What is somatic consciousness?
Let’s start with the word “somatic”. Somatic is derived from the Greek language, and it means relating to the body. The body is one of our greatest teachers in helping us become more present (within ourselves and our lives). The body always lives in the present, whereas, our minds, more often than not, live in the past or in the future. The body is where we experience our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and it is where our soul dwells. It is the vehicle that allows us to experience life. All of our emotions, thoughts, projections, and traumas are stored within the body, like little impressions. These impressions are kept within cellular memory and become activated when triggered. The sensation or feeling of the trigger travels through the vortex of your body’s senses. This is why, when you become triggered, your nervous system becomes activated and your body has sensations of a rapid heartbeat, or anxiety wells up in your stomach.
Most of us did not grow up learning about our feelings – so we have forgotten the great wisdom that resides within our bodies. Paying attention to your body’s sensations will give you access to the inner dwelling of your feelings. You are much deeper than just happy, sad, bored, or angry. Happy, sad, bored, or angry have an interior quality to them. They are much deeper. The interior walls of your feelings and emotions contain intelligence, which allows for us to make meaning of who we are and how we manifest and create life in our world. Within the intelligence of your feelings, lies an inner structure of qualities and sensations. For example, what are the qualities of sadness? What is the texture, or the shape when feeling sad? Is is an open feeling, or a shut down feeling? Where does sad reside in your body? Does it pull your energy down or lift you up? Does sadness have an image or a color? Is it prickly, or does sadness contain a temperature? The qualities will not come from your mind, but through your bodily senses. This state of understanding the qualities of your emotions is part of how we become somatically conscious.
As part of being a somatic healer, I work with clients, leading them to discover their interior walls of emotions and teach them how to access the qualities. This tool helps release stuck patterns, habits, and stale feelings. The emotional impressions stored are not be as painful when passing through, because clients have a better relationship and understanding of how and what feelings are made up of.
So, as you practice, take note of your senses and feelings, you will become more awake and conscious of your experience as a human being. The process of somatic consciousness can allow for traumas to be released and new healing to occur.