CORE ENERGETIC INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK 1999 EBLC ©

STACCATO BREATHING A TOOL TOWARD PSYCHOSOMATIC UNITY

In this last century there has been a great revolution around the knowledge of what it means to be a "human being". I refer to the ideas presented by Freud, Jung, and Reich. Due to Freud and Jung we have more indepth understanding of the "psyche" or mind with its uncounscious-shadow and its spiritual archtypes. Reich returned to us, for the first time in this century, the idea that we need to reconnect the body with the mind. In other words, he came to realize that between the mind and the body there is a "split" or disconnection that we are not aware of. If we look at these three great men from this underlying perspective, we can say that Freud worked to unify the conscious with the uncounscious, Jung to unify the super-conscious with the conscious, and Reich, to unify the conscious with the physical body.
In western society, since Descartes and his "COGITO ERGO SUM," we have had centuries where the mind has predominated with very little consideration given to the body. The mind lost its intimate connection with the body and came to think in parallel to the physiological processes rather than through constant interplay with them. A mind-body parallelism that separates organic and functional afflictions has emerged in our technological society. The body was assigned to anatomists and physiologists while the mind was the domain of philosphers and psychologists. Body deseases have been studied only from the point of view where the ultimate cause needs to be found in the chemical reactions of the body itself. The mind diseases are treated mostly with heavy drugs and long-term psychotherapy sessions.
In recent years there has been a growing awareness in Somatic Psychotherapy (outside of traditional medicine and psychotherapy) that we need to work on both sides of this mind/body split. Many new techniques have been developed from the body field to reach the mind, and from the mind field to fill the gap between mind and body.

INTEGRATION

Body Mind
Rubenfeld SYNERGY method CORE ENERGETIC Institute
ZERO Balancing method Hakomi Institute
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Bodynamic Institute International (L. MARCHER)

All these new techniques are based upon the concept that the mind with its thoughts can affect the body, and vice versa, the body with its metabolic reactions can affect the mind. The human personality is a "unit" that is expressed through an integrated body/mind relationship. This unitary functional system has its specific way of interacting with the environment and within itself, and we do not completely understand yet all the intricate physiological connections that are happening.
I believe we are at the beginning of new discoveries around our own physiology that will give us the theoretical knowledge of what we experience today through any somatic method.
In Core Energetics we approach the body/mind system with all its possible disturbances through an integrated psychological method that, at the body level, has its main intervention through staccato-breathing on a roller. When we are working with a client, what does it mean to really heal this split? Can we give words to the experience of being in unity within ourselves?

CORE ENERGETICS AND THE PSYCHOSOMATIC CONCEPT

In Core Energetics, the psychosmatic concept is viewed as a reality composed of three parts: the Head, the Heart, and the Belly. These three body systems have specific corresponding significances in psychological terms: The Head reflects the mind and is considered the center where the Ego function is actualized. The Heart represents the body center through which we express our feelings. And the Belly contains the power of our life-energy.
In our endeavor to reach psychosomatic unity, we need to be aware and remember that integration comes as a result of these three pieces working together in synchronicity.
Core Energetics hypothesizes also that unity is a somatic three-part integration that is experienced energetically as Streamers all over the body (from head to toe). We experience a synchronistic release of the power-energy from our belly (endorphins) transformed in conscious feelings by our heart, while the head (EGO) surrenders to this experience. This LIFE-FORCE that we experience is the expression of our FIELD or AURA which is the next level of our human condition (that needs integration): our SPIRITUAL NATURE.
Not only is there a split in our physical nature (Mind-Body), but there is a split-separation from our Spiritual nature.

