Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Feeling Memory — Reflecting on Gut Instincts and Feelings to Improve the Immune System
My colleague, Robert Sterling, and I have spent the last 40 plus years as counselors studying gut feelings in both ourselves and others and have found that it is wise to always pay attention to our gut feelings. The problem comes for most of us in that we don't always understand what our gut feeling is saying to us. Often, the gut is talking about an impact of an experience from long ago that is being triggered in the present moment and our gut has stored the feeling memory of an unresolved issue. We certainly are better off to explore this memory by way of our gut feelings and bring some new light on the issue from the past that needs to be resolved, then move forward with our lives. If you would like to learn more about the voice of the gut and exactly what our gut instinctual feelings are, please enjoy our new book "What's Behind Your Belly Button?" on Amazon.com and more information on our work at: http://careerstorefront.angelfire.com
Perhaps one of the most important ways that we can boost our immune system is to become aware of our gut feelings and reflect upon them to open the communication between the gut brain and head brain and give us a clear focus on our needs as human beings. Certainly, improving the gut-head connection will reduce stress in the individual and this seems to be the key to optimal health.
For those of you who have read our book "What's Behind Your Belly Button?", you may remember that we found in the hundreds of people that we worked with over a 40+ years period that the need for acceptance (identity as a member of the human family) and the need for control (freedom) of one's own responses to life are the two instinctive needs that are gauged in us by the voice of the gut—the empty-full feelings in our guts that are caused other than by the need of food intake. We found that people feel empty when one or both of these two instinctual needs are not met and most of us spend our time trying to keep these needs in balance, since they often "seem" conflicting, giving up one need for the other. It is not until we have consciously reflected on our gut feelings and reassessed our past experiences and their impact upon us in light of the awareness of these important needs and feelings, that we can fulfill both our need for acceptance and control and thus feel fullness and vitality in life. The process we developed and used for this conscious reflection and assessment of needs on gut feelings is called The Somatic reflection Process.
We have included in our book both examples of actual counseling sessions using the Somatic Reflection Process and a complete protocol. It is advised to initially do this process with another person (acceptance from another member of the human family for your gut feelings is vital), then you can use this protocol to ask yourself questions about your feelings and do it internally successfully.
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