several years ago, i read A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. as i’ve stated previously in many posts, it changed my life. in it, E.T. describes the mental, emotional and physical injury in our lives as an accumulation of anguish that oftentimes isn’t completely remedied or resolved. he also writes that we, as a society and societies, carry a level of guilt, shame and hurt from past generational traumas and group violence such as the Holocaust and Rwanda. and we hold onto these emotions and turmoil because we’ve lost the tools to work them through. “because of the human tendency to perpetuate old emotion, almost everyone carries in his or her energy field an accumulation of old emotional pain, which I will call ‘the pain body.'”
back in December, i began my search for what i can only describe as the next phase of my spiritual evolution. what i came to was Transcendental Meditation, or T.M. i wasn’t sure exactly what T.M. was but i knew almost immediately that it was my path. i read a little about the Maharishi’s reason for bringing it to the west in the late 1960’s-70’s and that was enough for me.
once i began my T.M. practice, i became aware of significant similarities with E.T.’s teachings. during meditation, stresses are released in a unique and not so unique way. and Maharishi teaches that, in our lifetimes, emotional, psychological and physical scars and traumas accumulate within our beings and meditation allows those experiences to dissipate and, eventually completely disappear.
last march i participated in a Somatics workshop. a cross between restorative yoga, gentle exercise and stretching, Somatics is very specifically designed to eliminate most, if not all tightness, aches and pains from the the physical structure of our bodies. Ryan Vaniski, the Somatics Educator, explained that all forms of physical pain are directly related to emotional, physical and psychological trauma from the past residing in our subconscious. this left me surprised and excited. i will write more about this when i see clear results.
three different arenas of spiritual investigation led me to the same conclusion; we carry pain from the past in our bodies and minds and there are ways to release them. if we accept that we are all spiritual beings first and human forms second, then we can utilize tools given to us to heal our bodies and allow us to carry on with the bliss of the spirit.