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Freeing and Balancing Hip Joint Muscles | from Comfort Your S-I Joints Lawrence Gold

Module Unit 2, Section B
You want to balance your front and back hip joint muscles — apart from the improved comfort around your hip joints — because those muscles play a part in pelvic position. Unbalanced tensions cause a forward or backward (generally forward) tilt of the pelvis — which affects S-I joint stresses.

This is the second of two exercises within that practice session — the first being Nose in the Hole.

The two exercises involve twisting movements — of the hips and of the trunk — which, in turn, affect the twist at the sacrum that creates the symptoms described in the following entry. : http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2011/04/understanding-sacro-iliac-joints.html

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Jaws, Neck and Trunk, Supine | Advanced Moves | Silent Sessions Lawrence Gold

This video clip shows movements used to free and integrate cranium, jaws, and trunk.

NEXT WORKING POSITION: http://youtu.be/qC7AcnZ5ano

It correlates with content from the entry, “The Effects of Jaw Tension — Is the Gag on You? | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-effects-of-jaw-tension-is-gag-on-you.html”

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Jaws, Neck and Trunk, Sitting | Advanced Moves | Silent Sessions Lawrence Gold

This video clip shows movements used to free and integrate cranium, jaws, and trunk.

It correlates with content from the entry, “The Effects of Jaw Tension — Is the Gag on You? | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-effects-of-jaw-tension-is-gag-on-you.html”

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How to Eat a Persimmon

You start at the tip of the fruit
at the bottom
on the other side from the hard, green stem with green petals.
Your persimmon is deep orange, and heart shaped
and plump and soft and delicate.
The point at the tip stands out.

You open the tip by nipping on it
taking little bites,
biting off more and again and again
until the soft, sweet, succulent
come out onto your tongue
in a wash of flavor
from the thick, soft, swirling sensation of the pulp.

Then you know what you do:
You start to suck.

You suck the soft, sweet, succulent
into your mouth
pushing deeper into the fruit
with each bite-and-suck,
working your way around in circles
as you press toward the hard stem at the far end.

Eventually, you've eaten most all of the soft pulp,
but there's still some skin left, skin with soft pulp on it
and you have no recourse
but to put the skin into your mouth
between your lips,
hold it in place with your tongue,
and bite and suck and pull on the skin
to get all the soft, sweet, succulent  pulp
onto your tongue,
and then you bite off the skin,
bit by bit
in a circle around the edge,
and chew it with your front teeth,
and swallow it
until it's all gone
and nothing is left but the stem.

That's how to eat a persimmon.

Psycho-Active TetraSeed Transformations | The Middle-Way Memory Matrix Ritual

A T T E N T I O N:


Cutting Gordian Knots (Chewin' 'em open's more like it.)

An Introspection:Integration:Transformation:Transcendence Tool
for self-knowledge and self liberation

The "Middle Way" Memory Matrix Ritual (The Kaleidoscope)
or just
The Memory Matrix Integration Tool

What does the name of this procedure mean?

It means freeing ourselves from the traps of specific kinds of very difficult, very sticky conditioning; it means ejecting from the 'strange attractors' of experience that shape our experience.

You are fit and ready to do this procedure when you have practiced The Gold Key Release and are proficient at it.  Without that proficiency, you will lack the familiarity with the experience of release (any description of which must remain vague until you have directly experienced it) that is necessary to make The Memory Matrix Ritual work.

"When the obstructions to yoga are recognized, the way to overcome them is to throw the weight of the imagination to the opposite side" ~~ The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
There are two pairs of opposite sides:
  • intending to experience the item and refusing to experience it
  • the item and its opposite
This procedure uses both.
"Ya Gotta Wanna." ~~ The Prime Directive of Somatic Education, according to Lawrence Gold
This is an extremely potent procedure, vastly more potent than The Gold Key Release, which, itself, is very potent.

It has two results
  • self-knowledge/recognition of your deeper, unconscious motivations related to something
  • dissolving the grip of your attention on the item you're working on to such an extent that either
    • the item has no charge left (it has lost cohesiveness, like smoke) or 
    • you're unable to remember what it was.  
    What's left is neutralized, free attention and space to have an entirely new relation to that experience, an entirely new kind of experience, but no compulsion to be any kind of experience.  It's "disappearance with no sense of loss".

After doing it thoroughly on an item, you may experience a period of intensification later in the day in which the item re-appears and you appear to be helpless to do anything about it.  The helplessness is a sign that you were heavily identified with it, and now that it is dissolving, the sense of yourself as do-er, in that area of life, is also dissolving.  This dissolution marks a shift in your way of operating that will allow new possibilities, and new responses on your part, to emerge.

This procedure involves seven stages:
  1. (quick step) Identifying the item:  a Strange Attractor/Trap
    -- what you feel stuck with or stuck in
  2. (quick step) Identifying the Opposing or a Contrasting Condition
  3. Preparing the item for Dissolution
  4. Starting Dissolution
  5. Dissolving Double-Binds
  6. Dissolving Pairs of Reinforcing Conditions
  7. Clean-up (coming out of the procedure)
Wash, rinse, repeat until clean.
It sounds obscure in the reading; it's clear when you actually do the process.

A word in advance:  If, after you have run any of the steps of the process, you are left with "a wad" (something that just won't dissolve), apply The Gold Key Release to it.  Otherwise, expect the items you're working with to disappear in the process.

In this process, you address every possible combination of limiting conditions. Since there's a lot to it, I recommend, for learning purposes, that you do only Step 1., to start.  When you get good at Step 1, add Step 2.; then Step 1., Step 2., and Step 3., etc.  When you know how to do a step, it's obvious to you and your biggest challenge will be to remember what you're working on as it dissolves.

FRUITFUL PAIRS OF ITEMS to which to apply this procedure:
  • Thinking | Feeling
  • Desire | Refusal
  • Going Toward Adversity | Avoiding Adversity
  • Steady Attention | Scattered Attention
  • Focused Intention| Undefined Intention
  • Reliable Memory | Sketchy Memory
  • Vivid Imagination | Vague Imagination
  • Witnessing | Being Involved
  • The Witness | The Ego
  • Disbelief | Belief
  • Honesty | Remembering
  • all "Sacred Cows" of spirituality and their opposites
  • all advice from well-meaning parents, pundits, mavens, teachers, gurus, and the traditions, including spiritual states, spiritual realizations and spiritual aspirations
In the beginning of practice, you may find it easier to choose concrete items -- such as your parents.  With practice, you may work more abstract items, such The waking State | Dreaming.

The curriculum for Intelligent Empowerment 101 contains these and a host of other "interesting" items to pass through the Memory Matrix Ritual, all designed to bring intelligence to and free us of habitual, unconscious conditioning, so we may live more intelligently and create more freely.

The Ritual | audio step-by-step instructions
[25 minutes] CLICK TO START


As you see, below, there's a lot to the procedure. It's not necessary to comprehend it, in advance, by reading it. To attempt to do so will only give you brain-fog. DO the procedure. You'll find each step comprehensible, do-able. Use the recorded coaching.
1. Identifying the Item
Choose either a problem area of your life (e.g., frustration with (-- something particular --) or a virtue of yours that you cherish (e.g., idealism or spirituality or goodness).

2. Identifying an Opposing or Contrasting Condition
e.g., fulfillment (or mediocrity or lack of spirituality or evil)

3. Preparing the Two Related Items for Dissolution
The Gold Key Release on each item

4. Starting Dissolution
This step involves two pairs of four actions:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse the item: e.g., to refuse frustration.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend the item: e.g., to intend frustration.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time. 
A recognizable feeling will appear,

     4.  Notice the effort in that feeling and relax it (both feelings at the same time).

If necessary, apply The Gold Key Release until the feeling dissolves.  You'll be able to do this if you have facility in The Gold Key Release; if you don't have such facility, you shouldn't be doing The Memory Matrix Ritual.

Then, apply the procedure in reverse:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse the item: e.g., to refuse to feel frustration.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend the item: e.g., to intend to feel frustration.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it. 
So it's:
Refuse "a".
Intend "a".
Intend "a".
Refuse "a".

