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Saturday, 29 September 2012 06:08

The Ascending Winter: Finding a Natural Flow

Written by Study of Yoga Crew

winter1The frigid wind, coarse and nearly abrasive, speaks of a lifeless moment. Twirling and twisting, it dances, suspended between jagged white capped peaks tarnished by eons of imposing presence, their monumental stature mounted within the innumerable years intimately captured within the cycles of Mother Nature. This is the call of another winter, a seasonal expression of Earth in her teeter totter, rhythmical waves of self expression. But underneath the frozen tundra, hidden in a slumber beneath the icy crust, life sleeps, silently awaiting the clock-like guarantee that a vibrant spring will abound adorned with the infinite novelties of creation in abundance.

Humanity may have meandered curiously away from nature decades ago, searching for immortality through control, yet nature has never departed from us, and as far as we may delude ourselves from our insurmountable bond to her, we are ever shaped by her omnipotent life pulse.

Winter has arrived, the shifting tides of life recoiling from an outward dynamic of expression to contract into the dormancy of involution, a spacious cavern of organic withdrawal where energy is harboured for reform, rejuvenation, and potential discovery. And under the milky white veil of crisp snow the learned wisdoms of the summer of life return to their inner auditorium to collaborate and investigate new paths in the forest of life under the arching trees of imagination and self-discovery.

winter2The mellowed moments of winter are here to take us into our own naturally indrawn phase of self-exploration. Nature is beckoning us to consider her cycles: “follow me” her cool breath whispers “along the journey towards synchrony and flow”. Her winter provides us with fortified solidarity to withdraw and reflect upon our own unique wisdom of creation accumulated from the spring, summer, and fall. Energy contracts back towards the center to organize into a new pattern and expression of self to be tried, tested, and investigated in the dawning phase of an unknown, unventured future.

Existence is neither monotonous nor mundane. An unimaginative state of being is naturally impossible. Only through our resistance to uncertainly and the unknown do we find ourselves trapped in routines that harbour self-defeat. Life in Nature is constantly challenging us to grow; she gestures through the call of the wild, her ever changing stroke of imagination canvassed upon the rhythmical waves of infinite possibilities that are actualized through the naturalization of life and being. Winter, the inner sanctuary of the soul, a spacious home for recreating ourselves in any way we reflectively choose. And then comes spring! Will the aroma of our pedals speak of a reflectively mindful winter?

By Dr. Adam Cohen

 

 

Monday, 17 September 2012 04:51

The Secrets of the Soul

Written by Study of Yoga Crew

By: Dr. Adam Cohen

As children we use to play amongst the budding oak trees, mystified by the sweet fragrances of the warm spring air, enchanted by the secrets of the world. Days weren’t measured linearly like numbers on a watch but in moments within moments, captured by the ebb and flow of the natural pulsations of life. People weren’t measured as commodities nor were the drifting experiences of life seen as fleeting. The earth was alive, and we were a part of something greater to which divisions between self and other were ethereally vague.

Trapped in the impulses of conformity, and ridden with self doubt and greed, many of us have lost our ways, crawling through life like soldiers in the trenches, avoiding the airborne shrapnel of unpredictable circumstances, fearing the sky for its rain and dreading the earth for its hidden mines. Yet within each of us there is a cry for salvation, freedom from the turmoil of our own conforming thoughts and liberation from the sorrows of a world we have fortified with walls we cannot scale.

Each of us, in our own lingering ways, have created the boundaries of our reality with electrified fences, keeping everything that is familiar within and all that is foreign without. Though the deeply etched lines of our indignations have protected us from the fears of the unknown and the pains of the unforeseen, we remain trapped in a reality from which we cannot grow, a life that is difficult to salvage even with the most pressing of needs.

Limitations come from comforts, and comforts arise from familiarities. That which gives us security also exposes our deepest of wounds, and like fish cornered in an alcove within the river bed, we leave ourselves open for attack from even the slightest of changes within the limitations of our conformed definitions of reality. One faulty nail imbedded in a decaying wood beam needs only but a soft tap to bring the whole structure crumbling to the floor.