HUMAN BEING

SPIRITUAL NATURE PHYSICAL NATURE
FIELD-AURA MIND-BODY
LIFE ENERGY EMOTIONS

Furthermore, in the psychosomatic concept, Core Energetics introduces the SPIRITUAL COMPONENT integrating into the mind-body split an additional aspect of the human condition, thus presenting UNITY of the body, the mind and the SPIRIT or SOUL. And, as I state before, the moment we expand toward higher states of inner awareness (=consciousness) we can less differentiate between matter - energy and consciousness. So, for me, from this kind of evolution the mind become the link between the body-flesh and the aura. When we experience the Energetic Streamers, we are experiencing our spiritual nature and this can be specifically connected to a corresponding physiological experience in the body, and here I am referring to involuntary release of emotions.
In the Psychosomatic field Stanley Kaleman was the first one who introduced and connected the embryology of the body as a basic reference to explain what is happening inside us. The one totipotential cell, after conception differentiates in three cellular layers:endoderm, mesoderm, ectoderm. Each layer develops into a separate biological system.The endoderm gives origin to the digestive organs and lungs. The mesoderm evolves into the voluntary and involuntary musculature system (mainly the heart and muscles). And the ectoderm evolves into the brain, sense organs and skin.
So for Core Energetics there's only One Energy Current flowing through the body, as Energetic Streamers composed by one type of energy (to date not adequately verified scientifically, but hypothesized as the equivalent of the Aura-energy) that has a corresponding physical manifestation through the three embryological centers -- the Head, Heart, Lungs -- and are represented by three fundamental rhythms in the body.

CORE-ENERGETICS PSYCHOSOMATIC UNITY

  1. ENERGETIC STREAMERS
  2. SOMATIC INTEGRATION

Around this vision of the body-field connection there has been only one very interesting experiment confirming the reality of this theoretical hypothesis. In the book "Infinite Mind: The Science of Human Vibrations" by Valerie Hunt (1989), she has verified that human beings put in an anechoic chamber (where no external electromagnetic energy would interfere) after a while would feel three strong pulsations coming out from their bodies.
These rhythms are the cranial, respiratory, and the cardial pulsing in the range of extremely low frequencies (as it is well known by the medical field). In another experiment, Dr. Hunt could differentiate, at the body skin surface level, a continuity of extremely high frequencies which she refers to as connected to the aura or energy field concept. These experiments were done at U.C.L.A. with very sophisticalted telemetry equipment, but for our purpose I will take into consideration only the experiment done in the anechoic chamber which, from my perspective, confirms the basic physiological truth of the body/mind unity: three fundamental biological rhythms are the main manifestation of all the different systems present in the body, and an harmonic balance between them needs to be present in order to reach unity.
What we are missing, during daily life, is a higher level of synchronization of these systems (=ORDER), and chaos is reflected as STRESS in the physical body and as NEUROSIS in the mind.
So, having these concepts as a premise for our work, let's see how Staccato- Breathing can be a very important tool to help the client reach body/mind unity. I want also to point out that this exercise is not in relation to any specific character structure and can be considered the general ideal body approach for anyone.

SOME HISTORICAL DATA -- HOW STACCATO-BREATHING DEVELOPED

While Bioenergetics concentrates on breathing that is performed upon a stool, in reality it is a static exercise; from the beginnning of his work in Core Energetics, John Pierrakos (personal communication, Nov. 23, 1998) felt the need (1) to connect the subject more to the ground, (2) to deepen the breathing through stressing the rib cage, (3) while having the body arch and imitate the orgasmic reflex pointed out by Reich. With these three conditions in mind, the roller became the ideal tool for this exercise: The person is in control of his own movement, is close to the ground with his body and feet (since the roller is, maximum, 36 inches high), and is in the best position for deepening and expanding the chest while moving the pelvis freely. In reality, one breathes while moving up and down with one's spine on the roller, arching and stretching the torso.
Another unique feature of Core Energetics is that this breathing is done through the nose, in contrast to the Reichian method of breathing through the mouth. For Reich, the goal was to bypass ego defenses. Pierrakos' goal is to include the healthy ego in order to reach the unitarian experience of "I Am Thinking and Feeling at the same time." Inhaling air through the nose, we stimulate the olfactory bones, and we increase the LIFE-ENERGY and oxygen in the brain (specifically in the pituitary gland and in the primary movement of the sphenoid, thus initiating an integration between right-left hemispheres. (Osteopath concept: SUTHERLAND model of the sphenoid as the keystone of the opening cranium movement). (I'll go into more detail regarding this concept later).
Another unique feature of Core Energetics is the belief that through breathing we increase not only oxigen in the physical body, but also LIFE-FORCE that is present in the air and visible extrasensorially as sparkling bubbles; thus affecting the among of energy present in our field. In this way we are stressing our consciousness to reach awareness of this portion of our nature: the spiritual component is always there but we scarcely pay attention to it.
The primary characteristic of this breathing is that it is acted out by conscious will in a "Staccato" way. The breathing is directed by the ego that sends life energy to different parts of the body in a sequential way, activating and integrating different systems. It is a conscious movement that stimulates the body/mind to reach a higher level of inner comfort so that it will naturally release emotions. Emotions and feelings (a mixture of basic emotions) come up spontaneously in a body that is free to move and is not blocked in its energetic expansion. When we can "feel" this inner emotional release and we surrender to it, we are unifying our linear, rational ego-experience with the body-feelings, and we become one in synchronicity.

