Sensation, what is it? It is that subtle experience inside us that leads many thoughts and associations within us. Often, sensations are repressed because they lead to emotions that are uncomfortable. However, if they are allowed to surface and pass through without comment from the mind they are balancing and nurturing. Allow your sensations to surface and be experienced and presence simply is there. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
What is an open experience? No boundaries. Any boundary found or experienced only serves to show us our next opportunity to unwind. Apply it. Every time you do greater balance will be yours. Enjoy. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Any tension we experience, no matter how small, is an opportunity to integrate body wisdom through feeling. Feel the body sensation that shows up and let it be experienced. And perhaps most important, let it change or evolve however it happens to do so. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
The mind’s default is “on”, a constant pressure or seeking if you will. Accompanying this is a critical appraisal of all it encounters. The pressure this creates within us is seldom released or even allowed to open at all. Over time this creates even more pressure. The art of feeling, of allowing experiences to evolve without being judged, is part of the art of the Wonder Method. It is about learning to BE without constantly adding more pressure. We learn to be part of the ever-expanding experience of sensation and knowledge. This knowledge is there when we are no longer in conflict with ourselves. Experience your sensations, it is always worth it. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
We were thinking about the boundaries of consciousness the other day. We realized that while we find ourselves within boundaries in our life and while they may seem to define us they are not truly boundaries. In reality they are only our beliefs. Within these boundaries we label ourselves. For example “I am an engineer”, or a mom or dad or gardener or scientist or animal trainer… These experiences and the expectations that are associated with them are the boundaries that we surround ourselves with. Of course they are not the whole of who we are, but so many of our world experiences appear linked to them that we tend to stay inside that environment. As we feel our feelings in relation to each experience that restricts us, these boundaries unravel and we find ourselves in somewhat uncharted territory. This new freedom is a sublime opportunity to move “beyond the beyond”, to change how we approach everything. Taking this chance is an act of courage, faith and surrender. It is not something that is actually hard to do, it is only outside the boundaries that we have called normal. This action is often called a “path to change.” We welcome you to the Path, it is worth every step taken along this new and constantly unfolding journey back to who we truly are. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
When life upsets us, the mind wants to “solve” what it considers a problem. In the process we are taken on a mental trip of upset, drama and unsolvable conundrums. The feelings that are below the surface of the mind’s drama are actually a better tool to unlock the door of the problem and bring us balance. Again, these feelings are not a problem to solve, they are an experience that should be allowed to unfold within us. As we feel our feelings and they unfold we find ourselves becoming balanced; we become completed in such a pleasant and vast way it defies description. Enjoy the journey. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
The mind is about attachment to outcome and is constantly in expectation. It is drawn to drama and circular thinking and upset for it is always searching for something to control. In effect the mind causes separation within us because of its constant reaching. Using the body to experience the feelings within us reunites us. The more this occurs the more we come back into balance. This harmony of body and mind is truly the harmony that is total. Others will call it many different names: centered, presence, even enlightenment. Regardless of the word, balance is now a way of life. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
As every experience in our day has sensation in it, there is always an opportunity to open. And as tension is often present just below the surface and is subliminally suppressed it is a golden opportunity to reawaken to ease. Taking a few moments to unwind, through feeling our baseline feelings, gives us this opportunity to again experience ease in our day. Take the time, feel, it is simply fabulous to be us. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Every experience we have is an opportunity to experience opening. This means everything that happens! People believe that being present doesn’t include everyday interactions and experiences and that we need to leave the state of presence in order to interact with others. In our experience this is not the case, just the habit created from years of patterning. Every experience can now take on new meaning. We are in the world but not of the world, nor are we drawn into the drama of a situation.
The Tao te Ching would say:
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from your own mind
and thus understand all things?
This is the nature of Being versus being caught in the drama. Feeling the feelings within us and allowing them to unwind takes us there and sets us free. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Every experience and each thing we interact with in our world is part of the definition of self, of what we call “me”. Many of these things and experiences seem limiting. They don’t have to be, but through habit we stay in the same old rut. Mind says: stay with what is familiar, ignore the feelings within you that something is wrong, and you will be safe. The problem is that we are not safe, we are only used to the rut we have been experiencing. When we allow feeling to join the mix, we gradually remove the walls of our old ruts and we again become free to live in balance and harmony. ~Alain & Jody Herriott