"My Cells - My Children"
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My cells know what to do
and they do what they know
resting into alignment
and into the FLOW.
Nothing to make happen,
nothing to make be
just allowing their being
all they are as One with me.
appreciating their loyalty
for serving against their way
in past times of survival,
holding & protecting each day.
Reacting to experience,
my voice at times unconscious,
as, at times, so were others' -
passing on what I felt others knew best,
'though just fathers & mothers.
I'm learning as a parent,
that nurturing part of me -
to be with my little selves,
trusting me to be of Thee,
allowing my muscles to rest
into their places
balancing into the PRESENCE,
breathing into the spaces.
In Tune with the Blueprint
and guidance of my BEING
that's eternally inviting
my opening, feeling, and Seeing,
For these are all my CHILDREN,
having always obeyed my voice,
now rejoining my family,
all with awareness and my conscious choice.
Christopher Pringer 8'88; Rev'd 12'06, 10'12 (lines 13-17)
An Optimal Injury Experience
When an infant or very young child hurts himself in play, he calls out for or runs to his mother or father and "lets it all out" as the parent listens without judgement, knowing that his/her listening unconditionally loving and accepting presence is what does most if not all of the healing. The wounds are taken care of, of course, but the presence is the balm that makes the pain better. Sometimes the wound was not physical at all, but a need to make sure the presence is there.
And this is what happens when things are going well, developmentally, for the child - total acceptance and love, no judgement, no shame, no reason to store emotion, thence tension. Hence in a short amount of time all is let go, yet the learning is retained, the memory is stored naturally for future use as/when/to the degree needed, and it's "time to move on" into the next thing. And to be as fully present with it as with the time he was learning. This is how parent and child interract optimally.
However, few people have all of their early childhood experiences looking like that, and some people have very few of them like that. Hence the storage of tension and memory in the cells. Which is the heart of what the Body-Mind Integration... essay page is all about.
"Body-Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process":
It gets stuck, in fact, in the past. It can get stuck to the extent that we can react to present experience as if we felt that the (past's) painful experience is about to happen. This unconscious preoccupation of muscle areas protecting against past fears will cause, among other effects, aging due to lack of circulation. You might say that our "present awareness is not circulating" in that area.
...The body's cells respond to our individual thoughts and beliefs ("solidified thoughts" attached to the body-mind by an emotional charge). Each cell carries a memory of the time in the womb, and maybe for a while afterwards, when there was a very high degree of safety, warmth, spontaneity, and intimacy. For cells to remember that, they need the mind's permission to release all subsequent programming that negates that feeling/memory. The emotional component needs permission to be experienced and/or accepted.
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That is primarily what motivated this site into manefestation, along with the potential for increasing that "Body-Parenting" connection (the 'Heart' of my work). Add 'the Chalice aspect', related symbolism, including the Chalice Aspect of the overall 'God-the-Parent--God-the-Child metaphor'.
|Basis of Body-Parenting & Related Metaphor
Like kids, cells do best if we keep them fed, clean, and feeling loved. And as we learn to give them healthy messages and especially to just listen to them, like kids, they will tell us what changes need attending to. And *body-awareness* is how we listen. The cells respond to the mind as workers do to the management. IMO, this is the *heart* of neuroplasticity (directly, naturally, and positively engaging that capacity as we interface with our cells and self-healing mechanisms for personal growth and self-healing, and re-organization of the brain as a result of that experience).
Injuries occur primarily due to overly tensed muscle cells, to unable to flex with events and circumstances in our environment. Cells are not bad, or wrong in any way for being overly tense due to having their circulation crimped by compressed cell structures, thereby deprived of good connection to the sources of nurishment, and unable to sufficiently rid themselves of waste products from all their hard work. Certainly not for becoming deseased or disfunctioning as a result, let alone for trying to maintain systemic equilibrium by whatever means are left to them. Like kids, they are habitually responding to our own unconscious inner messages. Those that we've been giving them since our formative years - about how to respond to the conditions. Under harsh conditions in early life, they adapt and find a way to cope -- if at all possible, if you tell them they have to -via thoughts, and feelings. If they don't get "the all clear" (especially if they've never "heard" it before), then they maintain the "armoring."
Held long enough, thoughts and feelings become decisions and attitudes about life. Cells can actually maintain those -via adaptive roles- and for a whole lifetime, if they don't get a corrective message. I.E.: IF we, as infants, often needed to tense up -or "armor up"- various muscles for emotional or physical protection (ie: when adults around us acted insensitively or worse), THEN we most likely continued through adulthood to hold various muscles in an overly tense state - "ready" to respond to more of same, perhaps expecting life to be that way. The nervous system is designed to get our attention when we are doing something unhealthy. It's not the cells' fault if that system has been muffled by our own choice.
But would you really like getting used to living underfed, unclean, and insensitive to the warning signals? Assuming your answer is no, the next question may be about how to remedy such a situation where we have basically adapted to less than optimal conditions? I suggest that first, we fix the supply system and take care of those basics. Secondly, we remedy the attitude that got them that way, or else the cells will never feel they can drop the coping mechanisms, let alone learn what a happy, communicative, and cooperatively sharing environment is about.
