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Yesterday I was fortunate to receive bodywork from a solid practitioner of the modality called Somatic Experiencing (SE). I have been doing this trauma resolution type work – both giving and receiving for at least three to four years, and in fact, if you count Biodynamic Craniosacral work as being similar, then I have been going at it for closer to eight or nine years.
I do not mention this “time-in-service” to boast. I mention it to show how long it can take to truly peel away the layers for healing and renegotiation of trauma. In previous posts I have discussed both of these modalities, but I am nearly always amazed at the creativity and uniqueness of SE’s methods of gently yet firmly going through the layers of frozen tissue and organ systems, uprooting misunderstandings and wounded emotions wherever it encounters them.
What I am trying to say is: “WOW!!!” And “Holy Toledo!!!”
Yesterday’s work felt like a little culmination of a few years of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology (read Birth Process) work I have been doing in addition to insights into my Astrology Chart in addition to this work in Somatic Experiencing. Yes – you read this correctly; many pieces and many layers – it was pretty big!
I know I tend to say that phrase often. Or at least I used to say that fairly often – I would come home from an SE treatment or from a class and go, “WOW! That was big and amazing!” And that was true. Each layer tends to produce deeper and more complex discoveries and insights. And you neither know how each layer will unfold, nor in what order the layers will unravel. One of my fellow students said it best yesterday (it was an all day class in which I received such an incredible gift of open hearted embodiment):
She said, “Most people think that true freedom is being able to do what we want… But actually, true freedom is being open to the mystery of the unknown.” I think that sums up what is possible with Somatic Experiencing pretty darned well! And she could easily be a teacher in her own right – these classes tend to attract some amazing and wise folks.
I am hesitant to describe the session without supplying some background context information. Because how else could I possibly convey how big this is without doing so? And I want to be compassionate about showing how much information and how many layers must be resolved before one can start to get to the “bottom” of the layers of trauma. I mention I am getting to the bottom of my traumas, but I’m not sure. I suspect I will be pleasantly surprised by all the discoveries still to come. But once you are ready to start the deep mediastinum work (mediastinum is the complex matrix of connective tissue connecting and embracing and wrapping around all the tubes, nerves, organs and glands in the chest – the pericardium is a part of the mediastinum), it means that you have unglued many stuck parts and melted a number of frozen layers to get there! So I must be doing something right.
So in a future post, very soon completed, I will elaborate. 🙂
Thank you for reading!