When i was studying Reichian Bodywork, I stumbled upon a unique discovery.
From being an innocent child, as we begin to grow up, our personality gets moulded with variety of positive and negative experiences. With each shock, surprise, or experience of mental & emotional pain, we begin to clamp down our openness. It first manifests in thoughts and then becomes a part of our beliefs, attitude and then finally get engraved into different bodypart.
I was talking to my friend Sushma, about Complex Adaptive Systems and suddenly realized, the connection with the body-mind organism which is more a self organizing system. And i suddenly discovered the reason for relapses.
When i used to work with people who are relapsing after any major shift, i found that they move back to old patterns in some time. And to be honest it happened with me as well. As i began to work deeper with breathwork, i began to understand that if the memory or shock is absorbed in the body. And if the so called transformational shift has not been acknowledged by the body, the pattern returns after the initial euphoria is over.
I used to find many people going to transformational programs, reporting shifts and then in few months going back to the old patterns. It was while dealing with one such case which, really helped me see the deeper truth.
And the deeper truth is that, to open up or the process of opening up seems pleasurable or easy, but the difficult part is to continue to remain open. We clamp down again. Mostly the source is negative anchors from external environment, like judgement or criticism from self or others etc. But sometimes the real reason is Body has not fully trusted the new shift or has not found a natural alignment with the new shift.
Over a period of time, I have begun to develop different techniques. So here is one, which you can use on your own.
So whenever, you are moving through any healing or any deep transformational experience, also remember to inform your body. The easisest way to do it, is to breath deeply during the moment and keep telling your body…” I am willing to let go of the old and I trust this deeper shift”. If you find a part of body constricted during such moment, just continue breathing into it, till it relaxes.
Also please don’t forget to share your experiences.
Love and Healing to all of you…
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