The spinal gateway
What the heck is a spinal gateway?
Earlier this week one of you lovely people asked me “what are those spots you keep touching on my back’? What a fantastic question! I bet more of you have that question so I thought I would take the opportunity to write this week’s article in answer to that very question.
If you remember my article from a few weeks ago that was entitled “Consciousness & the Spine” I wrote about the five different tension patterns that occur within the spine. Those tension patterns get created due to some experience(s) that we’ve had that we haven’t been able to fully integrate, and if you remember there are different states of being (consciousness) that correlate with each pattern. So why is that important here? Well in order for you to become aware of those tension pattern within your spine you need an access/entry point or a “gateway” into that pattern. You need to somehow, someway become aware of that pattern in your spine so that the tension pattern can begin to unwind itself. The spinal gateway is just that. It is an access point, an opening, into a particular tension pattern in your spinal cord where you can begin to become aware of that pattern. So when I am making those touches on various spots on your back I am working with your spinal gateways, helping them open and develop so that you can become more aware of yourself, including how you hold tension and where you have resistance.
One of the things I say frequently to many of you is that awareness does so much, in fact I believe it does pretty much everything. It brings that which was unnoticed or unseen into realization, and then through realization, you as an individuated expression of the One have the capacity or power to work with what is. The only thing left after the moment of realization is for you to come into alignment with that which was realized. All of that to say that the spinal gateway is a portal for the light of awareness to realize itself manifesting through a particular pattern of tension in your spinal cord. This is important and what I feel differentiates Network from a lot of other work out there. It really is a self-awareness method. Its not about me doing something to you, but instead about helping you find your own self, become aware of your own self, so that you can self-regulate, self-align, and self-adjust. Everything that I “do” is to support your awareness waking itself up to your self and the development of the spinal gateway is one of the prime ways I do just that very thing.
Development of the spinal gateway
How the spinal gateways change and grow
Spinal gateways live between each of the bones in your neck and also along the sacrum bone in the pelvis. They have both a very precise structural aspect as well as an energetic portion to them. This means that they have a particular physical location (which is dependent on the tension pattern that is present in your spinal cord on any given day), but that they also have a nonphysical aspect which can grow. You can think of the shape of a spinal gateway as a little vortex, spiraling with energy, but anchored into the spine between the bones in the neck and sacrum. Also remember that just because the gateways are at these precise locations doesn’t mean that they are impacting only those precise locations that I’m touching. The gateway is just the access point into a particular pattern and the pattern can be either localized to that area or have resonance at various other locations in the spine or body that I am not directly touching. The beauty of the spinal gateway is that when it is accessed it can find all the other areas in the body that have the same tonal frequency or resonance with that pattern without requiring that it is directly touched. This is why often you might become aware of some sensation, energy, or tension in a different part of your spine or body when I am touching say a spot on your neck or sacrum.
The spinal gateways grow with continued care, contact and reinforcement. This is one of the reason why the frequency of care is so important, especially in the first year or two of care, which is when a lot of the development of these gateways occurs. It takes a certain amount of repetition to create these gateways and then for awareness to unwind the tension patterns associated with them. When people first start care the gateways are often small and very close to the physical body. They are felt as areas of rapport. This is where your bioenergetic life force lives and as the gateway develops here there is greater awareness of the physical body and a sense of safety that arises. As care continues and I have you lift your neck or sacrum you are beginning to stretch the spinal gateways both physically and energetically. This activates your emotional body and emotional energy becomes the fuel that gets the gateway to stretch and grow more. The energetic portion of the spinal gateway begins to live a few inches away from the physical body in what’s called your emotional field. With this people often begin to have more awareness of their emotions.
Then as care continues two spinal gateways start “talking” to each other. One stretches and then the other stretches and a rhythm starts to develop between the two of them. This activates the lower mental body where clarity, personal sense of self and discernment lives. The energetic portion of the spinal gateways grows to about 2-3 feet away from the physical body at this point into your lower mental body/field. This then continues until a “figure 8” motion begins to develop between two spinal gateways. The rhythmic motion becomes more organized and fluid. This activates the upper mental body where you can begin to see beyond boxes and stories and have more a visionary sense of self as creator of your life. Here the energetic portion of the spinal gateways have now grown to 6-8 feet in distance away from the physical body into your upper mental field and with that your sense of “body” and self begins to become much more expansive.
All of this spinal gateway development occurs in the first two levels of Network care. Then in the third level of care the focus is on the development of the heart gateway, which is similar to the spinal gateways, but there is only one heart gateway rather than multiple like the spinal gateways, and the location is around the physical heart. The heart gateway develops throughout the 3rd level of care and a coordination is learned between the development of this heart gateway with the spinal gateways that where developed in the first 2 levels of care. In this 3rd level of care both the heart gateway stretches and grows in distances of several feet away from the physical body and the spinal gateways grow to about 8-12 feet and beyond. This is where your soul body/field lives. The coordination that develops between the heart gateway and the spinal gateways is one where your heart/soul is informing your thoughts, emotions and physical body.
When people are fully in the 3rd level of care as their baseline the patterns of tension that were originally in the spinal cord aren’t really there in a traditional sense of a constricted tension pattern anymore, but instead just mere resonance or tracing. In that way you can fully glean the awakened or oneness perspective of any pattern that previously had you held in a separative frame of mind. That becomes the lens with which you see all of life. The dance between soul/spirit and human becomes evident here and ultimately culminates in where the personal self stops leading the show and the soul prevails as the one that guides this human vessel.
I hope this helps you understand the importance and function of the spinal gateways and why I am always touching those particular points on your spine. I like to think of them as portals into more of you and as they grow you get to access more and more of yourself. It is quite literally upgrading the neurological circuitry and with that you can communicate with more of yourself through having developed these access points into you. At the most fundamental level they provide you with a way to become aware and resolve tension patterns in your spine and life so that you you can participate more ease-fully with life. At the more developed levels they allow for integration of various aspects of yourself to come into awareness, helping you transcend perceived limitations of an individuated personal self, into the one heart, one love, one being that we all are.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado