Be Where Your Body Is

Last week, during our monthly Energy Healing Course call, Lisa shared her recent experiences with our physical energy healing process. Swallowing back a few tears, she told us of a new awakening. After years of spiritual practice, Lisa suddenly realized last month that she was still mostly fixed in a mental/intellectual pattern of self-judgement. The shift happened when she began focusing more on her body through the physical healing techniques she’s learning in the course.

I teach a kinesthetic approach to intuition and healing, and Lisa related that her new abilities to feel physical sensations brings her more into her body and out of her intellectual mind. Suddenly she realizes that she’s a Divine being in a Divine body. Many of her old perceptions of herself and her life are no long longer important and the physical sensations that she’s experiencing are leading her into new levels of enlightenment.

Lisa’s revelations brought me back to something I’ve known for many years, but it had become so much a part of my own being, my own way of working and healing, that I had literally taken it for granted. Her message is this: our bodies are our direct route to the Divine. Blessed with a huge array of receptors specifically tuned to feel and interpret vibration, when we can quiet the mind and feel – physically feel – the information of the Universe opens to us in ways that cannot be described in words.

Many spiritual traditions incorporate body-centered practices as a way of quieting the mind and bringing the spirit into the present moment. Walking meditation, focusing on the breath, bell or chime ringing, candle gazing, hatha yoga, tai chi – all of these practices help to move us from our intellectual mind into our bodies and in that space, we truly feel the vibrations of our existence.

So – what better way of being body centered than through the process of practicing physical healing? I often say to my clients that I’m incredibly blessed to get to be fully present for twenty-one hours a week (the number of sessions that I typically do). To do my best work, I listen actively, I use my eyes to read the structural patterns in the body, and I use my hands to feel for energy imbalances as well as physical restrictions through palpation. It’s that place of the curious and objective observer (senser) that allows me to glean information, interpret it and act – all the while including my own thoughts, feelings and intuition in the mix.

This isn’t to say, that everyone needs to be a healer in order to be enlightened or happy. But in our world where many spend most of their day in front of a computer screen, simply allowing oneself to feel from a body-centered place, even while typing at a keyboard can bring us back to the present moment.

One of my favorite sayings is this: Be where your body is. If you’re typing on the computer, allow yourself to feel your fingertips touching the keys. If you’re eating lunch, sit down and feel as you take a bite – the texture, taste, temperature, visual appeal of the food. And if you’re doing healing – notice your client and yourself in the interaction. How are they breathing – how are you breathing? How do your hands feel as you touch them or scan their energy field? How does your body feel as you move during the session?

And what other ways can you tune into this marvelous array of sensory receptors in your body to bring you into the present moment and the Divine in your daily life?

Much Love,


P.S. – Thank you, Lisa for the inspiration for this post. You have reminded me of something I do all the time, but it has become so ingrained that I forgot to mention it! Love you! Cathy

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

8 comments on “Be Where Your Body Is

  1. Cathy, you have no idea how big a thing this is for me! The first time I ever went to a reiki practitioner, she said, “You really are not in your body at ALL.” Since then I’ve been learning what it means to be in a body and to be grounded. It’s always a challenge for me because I tend to live in my brain most of the time that when I wiggle my toes it sort of surprises me. 🙂 Thanks for the excellent reminder!


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      MW, You’re not alone. I think much of what I do, especially in my Rolfing work, is to help people feel their bodies for the first time. Many come because they are in pain and their bodies are simply trying to get their attention! What a gift that your Reiki practitioner recognized this for you and helped you learn to be in your body. Thank you for the feedback! – Cathy


  2. Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

    This is a very timely reminder for me. I love it! I can become stuck in my head, thinking too much. My morning prayer time helps, and my dog does what she can to help me get ‘back outside’ 😉 but this great article reminds me to make the conscious choice to work more actively through the day to be in my body. You suggestions here are wonderful. Thank you! Hugs xo


  3. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Thank you, Gina. Yes! Getting outside certainly helps to get back in one’s body – the epitome of being grounded! That reminds me of an article I want to write…Thanks! And hugs…Cathy


  4. jolynproject says:

    It’s funny how such a simple concept is not utilize nearly enough. Mindfulness is a beautiful thing. I hope to cultivate it more and more. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂


  5. Rohan 7 Things says:

    Really good advice Cathy, I fully agree. I have come to these same conclusions as I’ve searched for healing and spiritual techniques. We are so “head centered” these days, it’s important to feel our whole bodies again!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂



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