I have been pleasantly surprised by the modality known as Somatic Experiencing (SE). Peter Levine, PhD, the founder of S.E., began looking at why animals in the wild do not exhibit symptoms of trauma (because they don’t hold on to it). Why do animals in captivity experience trauma consequences and responses, along with us humans? Then he began to look at the nervous system and different interventions and techniques for resourcing the autonomic nervous system. Where do people get stuck? How can we free up that stuck energy? How can we do just enough so the nervous system can digest the work in a couple days and move forward gradually? It is a marvelous system! It can be used as a stand-alone modality or it can supplement many other modalities quite supportively.
Somatic Experiencing starts out quite innocuously, working with body sensation, memories, emotions, going very slow and gradually, looking at the client’s autonomic nervous system. Yet over time, it builds on previous work. Intending to only do little bite size, digestible-for-the-nervous-system pieces, it can lead to profound transformation over time. And on several occasions now, it has proved to be an incredibly powerful tool for healing facilitation.
When clients are devoted to their healing process, often they have access to wisdom company (angels, guides, guardians, protectors, deities, Bodhisattvas, or animal totems, etc), and after we have worked together for a while, to develop trust in the process, like seven to ten sessions or more, some incredible realizations and visions plus nervous system healing can occur. And all while a person is completely conscious – yes they are in a slightly altered state – but they will remember the entire session when we do our recap at the end.
Everything I do with clients is obviously confidential. But I am beginning to see phenomenal results with a few clients who are devoted, who have worked with me for a while, who have access to an inner spiritual compass – call it a guide, angel, deity, etc. It is a wild journey to be on. When we start a session, I have no idea where we are going to end up. However, Somatic Experiencing provides healthy and supportive guard rails to keep us on track (there are many possible ways forward, the client’s intention and experience and responses determine which path we choose). And I am still learning the material! Wow – you mean it will get even clearer and efficacious from here on out? I like the sound of that.
Fortunately the years of experience as a Craniosacral Therapist, having been studying how to work with the Polyvagal System (Vagus nerve resourcing work), and gone through Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Birth Process Work training… I have much more experience and tools than you average SE student. So I am loving the fusion of all these exquisite and potent modalities.
All rivers lead to the same ocean. All waves dissolve back into the same ocean. The ground substance is love, light, life; it is Health which is Never Lost. Join me there.
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