In IA, by presence, we mean congruence—spatially, temporally, and intentionally. If no part of yourself is off doing something else, then you are in that moment, operating in a state without judgment.
Begin by sitting comfortably upright.
Then, first choose a rule awkward for you to follow and wish to be free of.
Second, close your eyes and sense inside yourself any place(s) tighter than the rest.
Third, very slightly constrict one of them a little bit more and hold for 30 seconds.
Fourth, gradually relax that spot, pausing at each easing to recall what you don’t like about the rule.
If you want to get
what you say you want,
you must not hide;
you must commit;
and you must be willing to desire.
Most of us are familiar with all the external senses illustrated to the left — although we prioritize some over others, usually sight or sound.
Our brains actually process several more non-stop, and if we allow them into awareness, can change our lives in remarkable ways.
Gravity, interoception and energetic connectivity are particularly valuable:
There’s self, there’s other and there’s other-other. We know the first two. The third may sound a little weird.
Rather pejorative names like sub- personalities, semi-autonomous fragments, dissociated aspects, etc. have been given to what are actually adaptive, protective behaviors. At different times in our lives we felt it necessary to reveal – even highlight – some parts of ourselves and conceal or deny others. Hence other-other…
For example, Fall is a beautiful time of year, a season that many are drawn inward, and
for some a melancholy one.
It also means to fall:
… from grace
… in love.
Whenever a skilled or passionate speaker delivers a message, the language used means many different things simultaneously – and social media often exaggerates this effect even more.
…usually are not the same.
Since we all have multiple intentions and sensory inputs simultaneously, most of our communications have many components mashed together.
The speaker has a different set of priorities than the listeners, who extract the portions important to them, seldom the priority meant.
We work with our physical structure to revise beliefs, because our bodies are built to support change – constantly in flux, adaptable, responsive to choice.
Most of us react by cutting off choice. On earth, movement is as fundamental as gravity. When we make a rule, when we cut off choice, it shows up in the body as movement stopped.
By moving out of resistance into confusion, we induce a state in the body which allows opening to new choice and then on toward discovery and integration.
Restoring mobility restores choice.
“A good description of having healed is:
- Physically you are capable of doing what you want without fear of pain or reoccurrence;
- Emotionally you are responsive to present events instead of using them to recreate past hurts;
- Mentally you are quiet and without a sense of coercion;
At the main Center in Petaluma:
We are happy to annouce our reopening. We are quickly catching up on rescheduling everyone. Contact with requests.
We have stringent Covid protocols, have added a high-grade HEPA multi-filter air purification system. We are double masking and encourage guests do also (one mask is required).
We are looking forward to helping create a more positive 2021.
Stay safe and healthy.
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