Then, apply the procedure to the contrasting (or opposite) condition.
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse the item: e.g., to refuse fulfillment.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend the item: e.g., to intend fulfillment.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time at equal intensity.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it.
and apply the procedure in reverse. This is not a redundancy; order makes a difference, as you will discover.

So it's:
Refuse "z".
Intend "z".
Intend "z".
Refuse "z".
You will experience the first stage of stress-dissolution.

5. Dissolving Double-Binds

Apply the procedure to the "intended" form of both conditions, e.g.:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend fulfillment.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend  frustration.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time at equal intensity.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it. 
and in reverse order:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend frustration.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend fulfillment.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time at equal intensity.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it.

So it's:
Intend "a".
Intend "z".
Intend "z".
Intend "a".

Now, switch -- do the "refusal" forms of both conditions:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse fulfillment.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse frustration.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it. 
and in reverse:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse frustration.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse fulfillment.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it. 
So it's:
Refuse "a".
Refuse "z".
Refuse "z".
Refuse "a".
Revelations of the hidden roots of trouble -- hardened attitudes -- come at this step.

6.  Dissolving Hidden Internal Conflicts

Refuse "a".
Intend "a".

Intend "a".
Refuse "a".

Refuse "a".

Refuse "z".
Intend "z".

Intend "z".
Refuse "z".

Refuse "z".

7. Dissolving Pairs of Reinforcing Conditions

Apply the procedure to "intending" one condition and "refusing"the other, e.g.:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend fulfillment.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse frustration.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it. 
Then, flip the order of Step 1. and Step 2.

and, now in reverse:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse frustration.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend fulfillment.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it
So it's:
Refuse "a".
Intend "z".
Intend "z".
Refuse  "a".

Now, switch:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend fulfillment.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse frustration.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it. 
and in reverse:
  1. Imagine or remember what it feels like to refuse frustration.
  2. Imagine or remember what it feels like to intend fulfillment.
  3. Alternate until you can hold both feelings at the same time.
  4. Notice the effort and relax it.
At each stage, you experience the dissolution of hidden, submerged life conditioning that has been running your life.

At the beginning, while you learn, you may skip the "flipped order" versions.  Once you feel the immediate efficacy of the procedure, you will want to include them.

8a.  Clean-up (simpler version)
Do steps 4 - 1 in reverse order.

8b.  Triangulation (advanced, after some practice):
  1. Feel "intending 'z', refusing 'z', 'a' (no intent or refusal of 'a')".
  2. Feel "refusing 'z', intending 'z', 'a'
  3. Feel "intending 'a', refusing 'a', 'z'" (no intent or refusal of 'z').
  4. Feel "refusing 'a', intending 'a', 'z'" intending "a".
    Alternate until you can hold all feelings simultaneously.
     5.  Allow it all to dissolve (using The Gold Key Release, if necessary).

Do 1-4 until you can hold all three feelings at once.
Allow it all to dissolve (using The Gold Key Release, if necessary).

9. The "Pipe-Organ"

"a" refusing 'z' refusing "a"
"a" refusing "a" refusing "z"

"z" refusing "a" refusing "z"
"z" refusing "z" refusing "a"

combinations of partiality
"a" intending "a" refusing "z"
"a" refusing "z" intending "a"
"a" refusing "a" intending "z"
"a" intending "z" refusing "a"

"z" intending "z" refusing "a"
"z" refusing "a" intending "z"
"z" refusing "z" intending "a"
"z" intending "a" refusing "z"

total acceptance
"a" intending "a" intending "z"
"a" intending "a" intending "a"

"z" intending "a" intending "z"
"z" intending "z" intending "a"

total negation
"a" refusing "z" refusing "a"
"a" refusing "a" refusing "z"

"z" refusing "a" refusing "z"
"z" refusing "z" refusing "a"

10. Second Triangulation (Residual Internal Conflict Dissolution)
"a" intending "a" refusing "a"
"a" refusing "a" intending "a"

"z" intending "z" refusing "z"
"z" refusing "z" intending "z"

Dissolving Bondage of Attention to the Aspects
  1. Feel "a".
  2. Feel "z".
    alternate to satisfaction
Alternate indefinitely until something happens.
  1. Feel:  "a" -- "z" -- "a".
  2. Feel:  "z" -- "a" -- "z".
 Alternate indefinitely until something happens.

Do Gold Key Release on "a" and on "z".

With familiarity, you'll be able to tell whether to repeat steps for further clean-up.

You're done when it's gone; there's no intensity left. You find it hard to recall what it was.

OPTION:  In place of "intend", you may do, "invite".

Now, I recognize that this kind of process is entirely new to most people and that it may be a bit much, particularly to do from a piece of writing -- at first. We are, after all, addressing every possible combination of the limiting conditions we're working with.

I will prepare an audio recording that walks you through one application of it.  Do it well, once, and you understand it.

ADVANCED TECHNIQUE:  "Flashing the Condition"

In this technique, we deliberately sense our stress level in the moment, feel its location, size and shape in us, and then, holding that sense, expand or point attention outward, "... feeling out of sight, beyond reach . . ." until you contact the sense of mystery or unknowable.  Bring that sense of mystery or unknowable into the held sense of stress level, let go of any conceptualization about it and just feel it as a bodily sensation.

(Hanna Somatic Educators:  This is a form of
Intuitive Means-Whereby,
and Pandiculation plus Kinetic Mirroring.)

As you feel how you are holding yourself, feel if there's something about it you can let go.  Let go.  Forget.

Some very interesting things may happen.

(simplified version of The Lightening Bolt/The Hammer of Thor)

It's a movement of expanding attention into the field of sensation,
a movement of super-expansion beyond objects,
a movement of return and pervasion of the self-condition with mystery
a release of any specific intent, to feel the whole,
a return to the sense of embodied self,
and a movement of release.

  1. Expansion
  2. Squeeze and Feel
  3. Expansion

A kind of pump.

M O R E   M A G I C

(to return to this entry again, later.

domains to which The TetraSeed Modulations can be applied

copyright 2014 Lawrence Gold
This writing may be reproduced only in its entirety,
with accurate attribution of authorship, and an appropriate backlink.

The Witness Function Blends Into Mystery

LISTEN while reading

The Witness
or The Witness Position, as it is commonly referred to, is meant to refer to the status of bare attention to the phenomena of existence, without confusion with emotional or other reaction.

The tendency resulting from identifying Witnessing as a "something" is toward a kind of effort at witnessing without reaction -- a kind of self-nullification, and as such, an action.

And as such, witnessing is temporary and conditional.  That witnessing cannot be maintained indefinitely, even with practice, because as an effort, it is inevitably interfered with by other efforts of the moment. Not arising or standing in from the Eternal, it is arising or standing in as a representation of the Eternal, while being an expression of the conditional self.

So, that ain't it.

Witnessing must be true of both the conditional self and of the status of existence as an emerging mystery-in-progress.

So, what is that?

Let's bear in mind that the conditional self, characterized by self-awareness, depends utterly upon memory for its self-awareness.  In particular, it depends utterly upon something that all somas (sentient beings) require for all and any perception:  CONTRAST.

Contrast is a function of two-ness, though not necessarily of duality defined as pairs of opposites.  Any two-ness will do, similar or different.

EXAMPLE: Visualize a black cat in a coal bin at midnight.

You might argue that we can't see the cat simply because it's dark.  However, the same invisibility would pertain if it were a white cat on arctic snow at mid-day. The common term is "snow blindness".

It's the contrast that's missing, not light, itself.

For self-awareness, the contrast is between short-term memory, which furnishes us with the perception of what we call, "the Now", and long-term memory, which furnishes us with the whole matrix of memories that constitutes our felt sense of identity. Memories change at different rates and contain different content, and those are the contrasts.  Those contrasts stimulate the formation of new memories and it's the formation of new memories that confers the sense of existence through the sensations involved. No memory, no sense of existence. Period.

Self-awareness requires contrast to experience existence.  While common contrasts derive from movement, color, smell, etc., one fundamental, primal, and mysterious contrast derives from the nature of attention, itself:  existence and non-existence, or "something-ness" and the absence of something-ness.  That's a pretty primal contrast.

AND SO (punchline)

Non-existence is essential to Witnessing and the contrast between non-existence and existence is the very nature of witnessing.

