Hands On Therapy | Allowing Non-Resistance
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Allowing Non-Resistance

There is a growing awareness of concepts surrounding non-resistance, flowing down stream and manifesting desires. But what does “non-resistance” mean and how does it relate to how we experience our bodies?

Put simply, when we have resistance in our thoughts or beliefs we often generate corresponding physical resistance that shows up in the form of pain, headaches and tension. Here’s the idea in brief: We have, in our selves, an innate desire for wellness. This can easily be demonstrated by realizing that our bodies are constantly asking us for things it needs, like food, water and sleep. These examples are pretty easy to understand but we also receive many other subtle requests for what we need- things that we may have been trained to remove from of our moment-to-moment awareness such as our need to feel and express emotions or honor something that needs to be verbally expressed.Put simply, when we have resistance in our thoughts or beliefs we often generate corresponding physical resistance that shows up in the form of pain, headaches and tension. Here’s the idea in brief: We have, in our selves, an innate desire for wellness. This can easily be demonstrated by realizing that our bodies are constantly asking us for things it needs, like food, water and sleep. These examples are pretty easy to understand but we also receive many other subtle requests for what we need- things that we may have been trained to remove from of our moment-to-moment awareness such as our need to feel and express emotions or honor something that needs to be verbally expressed.

There is a growing awareness of concepts surrounding non-resistance, flowing down stream and manifesting desires. But what does “non-resistance” mean and how does it relate to how we experience our bodies?

Put simply, when we have resistance in our thoughts or beliefs we often generate corresponding physical resistance that shows up in the form of pain, headaches and tension. Here’s the idea in brief: We have, in our selves, an innate desire for wellness. This can easily be demonstrated by realizing that our bodies are constantly asking us for things it needs, like food, water and sleep. These examples are pretty easy to understand but we also receive many other subtle requests for what we need- things that we may have been trained to remove from of our moment-to-moment awareness such as our need to feel and express emotions or honor something that needs to be verbally expressed.

Put simply, when we have resistance in our thoughts or beliefs we often generate corresponding physical resistance that shows up in the form of pain, headaches and tension. Here’s the idea in brief: We have, in our selves, an innate desire for wellness. This can easily be demonstrated by realizing that our bodies are constantly asking us for things it needs, like food, water and sleep. These examples are pretty easy to understand but we also receive many other subtle requests for what we need- things that we may have been trained to remove from of our moment-to-moment awareness such as our need to feel and express emotions or honor something that needs to be verbally expressed.

Often times, because of the way we were socialized or parented, we resist feeling or even acknowledging what our body is experiencing at the emotional level. The non-physical body (our mind or psyche) asks for this acknowledgement/expression and, if we ignore it, the physical body responds in a way that may be harder to ignore. Just as the body might grumble at us when we are hungry and then growl louder and louder when its needs are not met, so too does the emotional body demand its request be heard by building more and more tension (aka resistance) that manifests as pain in the body. So when we are feeling tension in any area of our body, it will benefit to ask “What am I resisting?” and then listen for the answer in whatever form it comes even though it may not be apparent right away.

So, to sum up this idea of non resistance: Our non-conscious self, both the physical (body) and non-physical (mind) has the desire for and the mechanism to guide us towards optimal functioning. When we allow for non-resistance the physical body can come into alignment with that goal of optimal functioning and avoid the build up of tension or pain. When we do feel that tension anywhere in our body, the first step to alleviating that tension is by asking “What am I resisting?”.

As an MFR client, you can incorporate this same idea into your MFR program when these areas of restriction are brought to your awareness during sessions. This will help to identify and connect deeper into areas of chronic discomfort and will most likely speed the healing process. I invite you to open a discussion with your body and share what comes up when next we meet…