.. through the intelligence of the body
In Brandon Bay’s book, “The Journey: A Road Map to the Soul,” she describes a process that she was given by an unidentified spiritual teacher. A student asked what to do about the arising of intense emotions.
The answer from her spiritual teacher was very radical, and I am looking at this very closely. The suggestion she gave to do seems to be very close to the suggestions of John Welwood and Eckhart Tolle as well. The answer was simply “Just don’t move. Let yourself be completely present to the emotion. Welcome it.” She then describes how we can be tempted to distract ourselves with things like going to the refrigerator for food, turning on the TV, calling friends, etc. She continues by saying, “Just stop and feel it. Just let yourself be present to it. You’ll find if you don’t try to distract yourself from it, or push it away, or, worse still, dump it on someone else; if you stay still, if you are really present to it – in the very core of the feeling you will find peace So when you feel a powerful emotion, just let it be—DON’T’ MOVE. Welcome it.”
So to try this, I have sat in a quiet, comfortable place for an hour at a time and watched the feelings in the body. Brandon says that any sensation felt there points to stored emotions, conditionings, or covered memories. When looking at these sensations in the body, feelings and memories return, often with a painful emotional character. This is the point when Brandon’s suggestion is so useful. I watch what comes up and then welcome it, and “just don’t move.” If these body aches and sensations are indeed storing painful unresolved conflicts, they now become available to me again. As Brandon describes, this begins a process of “peeling an onion” of layers of old emotional content.
To face the stored past in myself this way really is very revealing and helpful. This looking creates the gap inside, and the space there contains the vital life energy that wants to come through us, but is blocked by our ordinary consciousness and typical avoidances to everyday experiences and events.
Without facing old stored memories and patterns keeps us unconsciously reenacting them, and we are held in their repetitious program. To face them fully is to create the space and gap in which they can dissolve and leave, with their memory imprints, the body for a final time.
Quoted passages are from “The Journey: A Road Map to the Soul,” by Brandon Bays, Kindle Edition, sold by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Connecting with our being… Oreo, Paul & Lake Michigan