Freedom Hidden in Embodiment

Freedom Hidden in Embodiment

written by: Melanie McGhee
by: Melanie McGhee
Phases - sage Phases - sage

Ahbyasa – consistently taking deliberate steps in the direction of your goals.

We are all consistently taking steps. Are these steps in the direction of our goals? All the little steps, all the little habits add up to routines. Do these routines support your goals?

Let's just look at this professionally. What are your professional goals?

Me? I want to be masterful in how I serve.

WHY? It's part of a bigger goal. Isn't that how goals work? When you consider one, it reveals a deeper and more meaningful goal. A higher goal.

Being masterful in how I serve means that my clients (and those of my students) feel better faster.

Being masterful in how I serve means that my clients (and those of my students) KNOW how to curate a steady inner state.

Being masterful in how I serve means that more of us wake up from the bad dream of who we think we are, to help as many people as possible reach their highest goal.

It's good to know what you want and why. Then, get clear on the HOW.

For me, this has meant studying with masters. One of my goals this year is to visit my teacher, Zivorad, in Belgrade. That's one big how.

The smaller HOWs have to do with that other bit - consistently taking deliberate steps.

EMBODIMENT. Daily, deliberate embodiment. Embodiment is home practice, it's deliberate. Intentional. Embodiment is consistently taking deliberate steps in the direction of our goals.

Consistent, deliberate, intentional embodiment.

Previously referred to as home practice, embodiment is one of the five phases of Acceptance and Integration Training

Embodiment is the intentional practice at home to EMBODY the:

  • thoughts, images, emotions, and sensations that BIND us to charged pain and limited identities
  • point of view of others
  • identities that will help us fulfill goals
  • spacious beauty of the unique true self.

As an intentional practice, embodiment empowers each of us, healing arts practitioners and our clients, to more authentically inhabit our lives while curating our inner state.

Embodiment is closely aligned with the AAIT principle "Taking responsibility for and tending to our inner state is the source of our freedom."

In its simplest form embodiment is about carving out a regular time and regular place to identify and untether from any sub-optimal states through integration. Embodiment gives us a glimpse of real FREEDOM, freedom from unwanted states, freedom to BE.