Anything else, if true, would involve "something unwitnessed doing the witnessing" -- and I'm not speaking of a transcendental something behind it all, but of an egoic something -- the one making the effort to witness.

Now, if I've confounded your mind, that's something good.  There's more.

Here it is:

Witnessing is our very nature, before any efforts to cultivate it.  A dog "has" Witnessing Nature.  I write, "has" because it's not something one can "have", as the one who might presume to "have" it is being witnessed by it!  Which one has which??  In either case, even without self-referencing recognition, a dog's non-existing witnessing function is neither more nor less "non-existing" than ours.  Hence.

There's a verrrry simple argument that makes this all easy and clear: (You were hoping, weren't you?)

We perceive everything after it happens, given the speed that our neurology can transmit the nerve impulses that register sensation. That's slower than instantaneously.  To add more time lag, we have the time needed to recognize something.  The combination are called, "reaction time".  By time we perceive something, it has to be a short-term memory in us, given meaning by long-term memory.  We are always perceiving, cognizing and recognizing the present in terms of the past.  The very present has yet to emerge into our short-term memory, which takes reaction time.  The very present is always unknown, and we take the post-present for the very-present.

The very-present is another name for Witnessing.  It would have to be, as to be pure awareness, Witnessing would have to be present with everything and nothing, which are but partially known (remembered) and, in totality, unknown.

Experience comes into action "before" witnessing can apprehend it as the short-term memory impression we call, the present.  Then, as short-term memory forms, attention can locate features/aspects of experience.  But awareness precedes attention, witnessing the mystery that precedes emerging experience. The Witnessing is the witnessing of Mystery by Mystery, prior to memory. It doesn't arise with or from the witnesser; the witnesser, if that person or function arises, is witnessed as having arisen before the witnesser knew it.

Everything happens before we know it, including Witnessing.

The Witnessing Function Blends with Mystery -- and this can be verified by intuitive contemplation.

So, if you think you need to cultivate the Witness, that thought arose before you knew it, and you've always already been Witnessing, the witnessing even of Mystery and Ignorance.

The Indefinite Mystery Looks Out into the Conditional Mystery
and goes,
"What's This?"


Somatic Rockin' and Rollin' | Sets of Two | Breathing

Here's a little thing called, "Sets of Two".

It goes like this, using Cat Stretch Lesson 7, Breathing, as an example, but understanding that I am illustrating a principle that can be applied to all kinds of movement elements of all kinds of somatic education exercises.

The point of Cat Stretch Lesson 7 is to round out the breathing process, both in terms of evening-out the movements of inhalation/exhalation and in terms of BALANCING the sizes of inhalation and exhalation. By "balancing the sizes", I mean that we exhale as completely as we inhale; for understanding-by-means-of-contrast, people with emphysema and/or asthma are generally stuck in the inhalation action; you don't see people with these conditions with scrawny, caved-in, shrunken chests; their chests are stuck in inflation. Because they don't give themselves as completely to exhalation as they do to inhalation, and they breathe in and out from an inflated place, their tidal ("in-lung") air tends to be stagnant, and so they tend to gasp by inhaling further. You get the picture.

So back to Lesson 7 and Sets of Two, Lesson 7 is built around "the breathing pump", the pistonlike movement of shuttling the in-lung airball between the chest space and the abdominal space. The point is to ream out the passage between the two locations so the movements are uniformly easy AND we breathe, balloonlike, into and out of the center of breathing (not piston-like). The Breathing Pump is the central action used.

To apply Sets of Two to The Breathing Pump, we use a cadenced action.

Each time we shuttle air to the abdominal space, we pause for a moment and then shuttle it a little further in the same direction.  That's a "Two". It's a gentle action that has a very satisfying effect upon sensory-motor learning, which I will leave to you to discover.

Likewise, each time we shuttle air to the chest space, we pause for a moment and then shuttle it a little further in the same direction.


Move to the other place

A - B - A       B - A - B
and so on.

Let us hear your experience of doing it that way. There's a place for that, below.

NEXT: integrating The Tongue Mudra into Lesson 7

ACCESS TO THE CAT STRETCH EXERCISES (complete program containing Lesson 7)

That Little Ol' Ganglion of Rebes

The Ganglion of Rebes, The Ganglion of Rebes . . . . .
has anyone heard of The Ganglion of Rebes?

The fabled nerve plexus is accessible through the nose
(according to my training in The Rolf Method)
The septum of the nose and vomer bone
(which connects to the ethmoid bone,
roof of the nose and floor of the brain case)
together with the ganglion
function like a servo-gyro
which registers and self-corrects balance
in neurological concert with the balance centers of the inner ears
and the myofacial web.

The Ganglion of Rebes reports into the brain
the sensation of stresses going through the nose
-- their shape and intensity -- and by extension
the sensations of stresses going through the cranium
that converge at the septum/mid-plate of the nose.

However, it does so only when it's turned on.
And it's not always turned on.
Is yours, right now?  Ah HAH!!!

The sensing function of the Ganglion of Rebes relates to
the relation of the tongue to the roof of the mouth/palate ( see, below ) --
so that when the tongue is placed in a certain position
under the mouth's palate and breath is taken in through the nose
the septum can be felt and the Ganglion of Rebes actively turns on.

Upon turning on, the first thing that is sensed and noticed
is any "sidedness" of head position -- side-tilt, generally.
The distribution of space within the two sides of the cranium
reflects side-tilted-ness. Cavities on one side of the head
are more open than cavities on the other side --

the old, "One Open Nose Hole" routine.

You know the one.
I'm sure you do.

Then, upon breathing and feeling the shape of the tongue
curled and cupped under the palate, above,
and the place on the palate that is sensitized by the cupped tongue
along with the inbreath into the nose,
a spontaneous turning-on of the upper cervical vertebrae region occurs
and with it, a spontaneous set or series of head-movement-adjustments.

Crunch, Crunch

A similar thing may happen in the spine region behind the heart
particularly when the "floating palate" variant of The Tongue Mudra is used.

All from turning on that little ol' Ganglion of Rebes,
which practitioners of Dr. Rolf's Recipe seek to do
with the magic tips of their little fingers.
Wiggle, Wiggle

A little on The Ganglion of Impar,
the Other End of The Ganglion of Rebes,

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The Lords of Twinkle | Gateways into Different Dreaming | SomaSounds

Play at a gentle volume

Attend to this video’s sights and sounds, and allow it to wipe you clean of accumulated stress. Listen, feel through the stress, breathe, release and relax ever more deeply.

SomaSounds are suitable for playback during practice of somatic education exercises to bring you to an optimal mindset for deeper results.

Clinical Somatic Education | a New Discipline in the Field of Health Care


Muscular Weakness vs. Muscular Inhibition

People sometimes speak of muscular weakness, when muscles are actually being inhibited by reciprocal inhibition, the process by which when flexors (e.g., biceps) flex, extensors (e.g., triceps) are inhibited by the brain to permit the flexion, and vice-versa.  This pattern of reciprocal inhibition applies to all opposing/complementary muscle groups.

When agonist muscles are habitually contracted in SMA ("Sensory-Motor Amnesia" | See the book, Somatics:  ReAwakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health, by Thomas Hanna), the antagonists are inhibited.  When this situation is described as muscular weakness, what is being disclosed is failure to understand reciprocal inhibition.

In that case, the typical thinking and approach is in terms of "strengthening" the inhibited antagonist muscle(s), when what should be done is to restore the capacity to relax the opposing agonist(s), and thereby turn off habituated reciprocal inhibition.

In the case of Trauma Reflex (See Somatics), the untraumatized side is inhibited; the traumatized side is in SMA contraction toward the somatic center.  That shows up as reluctance to put weight on, or otherwise to use, the traumatized side, experienced as weakness.

In stereotypical Trauma Reflex, that withdrawal from function shows up as a twist pattern in which the thigh of the traumatized side is adducted (pulled in) and the shoulder of that side is pulled back; pulling the shoulder back narrows that side, and thereby shifts the center of gravity (weight) toward the other side, where better function is available.  That act of narrowing can't be accomplished by bringing the shoulder forward because the clavicle prevents narrowing that way; the only ways narrowing can be accomplished are either by bringing the shoulder back or by bringing it up -- and the contraction of Trauma Reflex toward the somatic center opposes bringing the shoulder up, so back it goes.  (Note:  When the neck is traumatized a shoulder or shoulders go up; when the side of the ribs is traumatized, the arm clamps over the traumatized zone and doesn't respond to the typical Trauma Reflex protocol.)

