Your point of view creates your reality, not the other way around, points out Dr. Dain Heer, author of Being You: Changing the World and Embodiment: The Manual You Should Have Been Given When You Were Born.
Would you consider that your points of view about your body might contribute to what’s happening within it?
The greatness of embodiment is one of the key concepts of Access Consciousness™, an approach to consciousness developed by best selling author Gary Douglas some 25 years ago.
Douglas and his business partner and co-author, Dr. Dain Heer, noticed that most spiritual approaches ignore the body in favor of what they consider valuable, the spirit.
Douglas and Heer questioned this. “If being in a body were not a greatness,” they wondered, “why would we as infinite beings come back again and again? There must be a greatness in embodiment,” they reasoned. Their definition of embodiment includes everything about being in a body here on planet earth.
Yet how many people over the age of 10 do you see walking down the street with a sense of joy of being in their bodies? Have you noticed any today? This week? This year?
Yet many of the things that bring us joy in life are activities that our body engages in. We without bodies would not require food or money or movement or nice clothes or sex. “Your body eats, you don’t; your body has sex, you don’t; your body moves, you don’t,” says Heer.
Douglas and Heer go beyond recommending that you be grateful to your body for allowing you to do all these things. They recommend you consult it about the activities you engage in that concern it.
One simple way to do this is with muscle testing. Unable to master the o-ring finger muscle testing used by some, Douglas devised an even simpler way. Stand with your feet together and put the substance you’re testing (if it’s a food for example) in front of you, holding it near your solar plexus. Ask your body a question, like, “Body, would you like to eat this now?”
You are in effect using your body as your own personal pendulum. If your body leans forward, that’s a yes. If it leans backwards, that’s a no. If your body sways from side to side, then it’s asking for a more precise or different question.” This could be something like, “Would you like to eat this sometime this week?” or “Would you like to have this near you?” Sometimes holding a substance in your pocket can be enough for your body to be nourished by its vibration.
One of Douglas’s clients used this method to save his own life. He asked his body if it wished to have a heart medication that his M.D. had recommended. His recalls his body leaned backwards so forcefully “it practically threw me against the wall behind me!” Douglas suggested he get a second opinion from another M.D. The second doctor told him that if he’d taken the prescription recommended by the first doctor, it would have killed him.
Another way to know what your body would like is to pick the first thing that pops out at you when you open the menu at a restaurant—no matter whether you think you like it or not. It’s your body eating, not you, remember, and its point of view can be different than yours.
One of the things that can limit the joy that’s possible to have in our bodies is our fixed points of view. If you’ve ever walked around a resort where there is a large concentration of retired people, you may have noticed the rigidity and fixedness in their bodies. That is the result of the fixed points of view they have accumulated in their lifetime.
If living as a calcium deposit on legs is not your idea of what you’d like to look and feel like as you get older, you could take steps to prevent that right now. What if none of your points of view were fixed or real or significant? What if they were not good, bad, right, wrong, positive or negative? What if they were just an interesting point of view you were trying out for this 10 seconds?
You can change any point of view by reminding yourself it’s just an interesting point of view you have that point of view.
In their own explorations of the greatness of embodiment, Douglas and Heer have developed some 50 energetic hands-on body processes. Many of these are aimed at relieving the effects of fixed points of view on our bodies by working on various complaints like arthritis, muscle injuries, and more serious degenerative diseases such as cancer. Others are aimed at removing obstacles to our having the joy of embodiment that Douglas and Heer know is possible.
These classes are taught in three-day modules world-wide by 5 licensed facilitators, and in evening and one day classes by some 100+ “body process class facilitators.” You can find information about where these classes may be offered near you by checking the body section of the Access Consciousness™ website: www.body.accessconsciousness.com. Information about Douglas and Heer’s books, and live and telephone seminars on bodies and other aspects of consciousness is also available at www.accessconsciousness.com.