How have we come to this place of unrest, where that which we expect and depend upon, the predictabilities of our lives, have left us vulnerable, scattered amongst our worries and fears? The difficulty of our era is found in our prosperity, where an abundance of much that is not necessary has given us a reality which is unnatural, unethical, and self-degrading; Sciences proclaiming that we are just machines; sanctuaries of life demolished for slabs of beef; political strife and social injustices on scales never before seen all in the name of resources which we don’t really need.

2/3 of all military spending is for the fuel which drive the cogs of economies, militaries which protect our inalienable rights to own private jets and stables of SUV’s and monster trucks, all sustained by the idea that more is better, and better makes us the best.

Softly whimpering in the chambers of our hearts, a voice within whispers a cry for help: this is not the way. Our unhappiness is viral and universal, and like a disease it spreads with our misguided dreams and broken love for the natural world. Doubt and disruption is a product of an intuitive knowledge of something greater and more pristine. Like a cosmic vision we taste the sweet nectar of a way to life that is superior to anything we have unearthed before, a place where the wholeness and harmony of life can return with the prolific advantage of a mind that is capable of self-knowledge and perception.

There is something greater waiting for each and every one of us, a secret of the soul that echoes in the deepest recesses of our inner being. The stalwart lock that conceals the wisdom of our Self cannot be picked with rational deduction, nor can it be smashed with haphazard impulses or meandering desires. Only through a transformation of being can the lotus of our truest potentials be unveiled, an innocent curiously to explore life beyond the boundaries of our mind under the embracing thoughts that there is an infinite amount of things we have yet to know, yet to experience, and yet to be.

Life is a mystery, and the mystery can never be lost. And as we live we are intimately dancing with all that surrounds us, shaping, moulding, and manifesting the movements of the future for ourselves, our children, and all the life that glistens around us. Nature is alive, we are alive, and life itself is beautiful in every imaginable way. We are not indefinitely lost at sea. It is the fog of our illusioned perceptions and actions that create the treacheries of our lives. There are many beacons to guide us both within ourselves and without in the world that we see. Yet the blind cannot lead the blind, and our salvation can only arise from the propulsions of a newfound curiosity to do that which has not yet been done, to expand beyond our impulses and routines to find a holistically revolutionary way to live our lives.

The essence of life is profoundly surreal; we live amongst giants and walk underneath the cosmos. What we have lost is but a fraction of what we have yet to gain, and each and every one of us has something exceedingly and abundantly unique hidden within our souls. The mysteries of life are in the secrets of the soul, unfathomable dimension in concealed reality where our being melts into a Universal Being painted in multifarious pigments of divine qualities of love, life, and pure synthesis. Not all who wander are lost, and not all that are lost will always wander. To live is to wonder with awe, exploring beyond that which is known to search into worlds far exceeding the places that are familiar and known. And in this journey we are free, and in our natural beauty we are One.

Saturday, 01 September 2012 03:44

Body Wisdom: How All Things are Interconnected

Written by Study of Yoga Crew

body_wisdom1By Dr. Adam Cohen

Imagine yourself entering a modern library, perhaps one as grand as the Library of Congress, where shelves stacked with books run from ceiling to floor in endless rows that stretch beyond sight. Each book contains a wealth of information, pages upon pages of messages that are encoded with words each with their own distinct meaning and story. Now imagine yourself pulling one of these books down from the shelf, thumbing through the pages, and for a moment, sensing the time, energy, and history that all work together in creating this one book, a freckle in body of the total library.

Now imprint this image onto yourself because you are a walking, breathing, moving library. If you were the sum of just your brain cells, the neurons, you would be around 100,000,000,000 books in total, each book representing one neuron in your brain which has anywhere between a few pages (a prose if you will) and 10,000 pages. Each page marks a link to another network of information where data streams through you cranium like telephone wires directed towards relatively significant partners. We could stop there, but that would be a really short story.