The general feeling of the traumatized side is of weakness, of non-support, visible as a walking limp, for example, even though that is the contracted side.  (Weakness also results from muscle fatigue, and again, therapists apply the "strengthening" approach, when what is needed is relaxation and refreshment, upon which strength returns in a minute or so.)

Strengthening is almost never needed because muscular function rises to the level of habitual demand.  (Muscular atrophy is an exception.)  What is needed is typically normalization (or right-left equivalence) of control, so that reciprocal inhibition occurs only with the momentary demands of free movement.
See, Completing Recovery from an Injury.

The Matrix in Your Underwear

The Matrix is the first manifestation of Source:  the Field of Possibility and The Ground of Being with only two states:  existence and non-existence.

There being no other qualities at that rudimentary ground of being, there is no polarity, no push or pull, only oscillation between existence and non-existence filling all points of space-time, scintillating everywhere, asynchronously.  It is formless form, the first primal expression of emptiness.  That is The Matrix; only, to itself, it isn't The Matrix or anything else.  To the astrophysicist, it may be the Cosmological Constant, the primordial energy of universal expansion.

Polarity appeared in its first duality: "Possibility" and "Actuality", or put another way, light (electromagnetic field/possibility) and matter.(gravitational and electromagnetic fields/actuality, along with the strong and weak nuclear and other, higher-order forces).  Time existed, but all time was the same.

Within or in the body of that matrix, rhythms begin to propagate and turbulent ripples form -- electromagnetic radiation -- light -- the Field of Possibility (synonymous).  Those rhythms and turbulent ripples are movements within the Field of Possibility (electromagnetic field), gathering fields of tendency, gathering fields of possibility (same thing).

From that rudimentary beginning, "quantity" arose:  zero, 1, and >1, and with it, primal structural laws, the second primal expression of emptiness, one with duration and variability (no variability, no duration): the third primal expression of emptiness.  Time was born as motion; and with time as motion came organization, which led to organisms (big jump, but that was the trend).  All of these are developmental behaviors of The Matrix.

Primordial, stable forms came into existence (sub-atomic particle-behaviors, atoms, forms capable of integration into form-clusters (molecules), higher order forms (cells), etc.: "standing waves."  In some locations, standing waves show up as matter -- turbulent ripples  in The Matrix having the movement behaviors of binding forces, electromagnetic properties (standing waves' stable frequency characteristics) and mutual mass attraction (gravity).  Matter is a standing wave behavior complex made of The Matrix, and there are many variations of standing waves -- let's say 102, or so, stable ones.

Standing waves integrate to become more complex standing waves made of simpler component standing waves -- the way words are made of letters.

That appearance of standing waves (durable behaviors) is the expression of integration occurring at a more rudimentary level to form the next higher level of complexity; standing waves are the emergence of new behaviors, and the emergence of new, stable (or durable) behaviors is the emergence of organization. Organization is a tendency, just as gravity is a tendency (mass-attraction), just as electromagnetism is a tendency (attraction-repulsion of charges, positive and negative), just as the strong and weak nuclear binding forces are tendencies to stay together.  Tendency, what they have in common, suggests that there are at least five fundamental forces, the fifth being the tendency to form patterns of organization (emergence).

Eventually, that integration process reaches a stage of complexity and integration that somas (self-moving, self-perpetuating lifeforms) appear -- and ultimately, human somas.

With human somas, entirely new variable trends of development appeared, with memory, individuation, identity, mind and social interaction.  Unique-self appeared as a new kind of dynamic, self-organizing process of emergence, a fourth primal expression of emptiness, one that, when it appears not to be emptiness, but substantial self persisting through the agency of memory, is called, "ego-self", the presumed, persistent momentum of memory-based self.

Paradox enters the Matrix.  The self, a product of The Matrix, appears to be at odds with The Matrix.  The Matrix, in some circles, gets painted as some sort of diabolical mind-control conspiracy, whereas it is merely remembered patterns of consciousness arising from Source with chaotic properties giving rise to self-organizing processes appearing as physical phenomena with rudimentary consciousness, which give rise to somatic Tetraseeds, humans and The News.

The Matrix is constructed of interacting Tetraseeds, which are the core basis of every soma:  attention, intention, imagination, and memory.

Movements of attention,
arisings of intentions,
flights of imagination (or emergence of new functions by evolution or maturation),
and consolidation of memory
constitute the core of all somatic existence. 

Physiological functions merely carry out those functions.

Less-complex, rudimentary Tetraseeds exist as non-living matter:
  • instead of attention, directionality
  • instead of intention, tendency
  • instead of memory, persistence
  • instead of imagination, new developments (such as a kosmos)

To the Tetraseed,
which is the structure of individuated consciousness,
and which emerges into the Kosmos as the "eyes of tendency",
we add,

Everything happens before we know it.
Including our thoughts and emotions.

Memories form before we know it.
Intentions arise before we know it.
Our attention moves from thing to thing before we know it.
Reveries, imaginings, and new faculties emerge before we know it.
We think, feel, and act before we know it.
Witnessing anything happens before we know it.

Take that beyond "knowing it in words"
to observing yourself and your experience to observe if this is so.

To be alive is to be self-moving,
though the self-moving-ness starts before we know it.

We don't "cultivate" the Witness Disposition.
We inevitably are the Witness Disposition
while life goes on with no one at the Controls
we doing what we do, being moved the way we are moved
before we know it.
We are the Witness Disposition before we know it.

Don't take my word for it.
Observe yourself, for yourself.

Standing Side-sway | Comfort Your S-I Joints | Finishing Movement after Practice

Standing Side-sway | Comfort Your S-I Joints | Finishing Movement after Practice


Clinical Somatic Education | a New Discipline in the Field of Health Care


Illuminating the "NOW" Movement | el debunk-o

Recognition of our actual state in any moment is always incomplete
for two reasons (at least):

1.  Everything happens before we know it.
"Reaction Time" is one measure of this truth.

2.  Everything is in motion,
everything is a moving target,
including ourselves. Recognition comes after the fact.

Everything WE do,
we do before we know it
and even the "skillful self-corrections" we dobegin before we know it.

The arising of self
happens before we know it.

Thus, recognition of our actual state in any moment is always incomplete
and that recognition, partial and approximate
subject to the up-burgeoning
of newness.

So there's always something left, not recognized, that we are operating AS.

And so, we REALLY don't know how far behind Actuality we are.

If anyone REALLY "got into the Now", they would have no experience, whatever.



It is taught and well-known in the teaching called Rolfing Structural Integration, that one way to reach and affect the neck is through the nose.  This is the Rolfing move made famous in the movie, Semi-Tough, in which Burt Reynolds' character is required by the team owner to get "Pelfed", and the old lady comes out to greet him wearing a latex glove. 

"Wha- what's that for?"
"The inside of the nose is a reflection of the personality."

But I digress up to a point:

We can find out what Ida Rolf discovered and how Rolfers use the relationship between the inside of the nose and the cervical spine by doing . . . . .

THE TONGUE MUDRA | transformational phenomenal experience

The Tongue Mudra:
*  tip of the tongue on roof of the mouth behind front teeth
*  back of the tongue lifted and secured against rear molars
*  center of the tongue cupped like a spoon or radar dish

Sensing the center of the palate above the tongue-cup
feel it light up and become sensitized.

Feeling that, breathe through the nose
and feel the current
from the tongue
to the palate
through the nasal cavity
defining the septum
feeling through the brain cavity
breathing in-and-out the crown chakra
feeling the base of the head change its seat on the neck
and feeling the effect go the the spine behind the heart.

Various spontaneous, self-adjusting kriyas may occur.

Suitable for sitting meditation.


THE TONGUE MUDRA | instruction and transformational phenomena

The Tongue Mudra is a very powerful technique that
  • opens your core
  • clears your mind
  • creates cumulative beneficial effects on posture
  • opens breathing
  • relaxes subconscious tensions that cloud judgment

    and that's enough of a partial list of benefits
The technique works by itself or combined with other mental and physical exercise techniques; when combined, it enhances any exercise with which you combine it.

