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Recently I was reading a client who was rejecting her body. She had a spiritually enlightening experience many years ago and was struggling to return to the state of trust and inner-peace she felt while in that awakened state. Her body was perceived as an impediment to returning to the state of peace.
Rejection or disowning the body can be triggered by having a heightened spiritual experience. The “aha” and subsequent sense of oneness with God, can make the mundane aspects of being in a body seem like a limitation. Our body brings us back to Earth after momentary enlightenment. The pains, addictions or requirements of the body seem to be preventing us from having the bliss or deep inner-peace that is available to us in a spiritual experience.
Cultural programming teaches us the mind is the most valued aspect of human experience while religions teaches us that our spirit is the only pure aspect of our experience, the body is weak and likely to succumb to sin. These cultural and religious programs are like silent software viruses operating in our energy field. They disrupt our clarity by invalidating our body.
When we are on a path of self-awareness we can get caught up in believing that our spiritual experience is more valid than our physical experience. But our bodies are the vehicle we are navigating life in. They are equally as valid and incredibly valuable to the experience we are having right now. In order to access our intuition fully we need to identify and shift the programs that block our experience of our body as a valuable partner in our spiritual evolution.
To release these programs we have to notice when we are invalidating our body. We can shift our experience by inviting the body in as a valuable informant to our decision making process. When I tune-in to my inner-guidance contemplating a big decision, I intuitively check-in with four aspects of myself. I ask if my heart, body, mind and spirit are a yes or no to the path. If there is a majority of yes or no with only one aspect of myself that is incongruent, I explore the energy behind the incongruence. Is it an old wound, unconscious fear or cultural programming that is lighting up one of these areas as a no when all else is yes? What can I shift or heal in myself to come into clarity?
It is my perspective that we are souls in a body to experience the full spectrum of emotions and states of consciousness. We need the perspective of pain to appreciate pleasure, the experience of grief and heartbreak to understand love and know joy. If we neglect the body or reject its contribution to our experience, the body speaks to us with mood swings, health issues, pain and tension. If we label the body unconsciously or consciously less valuable than our mind or our spirit, we are in conflict with it. We have less access to our intuition as our inner-guidance speaks to us through the body and we hear it most clearly when we are in a loving relationship with our body.
When we are aligned we equally value our heart, body, mind and spirit. We recognize that including their perspectives gives us greater clarity. We care for their needs, respect them and consider their input as we make choices for our life.
Vacation allows us to step out of the routine, leave some of our responsibilities behind and relax. The more unfamiliar the place is the more likely we are to tune-in to our senses as we observe our new surroundings. We smell the bread baking in the subway kiosks, hear the meadowlark sing on the hiking trail, feel the texture of cobblestone rumble beneath the wheels of our taxi or taste the earthiness of goat cheese with merlot at a vineyard.
Relaxed, with our senses heightened, we begin to notice our body and where it is holding tension that was drowned out by the distractions of our day-to-day environment. Our body sends us signals all of the time, tight shoulders, headaches, indigestion, exhaustion. We can point to specific reasons for these such as working at the computer, something we ate, dehydration, not getting enough sleep. While these are all valid influences, our body also is a way through which our intuitive awareness speaks to us.
The exhaustion or tension may be our response to energy around us or choices we are making that are out of alignment with our truth. When we agree to something we don’t want to do, we are out of alignment and our body will tell us with some form of tension. The energy around us contains the vibrations of those we are connected to, a grieving friend, co-workers who are so at odds their anger oozes out into the office, a worrying mother who meddles in our life in order to feel in control of the things that worry her, a partner who is suffering from illness.
We all need restful moments to take a break from our incessant thoughts and replenish our energy. Vacations are one way to shake up our routine and draw awareness to the energy drains in our environment. By stepping away and returning with refreshed senses, they give us a window to see.
They allow us to release tensions we have been carrying unawares in our body; the knot in our stomach from that non-stop list of stuff to do to keep up with our lives. When I have these windows of rest, whether it be an afternoon hike at nearby Red Rock’s or a vacation far away, I use meditation tools to clear out the residual tensions my body is carrying.
In meditation sitting eyes closed or walking eyes open, I visualize a rose in front of me and ask it to draw out all the tension I’m carrying, for example a headache from over thinking or getting stuck in a question there is no clear answer to. I see the energy particles as dust or fog drawn out of my head and into the rose blossom, my spiritual dust buster. It vacuums out any residue that is clouding my clarity. When the rose blossom is full, I send it off to a faraway place and imagine it evaporating into thin air. My psychic space is cleaner, my body feels relaxed and I have a renewed sense of inner-peace.
Meditation can give us a mini-vacation, releasing body tension and refreshing our energy. Meditation can also help us while we are on vacation allowing us to drop in deeper, be present and truly rest. When we step away from the familiar cycle of our day-to-day routine and allow time to observe and release the collection of energies we’ve been unconsciously carrying, a shift occurs in our body bringing us into greater alignment with our intuitive truth guidance.
Animals are more than companions, they are teachers and healers. Animals live in the present. They don’t worry about the past or the future. In their presence, our pets are tuned-in to the vibration of the moment and can give us clues about the energy of an experience if we pay attention to their signals. They sense the vibration of those around them and respond accordingly.
When I’m in session with a client and a potent spiritual energy is being moved out of the space, my dog will become interested and put his body between the two of us. He senses the presence of this other entity as it is detaching from the person who has been carrying it. He’s showing up to offer healing assistance and protection. On a simpler level, he’s checking out the other energy that just arrived in the space, as he would greet a person that came to the front door of the house.
Pet companions, especially cats and dogs, offer us insights into the energy of people in our lives. Is the person comfortable with themselves or fearful of connecting with others? Do they have a spiritual entity in their space that they are allowing to operate their body? Animals recognize it, and display uncharacteristic behavior such as avoidance of the person, overt dislike or blocking the person from approaching their owner. This is equally true for self-reflection, our animal companions change the way they respond to us when we are not being ourselves i.e. when we have some spiritual energy in our space that is altering our vibration.
Pets don’t have a ‘socially acceptable’ filter that prevents them from showing their authentic response to a person or another animal. They are tuned-in to energy and respond without hesitance by cowering, attack, cuddling or ignoring. They can draw our attention to something or someone being off.
As humans we’ve learned the healthy respect of others boundaries and consider behavioral appropriateness before we snuggle up to someone or tell them off. We are programmed to respond in a ways that deny acknowledgment of our true intuitive response to a person and the vibrations they are carrying. We use past experiences as a point of reference and overide what we feel in the present.
By observing our pets we can learn to be more present, intuitively tuning in to the energy as we engage in relationships. Our animals offer comfort and healing when they sense we are upset, angry, sad or in pain. They sleep beside us when we are physically sick or emotionally distraught. They play with us when we are joyful and invite us to play with them when we are too caught up in mundane tasks to smile. They always offer unconditional love. And they teach us to listen to our intuition by being tuned into the vibrations of all beings they encounter.