The following are unedited notes from an upcoming book aimed at therapists looking to learn how I work. I believe there are valuable insights for the lay person within these words too, so I am releasing some of these writings to get some feedback:
Extracts from the manuscript by Ben Barnett written for therapists
Transforming health vs fixing Illness
I am using the Phrase “Transforming Health” to mean something very specific. I mean to take the state of health and wellbeing and not just fix something, not just improve it or reduce some undesirable experience, but to cause a state change where something that was there no longer is or something that was not available is. I am not suggesting that if your client comes in with pain in their lower back that by treating them they will never have lower back pain ever again! All of us have had aches and pains in pretty much every part of our body at some point or another. That does not mean that you have a “bad Back” or “problem knee” Consider there is a fundamental mental shift required to have someone who relates to themselves as having a weak point in their body to alter their relationship to that part of themselves. For them to not automatically think they are going back to how they have been when they wake up with a sensation in their back or knee takes more than just physical work.
As I said earlier most of us don’t meet our clients until they are “ill”. Western attitudes to health and wellbeing is generally, wait til its broke then fix it! It relates to health and wellbeing as being “good” and Illness being “bad”. The problem is that we tend to hold onto and even covet the good and reject or avoid the bad. How many of you see feeling ill as being a good thing and how many clients would admit that having a problem buys them something or gets them out of something?
I want you to consider that feeling ill(- at ease) is a good thing! By that I mean that right now it is virtually guaranteed that your body is not working at 100% optimum capacity. It would be difficult even to know what the true potential of your body is right now. Your body is dealing with a multitude of minor and more substantial Dis- eases and it just goes along not telling you about it! Often serious illness occurs in the body over weeks, months or even years without the client getting pain or a reduction in quality of life. This has led us to centre our treatment around removing pain or fixing whatever is reducing our physical quality of life. What if Pain and illness is the body’s way of alerting us to some Dis-function which we (the part of us that is not our body) is not dealing with, ignoring or tolerating?
What if pain and dysfunction is the body’s way of letting us know where we should concentrate our efforts in order to maximise or even expand our potential to experience health and wellbeing. Rather like growing pains in the adolescent, symptoms can be used to identify the most immediate opportunity to expand ourselves! Instead of something to avoid and remove sensations in the body become something to get interested in and listen to!
We tend to think of ourselves as being an individual when it comes to health and well being. Consider that both Science at a fundamental quantum level and Holistic or complementary thinking both say that everything in the universe is connected to everything else. If it’s true that we are all one, is it possible to catch something from yourself? What happens to the normal models of therapy and treatment when you begin to look at the extended body? Where does the subtle body end and the outside world begin? If there is no real separation, can anything ever really happen by accident?
If you step out of the world of fixing your clients and into the world of being able to expand their experience of health and wellbeing, a question arises; how far can you take this? Can the chronically “in pain” be pain free? Can the average become the exceptional?
My personal experience has been that I have been able to dramatically reduce knee and lower back pain sensation within a few minutes of my client beginning their session. This had not only allowed me to work on clients who have not been able to have effective physical therapy in the past but to give clients the tools to manage their own pain.
I have been able to increase my own flexibility and reduce my response to injury.
The information in this book can be use within exercise practices such as Yoga, Pilates and gym work. It can be used in real time to clear discomfort in the body during exercise, through visualisation. I have had clients who, as an accidental by product of their treatments with me have been pushing their personal trainers to work out at higher and higher levels!
I have also been able to have clients speed up and expand their ability to cause results in their life! From winning competitions to selling their house! Given that their life ( and yours) occurs in their emotional and mental body this is not so miraculous, but think of the implications. Imagine being able to locate where disempowering beliefs are being held in their body, being able to feel and alter the effect of them on your client and then reinforce the physical work you are doing with them on a mental level, aligning the thoughts of your client with the work you are doing. Instead of trying to distract your client’s mind, you can align them mentally and emotionally with whatever goal you and your client create together. My client’s choose how they want to feel at the end of their treatments. Not just relaxed or more flexible, but things like “FREE” or “confident” or “energised” and they leave with the experience of feeling whatever they create. This is something that it is possible to consistently and specifically create with your client’s every single treatment!
If you step out of the world of separation and into the world of connection and communication, every experience, every person and every sensation can tell you something about you, your health and ways to expand your potential. In the world of connection EVERY emotion and every thought has an effect on the physical body. You can empower your clients to transform their health and wellbeing by understanding the relationship between their Thoughts, Emotions and their Physical body.
Logic and Intuition; The partnership.
Why is this relationship important?
During a transformational massage treatment or any treatment where you are using the holistic map of the body, what you will be dealing with is information or knowledge and emotional energy. The Concerns of “logic” and “intuition” relate to mental energy. It is important to be aware of which one of these you use naturally and which one you need to develop to bring balance to your Brow Chakra.
Which one are you naturally?
Think of logic as being representative of the world of the engineer. It is about forming a picture of what something is and using knowledge to fill in any gaps you may have about the parts of the picture you have not seen yet! An engineer is not interested in the details of the picture itself but, in how the pieces fit together. If a piece fits even if it seems unlikely then it is in the right place. This kind of thinking can allow you to work out what a part of the body relates to by distinguishing the relationship between two parts of the body either side of the area that you are working on. For example, there are a number of different structures and muscles in the upper leg, so one way of distinguishing them is to look at the concepts either side of the area in question. The knee relates to “Events” and the line of the hip joint relates to “fulfilment/completion”. So the area in between is literally the combination of the two. So the result of completing an event is a “result”, something that is used to complete a result is a “resource”. Emotions related to not finishing something include feeling “lost” “stopped”, “ distracted” and “stubborn” all of which are held in the upper leg.