Use this technique to magnify the effects of most other somatic education exercises. Adopt the mudra and maintain it continuously as you go through the movements of the other exercises.

Another technique to magnify somatic education exercises, The Diamond-Penetration Technique, can be found here: http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2011/01/advance-of-somatic-education-technique.html
The Tongue Mudra

Clinical Somatic Education | a New Discipline in the Field of Health Care

The Tongue Mudra:
*  back of the tongue lifted and secured against your rear molars
*  tip of the tongue on roof of your mouth behind your front teeth
* center of the tongue cupped like a spoon or radar dish aimed at your palate

The "Bite Your Tongue" variation
You gently bite the back of your tongue between the upper and lower rear molars.

You then alternate, slowly, left and right, sensing the pressure of biting through the teeth and sides of the head, as it moves left and right, gently tipping your head toward the side of the bite as you move.

When you cup your tongue sufficiently, you'll feel a sensation in the nasal cavity.  That's your working position.

Sensing the center of your palate above your tongue-cup
feel it light up and become sensitized.

Feeling that, breathe through your nose
so that you feel the in-stream of breath over the sensitized place on your palate.

Breathe in and out through your nose, sensing the place in your nasal cavity
affected by your tongue position.  It may be in the nasal septum, in the facial bones and forehead, further up or further back.

Feel the sensation
from your tongue
to your palate
through the nasal cavity,
to the sensitized place.

Feel through the brain cavity,
breathing in-and-out the crown of your head.

By steadying the sensations of breathing through your nose,
feel your head position change,
feel your neck change its curve and lengthen,
and feel the effect go the the spine behind the heart.

Various spontaneous, self-adjusting movements may occur.

Suitable for sitting meditation.

audio coaching
Be prepared to stop and start this recording at each step of coaching.
Listen once through, then listen again and practice.

http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/lawrencegold.wordpress.com/269/ The Tongue Mudra | a way to magnify somatic education exercises Lawrence Gold https://lawrencegold.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/the-tongue-mudra-a-way-to-magnify-somatic-education-exercises-lawrence-gold/

The Three Evolutions of Music | Egoic Music and Transpersonal Music

One of the earliest musical elements is "beat".  "Beat" comes out of the primordial beat of life, the heartbeat.  Out of "beat" comes "rhythm".  The primordial rhythm is the beating of the heart, which occurs in 3/4 time, like the waltz.

We have two more primordial structures:  melody and harmony.
We may look at the melody as the "ego" or "I" of the piece.  We may look at the harmonic structures that support the melody as the "we" or "social context" of the piece.  Harmony is approval of the melody; disharmony is disapproval of the melody.

The earliest music was song, the melody of one voice or the chorus of agreeing voices, at first mimicking sounds found in nature (waking state), then sounds found in dreams and the imagination.

Soon, music evolved the instrumentality of "beat", which is the emphasis of moments of rhythm in a melody, and the support of harmony, which is emphasis of the melody. 

A relevant aside:
Emphasis corresponds to the special function of "name" (as in, yours), the function of which is to call attention.  We call someone's name to get their attention.  "Name" is an attention-marker.  So are "beat" and melody.

Thus, "beat" is an egoic indicator.

Melody is an egoic indicator.

Harmony is a social indicator.

Thus, music has evolved in two stages:
  • individual ego with individual emphasis
  • individual ego supported by the collective emphasis of collective ego
And thus the music business was born.


There is a third evolution of music, one that includes but goes beyond "beat", one that includes but goes beyond melody, whose characteristic includes harmony, but goes beyond harmony.

What's beyond harmony?

The Field of Feeling, itself.

The Field of Feeling is our capacity for experience.

The Field of Feeling includes both harmony and disharmony.

Disharmony is more than a matter of opinion;
it is felt, and in that way, it is distinct from harmony,
though the two terms are only two relative locations on a continuum,
which is a continuum of feeling.

The third evolution of music, rather than adhering to the inherited forms of rhythm, melody and harmony -- and evolving out of them (as an elaboration of musical tradition) -- instead starts with the field of feeling (as the master composers did), and organically lays down rhythm, melody and harmony as a direct expression of the Field resonating in a peculiar vibrational (or harmonic) band, unfettered to the forms or concerns of musical convention (unlike what the music masters did).  "Band" is an expression equivalent to "rainbow" -- a spectrum of experience. 

(Which has nothing to do with why they call assembled groups of musicians, "bands".  The term, band, has been watered down to include assembled groups of purported musicians who have no coherent attunement to any harmonic band, and thus what they lack in musicianship, they make up in volume, to the joy of their insensate fans.  This lack of coherent attunment to any harmonic band is also why they call musical sessions of jazz musicians, "jam sessions".)

This act of creation in third-evolution music is not random or chaotic, but deliberate and specific to produce a stream of felt musical expression that as closely as possible approximates what is being felt in the moment by the creating musician.  The creator and the creation, the musician and the music, are one, but viewable from two perspectives: 
  1. that of the creator, creating
  2. the of the onlooker/listener to the creation
In actuality, they are one occurrence, but two perspectives of it.

One of the special instrumentalities of the third evolution of music is its use of timing.

Conventional music uses timing the set the pace, and thus, the depth, of the musical experience.  This use of timing is essentially an emotional device:  faster connotes surface excitement; slower connotes depth of feeling.  Music uses "rest notes" as a way to clearing the palate between musical expressions (a "rest" is a "note" of silence of a certain length) -- all of which serve the musical communication.

What conventional music does not do is free the attention from its own form.  Thus, conventional music, however well performed, leaves an aftertaste, even if a pleasant one.

The third evolution of music does do just that -- frees the attention from its musical form -- and in the process frees attention of the listener even from his or her own form, so that attention drops into the transpersonal field of Feeling. 

First, a state of purification, and then, a state of dreaming ensues, perhaps with periodic surfacing of attention to realize that one has been dreaming, only to submerge, again.  In that dreaming, one may see world-realities similar to what one has known, but populated by persons and places utterly unfamiliar to oneself ("Different Dreaming").  Oneself also dissolves when those world-realities dissolve.  One never notices.  One emerges feeling cleansed.

Third Evolution Music proceeds by two steps:  formation and dissolution.

In "formation", attention is gathered into the harmonic band from which the musical creation emerged.  This is the dreaming stage.

In "dissolution", the harmonic creation disperses, and with it, the attention that was attuned to it, and with that dissolution, the ego sense also dissolves.  This is the purification stage.

Attuning to a vibrational band (or harmonic flow) and creating from the midst of that attunement sets up a morphic field that guides and shapes the perceptions and actions of the musician -- and the flavor of the music.  With sensibilities thus attuned, what gets created embodies that set-up morphic field that can be felt by the listener to the recorded work (more easily than by those present during the act of creation, since they are embedded in and part of that field).  It's a creation in "real time" as opposed to a written composition.

In the dissolution stage, the musician dissolves his/her attunement to the harmonic band by freeing his/her attention from it.  | See The Gold Key Release  |  The communication of the harmonic band simultaneously dissolves or fades or transitions out from the musical creation being formed, leaving an intuition of neutral consciousness -- an awakening from All Form.

This simplifies down to:
  1. Intentional Attention into some Attunement
  2. Shapes the Morphic Field of Creativity
  3. and Shapes the Creation.
  4. Attention freed from some Attunement
  5. makes the Morphic field transparent
  6. and Transcends Creation.

This third-evolution creation requires no beat or rhythm, although beat and rhythm may emerge from and appear within it.

This creation has no melody, although melodic passages may appear.

This creation has no allegiance to harmony, no predisposition to disharmony,
but at various times, both may appear
in service to the Field to which the musician
is Attuned.

What is all-important is the Field set up.
Harmonies and disharmonies are transitions.
Rhythms are entrainments of attention through the transitions.
Melodies appear and dissolve, surface and recede,
emerging from and then merging back into the Field
of Attuned Transitions.

It is the third evolution of music
which does not care whether it is included
in the category, "music"
because its communication, however musical or unmusical,
is transcendental.

Citizens United : the final word

Evaluating the Citizens United decision isn't difficult.  Free speech is a right accorded to citizens.  Corporations aren't citizens; they're fictitious persons.  Fictitious persons don't have citizens' rights, including the right to meddle in the political process.