Why not take this whole concept a step further and consider the possibility that each of your cells is an independent organism which, when existing in the body, acts as a partner in the magnificent production entitle: YOU. That right, if you take one cell out of your body, put it in a little petri dish, and give it some food, your cell will survive quite independent from you. Thanks to the homogeneity of your body, you remain one complete organism. But, in theory, you are a bundle of trillions of living cells.

When it comes to body wisdom, the real question we must ask is how do all these little organic beings stay in communication with one another to create a single entity? The answer depends upon the teacher; if you are a strict rationalist who says all that is can be observed objectively, you may say that the nervous system is responsible. If, however, we come across a more eastern thinker with a more expanded approach we may venture into considering things like emotions, quantum-like energies, and consciousness. But regardless of what system you choose, one thing is for certain: there is something spectacular happening inside of us where many little bundles of life and information are working together to create you and me.

body_wisdomThe secret to body wisdom begins with understanding the relationship between all things. There is the way in which our cells communicate and interact with one another. That’s one type of relationship. There are even relationships within the cells themselves like that of the DNA and RNA which regulate the cells behaviour. There are also relationships of other nature. One example is the relationship between the cells as they relate to time. A past event, for instance, can be imprinted upon a cell which can in turn affect the behaviour of a relating cell in the present or future. No example is more tell-tale than the effects of trauma where memories of a past infliction are stored in the cells which consequently affect the long term behaviour of the total system.

Body wisdom can work with us or against us. Because every cell is connected to all the others through just a few short steps, one impression will affect all the others. This creates an infinite loop of effectuation where one reaction leads to a continual progression of events.

The real trouble arises when information stored within us is not translated into something positive or removed from the system. This is the cause of all the disorders we face in life: one negative thought perpetuates itself, thereby creating more negative thoughts by affecting more and more cells. Viruses of the mind are much like viruses of the body, and foreign infections can become a native problem when they begin to reproduce within this networked system.

It is easy to understand why no mental disease just mental or physical disease purely physical. If everything is interrelated cause and effect would have it that any disorder in the mind leads towards a disorder in the body and vice versa. Body wisdom is so advanced that any introduced change to the system creates systemic change which can reproduce to create long term affects to the homeostatic of that total system.

Hence the reason why, like viruses, negative thought patterns can be just as harmful as foreign bodies; when they begin to reproduce they inch their way into the total system thereby creating change to the continuity of your total self.

Learning how to work cooperatively with the body’s innate wisdom is the first step in understanding ourselves. If thoughts affect physical health and physical health affects mental wellness it is no surprise that maintaining both good physical and mental health leads towards a much happier human being. We also know that if one system is lagging, and we find it difficult to work with that system we can promote the corresponding system’s wellness to help get a leg up on the situation. Imagine that you are constantly thinking about something negative; you just broke up with your boyfriend; your boss fired you; you have not direction in life. If managing the thoughts seems difficult, we can indirectly start by promoting physical health. Eating a better diet, getting more regular sleep, and practicing supportive exercise are just a few ways to start living a better life.

Another alternative we have available to us is learning to listen to our bodies. Times have changed quite drastically for the human race, especially over the last hundred years. What were once open prairies, waving corn fields, and jagged mountains have become super markets, board meetings, and cubicles. This severed connection to nature has, in effect, severed a relationship to our own natural cycles and awareness which has drastic implication when we consider the value of a health body and mind. Learning how to reconnect with our own inner nature is a major leap in entering a stronger relationship to the needs, weaknesses, and unlimited potential of our integral self.

Despite our advance technologies people still suffer from the same problems as before except now we can suffer longer. But it does not have to be this way. Body wisdom is profoundly important in the modern age where the possibilities for success are much greater than before and only limited by the nature of our involvement. Here, within each and everyone one of us, is a highly potent system with intelligence far beyond what we might imagine, yet actualizing this potential is only possible when we learn to listen, observe, and engage with the most advanced single system in the world: You.

creative_reachBy: Dr. Adam Cohen

This story begins two economic eras ago with a steal driving man: John Henry. As legends go, John Henry was a powerful man, the strongest of them all, who could forge new railway tracks faster than any man alive. Then, one day, a formidable opponent came along, challenging John Henry’s legendary status. But unlike all the challengers before, this one was quiet unique; it was not human. The challenger was a newly designed steam engine, which, as the inventor claimed, could clear a railway tunnel faster than the any man on earth.

The contest attracted people from all around. Could man beat machine in cutting through a mountain? And then, on one cloudy day, John Henry and the puffing steam engine set off to prove who was the strongest of them all. As they began to cut into the rock, each exchanged as leader. John Henry pushed ahead in the beginning, clearing boulders with grunting force and shear command. Midway through the engine caught up, pulling in front of the legend. But John Henry, a man of great pride, would not loose, and on the last leg of the race pushed ahead, piercing through the last rock of the tunnel to reveal the light of the adjacent side. Man had won, but his victory marked the end and John Henry who collapsed in front of the mountain from exhaustion, dying as legend of a new era. This was the mark of the industrial revolution, an age of engines, machines, and coal driven industries. Manpower became factory lines and pick axes were converted into steal shovels.

Today we face a similar contest in the capacities of man, but this time it is the challenge between the human societies of the developed nations against the developing. As history would have it, the developed countries of the west like Western Europe, the United States, and Japan are facing economic instability from the pressing forces of developing nations around the world, especially those of China, Malaysia, and India.  Outsourcing has left many jobless and empty as once thriving industries of technology and highly skilled, technical based professions are being exported to countries that require much less pay and an infinitely less amount of legal restrictions. What remains is a shell of an economy in the developed nations where the once economic-staple of technological sciences have been boxed up and shipped abroad.

With the loss of jobs, many have also found themselves at a loss of meaning and purpose in life as well. Once cornerstone markers of status, job identities have been stripped away from their beholders. The once prestigious professional titles like doctors, lawyers, IT technicians, and biochemists are now being given to low waged workers in China and India.

But this story does not have a bleak destiny. There is something hidden in the unwritten pages of the future that spell revolution for the western citizen. This revolution is the change towards creativity, spirituality, and holistic thinking. As the once technical based economies and their corporations of the west make their tactical shifts away from its western homestead and towards low paying employees and AI softwares, new opportunities are paving the way for blossoming creativity and integrative design. What was once suppressed as irrational and unproductive, creativity is becoming the most highly valued asset in the western workforce.

From fashion design to holistic wellness, creativity is integral to an age where excessive utilitarianism and obsolete rationality have become superfluous. This shift can be found in the lives of those who have lived through the era of reason and materialism; once obsessed over accumulation of material artefacts, many westerns have found that their over-abundant lives do not equal an over-abundance of meaning. In this disparity, the opportunity for a different way of living has presented itself, one where a daily schedule of meaningful life events have seeped their way into social values, overshadowing the once high-valued status symbols like cars, real-estate, and power. For the revolutionaries of the new age, a bright future in meaning, purpose, and creativity seems evident.

This is just the beginning of a story which marks a new era for humanity, one were economic wealth is more evenly distributed across the globe, where dynamics in innovation have become a human affair, and creativity a prospect of the shifting economy in the west. If you are not on board already, consider this: some of the highest paying jobs today, as a whole, are migrating from the technical specializations that predominated the last 50 years towards highly inventive and creative individuals who offer a new edge on the things that have become seemingly mundane. Whether you are interested in making a fortune or could care less, it is exciting to think that the future might be much more beautiful than we might have imagined. Perhaps now we are just experiencing the birthing pains of a new generation of creative, enlightened, and holistic thinking in a world where the logically bland will be migrate towards the expressively dynamic and spiritually whole.

