- Aging & Longevity
Why do we have to Age?
If you ask you shall be given
Now and then information comes my way through the research I do for my fifth novel (Parallel realities) in the awakening to our ascension series. Information comes from all sources, and in this case it was through my neighbor who gives Yoga classes from her home.
Personally I suffer from chronic lower back pain. I’ve learned to live with it, but I do know that keeping fit by exercising and walking is a necessity. The older we get the more ailments we are prone to, so in my case my posture and spine needs constant attention.( True or false?)
One morning after the class my neighbor gave me a book to read titled: Somatics - Reawakening The Mind's Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health My attention was sparked because my neighbor mentioned that she didn’t really like the first chapter titled The Myth of Aging, because her belief is that aging is unavoidable,.
The Myth of Aging
Most of my readers know that I’m passionate about unraveling the so called ‘aging disease’, even when I see proof of aging in my own body.
- The word Somatics refers to practices in the field of movement studies which emphasize internal physical perception. The word soma describes the rich and constantly flowing array of sensing and actions that are occurring within the experience of each of us.
Here are some Customer Reviews on this book
- “I used to suffer from shoulder tendinitis and other muscular ailments, but by using the material in this book I'm now 99% pain free.”
- “I personally found relief from chronic lower lumbar pain, and got help retraining my gait and balance after a severe ankle injury.”
- “This book has truly saved me hundreds of dollars on Chiropractic bills. Thank you Mr. Hanna.”
- “The exercises depicted in this book gave me my life back, freeing me from back and neck pain I had for 14 years after being hit by a truck while riding my bicycle.”
- “The information in this book has reawakened my nervous system and given me back the posture and gait I had at 30.”
Can having ‘body awareness’ bring healing?
I’m a great believer in awakening our awareness on all levels of our so called reality, which includes our internal solar system! In my novel Vanishing Worlds Annelies has an inner body travel experience and she talks to the atoms and molecules that make up her physical body, so in my next novel I need to find ways to awaken the myth of aging through story telling.
I have written other articles on the same topic:
The body of life
The lack of self-awareness of our own physical bodies and how they function is one of the major catastrophe symptoms in our society today!
In my own case the loss of my own ‘sensor motor abilities’ has resulted in the distortion of my vertebrae, with the result that I now suffer from: lower-back pains, sciatica and a chronic stiffness in the morning. Reading about my own lack of the sensory self-awareness is for me also proof about the lack of contemporary public health awareness in our society, especially in our general medical practitioners, who blame most symptoms I have mentioned on aging. Our physical and mental diseases are learned, and ‘programmed’ into human society!
As many as 50% of chronic pain is caused by sensory-motor amnesia (SMA). This is a condition in which the sensory-motor neurons of the voluntary cortex have lost some portion of their ability to control all or some of the muscles of the body.
Our somatic realms
What are the deeper realms of ‘Somatic Intelligence’ all about? In my novel ‘Parallel Realities’ this realm must fall within my plot about our parallel worlds. Throughout the novel readers will be introduced to a reality that is free of fantasy; free of unfinished emotional business, free of religious dogma and cultural and habitual behaviors. It’s my intent through storytelling that my readers become aware of the truth that their own body is a source of wisdom and of guidance.
Through Hans, one of the main novel characters, readers will learn how his miraculous healing has to do with the work of shamans and Asian healers in our society.
By means of symbolic manipulations and movements within the Somatic realm, they evoke a powerful physiological transformation in their "patients", and therefore healing them in extraordinary ways.
This blog shows several movement Somatic Exercises to help us to adapt more easily to change.
Martha Peterson, a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator and movement expert, is the author of the book, “Move Without Pain”,
Three healers through movement
F. Matthias Alexander, father of the Alexander Technique, was the first person to take somatic education out of the realm of shamanistic mystery and establish it as a verifiable, pragmatic technique. Alexander gradually, but surely, taught himself to control the muscles of the upper trunk, achieving an admirably tall neck and erect posture. This was the beginning of somatic education in the twentieth century.
Another teacher of physical education in Berlin – Elsa Gindler invited her students to focus upon the sensations within their bodies as they went through various movements.
Students were asked to focus their attention not on the movements themselves, but on the internal feelings of these movements; for example:
- How is one breathing during the movements?
- How does the weight of the body during movement shift over the heels, the hips, and so forth?
Moshe Feldenkrais was another pioneer somatic educator. The art of judo was almost instinctual to Feldenkrais. He was teaching others to "know what they were doing": that is to say, he was teaching sensory-motor awareness and control. He was teaching greater self-awareness so that a person could be increasingly freed from unconscious restraints of the brain.
Greater self-control is gained by means of greater sensory awareness.
A sensory system is a part of the nervous system responsible for processing sensory information
Are we programmed to believe in aging?
Is aging a Myth?
I will finish this article by addressing the following questions:
- Could we learn to shape shift our physical body into a light body instead of leaving our physical remains behind?
- How can we learn to make a transition to a new somatic shape?
- How can we make a transition to another shape by way of being in the world but not of it?
My conclusion is that aging is caused not by active gene programming but by evolved limitations in somatic maintenance, resulting in a build-up of damage. Through practice, we learn to cultivate the patience and perseverance we need to truly transform our lives.
As I approach the end of my 6th decade, my sense of adventure continues and my experience grows deeper and richer. The key for me is to have an orientation, an understanding of human life as part of a universal process and to use voluntary self-influence to form one’s life, not just be lived by life.
I hope that this article has given some insights to our human body potential by awakening to a message that might have been left behind in the temple of the Sphinx:
"What is it that has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed? “
Is it that a man crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two feet as an adult, and walks with a cane in old age.”