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I seem to take pleasure from biting off more than I can chew (when it comes to blog topics), and here I may have done that again. Therefore, I am going to have to provide a lot of context. And, I have tried to do some research on this topic, but I have not found much. So all I have to go on are my teacher’s words – Julie Henderson speaks about this quite a bit – and my own intuition / experience.
Somatic of course means of the body (living sentient body). And destructuring is pretty obvious, but in case not, it is the breaking down or taking apart of something (in this case parts of the body).
Somatic Destructing is the breaking down of old patterns and habits of holding. Because it is actually affecting the physical body – the cells, the fascia, other connective tissue and even the muscles and organs – it is not an overnight process. It is a slow process. It can come about for a number of reasons but first and foremost, we have to have an openness to change running deep in our veins. If we are happily stuck in a rut, or if we chant the mantra, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” over and over again, then your body is going to listen to your mind. But if you mind knows there is a better way. If you have mentors and teachers who embody wellbeing, who are lighthearted, playful, kind and compassionate, then you can slowly shift under the right conditions.
So it can come about because of psychological shifts. Or it can come about through spiritual practices: meditation, prayers, prostrations, mystical dance and maybe even through shamanic journeying (I’m not sure about this as I do not have a lot of experience journeying), etc. But basically, you have to have an inner motivation to change first. Second, there needs to be outer conditions to foster the change. If we are stuck in an abusive environment, you had better believe you should keep your defensive responses going until you are in a more permanent safe space! Your body will not shift until it fully believes and trusts (and this alone can time lots of time) that it is safe and in good company.
Also, Somatic Destructuring is difficult. It is challenging re-learning who we are. Watching as the old “you” slowly dissolves is one of the most uncomfortable experiences I have yet to endure in this lifetime. As a result, it is not for everyone – even if they meet the first two parameters above. But if you want to shift and if you know it is possible and have some good guides for the process, then it does not matter what age you are – you can always do your healing work and start to shift towards wellbeing!
Personally I am not done with my restructuring yet. But I know I am close. In my next post, I will describe this curious phenomenon more.
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