Motion guided by thought
Unless you are a dancer, athlete or have practiced a lot of body awareness you probably don’t really pay too much attention to how your body moves. Rather than tuning into our body’s natural movements or allowing our bodies to be moved we tend to think or do our movements. Thinking our movements comes from our thinker deciding it wants to do something and then our body following through on that thought with the necessary actions. For example say you are sitting on your couch and you have the thought that you would like an apple from the kitchen. Your body then gets up and walks to the kitchen in response to this thought. This is the process or act of doing. This motion is guided by the thoughts in your head and often not in connection with the larger rhythms of your consciousness.
When motion is guided by thought alone it is mechanical in nature, meaning you have to do the motion and there isn’t a sense of aliveness inherent within the movement itself. In this previous sentence you are the thinker (as that is what most people identify themselves as) and the thinker/you is guiding the motion. The process of pure doing, or moving guided by thought, involves effort and there isn’t a synergistic flow to it or something that is energizing it; you have to put all the work into it. Another way to say this is that the movement is not connected. Disconnected movement is movement guided by thought that feels like you have to do the work to produce the action. This is how most people move most of the time.
When our thoughts are the primary motivator of our movements we are then thus limited in our movements by the thoughts we think. Our thoughts decide what movements we take, where we go, where we don’t go, how we are and aren’t able to express ourselves through our movements (including the movement of voice/sound) and what we think we are physically capable of doing. The effects of this are vast and include how the movement of a single joint in our body moves or doesn’t move, the way a muscle or group of muscles tense up, or the posturing we hold ourselves in and extends into the expression of our purpose and what we move towards and away from in life. When our movements are guided by the mechanical nature of thought intelligence we experience the limitation of our thoughts through this physical body which intelligence moves within.
Intelligently Guided Motion
Beyond the thinker
You may be wondering what can move us besides our thoughts? Believe it or not there is something more intelligent then your thoughts that can guide your movements. We are largely conditioned to believe that we are the thoughts we think, or one step beyond that, that we are thinker of the thoughts we think, and that our identity stops there. This creates a limited perspective on who/what we are and that limited perspective is what gets expressed through these bodily forms as movement.
What is this intelligence that lives beyond our thinking minds which can inform our movements and how do you access it within your own consciousness and experience? One of the first pieces I’ve found to be fundamental for people in discovering themselves beyond their thinking mind is the development of body awareness. What this means is learning how to drop your awareness from your head/thoughts into your body and simply rest it there. Through learning how to rest your awareness into different parts of your body you begin to notice yourself and your energy within your body rather than be focused in your thoughts. This opens your awareness to the more subtle aspects of your being. This is simple in application, but requires a consistent practice to discipline where you allow your attention to go as it will almost always want to immediately go back into your thoughts.
Navigating your awareness into your body you begin to learn presence and how to simply be without doing. It is then through the next step of turning your attention towards your beingness that you become aware of yourself at that level beyond thoughts. It is also here that spontaneously organized movement can arise that is generated not through your thoughts but through your being. Here movement is effortless and not limited, controlled or determined by your thoughts. It is also not mechanical, but instead has it own coordination and defies what the thinking mind previously thought possible. The mind cannot makes sense of it, nor is it necessarily supposed to be able too. Here, you the person, must have also developed enough trust, faith and surrender or you will not be able to experience beyond your thinking mind. Without trust, faith and surrender the mind is simply unwilling or not ready to let go. It needs more time to keep its confined, limited and illusionary sense of safety a little longer before experiencing freedom.
At first some people experience this more organized, spontaneous movement as scary, strange or other worldly, but it is simply the waking up of your awareness to the beingness aspect of itself where thoughts don’t interfere and the intelligence beyond your thinking mind can get a moment to enter your body and organize it in a more efficient configuration. Life is always evolving and moving towards greater organization, intelligence and knowledge of itself. This is built into the blueprint of creation. It is natural that we are waking up to this next aspect of ourselves where we tune to the more subtle aspects of our nature and our thinking minds get out of the drivers seat. Here a more highly ordered and energized intelligence (that we are) can stream through and use the vehicle of the thinking of mind to express through rather than the thinking mind running the show. Overtime and with more tastes we become more stable and rested at this level of our being and our identity shifts from thinker into illuminator or simply pure awareness.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado