Recently, he started to experience excrutiating pains in his lower back, that completely immobilised him. He was having trouble sleeping, and could barely stand up, which meant he couldn't really work or pray.
The initial 'Energy Tracker' evaluation showed that Adam's large intestine and kidney meridians were out of balance. Like many men, Adam finds it difficult to talk about his emotions, or even to know what he's truly feeling. So G-d decided to help him out, by sending him a message he couldn't ignore or play down.
The kidney meridian is usually associated with fear; after some probing questions, it turned out Adam had recently gone through a tough patch in his life, and his belief that G-d was good, and that G-d was going to look after him, had been severely compromised.
The rest of the session was spent using tapping (Energy Psychology) to remove Adam's negative beliefs about G-d, and then to build up Adam's emuna that G-d really loved him. At the end of the two hour session, Adam started laughing deeply, and then burst into tears, he said: "I really got it! Hashem loves me!"
With that massive surprise revelation surfacing, he expected that his back would get much better, and for one day it did. But then, the pains started up again. This time, Adam went for a more 'practical' solution, and bought a new mattress. He slept on the new mattress for two days, but didn't see any improvement, so he came back for another session.
The pain had moved down from the original location in his back, but his legs were now feeling very weak and shakey.
The large intestine meridian again showed up as a problem area, so we focussed on that. Large intestine is connected to letting go of things, and particularly, toxic emotions.
After a brief discussion, it turned out that Adam had just had a couple of very close relationships turn sour, and as was his usual way, he hadn't dealt with the grief and emotional fall-out; he'd just shoved it into his mental box, and continued on with life.
Adam was shown the neurolymphatic points for the large intestine, and was told to massage them as firmly as he could stand, twice a day, to get all the waste material moving out, spiritually and physically.
He also had treatment with a magnet to 'de-freeze' the large intestine meridian, that had 'frozen solid' which means that the energy simply wasn't moving anywhere; the session ended with holding the acupressure points to sedate and then strengthen Adam's large intestine meridian. His legs felt immediately better, and less heavy.
In the three days' following, Adam had a lot of 'stuff' move. Firstly, he had a day of feeling completely depressed and crushed, which wasn't fun, but was actually a necessary part of the process of owning and feeling his real emotions.
After he was reassured that it was all a normal, healthy part of the healing process, he stopped worrying that he was going to feel like this 'forever', and just went with the flow. The next day, he felt much lighter, and he regained more movement and flexibility in his back and legs.
That day, Adam went to the Kotel to pray about a number of things, and came back having made some big decisions about how he wanted his life to change.
He wanted to learn more Torah, so (after discussing it with his wife, and getting her agreement) he took the drastic decision to cut down his work, so he could spend the morning learning in a local kollel.
Adam was visibly happier, and lighter on his feet. But his back was still hurting.
Clearly, despite all the massive movement, something was still blocking his healing process. He came back for another session, and he was given treatment to promote deep relaxation and pain relief, and then told to wear a strip of lentils on two fingers overnight, where his spine was located in the Su Jok system. (As well as strengthening and healing the body, seed therapy is also an excellent diagnostic tool.)
The following morning, most of the lentils were cracked, showing that Adam's back was much weaker than he'd been letting on (the lentils crack when the body has absorbed all of the energy they contain.)
Adam's voice was also sounding kind of swallowed and 'muffled', which is a key sign that emotions are being blocked or repressed, often subconsciously. Adam was asked to rate the pain in his back, 10 being perfect good health, and 0 being awful. He ranked the pain at a 3 or 4. Next, he was asked to look for and identify any negative emotion that he might be feeling.
After a few seconds, he came back with 'worry'.
After a bit of probing, it turned out Adam was worrying that he wouldn't be able to keep up with the learning, that the whole kollel thing would go sour, and that his decision to cut down work to learn more Torah would end in disaster.
Adam was coached through another 20 minute tapping session, this time focussing on replacing these negative worries with gratitude that he had the opportunity to learn more and emuna that it was going to be exactly how it needed to be.
At the end of his session, he ranked his back at a much healthier 7.
The pain in his back continued to abate throughout the rest of the day.
G-d sent Adam his back pain to teach him that the negative thoughts and emotions he was repressing, instead of dealing with them, were literally paralysing him, and sapping all his strength and vitality.
It took a couple of weeks to peel the onion, and get to the core of the problem, but now Adam knows that when his back twinges, or when he starts to feel himself stiffening and losing strength and flexibility, it's just a signal to go and track down the negative thought, worry or fear that was playing in his head, uproot it, and replace it with thoughts of emuna and gratitude.