Embodiment can mean a lot of different things, here I mean the encouragement and anchoring of the true spiritual nature of our human experience in the body/mind stream.
We move through all the different ways we have been affected, from being in the womb or before, through to the many different ways we have been conditioned by life and others.
Any kind of inner life work will be asking us to become more real, and more truthful and more embodied as part of this process.
This is the enlightened approach to the spiritual way and might seem different to what has been said in the past. That we should be transcending our bodies. Not so. We are like a crucible, every part of us is a gate of potential and the healing happens as our awareness stabilises.
It is the dance of integration and transformation.
There are mostly three areas, overlapping and interconnected, that arise.
These are personal, ancestral and planetary.
We take more responsibility for our own process and our growing autonomy is empowering, giving us a positive feedback loop. We become in charge of our states.
The more we understand and practice supportive skills of transformation, the more we can see where any overwhelm arises from. Our body knows and we re-orientate to it's wisdom.
Conditioning from society, family, religion and education causes us to try to cope through finding refuge in our minds and intellect and altered states, maybe even shutting down .
We then spend most of our energy trying to organise a safe world for ourselves with our thoughts,
or distracting ourselves from feelings that seem too big, like anxiety and worthlessness, binding up our energy.
We all know what it feels like to be centered in our heads.
Bringing our awareness energetically into our bodies, focusing on different parts and centers, learning to feel what we need to heal can be a revelation and an open gate to freedom.
This is true for the whole spectrum of experience. All along the path. Whether we have had shifts into awakening and can access witness awareness, have practiced in various spiritual traditions or modalities, or are beginning to realise we can get free of the ties that bind us, but don't know how to start. All the way through this spectrum to deep depression, fear and repression. Embracing ourselves with self compassion and non judgemental awareness is the key.
So we ask, how is our sensitivity and compassionto ourselves? How do we realise our needs? And what is our body saying to us? How can we be kinder?
Because it is not just our own trauma and patterning we are feeling,
it is everyones.
'I recently had a session with Dainei which was extremely useful. She has has many years experience od working with difficult emotions and drew on several traditions and therapies during the session. Including Zen Meditation, Becoming Safely Embodied-dealing safely with trauma, and parts work from Internal Family Systems.
Dainei creates a safe and compassionate space in which to explore long-standing issues. I felt that I had a new understanding of my inner processes and new ways of dealing with them.
The session was very useful and I continue to use the techniques to great effect. Highly recommended
'Dainei is actually the reason I became a meditation teacher! Six years ago now, she saw my authentic self and helped me see it, years before I could have done so on my own. Her intuition and deep levels of understanding and working with life are a remarkable gift to all she meets. I wholeheartedly recommend Dainei as a guide, coach, and creator of sacred, safe space for your healing work.'
-Mary Hartley, PhD (Oxf)