It's genrally the more complex sets of coping mechanisms that are referred to as "Inner Children." Which term refers to the persona(s) of the emotional body, that have been created by the body-mind, not only in order to protect the psyche from painful memories, but in order to finish, at a later time, certain interupted processes. Those processes are related to the basic emotional and/or physical needs that were only partially and/or temporarily fulfilled, by the coping mechanisms. Our capacities for neuroplasticity provide for the memory storage coping mechanism process to be initiated (a form of "negative neuroplasticity"), but also provide for our memory retrieval and/or integration as needed for healing.
Muscle cells need to know/experience what relaxation is, as well as what intense work is, in order to have an appropriately full range of tonicity/contractedness, and to find the right tone for a given condition. Cell systems adjust, based on our messages to them. Perhaps especially those messages that are aligned with long-term health, since our bodily systems seem designed for adaptation and endurance. NOTE: It is said that Our own voices and thoughts carry the most weight with our own cell systems. And that *verbalizing* a belief or decision, especially doing so *with feeling,* is much more powerful that just thinking it.
Sometimes we will receive insight about a corrective action we must take; i.e.: by newly feeling the need to adjust our posture or some kind of bodily movement, or even due to reviving memories (that were previously suppressed). Details of these processes are explained in the essay, "Body-Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process"- The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. Includes "Muscle Q & A" - a Kind of overview of the core topics and other essays for completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved, including self-help level emotional processing. Some special applications of chronic injury self-help as well as body-parenting are explained in various essays at "Tensing Yoga - Exercises for Self Healing, Preventative Maintenance, & Mind-Body Awareness". [Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the phenomenon of body memory: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy, body-mind split, mind-body split]
With body awareness, learning to listen and respond to our cell systems, we enhance our senses naturally. We give the cells the corrective messages about tonicity, circulation, function, etc. And thereby we provide opportunity for our self-healing mechanisms to be maintained, and turned back on as necessary. A set of short summary personal quotes on body-mind awareness are in the Author/Editor Section. A link to the Body-Mind Integration home page is also there, where on many aspects of preventative maintenance are discussed and/or linked to.
References & Notes regarding "Subpersonalities":
In my working view, the sub-personalities are generally distinct and apart from the "Inner Child," although the inner child may co-opt one or more subpersonalities to serve in coping mechanisms- until the 'issues' that gave rise to the mechanism(s) are sufficiently resolved or healed1. Ref/Links are available for definition and relevant psychological context for, *Sub-Personalities* including those per "Psychosynthesis" at the site's Index page. IE: in the "Gestalt Psychology Sites" section of the index page: "...A subpersonality is distinguished from a Dissociative Identity disorder (formerly: Multiple personality disorder) in that subpersonalities are merely personas or pieces of a whole, whereas DID is characterized by (at least) two separate and distinct personalities who have their own patterns of interacting with the environment. ...American transpersonal philosopher Ken Wilber identifies subpersonality as "functional self-presentations that navigate particular psychosocial situations... a subpersonality of the harsh critic kicking in to cope with the confrontation situation...", including an article with a helpful title (for context in terms of therapeutic objectives), "Into the Conference Room— Exploring the Inner Troublemakers". [1: working view per this summary in context, my own approach (general, specifics), and training -cp].
"Chalice OS-5&4aC~ w/PiChaliceB2A5 onCellRing1 onOvalPC1Bk, Framed", sig'd © Chris Pringer 2011,12
"3DChalice & VortexDblStar, 2APiSynthesisCenter2 in PiOval w/ChaliCells, 1'10ASymMC2 on Black" -sig'd, © Chris Pringer 2011
... My heart does that to me sometimes.
Bad heart bad heart.
don't talk about your hearts and parts that way,
they might believe you someday
eg: not healthy to tell your inner kids they're bad
Heart isn't really bad. Just does dumb
things sometimes. Way dumb.
they're overworked, hurt, misperceiving, etc,
but not bad -- just responding to a misbehaving parent
that forgot who the kids were
Ain't misbehaving no more........
"Chalice Vortices Of Light over ChaliCells, Symmetried", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
For most folks, this "advanced protocol" is best if initiated AFTER you have begun a new chosen healing regimen, and *not* initiated as THE healing regimen. That is, for those somewhat experienced in or with self-healing, this simply summarizes a useful approach. The inclusion of the Body Parenting approach as part of it is the "extra," so to speak. It also assumes a certain amount of recognition of, and learning from, the less than functional approach to dealing with stress, disease, and/or painful conditions. And that may be whether in process of learning that, or after having been convinced of that difficult process. If all this just sounds strange to you, then the following likely may not seem very useful to you. Again, here's where that need for *context* comes in - as in with regard to related topics on the page, "WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial -- Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion".
The first step, perhaps the most difficult sometimes, is to "simply" and
Ok, so how or why consider all this?
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