In this class creators of Embodied Processing, Ryan & Matt, talk about the drivers of anxiety through the lens of trauma.
- Types of Anxiety
- The Underlying Causes
- The Bandaids we use
- Healing Anxiety
The Centre for Healing
In the western world we have a very “quick fix” attitude which in my experience in my time in this field is one of the biggest blocks to transformation.
When we have a headache we take a paracetamol and our headache goes away, when our car breaks down we call roadside assist and they come almost instantly, when we don't know the answer to something we pull out our phone and quickly google it.
We have literally everything at our fingertips. This attitude of instant gratification is actually an obstacle when it comes to inner healing and transformation.
In our rush to “get somewhere” what happens is we lose the ability to trust and to let the natural and organic intelligence do the healing for us, in our belief that we are broken we essentially disconnect further from our essential wholeness.
Imagine now you are out in the garden pulling out weeds, you catch your hand on the edge of a sharp rock and it cuts it open. You rush inside and wash out the wound and...
Over the last few weeks I discussed the development of having a separate identity and also in the article “What is Awakening?” I spoke about the shift of identity that can occur in an individual from experiencing themselves as a personality over to recognising themselves as a much more expansive state of presence.
This shift of identity is experienced as one transitioning from a personal and individuated state of consciousness to a more impersonal state of empty, aware presence.
This seems to have always been quite a rare occurrence and in the past was believed to be only for a select few who lived in ashrams, caves in the Himalayas or those who lived a life of solitude where they were devoted to practice on a constant moment to moment basis, from some observation this shift is starting to be more common in everyday individuals and happening quite spontaneously without the years of practice.
Many books have been written on this very real and dramatic shift in...
Embodied Processing is the Bottom Up Approach to Healing Trauma & Nervous System Dysregulation
It is a Somatic Therapy based on a combination of ancient wisdom & the latest neuroscience in the field of trauma.
Navigating the Terrain
Guiding someone through the traumatic imprints, subconscious imagery & unconscious beliefs of their body can be daunting.
That's why having a map when we're learning is so important.
A lot of this process is one of Discernment.
- Discerning what is best to be investigated in that session.
- Discerning what is going to bring on a felt sense of safety for the client.
- Discerning the predominant emotion associated with the trigger
- Discerning the origin of the imprint
- Discerning which processing technique will help the client move through the emotion
- Discerning completion of the traumatic event
- Discerning the clients nervous system state throughout
With the right framework you can confidently start practicing and gaining experience.
"Safety is Healing" - Dr Stephen Porges
When someone has accumulated many traumatic imprints throughout their life, with no skills to regulate or process then the nervous system loses its sense of Safety.
We can go decades without truly feeling safe in our bodies.
At this point there is no capacity to deal with life's various situations & challenges.
When we Grow in Capacity then we have a solid foundation to deal with these challenges.
A container of Safety will start to build resilience and the emotional reactions can be dissolved into this safety.
Once our capacity continues to grow then the old emotional wounds from our past can be welcomed back to be integrated.
Feeling safe in the body can be a gradual process.
Like planting a seed. If we water that seed and continually look after it, it will grow.
We know we are growing when our language changes from "I can't handle this" to "I got this!"
Ryan Hassan (Co-Founder at The Centre for Healing)
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"The State that we're in & the Emotions we're Experiencing will dictate the course of our Lives"
When we came into this world we started learning many things.
Crawling, walking, talking, socialising, sport, eating, etc...
One thing most of us didn't learn was how to properly process emotions.
This is no ones fault, if our parents knew they would of taught us.
If you're reading this then it's safe for me to assume that you're on a personal growth journey and/or working in the field of helping others.
On that path, early on, we realise that our emotions are controlling our life.
If we want to start to master our life we must first master our emotions.
This doesn't mean we don't have emotional reactions, for this is part of being a human being.
It means being able to contain them and not get lost in their energy.
In the above video we discuss different techniques for processing emotions, both from day to day life and from our past.
The underlying theme they all have is that we Turn...
What does it feel like to be you, in your body, in this moment?
When describing who we are we automatically start talking about our roles and 'what we do'
Yes, this is one level of identity however it's not truly where we live is it?
We live in our body, not in the psychological concepts & ideas of our function in society.
We live in the direct experience of what it means to be 'us'
Most people are very cut off from their Somatic Identity and for very good reason.
Coming down into the body is uncomfortable, there is emotional disturbance & agitation there.
Most were never taught how to be with uncomfortable sensation and so, from a young age, we disconnect. Disembodiment ensues.
The process of embodiment isn't an easy one as we have to meet these disturbances that we initially escaped from, this is why having an experienced guide is so helpful early on.
The journey is worth it however, as when we can spend more time in our body, feeling safe, we can actually experience life to...