’s other modalities at Universal Medicine’s website. You can learn more about Roberta Himing at

436 thoughts on “Physical Pain and the Miracle of Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy

  1. An extraordinary story and testimonial Roberta, thank you so much. Being supported by a therapy and a practitioner that hold the assurance that we are not the pain or illness, is the crucial understanding and support for miracles to occur, for then we find space to explore who we truly are.

  2. I can fully vouch for the Miracle that is Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy having suffered joint pain myself that made life very difficult. I recommend it to everyone in or out of pain. It is one of the most beautiful modalities that Serge Benhayon has brought to us through Universal Medicine. . . the world needs to know about it.

  3. Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy is a truly miraculous therapy. It feels amazing how such subtle gentle movements can affect the whole body and begin to alleviate pain.

  4. I have heard many such stories of Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy healing apparently intractable pain. This is a modality that is so desperately needed by so many people but not many people know it exists. What a wonderful gift is waiting for humanity when they wake up and find it!

  5. Roberta an astonishing and life-affirming account of the power of the Universal Medicine therapies, I agree your story is nothing short of a miracle, imagine if we studied these kinds of stories in school – our education would be amazing.

  6. When pain owns us life is a constant reflection of what is happening to us. It is almost impossible to look past it. Our whole body starts functioning in a way that allows us (hopefully) to avoid feeling worse than what we already do. Reduction is the way we go. We reduce ourselves and our life to such an extent that we become totally identified by and with the pain (‘the pain is me’). The absolute knowing that the pain is not you is the key for the esoteric modalities to go with whatever is in the body to help it to shift gears.

  7. These sessions are awesome and a whole new way to look at healing – factoring in the responsibility of the patient and how we have an opportunity to look deeply at why things are happening in our lives as well as the what.

  8. Although I do not suffer from any physical pain or ailments I was offered several free sessions of Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy by a learning practitioner and I absolutely loved it. I found it to be exquisitely gentle and tender and yet hugely powerful so I have no doubt whatsoever of just how amazingly healing it was for you Roberta after all those years of suffering with constant chronic pain. You are living proof that miracles do exist.

  9. Thank you Roberta for an amazing story, I just love Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy, it is so gentle but so powerful in the healing it provides. It is beautiful to see and understand you are not your pain, this is what is happening to you but it is not you.

  10. After reading this article I realise that the hardest thing to commit to is ourselves. I have been to Kate Greenaway for pain in my right arm, much less severe than anything you suffered from but nevertheless it is a dull constant pain from RSI. She gave me some great excises and I have not yet consistently used them. Whats interesting is we resist what will free us from the prison we create, its very inspiring to hear you have freed yourself through the support of an amazing Practitioner.

    1. I agree Sarah, it is interesting the lengths we will go to, to avoid a simpler, pain-free, joyful life. Thankfully I have not experienced pain in the same way as Roberta has but I can feel the resistance in my day to not go deeper to being more loving and nurturing with myself even though I know and have received the benefits of bringing self-love into my life.

  11. I can easily relate to your amazing story Roberta having lived with debilitating sciatica for 40 years. It was only on beginning Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy with Kate Greenaway and then using the exercises every day at home, and also at work, that this long term pain that I had simply learned to live with, began to subside, until eventually it almost disappeared. I know without a doubt that this amazing therapy, plus my commitment to the exercises and deepening the care for myself, was the recipe for the healing of the sciatica, a condition that I had accepted I would live with for the rest of my life.

  12. When we choose to accept the fact that we are not the pain although it is experienced in the body I can see how this truth can change dramatically in how we approach pain and how this approach can have an impact on the body. It is a question as to whether we want to be identified with pain or not.

  13. What a miracle when we get out of the way and choose to connect. Anything and everything is possible.Thank you for sharing. I love having the sessions and giving the sessions, the more open we are the deeper we go, and the deeper the healing.

  14. Having the support of such a practitioner as Kate Greenaway and the amazing modality of Connective Tissue Therapy is awesome for it can inspire and support our commitment to ourselves and the healing process. At the end of the day though it is our saying yes to this and our consistent yes that makes the’ miracles’ possible. Your healing is a testament to your consistency and refusal to give up and to allow for what is possible when we are willing to reconnect to ourselves at a much deeper level and develop a loving relationship with our bodies.

  15. This is a fantastic testimonial to Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy. I have been experiencing severe pain in my left arm/shoulder, and although there’s much I can do to support myself in day-to-day life, I would definitely like to have support such as you have described here to understand and heal what my body is going through right now.

  16. Wow, this is a modern day miracle and no mistake, what you have shared is amazing – so many people have suffered with chronic pain for such a long time that the idea of being without pain is a dream and yet, through the simplicity that is Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy, it can be possible.

  17. I come back to this amazing article tonight and truly marvel at what the human body is capable of when it is lived and deeply cared for. This along with the support of Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy is the recipe of miracles.

  18. It is fascinating how the body tells us what is happening and how we are coping or not coping in the physical world. I am discovering that when I go into drive and it is a drive because it feels like I’m using a force to push through and get things done. When I do this I can feel that I’m holding onto tension in the body – it feels hard and on edge. And it is not until I have an Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy session that I can feel my body slowly melt and go into such a deep state of tranquility; it is the most divine feeling in the world just to let go and surrender to my body. The Universal Medicine modalities are truly from heaven as they are divine to receive and to give.

  19. Listening to my body is true medicine. I can feel when I push it to get things done during the day and the impact this has the following day where I feel sluggish and tired. Yesterday I could not understand why I felt weak and didn’t feel like doing anything but I pushed my way through at a gentle pace to find I was sick in the evening. My body had been communicating with me all through the day. Learning to listen to my body is work in progress and as I learn to trust its communication I am realising that it is a marker to listen to and follow as a guide to true wellbeing.

