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Why do we have to Age?

Updated on February 21, 2016
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Nadine’s research for her visionary fiction novel series about the awakening of consciousness has led her to insights that she shares here.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

Pain Relief Through Movement

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

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Alexander Technique

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?

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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.”

Nadine May

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      Word 23 months ago from Chicago

      Thanks Peg, very good read here. Just keep on living and trying to enjoy every day by eating healthy, praying, exercising and counting your many blessings! Have a great day!

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      Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for the comment and I do have a great day, all wrapped up with a heater at my feet.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A great read. Motion is a gift that must be used to be retained. You have some real interest stuff in here, thank you for sharing it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

      Another fascinating article, Nadine. Have you noticed a reduction in your back pain since implementing these techniques?

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know if aging is a myth. I just know I don't accept it. :) Interesting read as always, Nadine.

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      Barbara Casey 23 months ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      A perfect followup to the Blue Zones material I've been reading. And a great motivating article, too. Thank you.

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      manatita44 23 months ago from london

      Pretty interesting article, Nadine. First of all, I won't worry about you, though, There is still much Light, youth and colour in your beautiful face.

      Anyway, Somatic seems to work like the power of auto-suggestion. There is a beautiful book on Amazon called the Power of Your Sub-conscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. I give it to cancer sufferers, sometimes. It is a timeless book and full of great and noble ideas. The very last chapter is all about aging. It is so positive!

      While we are on this topic, I find that the cancer sufferers who do best, are generally those who are cheerful, joyful and very positive. This helps a lot. Viewed from a deeper standpoint, aging is a myth, in so far as one can learn to utilize one's strong points to get things done, even in the aging process. The playful nature of the child can also remain and this goes a long way to enhancing health and happiness.

      Nice Hub and all the best for graceful aging. Peace.

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      Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Eric from Spring Valley. You are so right about the gift on Motion. I've been wheelchair bound for 8 weeks in 2009 and boy that was very frustrating. Ever since then I'm very great full for my health.

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      Larry Rankin 23 months ago from Oklahoma

      I enjoy learning about your philosophies on aging.

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      breakfastpop 23 months ago

      I found this hub to be quite fascinating and I love your attitude. It is uplighting and joyful.

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      MizBejabbers 23 months ago

      It seems that we Westerners have forgotten how to live as opposed to the yogis and other eastern beliefs that focused on tying the physical in with the spiritual. Minds seem to be opening and hopefully we are rediscovering how to live. Very interesting article.

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      Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear Shauna great question. Last year winter I was really having a lot of backache compared to this winter. I can truly say that regular Yoga exercises made all the difference. I'm also a great believer taking tissue salts for maintenance but never any medication if I can help it.

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      Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Billy we are thinking along the same line. The saying I can so relate to is; God put me on Earth to do a certain number off things, right now I'm so far behind I will never die.

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      Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Barbara nice to meet a new follower. Thanks you for your comment. I'm not sure what the Blue Zones material is all about, but I will visit your page to find out what you write about.

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      Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you so much for your very kind comments and suggestions. The name Joseph Murphy ring a bell. I will look it up.

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      somethgblue 23 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I too suspect that we have been conditioned to accept the idea of death and so we create this reality for ourselves. How often does one convince themselves they are getting sick and viola, they get sick.

      "Our physical and mental diseases are learned, and ‘programmed’ into human society!"

      Even our own language helps to create this illusion, I mean most people think how they talk and talk how they think. This programming then is used as the motivating factor by our Higher-selves to create the reality we wish to experience.

      If you tell yourself you 'want' to be rich, then your higher-self will create the reality of 'wanting' to be rich but if you tell yourself that you will experience monetary wealth by a certain date . . . will this happen?

      So if you convince yourself that you will die will you not create this reality for yourself?

      Nadine, I will live to be 900 years old in good health and tell myself this everyday . . . will it work? Am I selling myself short?

      Thanks for the article, loved it!

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      Martie Coetser 22 months ago from South Africa

      Aauuww, I need all the advice I can get to get on top of my unbearable pain... !!

      Thanks for this information, Nadine. Somatics seem to be the way forward.

      I look forward to your new novel :)

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks Larry for reading and glad you liked it.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi breakfastpop its always great to find that others found my hub ( you mean) uplifting. Thanks.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment Miz...I agree and when I was a lot younger I took my body for granted, but now I need to keep it in good condition.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Daniel if Methuselah could live that long, sure why not. I'm a member of the Methuselah foundation purely to keep up with what has been discovered, more for my novels, but I do not believe in regenerative medicine. Like you I truly think that our body has an inner wisdom we can all tap into, but most of us have lost that connection. That is what my research is all about for the novel Parallel realities.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I know Martie to live in pain is horrible, and some of us are even getting used to it! That is even more alarming. Yes how to heal our body through movement and sound, that is my next focus.

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      travmaj 22 months ago from australia

      Nadine - you write the most interesting articles. This one fascinated me -yes I'm in agreement with Bill - I don't know if it's a myth but I don't accept it either. Somatic is most interesting and I'll be reading more. Have to admit the years race by and it's important to keep fit and well. Also to understand that emotional stress can affect the physical body.

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      travmaj thanks for your kind words. Yes keeping fit is very important but not always easy when sitting in front of a computer.I MUST follow up on my own advise!

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      Beth Buckley 21 months ago from Portland, OR

      Bravo to you, Nadine, for practicing the body mind connection. I live my life with ease and flow as a result of listening to my body on a daily basis and making course adjustments as needed. Great article!

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      Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      So true to have that approach to our aging experience Beth that is why our sleeping are important as well. Having fun and enjoy life is also a great healing factor of the aging dis-ease

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      Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks again Beth

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