For corporations and special interest groups, the answer is more than, "no 'money is free speech" for you"; it's "hands off!"

Hereness is Transcendentally Inclusive


"Hereness" is not determined by our surroundings.
"Hereness" is determined by, " I ".

Our surroundings change.
Our interiors change.

The essence of " I " never changes.
" I " remain Here.

Life is variable.
"Hereness" is invariable.

" I " is always wherever "I" IS
whether or not " I " knows what " I " is.

So, all " I "  can say is,  "Here" " I " IS!
 ("Here I is!")

" I " never knows and remembers the origin of "Hereness".
The origin of "Hereness" is forever Unknown.

" I " never knows the location of "Hereness".
The location of "Hereness" is forever Unknown.

That is our very nature.

We just assume that we know.

We take the particulars of our surroundings
for "Hereness",

and take those particulars as being the origin (cause) of our "Hereness"
and the location of our "Hereness"

when really
all of our surroundings are is its temporary proxy
("things in proximity").

We take the proxy for "Hereness",
"Hereness" which is forever available, forever undefined,
whereas the proxy is ever-changing and offers no reliable availability.

So we start clinging -- and clinging to the wrong thing, at that,
clinging to the slippery slope proxy
instead of standing in the always here
in full communion and participation with what is temporarily here.

Why?  Because we can't help ourselves.  By time we notice it, it's already  too late; it's already in motion and all we can do is live it through or oppose it.

What we can do is to thoroughly experience what we are being as we are being ourselves, whatever that is.  It's a maneuver of attention.

When attention steadies, the thing held in attention dissolves.

Through that attending and dissolving,
we may recall the "Hereness" of " I-AM - ness",
which is the ever-present location in which all of our experiencing occurs
and which is the "pilot light" of our existence.

That is the disposition of awareness.

FROM FULL-SPECTRUM SOMATICS | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2014/07/hereness-is-not-determined-by-our.html

Comfort Your S-I Joints | Unit 1 Introduction

Basic orientation to practice of the Unit 1 somatic education exercises to correct S-I Joint Dysfunction.

Relevant explanatory entry for the condition:


The first step of correcting S-I Joint Dysfunction (and Pelvic Distress Syndrome) is to “unlock” the situation — much like unlocking a lock-nut to free a screw to turn.

In this case, we make more room in the low back and S-I joints so things can move. That involves decompressing the lumbo-sacral junction (where low back and pelvis meet) and elongating the jammed side (the side where the sacrum is too deep).


Comfort Your S-I Joints | Unit 1 Introduction
Clinical Somatic Education | a New Discipline in the Field of Health Care


Nothing is Something | Emptyness is Form | Gesundheit!

If there is recognition of, "nothing", then it's something.

"Nothing" gets recognized by memory as . . . . .
"NOTHING ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  , "

The absence of "NOTHING ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  , " is nothing
and we don't know what that is.
(Guess why.)

Kind of tacitly "behind" everything
exists the perspective of "the seer"
the Hereness of the seer,
a position in the midst of everything
that seems to be witnessing it all
and seems to be witnessed by it all
a living, centralized impression of Totality
both local and non-local
felt as the seer.

When seen,
the seer is a living memory in motion,
moving, modifying, forming, persisting, changing
taking temporary forms to
appear as someone
in the incomprehensible

(not written by Victor Borge)

Diane Hamilton, I see you as beautifully radiant.
The quality of your attention is beautiful
and draws one into serenity by reminding oneself
of one's own empty self-nature (no cliche intended).
(Wait a minute!  I may just be seeing my own Shadow material.....!)


Psoas Muscle Pain Self-Treatment: 4 way walking integration, INTRO by Lawrence Gold

VIDEO DESCRIPTION: https://www.youtube.com/user/Lawrence9Gold?feature=mhee
Iliopsoas Muscle Somatic Exercises: Coordinate legs, pelvis and trunk in the walking pattern. We coordinate legs, pelvis and trunk (mediated by the psoas muscles) in forward/back and side-to-side motions.

Neck Pain / Can’t Turn Head | Startle Reflex Somatic Education Exercise by Lawrence Gold

From The Magic of Somatics, this maneuver quiets pain at the front of the shoulder and side of the neck: pectoralis muscles and sterno-cleido-mastoid (SCM) muscles. It takes you progressively out of the tension pattern of Startle Reflex. (See http://ift.tt/1lAybps.

The key to this movement is to synchronize the movement elements. That means the lifting movements of the head and shoulder, and breathing.

You use your breathing to pace, that is, start and end, the other movements. Your breath is also what helps you to let go of your pectoral (chest) muscles, so your shoulder can move back (posteriorly).

Be careful to lift only one shoulder at a time; whichever shoulder you lift, you rest and brace yourself upon the other shoulder.

Startle Reflex is a protective action pattern triggered by fear — closing up the soft front of the body. Habituation in this reflex restricts breathing, causes elevated heart rate, and forward head position.

The Magic of Somatics, page 37 | http://ift.tt/1lAybFG

Neck Pain / Can’t Turn Head | Startle Reflex Somatic Education Exercise by Lawrence Gold

Clinical Somatic Education: A New Discipline in the Field of Health Care

Startle Reflex Somatic Education Exercise by Lawrence Gold

For clients of Hanna somatic educators.

Follow-up to Session 3, Startle Reflex lesson (clinical session). Integrates breathing with movements of neck, shoulders, trunk

The key this exercise is to synchronize the movements of breathing with the molling movements of the shoulders and the arching and flattening of your back.

As you roll your arms, your shoulders move with them. Explore for the limit of turning of your arms, both directions.

In the “back arched, chin tucked position”, press the back of your head down equally with the pressure of your tailbone/sacrum.



Proceed with understanding.
Read the entry on S-I Joint Dysfunction.

S-I joint pain teaches patience, persistence, and diligence, as you do what it takes to recover your comfort and freedom of movement.

Be patient -- methodical -- gentle with yourself.
* Who This Regimen is For
* About the Regimen
* How to Follow The Regimen
* Access to the Exercises
* What to Expect
* Units of the Regimen


I recommend this regimen (sequence of exercises) for people who have several of the following symptoms:
  • groin pain that has persisted despite therapy for tight psoas muscles
  • testicular pain or vulvar pain
  • bladder pain
  • deep pain in the pelvis
  • a gripping sensation at the bottom of the abdomen
  • deep pain at the waist in back, on one side
  • pain around the rim of the pelvis
  • pain deep in one hip joint
  • a feeling like a tight wire going down the low back and into the pelvis
  • pain, numbness, or "lightning like" shooting/burning pain at the side or front of the thighs or in the pelvis

The general approach of therapy is to regard the cause of a symptom as being at the location of the symptom. With the symptoms named above, when they occur in combination, that's not the case. The cause is elsewhere -- in this case, from the sacrum being twisted with one sacro-iliac joint being jammed, and sometimes (more rarely) both sacro-iliac joints. The symptoms consist of radiating pain, nerve pain, muscular pain, and unnatural patterns of compression, all of which come from the twisted sacrum.

Addressing symptoms as if their cause is at their location is generally unsuccessful; the successful approach involves correcting the position of the sacrum. Manipulation of the sacrum is a case of "addressing the symptom at its location" and is a limited benefit. Normalizing the muscular and weight-bearing forces that keep the sacrum twisted causes a sacrum to straighten and to resume its healthy mobility. As the sacrum straightens, symptoms decrease and disappear.


Each exercise produces specific effects, obvious after sufficient repetition and movement-learning -- usually one or two practice sessions. The exercises combine like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to produce the result. Don't expect relief from a particular symptom from a particular exercise unless it's specifically noted in that exercise's introduction; do expect a general trend of improvements with some "ebb and flow". You're dealing with muscular tension habits that you must deconstruct and then reconstruct into a healthy pattern. It's a process of learning better muscular control, not a series of mechanical adjustments.

If you find an exercise painful enough to make you cringe, you're not ready for it. Skip it, for now and continue through the rest of the regimen. As you cycle through the regimen, the other exercises will prepare you so that you are comfortable enough to do the previously painful exercise without cringing. Never force; cultivate.

