Create bliss in your body naturally
We are a culture of bliss chasers. You will be hard pressed to find someone, especially in Boulder, Colorado who hasn’t experimented with marijuana, psychedelics or other substances in order to experience more ease and bliss. While ingesting these substances can produce temporary state changes and extraordinary experiencing, they do not teach you how to produce these state naturally in your body. In essence you are reliant on the external substance to produce a state change for yourself.
Is there another way to sustain easeful and blissful states in your body? In fact there is! You are wired for bliss. There are opioid receptors (pain blockers) that run all along your spine. Endorphins and enkephalins, your body’s natural opioids, get produced when you experience pain and also when you experience enjoyable, high energy states. Your natural opioids find their receptors and light them up, hence you get physiologically rewarded for bliss feeling states.
So now the question becomes how do you create extraordinary experiences using your own physiology instead of an external substance?
Accessing your body’s own resources
As a spine specialist I’ve had the pleasure to see what happens when the position, tension and tone (vibration) changes in a person’s spine. When a person has greater freedom and range of motion they are able to live in a higher energy and more blissful state. Inversely when a person has high levels of tension in their spinal cord it is harder for them to take a full breath, to physically move or be flexible, and to be an in open state, which is required for ease and bliss. These individuals can ingest a substance and shift their state temporarily, but when the experience wears off they are still living in the same body that does not feel as free as their substance induced state.
In order to experience sustainable bliss in your body you must be able to breathe fully and productively. If you have high levels of tension in your body you are not doing this. You must also learn the skills to be present in your body instead of lost in thoughts in your head or floating somewhere out in space. That requires you learn to be with the range of uncomfortable and comfortable sensations, feelings, thoughts and experiences. Lastly you must take responsibility for your state of being. Instead of just haphazardly being in whatever state of being you are in, you must choose the state of being you want to be in. If you choose a blissful one you will expand your energetic body, along with your field of influence, and you will start to notice people feel good and energized just by being around you. Your bliss will help others experience bliss, however they must do their own work to sustain and share that bliss with others.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado