Why is the Body Important and How does it Help Us on Our Spiritual Path?

This blog is inspired by my work as of late and my favorite podcast Bliss & Grit by Brook Thomas and Vanessa Scotto.  I am fascinated by the body and can get lost in the puzzle of it for a lifetime. I never bore of my work, and I’m always amazed and fascinated by how the body heals itself. For over a decade I’ve been drawn to the fascia, emotional root causes of disease, and the spirituality of the mind-body connection. In anatomical terms, fascia is described as a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ. Emotions are merely a form of energy that runs through our body like an electrical current. Each feeling has its measurable energy frequency. Spirit in Latin means breath another way to look at it is the body is the soul, and the soul is the body. The breath is the first thing we do and the last thing we do.

 

“Wine got drunk with us, not the other way. The body developed out of us not we from it. We are bees, and our body is a honeycomb. We made the body, cell by cell we made it.” Rumi

 

Jaap Van Der Wal is a phenomenological embryologist who asked himself the question “What is my body telling me about my body?” The skinny of his work thus far is that we are alive, we develop, we grow, we are whole. Jaap’s life work has been The Embryo in Motion Project, and he believes we are a soul producing a body. He thinks there is something more at stake than just the body dimension. He looks at the spirit of the body scientifically and has found that spirit and matter if they exist is one.

 

What is piezoelectricity? Electric Polarization in a substance especially crystals and we are effectively crystals. We have electrical currents in our bodies all the time such as collagen is piezoelectric. It is why astronauts lose bone strength. We lay down calcium and phosphorous which creates hardness, but in space, there is no gravitational stress on bones, so the bones slowly get reabsorbed. An often overlooked benefit of soft tissue loading is the piezoelectric effect. The Curie Brothers discovered the piezoelectric effect in crystals in 1880. Proteins, nucleic acids, and mucopolysaccharides, which compose all tissues of the human body, exhibit piezoelectric properties. We are energetic beings. Can you feel the energy of our being as a whole? Do you feel the electric pulse of your organs?

 

The embryo is a domain to ask questions such as: What are we doing? What is a body? Is a body something producing us or that we are producing? Is my consciousness coming from my body? Have I shaped myself? Phenomenology (what is our body telling about us?) is an approach that concentrates on the study of the consciousness and the objects of direct experiences. Rather than being an onlooker you primarily start to experience the present moment reality. Your body is a lifelong performance- like a symphony. We are not our brain, and the embryo challenges this because we live our first eight weeks without a brain. We produce and perform our body. Our body is not a machine either- we shape this “I” move and collect things like the brain, bones, muscles and so on to move. The body is a symphony performance. The embryo organizes us into parts as we are living organism that is a process and all phases of our lives are part of the whole production in time which is the body.

 

Genes and brains are necessary but not sufficient conditions to give a body its shape. So you may ask What is making the embryo? Something else realizing itself in us. An embryo in Motion is the primary form the bodies appear in time, and time and motion are related. We are motions and processes producing structures and that is what we learn from the embryo. The embryo still unfolds in our adult organism that you are today.

 

“Don’t consider soul or psyche as something added to the body later.” Erich Blech Schmidt

 

Your body is behaving the way we shape our body is what we are capable of psychologically (emotional state) and physiologically (a function of living organisms and their parts). Learn to experience yourself as energy and the energy around you.

 

This past summer I spent some time with my favorite gross anatomist or Somanaut (those who explore the inner space of the body and discover the fertile terrain of themselves).  He was showing his latest work and the how beautiful the fascia skeleton of the superficial fascia layer. Fascia is like the skeleton that your body is built around. It is like lace, honeycomb or web and the cells grow into this, and we are knitted together. When you hear that doctors are making a heart what is happening is they take a heart, strip down to the fascia layer as the starting point and then inject heart stem cells. Gil said that muscle is fascia’s bitch and I think that gets to the point rather quickly. Ida Ralph described that muscles should guide over one another like silk stockings and disposal facial does provide us with a sheer or glide.  In our human body, we witness nature solving the problem of total connection, and differential movement and nature’s solution is the fascia system and fluids. We are moving beings. Therefore, we must not force our way through the body but to melt and slowly invite routine movement in the body allowing our range-of-motion (ROM) to expand and not to judge compensations when they do occur in the body because they may have a place for a reason. Choosing a discipline of movements such as yoga or pilates allows you to show up next to your body daily and to meet it where it needs that day.

 

At times we build facial adhesions between visceral surfaces which have a sliding relationship via serous fluids. These conditions could be formed under inflammation or pathological processes such as injury, tumors, disease or as an accidental or intended result of surgery or medical intervention. The texture of the fascia reveals the qualities and character of the relationship in the body and mind. Relationships can be soft, fluid, smooth, playful and move or they can be tense, stuck, unyielding even fractured. The mind perceives differences and inputs separation yet the reality of the union persists. We must learn to accept all of our emotions.