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL COMPONENTS OF STACCATO BREATHING.

In Core Energetics, psychosomatic unity is pursued in a dynamic way -- mainly through movement of the body. Similarly, in my experience, this state can also be reached in a static way where the body doesn't need to move. Here, I want to introduce a possible distinction or classification in the Psycho-Somatic Field depending upon which method we are choosing to utilize.

PSYCHOSOMATIC UNITY

1. DYNAMIC EXPERIENCE
  • STACCATO-BREATHING
  • HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK
  • CONTINUUM
2. STATIC EXPERIENCE
  • YOGA-MEDITATION
  • BIOSPIRITUAL FOCUSING

The main process through which different fields try to arrive at internal cohesiveness remains breathing. Specifically, in a research study by K. Wallace, 1993 (The Pshysiology of Consciousness), there emerged the idea that this is possible if we decrease the respiratory rate while deepening the lenght of the breathing act. The results appear to be the same, whether we breathe with movement of the body or without. The determining aspect seems to be the slowing down of respiratory rhythm. In synthesis, the three main ingredients needed to reach Psycho-Somatic unity from a Core Energetics perspective are:

  1. A conscious ego-awareness (allowing it to happen)
  2. An activation of the power from the belly (released by the respiratory act which initiates the process)
  3. An open heart (that brings consciousness to the feelings)
PSYCHOLOGICAL COMPONENTS OF PSYCHOSOMATIC UNITY

AWARE OBSERVING EGO
CONSCIOUS FEELINGS
BODY FELT-SENSE

 

PHYSIOLOGICAL COMPONENTS OF PSYCHOSOMATIC UNITY

1 COGNITIVE BRAIN = AWARE EGO
2 EMOTIONAL BRAIN = HEART FEELINGS
3 INSTINCTUAL BRAIN = GUT FELT-SENSE

At the same time that we become aware of this integration in our psyche, I feel there is a specific correlated process happening in the body. Here I am referring to the "Entrainment phenomenon" that researchers from Heart Math Institute have recognized manifesting in the physical body under specific circumstances. The entrainment phenomenon is like pendulum clocks that synchronize themselves when they stay near each other if they have the same pendulum length (experiment proven by Christiam Huygens 1665).
This concept is applied to the new discoveries around body physiology that came about in the '90s -- Dr. A. Armour, a research cardiologist, 1991 introduced the concept of the "little brain in the heart" and in 1995 new evidence developed the gut-brain concept, meaning that the cells function as brain cells do. So in the medical fields there has been a shift from the old perspective of having only one brain (in the head) to accepting three different structures in the body acting as "biological oscillators," meaning three centers coordinating information having equal importance in the whole communication system.
Furthermore, during the entrainment phenomenom EEG and EKG experiments have shown that the initiating factor is the heart which has the strongest power in terms of electro-magnetic amplitude: it synchronizes according to its own coherency, the brain and probably the gut.
Thus, one feels that during the staccato-breathing this entire process takes place in the body, and when he/she is connected with his or her conscious awareness, he or she have reached psychosomatic unity.
My conclusion is that more can be undertstood about this concept, while further investigations are needed on how the body synchronizes itself or what kind of event specifically determines the integration.

