Here is a letter I just sent many of my colleagues on LinkedIn and would like to share it with all of you interested in exploring gut feelings for body-mind unity. Whether you are a victim of childhood abuse or not, the inner work to unite body-mind is the same process and I think you will find this important:
Over the years, I have been successfully using the Somatic Reflection Process (SRP) on gut feelings to help people to unite body-mind. Often, and to their surprise, the people who experienced severe child abuse found that by using this process they were able to recover buried memories of bonding with parents. Even just one memory of bonding, of an experience of being loved by one’s estranged parent, no matter how short, can make a big impact and go a long way toward giving strength to and healing the self-esteem and suffering of a person who feels they were never loved by their abusive parent.
Martha Char Love, MA, PMA
author of "What's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct"
To follow up this recommendation, I would like to share an excerpt from our book, "What's Behind Your Belly Button?"and what a research participant who had experienced severe child abuse as a child said on the use of the Somatic Reflection Process directly after a session in which he uncovered a positive bonding memory with both of his parents simultaneously for the first time in his life:
(From Page 167-8)
"Bill, a male participant in his forties, indicated that the process had a “healing quality” and that he became aware of himself in his body on levels that he had not experienced using other “less body and feeling awareness processes” in the past."
"It helped me understand things in degrees. Like seeing the degree and depth and amount of things [in myself]—it is one thing to say, oh my life has had such trauma; it is another to actually feel it in an embodied and conscious way so there is new—like fresh eyes experiencing.…"