yogi

By: Dr. Adam Cohen

Over and over again the thought repeats itself inside of his mind: “I can’t believe this happened to me. Of all the people in the world why am I the one to suffer? I did nothing wrong!” The truth is most of us have had this thought ruminating in the twirling winds of our thoughts at one point or another. A feeling of being singled out, caught in a situation we did not deserve to be in. But what separates a survivor from a victim than most of us may imagine. At first sight, it seems that some people have a consistent stream of bad luck, and despite their greatest of efforts they cannot escape their fate. Others appear to have unjustifiably good grace in their lives, surrounded by what seems to be a force beyond reason.

While it cannot be said that some situations are not given by chance circumstances and just simple luck, it is more common than not that the greatest distinctions in life between different people and different circumstances is based upon their reaction to the conditions which life present. Life offers a infinite spectrum of unexplainable experiences, some of which are highly pleasurable and others of which create acute suffering. This much is true: life is both beautiful and ugly. However, how we choose to confront the changing atmospheres of life can mean the difference between a hero and a relentless victim. In the end, it all comes down to our mental conditions.

True, there are some people who are just luckier or more grief stricken then others, but the fact of the matter is that we all suffer in life, and when it comes to happiness and grief the experience is always relative to our life. What we make of life’s experiences determines who we are as human beings. A trip to the Congo may be a trill for one person and a highly treacherous danger for another. The difference is not in the Congo but the way in which the Congo is perceived.

Most of us suffer unnecessarily in life because we continuously recycle negative thoughts, reflecting upon past events that have long since lost their physical grip on our world but remain just as strong inside of the mental arena. These negative thoughts about things behind us are, in truth, what sap us from having meaning in life. It is our inability to move past the past that makes life more difficult and painful than it needs to be.

There are two characteristically distinct types of individuals who experience the same problem in life in two different manners. The survivor/hero is one who has experienced a pain or problem and finds resolution either through action or internal council. They undoubtedly suffer, but their suffering does not define who they are. Like a rain drop which lands on a leaf and then rolls off the edge, the survivor/hero feels the weight of the painful circumstances but allows the experience to move on, eventually returning to a homogonous state.

The victim is quite different. He or she may experience the exact same situation as the survivor/hero, but their pain somehow manages to integrate itself into their self definition. They not only experienced suffering but became a sufferer. As such, the victim mentality sets in, and the same rain drop that rolled off with the survivor/hero now sits stagnant on the leaf, growing bacteria which eventually begins to eat away at the wholeness of the leaf and it symmetry.

Most of us who face the ongoing pains from an event long in the past have taken up the victim mentality. Whether we had made an error, or someone had wronged us, or life seemed brutally harsh, these past experiences somehow work their way into how we define ourselves. The experience, which should have been contained in the moment, translates itself into our personality, eventually growing into a self-destructive thought pattern that takes away our happiness, peace, and freedom.

strong yogiSo what can we do if we find ourselves in such a situation? The first step is to acknowledge that whatever happened in the past is part of the past. For some, resolution is needed. If we have wronged another, we may go and ask for forgiveness. If another has wronged us then we may tell them of the pain they have caused us. But sometimes we cannot receive the resolution from the source. In these instances, learning how to proactively alter the affects of the suffering is the first step in find solace. A rape victim, for instance, may work with women’s groups to help open lines of communication or self-defence training. Find power, either physical or mental, can be a great way to resolve situations where we are left feeling weak, impotent, or insecure.

Another option is self-reflective meditation. This meditation must involve a separation between the past you and the present you. The meditation can focus upon all the different aspects of the past you, including looks, environment, behaviour patterns, and others things that are different from the present you. Making a clear distinction between the past and the present can help you in resolving the conflict by recognizing how times are different. In this space you may be able to find new ways of using the things available to you in the present that you’ve might have missed previously.

