The Body's Map of Consciousness®
By Dale G. Alexander Ph.D L.M.T.
Consider that the organization of the human body is designed for our growth as personalities and as spirit. Consider that body sites (one’s organs and structures such as the jaw) are actually doorways to accessing and changing the set of rules (the do’s and don’t’s) which determine the parameters of your choices in life. Also consider that there exists a map which can serve you as a starting point for exploration, discovery, and verification, a map which can be added to as you walk the terrain of your many levels of consciousness.
14 years ago I met Lansing Gresham, the founder of Integrated Awareness®, in John Upledger’s Advanced CranioSacral training. Up to that point in my self-directed continuing education I had dedicated myself to learning the many dimensions of osteopathic manual therapy, a process which continues today. As I began attending Lansing’s Integrated Awareness® workshops in California over the next few years, I became increasingly intrigued with elements of the healing process which had been missing in my other trainings.
The notion of consciousness as the crucial component of healing was not new to me, yet the articulation of the five levels of perception which comprise the range of our wholeness as humans had never before been so simply and clearly described.
Touch conveys the meaning of life. It is through touch that we all assign our personal stamp on the meaning of life and upon our sense of worth as children. This made absolute sense to me and had been the reason I had moved away from verbal forms of processing toward a body-based orientation, both personally and professionally.
Over the ensuing years, Lansing continued to make rather astonishing connections between emotional and spiritual themes, relating body sites to accessing and reconciling feelings of shame, abandonment, and betrayal, to name but a few. He also queried more existential questions relating to whether one has really made the committed choice to be here on earth at all. I used to think this was exclusively a California phenomenon. It is not.
For example, the knees resonate with one’s experiences of abandonment, both our experiences of being abandoned, and those in which we abandon others. The spleen resonates with experiences we anchored related to our mother, deep feelings of disappointment and to our sense of connectedness or not to divinity.
Lansing also began teaching the interrelatedness of the body’s biomechanics in movement, for example, how the toes reflect and support the functioning of the lumbar vertebrae; and how the fingers correspond to the movements, or lack of movement, of the ribs. These and many many other relationships have been significant contributions to my ability to assist clients who come to my office.
A recent example was a female client with a shoulder problem, which rather miraculously disappeared in response to work with her same sided hand and fingers. Ironically, she reported that not only did her shoulder now function with more ease and strength, she had also experienced an increase in her sensual responsiveness. Could the corresponding mobilization of her ribs not only have freed blood and nerve supply to the shoulder but also have opened the space for her heart to have expanded?
What has been needed is an alphabet and basic comprehension of how psyche and SOMA truly dance together in oneness. The ancients have told us the answers are all inside. It is my opinion that some day we will look back on this pioneering style of touch and movement exploration with the same degree of appreciation as we view the Periodic Table of Elements and the awe we currently hold for the current research into decoding the human genome.
Dale G. Alexander Ph.D. L.M.T has had a Clinical Massage Therapy practice in Key West, Fla. for 22 yrs. He is the author of the Adaptive Mechanisms Concept©. His background includes extensive training in Osteopathic Manual Therapy, Soma Bodywork, & is a Certified Integrated Awareness® Teacher. Dale is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under Category A and has been an approved Florida State CE Provider since 1987.
For information on upcoming courses on this subject contact Dale G. Alexander at 305-296-7339 / TROPICAL@aol.com
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