You continue to do the regimen as long as you feel a trend of improvement or until you've gotten the full result. You will feel changes in movement and balance almost from the beginning.  If you don't feel improvements from a given exercise in one or two practice sessions, either you don't particularly need that exercise, you need preparation from the other exercises, or you were doing it differently than as described in the instructions.  Coaching helps.


This regimen came from correcting my own S-I joint dysfunction.  I had deep pain in back at waist level, deep "gluteal" (buttock) pain (which wasn't muscle pain, but referred nerve pain), sciatica-like pain in my right calf (which wasn't typical sciatica, but came from a jammed sacrum), and other symptoms that I describe in my entry on S-I Joint Pain / Pelvic Distress Syndrome. I was like a poster-child for S-I joint pain. Few people I have worked with have had symptoms worse than mine.

The strategy of the regimen is to remove forces that simultaneously twist and compress the sacrum or twist the ilium (side-hip bone) in relation to the sacrum. Muscular contractions in many locations occur in response to a twisted sacrum and hold the sacrum in or return it to a twisted position, hence the number of exercises that address different locations in you.

I started with Gentle Spine Waves -- done with respect for my own tolerance, never making myself cringe either from pain or from fear of pain.  Gradually, I discovered additional movement patterns that addressed other aspects of the problem; sometimes, I substituted different movement patterns when I felt they worked better -- so, the regimen evolved (and is evolving).

The regimen is good, it works -- and it's improving as I continue to develop it.

When it's sufficiently optimized to my standards, I will publish it as a paid program.  For now, most of it is freely available.


First note: It's best to do this regimen last-thing in the day, so sleep is next. You'll sleep better and tissue growth that occurs at night will be in the better pattern brought about by the regimen exercises.

This regimen consists of somatic education exercises done in a specific order. You don't do all the exercises in one sweep (which is why I divide the instruction into sections of practice); you do the exercises in entire sections, as described, below.

The exercises are entirely comfortable to do for anyone in good condition; pain is a sign of a movement problem that the regimen will correct. As you work through the regimen, if a certain exercise feels too painful to do because of your condition, skip to the next section; you'll return to the too-painful exercise as you cycle through the regimen and likely find that you can now do it comfortably -- and if not, skip it, again.

Each exercise sets changes in motion that progress for some time after practice.  Some decompress your S-I joints, so the other exercises can work; some self-correct your coordination, so the forces that position your sacrum change direction; some flush up existing problems so you can correct them as you cycle through the regimen; and some integrate and consolidate the improvements that have occurred.

As in a recipe, no one ingredient constitutes the entire recipe, no one ingredient produces the result, and there are steps of preparation.  Each somatic education exercise may be viewed as an ingredient and the regimen, as the recipe.


You do the exercises in sections for the number of practice days stated at each section, except if you find it necessary to skip an exercise due to pain, as stated above.

You begin each practice session with Unit 1, Part 1 and finish each practice session with Unit 1, Part 2.

When the final form of this program is published, it will be available for purchase via electronic download or DVD set.

Here's a summary of the regimen:

The Tongue Mudra
The Tongue Mudra is an evolved form of an ancient yogic technique. It involves positioning the tongue and lower jaw in a particular way along with special breathing. This positioning creates internal feeling-connections that cause spontaneous self-corrections of tension, feeling, and posture. It may seem odd that positioning the tongue in some way can cause these effects, but cause them, it does -- and I have often felt the effects all the way into my sacrum, as changes of tension and position.

It's the first thing you should learn in the regimen.

You can do the exercises in this regimen without The Tongue Mudra and get the intended results, but they occur much more quickly if you use the Mudra during or immediately after practice. There is an exception: the somatic education exercises that involve the jaws (Module 2, Section F.2); it's rather impossible to do both at the same time, so you follow the exercise with The Tongue Mudra.


You determine your own sacral position before each practice session; people's sacrum changes position and you may want to make sure you are doing the exercises for the correct side. A video-tutorial provides instructions.

Unit 1: Preparation

You do Unit 1 (below) for seven practice sessions, or so -- until you have memorized the movements. Unit 1 is preparation for Unit 2 and you do an short version of Unit 1 (fewer repetitions) with each practice session of Unit 2. You finish each Unit 2 section with Unit 1 Part 2 and a brief walk to integrate the changes.

Unit 2: Self-Corrections and Integrations

You do Unit 2 (as instructed, below) in the "forward order" (A. through F.) and then in "reverse order" (F. through A.).

You do Unit 2 until you are feeling much better and have difficulty determining which side of your sacrum is jammed deeper. Only then do you proceed to Unit 3.

Unit 3: Polishing and Consolidating the Results

How Much to Do

Once you know the Unit 1 exercises, most practice sessions take about 1/2 to 3/4 hour; some take less, some take more. Working from the video tutorials takes longer; when you know the exercises, practice goes quicker.

For "time convenience", you may divide practice sessions into two practice sessions daily (morning and evening), with one exercise per practice session -- although for comfort I recommend you do both exercises in one practice session. You may also practice an entire section twice, daily, to speed progress.  Adjust practice amount to tolerance; too little is better than too much. Too much, and the results of the exercise you did get too far ahead of the results from the others -- which may lead to a rebound effect or to unnecessary discomfort in the regions not yet done.

If you do Unit 2 exercises just before sleep, you may do Unit 1, Part 2 in the mornings.




These tutorial videos are advance-notice, pre-publication versions that I'm making available to people in need.  Please bear with any aesthetic or technical quality issues until I get the final versions into shape.

The Tongue Mudra


Done as instructed in the tutorial above, even by itself, The Tongue Mudra is very powerful at triggering self-adjustments to posture and movement.

The addition and maintenance of The Tongue Mudra when practicing these exercises increases their potency, making the self-corrections larger and occur more quickly.


Self-assessment is not optional.  It's required in order to know on which side to do which exercise -- and that will probably change over your practice period.  You assess yourself each time you do a practice session, and, if you are really meticulous, before and after each exercise.

If You Can't Confidently (and Competently) Assess Yourself

Get a therapist to teach you how and to confirm your accuracy.

If you feel worse after practice, you may have mis-assessed yourself. However, remember that even if you did the correct side, soreness sometimes happens after practice.  It may last a few hours before subsiding.  If it doesn't subside within a day, do the exercise for your other side, next.

Determining Sacral Position

Determine which way your sacrum is turned (left or right side jammed forward) to determine which way to do the movements. If one side of your sacrum is "high" or closer to the surface, the other side is jammed.


 1.   "Unit 1" (seven cycles, or so -- or until you have accurately memorized the movements and no new changes occur.)

 2.  "Abbreviated Unit 1" + "Unit 2"
     (subject to personal coaching recommendations)

In "abbreviated Unit 1", you do two repetitions of each movement (instead of five), from memory.

You prepare for the Unit 2 exercises with Gentle Spine Waves PART 1 and finish the Unit 2 exercises with the exercises named, below, in "AFTER EVERY UNIT 2 or UNIT 3 PRACTICE SESSION". 

3.  "Unit 3": The Five-Pointed Star + Unit 1 PART 2

In YouTube tutorials, read the Description section before proceeding.

Exercises not given in YouTube tutorials are available for purchase as part of two existing programs (Free Your Psoas and Get Free from That Back Pain) available by clicking the link next to the exercise title. You need both programs to get the result of the complete regimen.

UNIT 1 | Unlocking the Situation
From the Unit 1 preparatory exercises, expect relaxation and lengthening of the spine and of the whole side worked, feel-able as you lie in repose after practice. Do not expect Unit 1 to relieve your symptoms by itself (although it does work for simple back pain); it prepares you so the other exercises can work.

Follow the basic guideline:  Do seven cycles, or so, through this unit, using the video tutorial until you remember the movements well enough to do them from memory. (A "cycle" is a practice session of all of the exercises in a section.) Continue Unit 1 until you cease to get new improvements of the kind stated FOR THOSE EXERCISES. Then, switch to Unit 2, as instructed, above.

Section A.  Gentle Spine Waves
Gentle Spine Waves is an "unlocking" step that loosens your back tension so you can make other changes.  The additional looseness makes it easier for things to shift to a new position.





Section B.  Sidelying Sacral Decompression

Start with the deeper side up; this instruction will make sense once you've followed the video-tutorial, the first time.