MECHANICS OF STACCATO-BREATHING

Staccato breathing is an up and down movement of the body upon a roller coordinated with conscious sequential breathing. As we know, normal breathing is characterized by an inspiration phase (air goes into the lungs while the diaphragm contracts and descends in the belly) and an expiration phase (air goes out of the lungs while the diaphragm relaxes and returnes to its normal position) with no attention paid to the resting phase; spontaneous breathing rate is in the average of 16/18 cycles minutes while the entire respiratory system function at a minimum level. STACCATO BREATHING is DEEP BREATHING (8 to 6 or less cycles/minute) that is consciously directed toward five different segments in the body in a precise successive sequence:

SEQUENTIAL STACCATO-BREATHING

ENERGETIC

EXPANSION

WAVE

1 pelvicfloor:   increase of the intraabdominal pressure to reach a distension of the pelvic musculature (downward push).
2 abdomen:   expansion forward of abdominal muscles while the pelvic is arched backwards (outward push).
3 chest:   expansion of the rib cage while the torso is arched backwards (outward push).
4 throat   deep inhalation in the upper thoracic segment while the neck goes into cervical lordosis (upward push).
5 brain:   transversal expansion of cerebral hemispheres induced by the cerebral diaphragm and by the spheno-basilar joint movement: both acting upon the cranial cavity. PRIMARY RESPIRATORY MOVEMENT. The head goes into flexion.

HOLDING OF BREATH as much as possible -- Its function is to increase the amount of oxygen intake through the lungs while deepening the length of the respiratory rhythm.

ENERGETIC

CONTACTION

WAVE

Prolonged exhalation of air from the lungs while the cervical and diaphragmatic muscles go into relaxation. The whole body is involved in this energetic contraction wave that leads the different segments into an opposite movement: the head goes into extension; the chest collapses, exhaling carbon dioxide; and the pelvis moves forward while the abdominal muscles go into deep contraction.

STASIS begins when the pelvis and the abdominal muscles relaxes, and the whole body surrender to the pleasure of energetic life streamers manifesting also as body involuntary movements mainly in the legs (trembling or muscle tingling). When this life pulse has reached its integration in the whole body (head to toe), one feels it is really possible to speak of psychosomatic unity.
One main characteristic of this kind of breathing is its TEMPO. The inhalation through the nose is not smooth; rather intermittent in a STACCATO-WAY and purposely directed toward one after another segment in the body. In practice, we can visualize it as a WAVE that first goes DOWNWARD (to expand the pelvic floor), then OUTWARD (expanding abdominal muscles and rib cage) and then UPWARD into the upper chest until it reaches the head. This kind of breathing attempts to restore the natural rhythm of the body that has been suppressed by social conditioning. Any kind of armoring interefere with the this basic physiological body movement, thus determining a restriction that can lead to an inversion of the natural expansion-contraction of the whole body. Here I am not referring only to the respiratory breathing pattern, but also to the osteopatic concept of the "whole body breathing".

PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES FROM STACCATO BREATHING

The main effect of staccato breathing is the restoration of the natural spontaneous rhythm of the whole body that is connected, in my belief, with the osteopathic "Cranio-Sacral System". Whole body breathing is a concept referring to a very subtle movement that the body makes in response to the "Primary Respiratory Movement" or Cranio-Sacral motion related to the Cranio-Sacral system.
The Cranio-Sacral system -- according to Upledger (1983) -- is a semi-closed hydraulic system based upon the primary movement of the cerebral ventricles. The cerebral ventricles, present deep inside the hemisphere tissue, expand and contract in relation to the amount of liquid generated inside them by the choroid plexuses; this pressure affects the whole brain including the sutures of skull and spinal nerves down to the sacrum, thus creating a unified space from head to pelvis. The pressure inside the ventricles goes increases and decreases, thus generating a cranio-sacral pulse that can be palpated by expert hands on the head or on the overall body surface, and has a normal rate between 6-12 cycles per second (not to be confused with the alpha EEG rhythm of the brain). This cranio sacral system -- whose very existence is denied by traditional medicine -- is linked, according to Dr. Upledger to six other systems (1. nervous, 2. vascular, 3. musculo-skeletal, 4.lymphatic, 5.endocrine, 6. respiratory) which means that "any abnormalities in the structure or function of any of these systems may influence the cranio sacral system" (Upledger, Cranio Sacral Therapy).
Thus from these osteopath concepts emerges the picture of the whole body as an intricate network of parallel systems that need to synchronize amongst themselves, otherwise chaos will manifest as disruption of balanced functions.
In Core Energetic therapy the osteopath concept of the three diaphragm needing to be in synch is fundamental while performing staccato-breathing. Osteopathy speak of a pelvic diaphragm, a thoracic diaphragm, and a cerebral diaphragm that constitute a functional unit - (the pelvic diaphragm being represented by the muscles of the pelvic floor, the thoracic diaphragm being represented by its homonimous muscles, and the cerebral diaphragm being constituted by a fascia sheet that separates the cerebral part of the brain from the cerebellum.) In practice, these three walls in the body separate the head, the thorax and the pelvis, and they need to move synchronistically. Any disturbance, especially in the thoracic diaphragm, generates dysfunction in the other two. This osteopathic perspective provides further physical evidence that in psychosomatic unity there is basic coordination of three main body rhythms.

head ectoderm cranio-sacral rhythm
heart mesodern cardio-vascular rhythm
belly endoderm pelvic-respiratory rhythm

From this basic hypothesis we return to the V. Hunt experiment where from an energetic point of view the existence of these three fundamental rhythms in the body has been demonstrated. We may conclude that these two different fields of research support very well the psychological Core Energetic perspective of the psychosomatic unity. Normally in the body we have three rhythms -- the cardiac on the range of 70 beats/minute; the pulmonary on the range of 16 beats/minute; and the cranial on the rage of 6-12 beats/minute -- which seem to be quite independent of each other. In an important osteopathic experiment, Fryman with his electro-magnetic measurement found that there is no relationship between pulmonary rhythm and cranial rhythm. The latter proved to be involuntary and uncounscious, thus automonous. But in another experiment Lecoq has proven that blocking the breathing at the end of the insipration phase (as we do in staccato breathing through the holding) increases the pressure of the celebral spinal fluid, so it is possible to conclude that one system can affect the other. Also recently Upledger (1998) discovered that the pH of the cerebral spinal fluid has marked effects on the breathing control centers of the brain, that influences RATE and DEPTH of pulmonary respiration. We may conclude that these findings provide confirmation that each of these three main rhythms may influence the others through mechanisms not yet well known but all determining inner synchronization. At this point I believe there are too few experiments to afford a clear picture of the exact correlation between cranial, respiratory and cardiac rhythm. However the staccato breathing has all the prerequisites to be considered a valuable able to induce inner synchronization.

EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO STACCATO BREATHING

While breathing deeply, arching the spine, and contracting and releasing the diaphragm and abdominal muscles, subjects experience an opening in the chest like an expansion wave that is connected, I believe, to a release of feelings. In this manner I am relating to my emotions in a very deep and precise way, whil waiting to reach consciousness of my own experience at the cognitive level.
Here I want to introduce the concept of INTEGRATION of PERCEPTION from the inner or outer world. This phenomenon, I believe, happens in the body at three levels which we need to be aware of, as therapist, in order to understand what the subject is going through during the exercise