 

 

When something within us is disowned, that which is disowned wreaks havoc” – Ralph H. Blum and Susan Coughlan.

 

 

 Dr. Daniel Keown is a Western Medical Doctor and a Chinese Medicine Doctor who has written the book The Spark in the Machine.  He talks about how we are one cell that develops into trillions and trillions of cells into a perfect complex organism with an energetic blueprint. Being trained in both Eastern and Western medicine, I feel he has a proper perspective on how both are different and similar. Such as western medicine does not heal you they allow healing to occur within you. Western medicine doesn’t have a philosophy of health and healing and tends to teach that qi is removed from healing, so doctors become revoked from the spirit and become dispirited. Qi is the circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine. I view it as prana the breath a life-giving energy force within the body. Eastern Medicine is a model of healing, and they know the space between the cells is as important as the cells themselves. I view it as the Pancha Maya Kosha Model that I use as a Yoga Therapist which has a broad range of healing benefits and looks and the whole being. I believe we are not just our physical body or mind we are holistic, multi-dimensional beings made up of many different, interactive layers. You can think of the Kosha like a series of Russian Dolls or like sheaths. There is the Physical Body, The Energy Body, The Mental-Emotional Body, The Wisdom Body, and The Bliss Body. The fluid between the cells is known as extracellular fluid (ECF) and makes up about 40% of the body and constituting about 20% of the weight of the body.  So imagine your skin as a membrane that keeps everything in and this fluid baths the cells it can also be viewed as a communication medium in the body. So this watery fluid medium of ECF acts as a communication medium among cells of the same tissue like a chemical communication pathway. As an electrical current of an emotion travels along your neural pathways, it triggers a release of chemical proteins called neuro-peptides (NP’s). Each emotion has its individual frequency. In response to each specific emotional frequency, your body releases corresponding NPs. Each neuro-peptide creates such specific biological responses that physical symptoms can pinpoint what’s happening in your unconscious mind!

 

Qi (pronounced Che) is the blueprint in which energetic matter manifests. We live in turbulent times, and thus it is time for us to open our minds reclaim society, return to simple medicine and make it about people again. The Science of Epigenetic’s which is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than the alternation of the genetic code itself is what will progress. We have multiple different codes in our mode we aren’t one code, and that is it. For example, if you have a stressful situation we tap into our codes to get us through the situation, which is why we must build stress resilience through our movement practices to create some reserves or resource to self. Genetic science is going into epigenetic. It validates why meditation is important and living a good lifestyle because it resonates with the physical body. I have been working with Chinese Medicine the last couple of years, and I have learned about the different burners in the body. The triple burner refers to the pelvis, abdominal and chest and these areas are separated by fascia that organizes the compartments within the body. Surgeons use these fascia pathways that already exist in the body and blow gas into it so they can navigate. In yoga, we call these nadi’s which mean a channel or stream in which prana or energy can flow. Things go wrong in surgery when a surgeon needs to cross these facial pathways or planes.

 

Dis-ease emerges from you it didn’t afflict you. When we are chronically ill, we must learn to look deeper into society. For example, cancer spreads through fascia and cancer is a breakdown of qi. Qi is the force that keeps everything doing the right thing. Cancer is a group of cells that says damn you I’m doing my own thing and doing my way! Qi is how the body organizes itself. Whether it is cancer or another disease we need to look into the more profound disturbance of cause to the qi disturbance to heal entirely.

 

I love allopathic care, and it has saved my life, clients lives, but it is not the only reality. Connect to the body in the present time so that you can expand your consciousness. By doing this, you have attached and touched into your wholeness, your magnificence and moved beyond the identity of your ego. We are energy beings that are always flowing and growing; we are not our past circumstances. We hold so much of our healing process within us our innerness of self vs. an external stimulus. When was the last time you slowed down and connected to your inner wisdom? You are worthy!

 

“I am imperfect. I often choose to suffer. I am worthy of love, connection, health, learning to tolerate all of my emotions, relaxation and financial freedom. Yoga and Pilates is the discipline in which I practice this every day of my life” Kimberly Searl

Resources:

Bliss and Grit Episode #3 Why the Body? www.blissandgrit.com

Dan Keown on Liberated Body Episode #46 www.liberatedbody.com

The Spark in the Machine www.amazon.com/spark-machine

Jaap Van Der Wal Episode #57 www.liberatedbody.com

Embryo in Motion Project www.embryo.nl

Lessons from the Embryo  https://youtu.be/3mTCjiQLHhk

Gil Hedley www.gilhedley.com

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