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Coming Forward in our Lives
“We must first come forward in our lives and our physicality in order to find our balance.”
I was reminded while teaching today of the importance of bringing our students forward so they might “stand” a fighting chance of accessing balance. A student in class today became aware of a limited feeling or sensation of her toes. After class, she realized how much she had not been aware that she was not feeling her toes.
It is an interesting observation and insight after accessing the energy of the spine through the introduction of EBAS and the first experience with Awakening the Spine. It was interesting because when she entered class I could see how far back she carried the weight of her torso as well as how her shoulders had to round forward in order to counteract the incongruent placement of the body. It is no wonder that the body must compensate for compensations in order to manufacture a sense of vertical or standing.
If this is the case, as was her and with many people, the body is in conflict with the rising energy of the centerline limiting ones ability for effective and integrated alignment. This in-congruency creates a block in flow and in circulation of fluid and energy. When there is a blockage present then there will be a lack of ones ability to feel oneself appropriately. If we can to feel or sense our distal physical being, then we may not be able to feel ourselves appropriately in space and comprehend our limitations or our ability to overcome them. If we cannot feel the ends of our being, then how is it going to be possible for us to extend our energies out into space? This is quite the conundrum for physical performers, no?
Finally, I asked the student if she had trouble with her balance and proprioception and here response was as I expected. Yes! You see, if we cannot feel our toes then we are unable to feel our balance. Ur toes help us to balance and help us to manage ourselves in space. Wee must have a great relationship with our entire foot and our toes are very much a big part of healthy foot. It also serves as a reminder to us as beautiful moving beings; if we cannot sense the ends of our being we then are in discord and have a disconnect or blockage of our energy and the ability to consciously sense our lives.