I’ve been intensively studying with Thomas Huebl, a modern mystic and spiritual teacher, through his online interactive community programs for the last few years. Learning with Thomas and his community has deepened my meditation practice which began 17 years ago and refined my understanding of subtle anatomy and energetics, contributing both to my inner healing and the way I work with individuals and groups. Actually, what I’ve learned has impacted every aspect of my life.
One thing which excites and calls me to action is embodied listening, which sounds simple. However, listening has many layers. Listening is impacted by our intention, and dependent on our nervous systems, which we are listening with and through.
Did you know that when human beings have an experience that cannot be dealt with, the nervous system is wise enough come up with a solution? Isn’t that amazing? The nervous system knows how to compartmentalize and shut down a part of itself and store an experience until resources become available to process it through. This trauma response within our bodies is sometimes looked at as something we’d like to let go of or get rid of, but it’s an intelligent, protective movement to maintain functioning. To me, the trauma response is an embodiment of love in action, in the form of protection. And I see embodied listening as love in action too.
The flow of conscious, embodied presence -- which I’m calling embodied listening – provides a healing resonance through which our nervous systems can return to wholeness. We experience deeper relaxation and grounding which supports spaciousness for integration and continued evolution to occur. Through embodied listening, what has been fragmented or undigested can be welcomed back into wholeness and the movement of life.
I believe the world needs us to listen. To ourselves. To others. To the spaces between us. To our hearts. To our pasts. To our planet. To all creatures. To our systems. To our pain. To our possibilities. To our future, and the future of our children’s children.
I intend to write more about embodied listening, what that means to me, what I think the implications are, and creative ways I feel called to share and explore with others who are interested.