“The body remembers what the mind forgets…”
In trying to close the gap between the internal/external demands of life and our ability to deal with them, typical coping mechanisms are denial and avoidance. We presume that if we don’t remember what was bothering us, it’s gone. But where do our disturbing thoughts, tensions and feelings go?
One theory is that what we deny and avoid is housed somewhere in the subconscious mind. It lays there like a festering mass knocking on the door of our consciousness in our dreams, our projections onto others, and sadly in limiting our full expression. The stored energetic material causes all sorts of mischief, from mood issues to the dis-ease we feel, the aches and pains in various parts of our bodies. The malaise accumulates into blockages in the flow of energy through our bodies and impacts our well-being. As we age, our bodies quake under the burden of what we’ve asked them to store and process. Our bodies try to help us remember by becoming symptomatic. We tell our bodies to be quiet with palliative medications rather than welcoming the cues that are intended to remind us that we may not be choosing a healing path.
In short, our minds may have forgotten, but our bodies definitely remember. Rather than listening, we stubbornly beat our bodies like jockeys whip a lathered horse running to the finish line. For some of us, sadly, the finish line moves closer. At very least, we weaken and stumble during harvest time of life when the crown of wisdom should be opening.
I’d like to offer optimism in the face of what is all too typical. A few degrees off the beaten path are a range of choices that can shift suffering to joy, if we are willing to peek around the corner and have some courage to do what isn’t typical. Rather than forgetting, maybe we can use our minds to welcome a shift to conscious awareness. We can unburden our bodies of their responsibility to keep reminding us of what we’ve forgotten. This means a change in lifestyle.
The first step is always realizing there are different tools available. This realization is the key that opens the gate to a life of no suffering. Pain is inevitable in life, suffering is a choice. We need teachers who are ahead of us on Life’s Journey. If we are treading water with old ways, we aren’t moving with the new times. Energy practices such as Reiki, the use of highly vibrational essential oils, mindful nutrition, yoga, meditation and a host of other practices, are well proven tools for a new age. They free the body of the burden of storing old energy. They replace fear with Love.
Consider your position in this new age. What is required now is the victory of Love over fear. No need to forget anything. May our minds align and attune to the Loving energy of Creation and may this be expressed in our work in this world.
With love, Rosanne