  20. Wow Roberta what a story. Connective Tissue therapy is a heaven-sent modality that restores the divine flow to the body.

  21. Great sharing Roberta, Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy is an amazing treatment which allows us to connect more deeply with our own body, and offers us a stillness that is deeply felt while the body surrenders and begins to realign itself.

  22. What an amazing story, from such severe chronic pain to trekking! A great sharing and a celebration of this amazing treatment.

  23. There is much for us all to learn from listening to the wisdom of our body, particularly when you consider it in reference to our escalating rates of disease and illness and how it is that it is our lifestyle choices and the quality of how we live are feeding these stats.

  24. No identifying ourselves with the pain is absolutely key. Otherwise, it owns you. There is nothing of you that escapes the pain. It is a willfully exercise of reducing ourselves that is as painful as the pain itself. When you go there, the body becomes the enemy, the obstacle, the rival to win over. The soup has all the ingredients for you to remain trapped in a dead end road for a long time.

  25. Absolutely extraordinary Roberta, and thank-you so much for sharing. I am blown away by two factors here. The first being how Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy supported you so immensely, where it seemed that nothing else could… There is clearly so much that this profound modality has to offer, and globally.
    And second, that despite what you were going through, you yet did not give up on yourself. Without doubt, you would have had hard times, and yet with the honouring of yourself developing along with the treatment, you did not let yourself be defeated.
    This is a very potent message for us all. And knowing you today, who would know that you were so disabled for the time that you were. Wow…

  26. A beautiful sharing reminding me that there are never any excuses for not listening to the body. The body has a remarkable way of letting us know how we have been living and the impact our choices make on our wellbeing.

    1. Yes Caroline, that is for sure. I am discovering time and time again that the more I listen to my body the more understanding and awareness I have, of impact the choices I make have on my body. As such I feel guided to then make changes accordingly that are far more honoring and loving for my body and being.

  27. I find stories like this really uplifting, I know that my pain is always a message of some kind. I used to get really bad headaches, nearly every day. I went and got scans and tests and nobody could explain why they were occurring but after consistent sessions from Universal Medicine Practitioners, my headaches are very rare. The headaches were asking me to live in a way that supported me, to not let frustration rule my life. Now if that is not proof that our body is trying to communicate with us, I don’t know what is.

  28. Thanks you Roberta – Connective Tissue Therapy is an experience of what being truly loving with the body is. The movements redefine everything we have grown up understanding ‘keeping the body fluid and free in its movement’ is all about. Yes, it is a miracle but it is also a lesson in a way of living and being that is natural to us and that we have forgotten. The connection to the body’s wisdom is to be listened to and with that whole health truly unfolds.

  29. Our consistency is such a key aspect in our healing. I know from my own body how applying anything that is gentle with consistency will bring about changes, and that the key is in the not giving up. Our capacity to heal is much greater than medical science has yet discovered.

  30. An incredibly inspiring testimony of the how the modalities of Universal Medicine, alongside conventional medicine, support our body and being to truly heal. The illness, dis-ease or pain that is presenting in our bodies does not define us but rather are the end result of our unloving choices, indicating to us that we are not living who we are, in connection our essence within in. As underneath the layers of disregard we have accumulated, the steady pulse of our essence remains true, calling for us to adjust the unloving way we have been living and instead return to being guided by our love within, that which truly defines and confirms who we are.

  31. Really getting that when we get a condition it is never us, but it is something that happens to us makes the whiole difference in the world. The moment you identify yourself with the condition, you accept it as part of you making very difficult to heal it.

  32. I’ve recently taken up a job in caring and learning about all the conditions in which people find that they need support for. It’s becoming a huge eye-opener as to how crucial it is to listen to the body and it’s messages and not to dismiss them. At the same time it really is a miracle what the Esoteric Modalities can support conventional medicine with.

  33. Your story Roberta is a beautiful support and inspiration for anyone who lives with pain and feels there is no way out. Like you once did many people can feel identified with the pain and feel the pain owns them. What an important step your light bulb moment was as it allowed your body to begin to heal, and to experience a miraculous turnaround with the support of the very powerful Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy.

  34. This a big story for anyone who lives with constant pain or is still suffering from a long term injury. Both of these are extremely depilating conditions for the body and people and to see someone recover like this, to this extent gives anyone a chance to make a different choice. So often people with these conditions are moved around many varying forms of treatment to get something to work or give relief and here we have a treatment that not only brings relief from pain but brings you a true healing.

  35. Yes, there was much for me to learn about listening to my body. I love this line, because I too completely ignored my body for years in the drive and push to do more…..The changes I have made to my lifestyle and the consistent loving choices I have made over the last few years, means I can now feel my body and I can hear its messages clearly and what a game changer this is – to honour one’s God given body and to do this for yourself.

  36. I have met Roberta and would never have guessed she had so much pain in the past. Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy is the most amazing modality. It can seem like little is happening on the outside but on the inside a little army of connective tissue cells that spread throughout the body, are re-organising and re-harmonising you.

    1. Very inspiring account of the true healing possible when we are open to receiving it. Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy is so nourishing for the body. It is gentle yet remarkably powerful in its corrective flow through the body.

  37. The miracle that is Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy, it is such an understated, humble modality, and yet it has the potential to change lives. How many people live in pain that owns them, and yet the wisdom is there, ‘we are not the pain’ it is only ever a reflection of our life choices, and in many cases esoteric connective tissue therapy is making a huge difference in making that pain less notable, even removing it entirely.

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