Because we live in a culture that endorses a fear-based mentality, we unconsciously attempt to control every part of our lives.
The reason behind this obsessive mode is that we dislike uncertainty, it makes us so uncomfortable that our default response is to automatically assume the worst case scenario and imagine every little thing that could possibly go wrong.
This approach to life is draining and can take a real toll on your wellbeing. On a brighter note, there’s a magical inner knowing called intuition that can replace your irrational fears and lead to a fulfilling life.
In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that everyone is innately intuitive, just that this faculty may be more dormant in certain individuals for a number of reasons.
Intuition can be accessed mostly through clairsentience (clear feeling), clairaudience (clear hearing), claircognizance (clear knowing), and clairvoyance (clear seeing). This is how your Higher Self and Spirit Guides communicate with you.
When you’re disconnected from your Higher Self, it’s difficult to see creative solutions for whatever life throws at you. As a result, you may feel stuck, lethargic, or hopeless.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way, you can consciously strengthen your intuition with a variety of methods, and one of these is through somatic movement.
The term somatic can be defined as “of or relating to the living body,” and it’s intimately connected to the nervous system.
Somatic movement is conscious movement with an intentional focus on the introspective dimension of the experience, rather than only paying attention to the superficial aspects and the end result of practicing said movements.
It improves motor control and sensation and has the ability to change learned muscular patterns. In order to reap the full benefits, somatic movements should be performed as slowly as possible.
The human nervous system controls your posture and movement. It’s also associated with your seven chakra system. According to Vedic studies, every chakra energy center is connected to a network of nerves.
The nervous system needs to learn and integrate new information at a very slow pace. As you practice more, you notice that you’re able to perform movements more quickly while still maintaining form and control.
When you perform quick movements, your body isn’t learning anything new, it’s only reinforcing old subconscious patterns.
So how is somatic movement connected to intuition?
In order to receive intuitive guidance, your energy channels need to be clear and vibrant. I mentioned earlier that your chakra energy centers are interconnected with your nervous system.
Aside from the main seven chakras that most people know about, your body also has lesser known chakras and energy channels known as meridians and nadis that run through your entire body.
The physical body stores emotions, pain, and trauma from your past in certain areas. It’s an intelligent source of information and can tell a lot about your energy patterns.
You may think that sitting at your desk and putting relaxing music on would be enough to sort through your mental clutter, find clarity, and make important life decisions with confidence; but this approach might not be effective when you’re holding onto a lot of stuck energy in your physical body.
This may manifest through upper body tension in your neck, shoulders, and upper spine. Physical tension is equivalent to stagnant energy in your body. It’s often stated that sitting is the new smoking.
By practicing somatic movement, not only do you release this tension and clear your energy channels, but also quiet your mind and increase blood flow to your brain and the rest of your body.
Additionally, you become more sensitized to what’s going on in your body both physically and energetically. One day you might realize that you have a lot of energy concentrated in your solar plexus area or feel a pain point that tells a story.
When you explore somatic therapies such as yoga, you also learn about breathwork, which can help you enter Higher states of consciousness.
In my personal experience, I’ve noticed that the harder I try to come up with creative solutions from a place of lower consciousness (in Beta brain wave state), the more frustrated I become.
However, if I practice somatic movement to ease up and clear my mind, I find that spontaneous insight related to my current circumstances enters my awareness during the session.
Intuitive training methods stress the importance of focusing your awareness, being present, and quieting the mind chatter.
Another way to look at it is that you need to get out of your own way in order to receive Higher guidance. You need to enter the right mind space (Alpha/Theta brain wave state) for your Spirit to reach you.
With somatic movement, it’s easier to raise your vibration and let go of everyday worries, which ultimately leads to stillness, that state you need to achieve in order to open your intuitive channel.
Your body was designed to move and transform, never take your embodied wisdom for granted!
“Every creative genius has been a channel. Every masterwork has been created through the channeling process. Great works are not created by the personality alone. They arise from a deep inspiration on the universal level, and are then expressed and brought into form through the individual personality.” – Shakti Gawain