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John Ruskan's
Emotional Clearing

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Bodywork clears
negativity directly

The advantage of using any body technique to implement psychological clearing is that imbalances are approached deeply and directly on the energy level. Clearing is stimulated by working with the blocks in the psychic body, through the physical body. The need for clearing through projection onto other people or events is reduced. We become more balanced when interacting with others, because clearing takes place in our private practice. We develop a sense of connectedness with the body and feeling centers.

Even so, bodywork is not all that is needed to facilitate personal growth. As you work on yourself, you must approach from other directions as well. Other approaches include processing, psychotherapy, meditation, spirituality, group work, or any growth technique that develops sensitivity to feelings, bringing suppressed material into awareness. Remember, these techniques should not be primarily of an analytical, thinking nature. The feeling side must be developed. Use your intellectual and thinking functions to understand the principles involved, and then leave thinking behind as you train yourself to feel.

It should be noted that exercise in general, while important, does not have the same effect as bodywork. Exercise can keep you in shape and perhaps help blow off some nervous energy, but muscle-held tensions will not be released. Actually, exercise such as weight lifting and bodybuilding do exactly the opposite, tightening the muscles and driving muscle-held suppressed negativity deeper, increasing insensitivity to the feeling nature of the body. If you are involved in weight training, it is doubly important for you to include stretching in your routine. A good rule of thumb is equal time for both, stretching after weights.

Bodywork involves getting the energy “unstuck” in the body. You must cultivate the ability to allow the loosened energy to flow as it would prefer, not as your conscious mind would dictate. You must surrender to the innate intelligence of the body, the “wisdom of the body.”

 
 

© 2004 John Ruskan / The Institute for Integrative Processing