What is a State of Balanced Awareness?
-Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
This week I spoke with a student in the current Victoria Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) certification program. She was inquiring into how as a therapist, when life is pulling at us, and perhaps challenging us, are we able to orient ourself to our clients without projecting our own stuff onto them? I thought what a great question, not only as a student of BCST, but as a human being that is in constant relation with another? In other words, how do we acknowledge where we are personally, and how is it, we could orient and move from a state of balanced awareness; a particular kind of stillness in which all the forces acting on the fulcrum come to rest.
In BCST, progress/fixing/changing is no longer part of the approach to create balanced states, but instead the practitioner is allowing the body’s underlying embryonic (whole and healthful) pathways to reveal themselves. This is encouraged by the practitioner’s ability to both perceive and bear witness to the client’s natural organic body response while remaining in contact with the relational field that arises between them from their place of balanced awareness.
Imagine the sea and how the water moves via currents and tides. As we largely consist of water, we too, have similar flows and tides moving in subtle rhythmic ways within our bodies, just like the sea - a natural fulcrum.
Now picture the sea moving around a rock or outcrop. As we live our lives, our bodies hold our experiences of shock, stress and trauma within our cells and tissues. These areas can then become the ‘stuck’ rock or out-crop within our ‘sea’ or system, which our fundamental life forces have to work around, to negotiate and contain - an inertial fulcrum.
In order to support a state of balance, the practitioner listens to the client’s body, and through a series of holds, a form of clarity arises - something begins to deepen. The places in which our body is holding experiences of shock, stress and trauma, begin to unwind and return to their natural state. Sometimes these changes are permanent and sometimes temporary as the body learns a new way of relating with and to itself as it releases the place of holding.
What can we do to support and maintain a state of balanced awareness? Practices that encourage stillness - meditation, mindfulness, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, walks in nature, play.
I would love to support you to re-discover your natural state of balance. Reach out to see how BCST might benefit you, and if you're ready, book a session. Look forward to connecting.