At a recent visit to a chiropractor, I revisited a set of useful questions I ponder when I’m feeling stuck or attempting to move through a deeper dynamic in my body. Are you willing to feel what there is to feel? Are you willing to allow what is present in the body and the mind to be there? Are you willing to hear the story that emerges and feel the sensations in the body that are associated with that story? And most importantly, are you willing and ready to let it go?
My experience tells me that I won’t be able to move forward until I experience the truth of whatever has its grip on me. I often find myself working with people who have been unable, for whatever reason, to feel the truth of something. Perhaps that pain stems from an event in childhood, an absent father or an alcoholic mother. Maybe the source of the issue is something as seemingly insignificant as falling off a bicycle and being ridiculed by the neighborhood children.
The first step is identifying what the issue is and how it occurs for you in the body. For one client in particular, the issue occurred as a result of a frequently absent parent. She located the energy of that experience in the vicinity of her solar plexus. Our work together was not intended to heal that energy or to fix her, but simply to be present to the questions: Where does that energy live in your body? Can you feel it? What does it feel like, and can you go right into the center of it?
When you focus on the where the energy is that you associate with an experience, something amazing often occurs. The more you go into the very center of the sensation, the more it seems to dissipate until eventually, it disappears. This may not happen all at once, but certainly the energy tugs less on you.
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