Modern lifestyles encourage us to live in our heads. But how far can we go with this over-intellectual approach? Can we live and express our fullest potential? Living in our heads tends to blind us to our own internal bodily experience.
The body really does not know how to lie; yet it is often numb because our minds learned to suppress what the body tells us. Many people live from expectations—their own and those of others. As a result, many respond like puppets to “social norms”—or worse, they restrict themselves by living according to norms constructed in their own heads. As a result, many people evaluate happiness according to how their expectations are fulfilled.
An intelligence exists in the world that nobody can fully explain (understanding it is beyond even the most qualified psychologists and quantum physicists). This intelligence sustains the planets, and animates and informs animal bodies (including humans). As long as we stay in our heads—stuck in our ego-minds—we shut down access to the universal intelligence present in our bodies. Embodied intelligence heals the body and connects us with the environment—and, ultimately, with the whole universe.
Paradox of Unconscious Awareness
The phrase “subconscious awareness” might sound like a contradiction because awareness indicates being conscious. But the contradiction is only apparent. While we (human organisms) are mostly unaware of what goes on in our organs, tissues, and cells, our bodies themselves tingle with their own intelligence and awareness. Just because we are unconscious or unaware of something happening in our body doesn’t mean that our cells or organs lack awareness. That’s what we mean by “subconscious awareness.”
Our brains can do only one thing at a time, so the current fad for multi-tasking is actually based on a myth. When we use our brains to focus on something external we become unaware of what is happening in our body—that’s the subconscious mind.
Embodiment, then, is a practice of getting out of your head so you can start connecting with the native intelligence of your own body. When you successfully connect with your body, you awaken to your unconscious power. You can literally connect with the whole universe because your subjective experience (consciousness) connects with universal consciousness.
A good example of this is synchronicity, where some “coincidental” event happens in your life that brims full of meaning for you. We all know the case where we were thinking about a friend and at the very next moment that friend calls. Consciousness (or more accurately collective consciousness) transcends space—and, therefore, all consciousness connects and shares meaning with all other consciousness. This universal connection is happening all the time, more than most of us realize. Nevertheless, until we awaken our subconscious awareness, we often ignore our embodied experience.
And so the question naturally arises: “How do I awaken my subconscious awareness?”
Simple answer: You pause your thinking for a moment and get in touch with your felt-sensations. Then, just stay with your embodied sensations, observing and monitoring them, without trying to analyze them. The moment you analyze, you are back into your head.
Bottom line: Embodiment does not require language because the body has its own language and intelligence.