My experience over the past thirty years of working with the human body, has revealed that the body is very complex and actually consists of four bodies: the spiritual, physical, emotional and the mind bodies. It is therefore most important to identify which body I am operating from when working with my client, and also important to be aware of what body they are functioning in. It is helpful to distinguish the differences of these energy bodies so that I am able to be more supportive of my client’s energy field. When working with the emotional body, supporting the emotional release aspect requires a recognition when the client starts to “think” about the emotion, vs. actually experiencing it. This is an example of being in the mind body, and at this point the emotional bodywork stops. Guiding the client to realize this energy field shift is an important part to being present with the client. It is a choice, that both the client and practitioner makes about which body field they are coming from.
When I first began to do this work I came from a physical body energy form. As my work progressed to a deeper level, I realized that the person had experiences on emotional, spiritual and mind body levels. Being in alignment with my client is extremely important for the work to go deeper. It also gives the client and the practitioner the realization that we do have choices about which energy body we activate, and cultivating an awareness becomes a useful tool when doing this work. Some examples of the emotional body would be feelings, such as; sadness, anger, fear, joy, love. Examples of the spiritual body would be; stillness, colors, past lives, a sense of being. Physical body examples would be; a rotator cuff, carpal tunnel, lower back pain, etc., and examples of the mind body would be; “wondering why I feel pain”, drama, judgments, thinking “how can I get rid of this pain”, etc.
Over the years I also noticed that the energy within these four bodies might move at any moment from one body to the next, and most of the time, I ignored this shift. Now I am beginning to acknowledge this shift, and that I want to take responsibility for it. I also want to take responsibility by honoring the client’s pace, and not push for a change, but instead acknowledge that “body” of energy. Knowing these four different energy bodies helps guide me to a greater understanding of the constant shifting we do as humans which usually goes unnoticed. When I recognize which energy field a client is present with, it helps me communicate more clearly with them. It has especially helped me realize that I am now more aware of how much my mind tries to keep me out of these bodies because of its control and ability to manipulate where it wants me to be. Now I listen to what my mind says and decide what I want to do and if I want to be emotional, then I can “be emotional” with out having a story attached to it. I can give myself permission to experience emotional energy fully.