Hello Dear Readers!
In my Trauma Informed Astrology class, we are discussing this topic, along with going through the basics of the autonomic nervous system and the fundamental Western Astrology material.
In the world of trauma resolution, sometimes you will hear this saying from time to time: “the body never lies.” But is that really true?
In my class, we are discussing if this is true. We are discussing various states of the nervous system and how these states tend to show whether we are oriented to safety and health, or if we are oriented to threat and danger. Plus we are beginning to discuss the concept of over-coupling – that is when two things which were not previously together get compressed and come together (being stuck). These can be emotions, images, beliefs, etc.
In my opinion, saying “the body never lies” is an error. The nervous system dupes us (that is our unconscious is often running scripts and beliefs that we are rarely ever aware of consciously) from time to time. We may falsely believe that to feel fear means we have to shrink and hide and collapse. But it might be we are actually feeling freeze and shut down (shock) energy in that case. The fear got over-coupled with immobility and freeze and now we are completely confused about what it means to feel fear. Working with a skillful practitioner in this case (someone with years of experience) can help to clear up this confusion, allow the nervous system to begin to differentiate what each of these feelings is on its own (when it is not tangled up in a ball of wax).
In fact, I would say that until we bring a LOT of consciousness to our nervous system and embody more of our life, the body is often lying. Or to put it another way, the nervous system is keeping a lid on something that we are not remotely aware of. There is certainly deception happening. It may not be outright lying, but whether we are deceiving ourselves or others (are we wearing masks within or showing a mask to the outer world?), it happens quite often.
Therefore, in my classes, I am going to attempt to dispel the belief that the body never lies. Because the relationship of the nervous system to the body is often skewed or distorted by early conditioning and other processes.
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