When working Unit 2, you do Unit 1 as preparation for each Unit 2 section. You are unlocking the situation so the Unit 2 exercises work.

Section C.  Gentle Spine Waves, PART 2


1.  Gentle Spine Waves, PART 2 (two minutes or so)


2.  Freeing Hamstrings, Standing Position (seven minute tutorial, two-to-three minutes to do when you know the exercise)

3.  Standing Side-Sway (one minute)

4.  a 10-20 minute walk to integrate the changes:
The Power Walks

UNIT 2 | Normalizing Movement
Do one section (A, B, C, D, E, or F) completely in any ONE practice session.

Do the sections in sequence and do the number of practice days indicated for each section before moving to the next. You may do more than one practice session per day to improve faster. However, if you get too sore, you may have done too much. Learn your capacity for change.

When you've worked through Section F, do the sections in reverse -- from F. to A.

Then, work from A. to F., again, reversing and reversing, until you feel much better.

If a movement, or getting into working position, is painful enough to make you cringe, you're not ready for it; skip to the next section of movements. You will return to the troublesome movement later, when you are more fit for it and can do it without cringing, i.e., comfortably (given your condition).

SECTION A | two (2) practice days
Section A exercises untwist the relationship between sacrum and its neighboring hip bones (the ilia). If one hip is tilted forward (anterior) and the other, back (posterior), this exercise gradually corrects the positioning.

If you have a feeling of "deep gripping" in your lower abdomen, these are the exercises that address it.

  • relief from deep pelvic pain
  • easier walking


A.1 - Walking into the Floor
Walking into the floor reaches the psoas muscles and hip joint flexors and affects the body core.   The deeper-sacrum side, as referred to in the instructional video, is the working side.


A.2 - Lazy 8s

The "working" side is the side of the sacrum closer to the surface.  Do the movements given with the "more surface" side. Then, imagine (while listening) doing the movements with the deeper side. (Imagining a movement causes micro-movements and induces learning of the movement in a different way).


SECTION B | three (3) practice days
A twist in the sacrum has muscular twisting actions that go all the way up the spine and into the hip joints. This section frees you from the twisting forces and equalizes the front-to-back balance of your pelvis.


  • more space where your spine meets your sacrum
  • relief from stress in your trunk
  • decrease of sciatica-like symptoms
One of the key steps in straightening your sacrum is reducing the lumbar (low back) curve where it meets the sacrum. Too much curve produces a "fold" that you feel as tiredness and strain, there. It also creates symptoms that mimic sciatica.

B.1 - 4-Way Walking Integration
The movements of walking connect the shoulders, pelvis and legs.

Having changed the resting position of your pelvis, we consolidate the change by balancing the front and back hip joint musculature with the following exercise.

On the rest of this page, you will find introductions to the exercises found in each section of this regimen.


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B.2 - Balancing the Front and Back Hip Joint Muscles
Move at a speed that helps you to cultivate sidelying balance throughout these movements.

  • reduce compression where the low back meets the sacrum (lumbo-sacral junction)
  • add fluidity to walking
  • reduce the lumbar curve and improve flexibility

SECTION C | two (2) practice days
You've made some changes in sacral position, brought some comfort to your abdomen, and freed your trunk from twisting forces. Now, it's time to consolidate and stabilize the changes.

The following exercises
  • release tensions that keep you from twisting, freely 
  • integrate the movements of twisting with the movement patterns of walking.


C.1 - Nose in the Hole
In these movements, always stop short of any sense of stretch, in the twisting movements. Your range of twisting movements will increase without any sense of stretch.

C.2 - The Twists that Untwist (from Get Free from that Back Pain)
The Twists that Untwist frees and integrates you in the walking pattern.

SECTION D | one (1) practice day
The movements of the Reciprocity exercise (Section D.1) stir things up. The movements of The Wheels of Synchrony (Section D.2) quiet things down.

Rotational or turning movements of the pelvis in relation to those of the shoulders are central to balanced and free walking; when the hip of one side moves forward, its shoulder is supposed to move backward; when the hip of one side moves backward, its shoulder is supposed to move forward. It's twisting and untwisting that goes through the trunk.

When the sacrum is twisted, you feel a "grip" in the muscles of the spine at the waist.

The movements of this section free those movements and help untwist the sacrum.

IMPORTANT: Assess your sacral position before each practice session. To do these movements in the wrong direction may lead to added discomfort. If you do the movements in the wrong direction, the remedy is to do them in the correct direction. Even if you do them in the wrong direction, discomfort will fade in a couple of hours and you will have gotten some benefit.

Do the seated assessment procedure shown in the video-tutorial, below.  Visually observe, as well as feel, which leg is easier to move forward and backward. To go only by feel may give you inaccurate information, so assess visually, as well as by feel. The two should coincide. Generally, whichever side of the sacrum is deeper (jammed forward), that leg and hip are more difficult to move forward.

Both action patterns of this section appear, here:

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D.1 - Reciprocity (Coordinated Twisting Movements for the Pelvis and Shoulders)

  • relieve the "grip" of muscles at the waist
  • straighten the S-I joints and square the pelvis
  • untwist trunk
  • reveal where you're still stuck

STARTING POSITION: Lying on the DEEPER side (MORE DIFFICULT to move the deeper side hip FORWARD). You move your hip in the easier direction, as determined by the sitting functional appraisal, above.

Pay full attention to the sensations of movement.  After doing the movement a few times, you may sense enough to notice where in the movement it gets "sticky". If/when you locate such a "sticky" position or more painful place, move to the center of the "stickiness" (or discomfort) and slowly relax completely.  Begin the movement anew from that position and, EACH TIME, look for the first "sticky" or more painful place you encounter and relax in that position.

D.2 - The Wheels of Synchrony (coordinating the pelvis and shoulders)

  • improving comfort after doing Reciprocity
  • smoother, easier walking
  • better linkage of your shoulders and pelvis
FREE:  See video, above.

SECTION E | two (2) practice days
It's integration time. You've made changes through your pelvis, spine, and shoulders. Now, you put the changes together.


This is an extensive and thoroughgoing exercise that produces dramatic improvements in movement, balance, and comfort.

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E.1 - Straight and Bent Leg Integration

  • grace, comfort and power in walking
  • better ground contact standing and walking
  • better balance
  • less effort, walking
  • comfort through your trunk

FREE: http://youtu.be/oFbXc0P4fas

E.2 - Three-Way Twist
This quick exercise connects the results of Straight and Bent Leg Integration through the groin, ribs and neck.

  • comfort
  • easier walking

SECTION F | two (2) practice days
The corresponding location to where the sacrum meets the spine is, in the neck, where the upper neck meets the head. Trouble in one location produces trouble in the other by reflexive connections that control muscle tension. We deal with both, in this section.

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F.1 - Trunk Integration
Trunk Integration puts you together at a greater depth in your pelvis and frees you from stiffness in your upper back, shoulders and neck.

F.2 - Freeing and Coordinating the Jaws
Jaw tension and position affect head position, chest tension, and breathing.

You do The Tongue Mudra for 2-5 minutes immediately after. Sitting and lying down produce different and complementary results.

  • more erect stature
  • easier breathing
  • reduction of emotional stress
  • decompression of sacrum
FREE:  This link goes first to the introduction; click the link at the end for the tutorial.

UNIT 3 | Integration Movements
After some cumulative/lasting improvement, or when your sacrum seems close to centered or changes position frequently, do the UNIT 3 Centering moves instead of UNIT 2.

By now, you are much more comfortable and mobile. You may notice at some point that it's difficult to determine which side of your sacrum is deeper or which side moves more easily.  This difficulty is not from lack of skill in self-assessment (which you have practiced to proficiency), but from your sacrum being so centered that it's hard to tell which side may be deeper.  That's when you start UNIT 3. (NOTE: If symptoms return, you need more UNIT 2.)



You've made dramatic changes in yourself -- untwisted your sacrum, gotten yourself comfortable, put yourself together, you feel stronger and move more easily than you may ever have, before. 
The exercises in this section integrate your legs, pelvis and trunk in movements consistent with free and balanced movements of your sacrum in sitting, standing, and walking.

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Lawrence Gold

The Institute for Somatic Study and Development

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