As young children, we built a structure of patterns to cope with the world. Eventually, we may come to see that these patterns no longer serve, and the beliefs that support them fall away. Nonetheless, these patterns are deeply engrained in the body, and long after we see through them with the mind, they can haunt us–literally–in our very cells.
As we repeatedly open to what is, the apparent time between the pattern asserting itself and the release of that pattern shortens.
For example, forty-some years ago, I discovered that when I had a feeling, my ability to identify that feeling might not surface for months. It had not been safe to express feelings in my family of origin. As my skill at allowing feelings developed–and as I learned to welcome them–I came to understand the quality of a particular feeling more and more quickly. The day came that anger or fear would show up, and I knew instantaneously what it was.
I have learned, however, that naming is not necessary. The first scent of the pattern wafts by, and is let go in the same instant. Release at inception.
There is a simpler way to express this that seems easier to understand. Natural release. The most natural thing in the world.
© Amrita Skye Blaine, 2013