Maria G. Vigna, Certified BodyTalk & Reiki Practitioner
I am a Certified BodyTalk and Reiki Practitioner. As I continue to learn more about the wisdom of both modalities, I also deepen my understanding and my reverence of a gift that is within all of us. It is our innate wisdom. When we listen to the integrative wisdom of our body, we become aware of how every facet of our being is connected. Physical, emotional and spiritual inscapes are an integral part of our being and of our healing journey.
In one of the very first BodyTalk sessions I received, I learned about listening to this wisdom and moreover, how it guides our healing process.
For years, I had felt like there was a wilderness inside of me. I knew it needed attention and so, I found ways to work around it. However, I did not know how to go to it or through it. I had a sense I needed to listen to that space, but there was much fear in that.
Terry Tempest Williams says, “Perhaps the wilderness we fear is the pause between our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace”. I longed to know that grace.
Fear is what brought me to BodyTalk. Then, in that early session, the practitioner shared an image that resonated deeply with me. She told me that it was as if there were a war inside of me.
I knew exactly what she meant. It was an internal “war” and I felt disoriented and fragmented physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The space between heartbeats…
Slowly, I began to attune to my body’s messages and to its wisdom. I learned how to allow emotions to do their work – which is to move energy. Eventually, they became my guides instead of foes. They helped me to navigate the inner terrain that had for so long been abandoned . Attending to all the emotions was a way to move into the core of the image. It was a way to listen to “the space between my heartbeats” and so then, to the whisper of wisdom that is always there. As a result, the parts of me that were at war got a hearing. The parts of me that I had exiled were now on the way back home. By listening to the integrative wisdom of my body, I learned to meet fear and to navigate with it to the forgotten places.
Healing is about coming home to ourselves -a place that does not desert us even if we lose sight of it sometimes. Here both shadow and light are held in reverence. It is a sacred journey.
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