The same can be said if we need to forgive others, even if forgiveness is needed on a daily basis. Each day presents new opportunities, and the past errors of someone always have a chance at being resolved either through that individual themselves or through other’s assistance. Though we may not be a proactive part of their growth, we can, for our own sake, forgive the other person. In doing so, we remove the negative energy that is ruminating in our minds, allowing for us to feel more free and much less degraded and drained.

Whatever you choose to do, learning how to become a hero/survivor requires a different approach to life in general. This is especially for those challenges we have yet to face. We can either resort back to our old patterns of behaviour which include avoidance, repression, and inhibition or learn to work with the challenge so that it doesn’t integrate itself into our personal definition unless we want it to. This can come from self-observation and other techniques involving being present in the moment, in our body, and in our thoughts so that an effective resolution can be found.

Suffering is a universal part of life. But the way in which we suffer is ultimately left in our hands. If we really want to improve the quality of our lives we must learn how to experience life in a way that in constructive and supportive of the human experience. To be a hero is to be free from unnecessary burden and sorrow; although life will present us with formidable challenges, we know we have the strength to come out stronger and more confident than before.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 04:33

Connecting to Your Inner Animal

Written by Study of Yoga Crew

charge-siberian-tigerBirds play seamlessly amongst the clouds, cradled by the gusts of wind which carry them through the sky. Lemurs swing effortlessly from branch to branch, swiftly leaping over large boundaries of open space to land gracefully on their next perch in the trees. Yet the human, the most ‘sophisticated’ of all creatures has trapped himself in the fangs of conflict from which many unnatural and unusually inhibitive behaviours, thoughts, and personality traits have arise. Why is it that humans who are believed to be the most advanced living being on earth can be so disembodied and debilitated by the struggles of life?

The real conflict of human nature begins with the three level system of the human mind. Though thoughts as they present themselves to us in our conscious frame of mind appear to originate from a singular source, the truth is we are internally fractured. In successive levels of evolutionary value, the human mind is an expression of hundreds of millions of years of development, beginning with the most instinctual creatures of the earth, passing through the more sensitive and sociable layers of evolving life, and finally extending into the field of human reason, self-awareness, and orientation.

It is believed that the human mind is the offspring of three evolutionarily distinct natures: the primitive instinct, the emotional sensitivity, and the reasoning capacity of the neo cortex. From these three systems we find ourselves in all of our shapes and colors including the most simple of observations like the prick of a needle upon the skin to the most advanced contemplations of life, the universe, and existence.

Though the three level system has a number of advantages including the capacity to respond to some of the most complex and trying situations that life can present there is also the increased probability of error especially when the three systems come into conflict with one another. The instinctual mind is purely survival based and includes the most primitive of responses which have been blanketed under the flight, flight, and flee response. Morality is superficial and exists for the convenience of the self and therefore cannot be considered morality in the way we perceive it to be. Here the human being is avoiding death, and life is raw and superficial on this level of the mind.

Emotions fill the next field of human development, a greater sensitivity to others and the world around us. Community and relationships are appreciated beyond the individual, and there is a real effort to create communal support. At this level there is also greater sensitivity to changes within the environment which are reflected in emotional responses beyond just fear, anger, and satisfaction.

Reason, self-referential thought, and multidimensional thought processing is the highest level of the human mind. It is here that we are able to cognize our existence and its relationship to everything else. Higher human capacities like altruism, love, and wisdom are intellectualized. The greatest value of the cognitive mind, however, is its ability to change the fate of destiny. Whereas animals are victims of the fate they are given, humans have the unique ability to alter their fate by conscious intervention. Take for instance a broken leg. A wild dog that breaks its leg is destine to have a disability for life. A human, in contrast, knows that if a caste is applied to the injury and left on the wound for 6 weeks or so the injury will heal and they will have a health leg once again.

Although this ability to intervene in the course of fate has many advantages, it can also be the source of some of the greatest of human fallacies. A common psychological experience like depression is one such example where a human being has trapped themselves in a state of suffering by recycling negative thoughts that inhibit their growth and progression. Someone who is depressed has locked themselves into dark reality with the key to their freedom just outside of reach. Perversion, sadistic violence, and self mutilation are all examples of the higher powers of cognition gone astray.