By contrast think of intuition as being the world of the Medium or Clairvoyant.
This way of “learning” is about connecting you to the sources of knowledge outside of “yourself”. Given that you are connected to everything in the universe, there can be nothing that you do not have access to including the answer to any question. The skill of the intuitive is to allow for the answer to any question to be immediately present in their environment. Whether it is a feeling in their body, the shape of a cloud, the words of a song or the way a towel folds over a client’s leg, anything can be the answer to a question!
There are distinct differences between these two processes. You could even say that they occur in different parts of the body, Logic being linked to the brain and intuition or “gut instinct” being linked to the digestive system. The relationship with the brow chakra is that this is where the resultant knowledge is used to “create more knowledge” that is to make sense of things!
Another difference is that Logic happens separately to the present experience whilst intuition happens in real time. The logical mind must separate itself from what is happening around it to consider the relationship between whatever knowledge it is using. The intuitive must be connected and present to whatever is happening at the moment of realising knowledge. Often intuitive knowledge will pass through the person receiving it to the recipient without the medium having any memory of what happened. Logic by contrast happens primarily in the ego and therefore can be affected by how much evidence already exists to support a theory. To the intuitive it just feels right!
Both systems of working have drawbacks that you must be aware of to maximise your ability to voice what you are picking up from your clients.
Logical thinking can often create powerful structures which can be used to get good results. However the individual will soon begin to believe that they now know the truth about their chosen subject and will be loathe to consider any argument that radically differs from their logical one. They will compare any experience to their logical world and assimilate I.e. take on board those things that do not radically alter what already exists. So once a concern has been “missed” in terms of where it fits in the holistic map, logic can hide its presence behind evidence. An example of this is “ I am an individual and I have feelings so the feelings I have are my feelings” Now if you start off with the premise that “ I am connect to every other person on the planet” and “ I have feelings” then “ I can feel other people’s feelings” logically results, a very different result. Logic’s first job is to fit what’s happening into a model that is predictable and makes sense.
Intuition by contrast will often place relevance (or irrelevance) with an event or experience. This will allow emotion to be locked away behind a feeling that, that experience is not important and this experience was crucial. Feelings can store enough fear around them to scare someone away from facing or doing something for no reason. The issue becomes hidden behind a grey cloud of uncertainty and fear and allowed to develop unchecked until crisis occurs.
Another way of thinking of these two ways to knowledge is that of the “world of sense”
The energy around your head relates to the thoughts you use to make sense of the world you experience. So those thoughts make sense, are realistic ( i.e. of the real world), normal or ordinary. Imagine that they make a network of thoughts which eventually create a boundary within which everything fits and makes sense.
Outside of this boundary is where everything that does not make sense exists. Things that are Extra-ordinary and Un-believable and even non-sense exist here. Logic will look at the area inside the boundary in more and more detail and work out useful relationships between things. However to gain access to those things outside the barrier the individual must use intuition. Within the boundary improvement and development is available. Outside the boundary are where all the groundbreaking results and experiences exist. Ask someone who has no children to imagine being a parent and their logical mind will think about the practicalities of parenting. If you speak to a new parent they will firstly speak about the massive shift in their experience of the world around them as the first unexpected result of moving into parenthood. Similarly think about your first massage treatment and what you thought it would be like and what it actually was like!
Once the intuition has made a connection with an area outside the boundary, the logical brain quickly seeks to introduce familiarity by mapping structures within the boundary onto those outside.
Another way of thinking about the individual’s access to knowledge is to relate to the universe as a huge library. Immediately, it seems ridiculous that a librarian would seek to read every book in the library and remember everything in each book, to recall at some later date. Instead, the librarian would remember only how to find the relevant section, and perhaps one key piece of information, which would allow them to find the right place to gain the information they need, when they need it. The Akashic records represent the non-sense( i.e. outside of what makes sense) library of all knowledge in the Universe. The Brow and Crown chakra allow connection to these records, but holding information around these Chakras whilst trying to access the records will confuse and corrupt the information being accessed. It is one of the reasons that most transcendental practices including meditation and Reiki practice the clearing of the system and the mind; to create as pure and “empty” a space possible for “downloading” to occur.
Similarly you as the practitioner can connect to the client’s Crown and Brow Chakra and connect to information within the client’s logical model of the universe, which may be limiting one or more aspects of the client’s experience of life. For example one of my clients, as a result of several experiences with men including her father, concluded that “men were not to be trusted”. This limited her relationships with all men and the possibility that she could ever have a committed relationship. This had a knock on effect on the concerns of being attractive and suppressed her Sacral Chakra. She was very happy and excited when we were able to identify this and release the energy in her abdomen and lower back. She also reported that her ability to work out had been dramatically improved.
Those who are naturally logically minded will often keep things in the mental realm, thinking as opposed to experiencing. For example a psychologist who spends their time fixing other peoples emotions so that they do not have to focus on their own issues, or a sports therapist who achieves fantastic results ,but allows their own body to work badly.
By contrast those who are intuitively dominant will tend to lead by their heart or feelings. They will often find it difficult to “learn” from the experiences they go through and spend extended periods of time trying to work out “why things have been the way that they are”