Writing to Bridge the Gap
There are many ways which we can close off inhabiting our bodies in a protective maneuver to try to reduce pain and suffering. Thomas Huebl refers to these coping mechanisms as childhood heros, because of the protective function served by these originally intelligent movements. Over time, what was once actively creative recycles itself, no longer within conscious awareness.
Since rising above our difficulties is often equated with spiritual maturity, Lifting, Lifting makes a distinction between rising above in a way which is resourced in wholeness vs. avoidance and closing as a traumatic, survival mechanism. We can't fully respond when we have closed off a part of ourselves, since the very process of shutting down and disowning our experience creates inner fragmentation, and negates the possibility of a response that is grounded in wholeness.
The good news and the bad news is that what is disowned will find a way to express, through our own behaviors or in relationships. What is disowned lives through us individually, through the generations and through our culture. Life wants to move!
Waking up in our bodies is a process of discovering these unconscious loops of once-creative protective processes, appreciating their once-necessary protective function, and releasing the habit in favor of newly emerging creative movements.
I don’t want to drop…
It’s scary down here!
Can’t I just hide?
If I hold myself up,I will be ok.
Positive, inspired. Loving. Lovable.
All the good things people taught me to be.
When I drop, I become real.
And, what will happen then?