As with any organic system, integration provides the most sustainable and productive environment for sustenance and progress.  Without clear expression of each level of the mind, or though conflicting ideas/experiences, the human being can become caught in a turbulent mental environment that becomes inescapably convoluted and annalistic. To come out of this mental trap we must learn how to integrate the total system so that conflicts are resolve through expression.

No living system is a closed system. What comes in must go out, and what goes out comes back in another form or creates a total alteration of form. Because human beings are in constant interaction with the outer environment the world is constantly affecting us, and likewise we are constantly affecting the world. Any effect from the outer environment creates an internal response, and depending upon the nature of this affect we respond through the faculties of mind available to us: instinct, emotions, and/or rationalization.

Because we are not closed systems, our responses to stimulation from the outer world can drastically alter the nature of our internal environment. The greatest harm manifests when an external stimuli effects conflicting layers of the mind, and unless this conflict is resolved its expression will manifest as a physical or psychological disorder. This is one of the little known secrets about human nature. One common example of this appears in conflict between two humans. A person of authority may become violently angry and begin to inflict verbal and/or physical abuse to another. The victim may have a whirl wind of responses including fighting back, walking away, and screaming but may remain trapped because their thoughts are inhibiting them: “He’s my father, I cannot escape,” “If I leave this situation it is only going to be worse in the future,” “I am just weak and cannot do anything.” Through the inner conflict there is no resolution, and what otherwise might have been a fleeting experience becomes a debilitation unresolved conflict that can last for many years.

There are many avenues by which we can resolve this inner conflict, but sometimes the most affective can be the most basic: a physical release of the disruptive energy. Today science has presented a whole arsenal of interventional techniques for removing disabling physical and psychological conflicts including psychotherapy, surgical intercession, and pharmacological administration.  Yet growing evidence supports the idea that a simple yet effective way to eliminate psychological or psychosomatic disorders can be to resort to instinctual releases of the reserved conflict from a traumatic event through bodily release.

One way that animals, including human beings, release the effects of trauma from the body is through the act of shivering, shaking, convulsion, or muscular spasms. This is a physiological response to the debilitation affects an over active sympathetic nerves system and can be highly effective in inducing resolve when the environmental conditions reinforce the return to homeostasis. While cognitive therapy, medication, and other advanced interventions can produce results there are also a large number of cases where neither psychotherapy nor surgery is sufficient in removing the internal conflict. This is because the retained tension is not resolved but rather displaced or suppressed.

The theory behind this practice is that since all stimulation enters the human being in a physical form (i.e. sound, touch, sight, etc.) a physical release would express a completion of the circle. This physical release can come in many forms, from convulsions resulting from extreme emotional discharge to subtle neuromuscular neutralization where chronic muscular tension is consciously resolved. In either case, the resolution is expressed on a very primitive level with nothing more than a conscious willingness to experience the release coupled with conscious awareness and participation in the experience.

Though this form of resolution has yet to be widely applied, many have experienced it effects on basic levels, including the liberation some people feel from exercise, a practice of yoga, or deep breathing. The level of release can be intensified to a resolve through specialized techniques accompanied by the conscious involvement with the intention to heal. Though the release is often physical, the effects seem to have comprehensive affects including the alleviation of depression and the release of chronic tension. Usually the process involves a number of sessions which support one another in the efforts towards a physically experienced release of the internal conflict.

Resolving the inner turmoil through our most basic level of mind seems to be the most effective because it operates on the instinctual level, a subconscious domain which includes many different elements of the total human being including the breath, heart rate, muscular tension, biochemical composition, and other autonomically designed systems. The power of the system, however, becomes effective when the release is guided by cognitive direction which becomes the powerful catalyst and participant in the resolution process. It thus becomes an instinctual and physiological release through the active participation of the mind.