INTEGRATION OF PERCEPTION

COGNITIVE level NEO-CORTEX
EMOTIONAL level LIMBIC SYSTEM
SENSORY-MOTOR level MEDULLA OBLONGATA

BOTTOM-UP PROCESSING THEORY (Joseph LeDoux)
MACLEAN :TRIUNE BRAIN THEORY (reptilian-paleomammalian-neomammalian)
From the periphery of the body (organs and glands) there is a first integration of all the input at the Sensory Motor level which is translated into a Body Felt sense (as Gendling, 1970, points out with his Focusing Technique). This level is connected with the anatomical structure --Medulla Oblongata.(reptilian brain) Then we have a second level of integration, the Emotional level, connected to our limbic system and subcortical centers (thalamus and hypothalamus) = VISCERAL BRAIN which gives rise to the perception of our feelings. The last level is the Cognitive one, connected in the brain to the associational areas or Neocortex, which gives rise to our thoughts and images. This Triune classification of the brain is the most accepted theory (MacLean 1976) today, and we utilize it to attempt mediation between the medical and the psychological fields.
Accepting the hypothesis that endorphins are the physical expression of our emotions (Candace Perth -- Molecules of Emotions, 1998) we can imagine these neuropeptides, given a normal level of circulation in the body, expressing the Body Felt Sense. When we breathe deeply, squeezing our organs to release more peptides, we reach a higher level of critical mass. In a sense, we reach a more energized state. These molecules act upon specific cells in the limbic system, thus generating perception of emotions. This new physical state, normally unconscious, needs to be further processed by the cells of the neocortex, otherwise we don't reach a level of conscious awareness. Therfore, only when integration of these three levels in the brain is achieved, from my perspective, does actualization of the BODY-MIND unity take place. This process, as with any other physical mechanism, is a two-way system in terms of what can happen: from bottom to top and vice versa. Here I would like to stress the importance of the mind mantaining inward focus, present in the moment, observing what is going on within the body.
This is a general hypothetical explanation of what may occur in a normal healthy body; but as we know, we all carry emotional blocks, and so I believe that in the neurotic body some cells of the limbic system are "stuck" in a higher level of critical mass stimuli, so due to initial traumas in early childhood they don't release endorphins unless a greater level of neuropeptides is reached in the near environment ; in this neurotic state we do not experience emotions and are unaware of our memories. Here I want to use an analogy from physics that well describes my view of this phenomenon which occurs within the brain.
When we look at a piece of iron in a normal state, at room temperature, we see only a dark grey color; but if we heat this metal to reach an energized state, we can see redness coming out from the same piece of matter. So we can deduce that matter in an energized state does not only absorbe energy, but is able to radiate it. The same, I believe, is happening with our damaged brain cells: they have lost their ability to radiate peptides (= emotions) and can do so only when the body reaches a higher degree of internal coherency. This hypothesis could eexplain why, when working with a subject, we need to increase the general level of pleasure in order for the cells to release painful memories. Translated into psychological language, we may say that the emotional body discharges extra energy in terms of past traumas only when it feels safely anchored in the plaesurable state. This would also explain why, after having done quite a lot of Core Energetic therapy, the client can experience intense pleasure while he/she is doing the staccato breathing.
Here, as Core Energetic therapists, we need to maintain our focus around the primary aim of our therapeutic intervention: continue to research the residual blocked areas in the emotional body of the client while he/she tolerates higher and higher level of pleasure. This is the last phase in Core Energetic therapy where we foresee, after going through intense release of unconscious material, a happier and healthier way of life compared to the neurotic one.

MENTAL AWARENESS DURING STACCATO-BREATHING

At the same time that emotions get stirred up by the physical exercise, so the mind gets involved in its own process, confronted by the images-beliefs that we hold of life. The pleasure-wave that flow and charge the physical body meet at some point encounters the thoughts that are held in a fixed low frequency compared to the general level of energy present in the mental body. I see this phenomenon like a web of frequency waves in which few lines (2 or 3) are stuck or intermingled with a negative emotion. The low-energy of the thought is reinforced by a resonant low-emotion and the pleasurable wave cannot pass through and is blocked, or "stuck". The resulting space in our mind manifests as a loop or vortex that drains energy; becoming a thought that continuously present itself in our consciousness until we pay attention to it, we become aware of the distortion of life that it contains and we release it through changing our habits. These kind of beliefs that I refer are those against life, not in harmony with Divine Laws, the ones in which we refuse to recognize the abundance of God's creation.
And, as I mentioned before, these thoughts are connected with one of the five basic emotions that rule our bodies. In the sense, while holding in our conscious awareness an image, we experience fear or anger, for example, and we color our statement against life with this specific frequency. The belief is then reinforced with an extra amount of low energy from the emotion which maintains the inner loop in place.
This is in synthesis according to Barbara Brennan (Hands of Light, 1987) the process through which an energetic block is created and it can become stuck in the physical body. When the pleasure wave flows through the body and is unable to expand through the thought-emotion mass (due to its limited amount of energy), there is no release of endorphins in a given place in the body and this process is perceived by our consciousness as tension or pain.
The example that I can give of this entire process is from my personal experience, around the general LIFE-IMAGE that I carry within me. The way that I perceive life is shaped, moment by moment, by my predominant emotional state so that I pass through one of these statements many times during the day:

LIFE IMAGES

EMOTION +   BELIEF
FEAR = LIFE is an unsafe place
SADNESS = LIFE is an empty place
ANGER = LIFE is a fighting place
IMPATIENCE = LIFE is an unrested place
WORRY = LIFE is a tormented place

During staccato-breathing, after having reached awareness of where I am in relation to one of these statements, I start the inner process to remember the positive side of life, the one that I feel worthy to live and for me it is a constant struggle to reconnect with the values and priorities that I want for my life. It is exactly at this moment that I am deeply grateful to my therapist that is there to mirrror back to me all the positive choices that I have made in these years of transformation and the strenght that I have gained to pass through each battle.
The Core-Energetic therapeutic intervention reaches its highest goal in this moment when deeply in contact with it own body-feelings, the client is able to challenge the beliefs that he/she carries in his/ her body and surrender to the pleasure of life.
This intervention requires that 1) we become aware of tension places in our bodies; 2) we find the underlying emotions and related images; 3) we release the distorted energy- consciousness present and 4) we work to change our behaviour in accordance with a more healthy belief system. In this way we synchronize the mind and the emotions and we allow more pleasure to be present in our bodies.
During this process I reach a point where, in full awareness of what is happening inside me, I invoke my Higher Self: I connect to my Higher Power to accept the resistance that I feel, I call my Higher Wisdom to overcome the draining battle and set my intention to open my heart and let LOVE for LIFE come through me and melt my walls of separation. At this moment, I feel, spiritual integration is at work.

SPIRITUAL INTEGRATION THROUGH STACCATO-BREATHING

In conclusion I would like to consider Staccato-Breathing as a DYNAMIC- CONSCIOUS-COORDINATED BREATHING:

  1. I. DYNAMIC BREATHING (as a breathing with body movements)
  2. II. CONSCIOUS BREATHING (as a breathing with conscous intent)
  3. III. COORDINATED BREATHING (as a breathing for integration)

that helps reach a pleasurable state where head-heart and belly as well as mind-body and Soul come in union (or synchronization).
Also, if we apply the Core Energetic PYRAMID MODEL to this tool we can consider the entire process from this other perspective:

Spiritual: SELF-consciousness merges with EGO-consciousness
Will: AWARENESS - willingness to be present in the moment
Mental: COGNITIVE integration in the neocortex
Emotional: EMOTIONAL integration
Physical: FELT-SENSE integration

In the spiritual integration, the last step, I experience as something very personal, difficult to aticulate and unique for each individual.
The path toward this state is a continuous process where I personally need to TRUST MY BODY in the sense of trusting that there is an inner higher wisdom that will take care of any outcome; that, while experiencing total bliss, my body will not be dismembered and that at the very end I need to trust the letting go process as the Guide says (Guide #213): "Fundamentally not letting go exist in regard to the inner, spiritual struggle about what to trust: little ego or "God within."
Spiritual integration, in this persective, means using the awareness of my sensations and emotions unified at the cognitive level with the willingness of MY EGO to let go of any control and any expectations concerning the outcome.
Only in these moments I feel that my Higher Self is shining through my body and I can speak of a psychosomatic unity.
In conclusion, I believe that SPIRITUAL INTEGRATION or SOUL-BODY connection is possible when the intermediate levels (emotional-mental-will) are in balance. Psychologically this means that we need to be in emotional awareness of both our positive and negative emotions; we need to be in conscious awareness of our positive and negative intention toward life.

BODY - MIND - SOUL INTEGRATION SOUL - BODY connection Will balance: pos. intent/neg. intent Mental balance: pos. thought/neg. thought Emotional balance: pos. emotion/neg. emotion Body balance: pleasure/pain

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