What if you BodyTalked your BodyTalk?

Jan 21, 2011

By Tim Hall

I grew up in a family with Transcendental Meditation. My parents were at a yoga class at Des Moines Unity Center when they first heard about TM. This was in the early 70's when TM was booming, although I do remember being teased as a little kid because meditation was still weird to most small town Midwesterners. By the way, the whole family is now also a BodyTalk family, and we're known as the weirdoes with the voodoo!

Over the years my parents would pack us kids up and travel the country listening to lectures on meditation and spirituality by leaders within Maharishi's Spiritual Regeneration Movement (SRM). Many times they didn't need to go far because we lived two hours outside Fairfield Iowa, which is where Maharishi Mahesh Yogi established Maharishi University of Management.

In addition to lectures, they also attended Residence Courses. These were usually three to seven day courses to allow a person to meditate as many hours as was comfortable in a quiet, serene environment. Maharishi stated that there are deep stresses that take years for normal meditation to clear. The intensive residence courses were necessary to clear the deepest blocks.

TM is a silent mantra meditation to turn the senses inward to transcend mental activity and rest in pure consciousness. The mantra used is both heard by me through the mechanics of my physiology and is produced by me through the same physiology. From start to finish, this meditation is a self contained, self-sufficient, self-directed process. A useful description for this self-interactive process is "recursive fractals." Like BodyTalk, it is an iterative process of repeating self-similarity back upon itself via a feedback loop to produce complexity based on simplicity. This sounds complicated, but it is nature's most efficient design.

From my computer science education, I remember learning recursive programming. The teacher would say, "Write the program as if it were already done." This statement was baffling to me at first. Only after I completed the program did I understand how it worked. I believe now that this common statement also applies to, "Begin with the end in mind."

In recent times, scientists have been coming to the same conclusion as philosophers--that nature is recursive and unfolds its own nature. As I heard from Nassim Haramein: "From the minuteness of Plank's Constant, the universe expands at nearly the ratio of the golden mean, also called Phi. Nature builds itself from what it already has, starting from where it already is, in a highly ordered and intelligent manner."

In BodyTalk, we learn protocol, procedure, concepts of Innate and a variety of techniques. With the experience of practice, we find ourselves working with recursion whether it is obvious or not. Identifying priorities, discerning natural roles within the physiology and integrating the parts with the whole of our consciousness is everyday 'tapping out' for us.

It is reasonable that there are stresses within the physiology that regularly scheduled BodyTalk sessions cannot address in a reasonable time period. These stresses can be deep, complex and insidious. The fault is not in the technique, but in our own physiology's ability to derive full value from the techniques. BodyTalk is not a set of techniques mechanically applied to someone. It is an approach that allows consciousness to facilitate the shifts at a level unaffected by the shortcomings of the practitioner. After all, the person who performs the session is also in need of a session. This is obviously unavoidable, but can be addressed. And here is where the innate guiding principle of consciousness works for us like a dynamically interacting recursive fractal. We can do this by turning the practice back in on itself and BodyTalk our BodyTalk.

During TM Residence Courses, the purpose was to go deeper than typically occurs with normal twice daily meditations. It wasn't just a higher quantity in a day, but by going back-to-back, the quality got deeper and deeper. The key benefits were that very deep rooted issues were released and my meditations from then on were able to be more effective in general. We were meditating on our meditation.

Meditation is already an automatic and effortless process of using a mantra to refine perception and draw the mind toward bliss to release physiological stresses. BodyTalk is a mind-body approach to structure the physiology according to innate intelligence. This necessitates the release of stresses and blocks that we call disease and problems.

Every thought and action we do impacts our life whether we are immediately aware of it or not. It seems sensible, therefore, to start living more consciously in communication (or communion rather), with our external world. One way to exponentially hasten this process is to attend an Intensive Retreat weekend where the main focus is to trade sessions with other dedicated Parama practitioners. Go deep and amp up the vibrations to penetrate to the core, unleashing energy, wisdom and creativity that will impact your ability to practice, receive and live. BodyTalk is a principle of consciousness, and it is also meant to be a way to live life.

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