The Foundation of Shawna’s Work
The growing embryo so that within 7-8 days of conception, 64 cells have been formed. From this point on each of these cells develops into a significant structure within the body. One of these cells becomes the physical brain structure at 8-12 weeks.
Do you consciously guide the healing process that must occur for the cut to heal? Must you think about the complicated cocktail of proteins, fats, carbs and sugars you ate for lunch in order to digest it? These processes are set into place automatically and without conscious thought.
What guides this complex and intricate growth? It is not the brain, it is the innate wisdom of the being. The natural, inborn tendency for self-regulation and self-healing.
The innate wisdom which guides the cellular formation of a human in utero and aids a body in healing and digesting, continues to guide all aspects of the bodymind – physical, mental , emotional and spiritual, throughout life. The innate wisdom contains the story of the being – the sicknesses, the experiences, the emotions, the traumas – and all the probabilities and the possibilities that exists for that being.
For myself as a practitioner, I have learned to trust in the innate wisdom of each person I work with. Though I may not understand a connection at first, I have seen the results enough times to trust.
Iceberg Model of Consciousness
Just as there is so much more to an iceberg that what we are able to see when looking at it from above, so also, our bodymind is comprised of so much more than we are consciously aware of. The top 10% that sticks out above the waterline, symbolises the conscious mind. The conscious mind is what we use to determine what we will eat for lunch, what shirt to wear to work or where we will go on holidays. While we may think that we consciously choose our behaviour and choices, a closer look at our decision making proves otherwise. Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that didn’t last as long as you had hoped? Have you ever wondered after doing something, why did I say that, or do that? This reflects the power of the subconscious and unconscious mind.
90% of the iceberg lies beneath the water. In the same way, there is much more to the mind than the conscious aspect. The depth of the iceberg symbolises the subconscious mind which holds expectations and belief systems about how life works. The vast majority of our belief systems are built between conception and the age of 4-6. Just as a small child watches how clothes are put on, food is made and experiences the emotions of their parents, the child also takes in information about life at a deeper level and stores it in the sub-conscious. These belief systems can be something like “the world is a dangerous place”, “I am not wanted here”, “this is how I must behave to receive attention”, “who I am is shameful”, or “It is acceptable for me only to play _________ role as I grow up”
Whether or not we consider a belief system to be ‘negative’, belief systems actually all serve a purpose for a time but as we grow and our lives change, we can find that certain beliefs gained in childhood no longer serve us and must be released for us to continue healthily. Once a belief system is no longer in place, the behaviour and choices that accompanied it are no longer necessary.
At other times, a new belief system is needed to help an individual cope with a difficult situation, such as a receiving too much audio stimulation in a classroom or feeling threatened by authority. Through my work, belief systems can be created, release or partially deconstructed, depending on the priority of the bodymind at the time.
As a practitioner, I respect the belief systems stored within the subconscious, that they have been stored there with purpose, and can be released or changed as the innate wisdom of a person allows, but not by force. This model allows me to see people as separate from their behaviour, with hope for a healthy life.
The Principle of Priority
While there can be a multitude of issues needing attention within an individual or family, working with the priority issues in the priority sequencing, as indicated by the innate wisdom, is the key for the smoothest, gentlest process to bring about healing. By addressing the innate wisdom that is always seeking balance, the bodymind is given an opportunity to guide it’s own healing, in contrast to being imposed upon by the practitioner. The issues within a human being are complex, within a family system are exponentially more complex. Structured intuition is the key to hearing the innate wisdom as it relays it’s priorities.
Although the principle of priority finds it roots in The BodyTalk System, my work is rooted in this principle no matter what approach I use. I believe this was the key to my own recovery from illness and trauma and hold it as a highly valued tool in my work.