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How to Free Your Psoas Muscles | Release and Integration Exercises Lawrence Gold

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When you have tight psoas muscles, to release them is only part of the solution. You also need to integrate your psoas muscles with the rest of your movement system. If you don’t, the residual movement patterns may call psoas muscle tightness back into play.

In any case, you won’t get the full result of release without the integration step.

This video shows you and guides you through one psoas release movement and one integration movement.

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Recognizing and Transcending the 'Duality' Pitfall in 'Waking Up"


In the "waking up" teaching of The SuperHuman Operating System taught by Ken Wilber, et. al., four (or five) states of existence are taught:
  1. waking (gross body)
  2. dreaming (subtle body)
  3. deep sleep (formless causal/ground of being)
  4. Turiya ("the fourth")
  5. Turiyatita ("beyond the fourth")
The process of "waking up" involves a progressive awakening of individual consciousness in each of these states.

The description of these five states is actually five categories of conceptualization, five ways of conceptualizing experience -- of putting words to it. All conceptualization is dualistic in the sense that it indicates differences and implies states that are separate from each other; it also implies that someone or something makes the transition from one to the other. All duality is conceptual; there exists no duality in reality, but only conceptually.

There exists a little problem with this description. If these states are separate and distinct, how does individual consciousness make the transition from one to the other? Are there little bridges made of something else that connect the states? And what is it that makes the transition?

Allow me to de-dualize the description.

Let's start at deep sleep.

Ordinarily, we don't register deep sleep consciously. We are unconscious in deep sleep. Our attention no longer makes subject-object distinctions, but rests in its source; memory no longer records the content of experience, but rests, unformed, in its source; imagination no longer forms images, but rests in its source; intention no longer moves, but rests in its source. Identity formation no longer occurs, so there is neither experience nor experiencer.

Because that is all so, we have no recollection of the deep sleep state. We carry nothing from the deep sleep state into either the dream state or the waking state. So, we say, we were unconscious.

However, it is possible to get an intuition of the formless ground of being by approaching it from the waking state.

The procedure involves a progressive dissolution of the distractions of attention. Those distractions are like clouds that obscure the clear sky. As distractions settle, thoughts become fewer and farther between; images become fewer and farther between. In the space between thoughts and images, an ordinary, silent, imageless field is intuited. It is without content, without center, without size, and perfectly continuous with our existence or sense of being conscious. It is our own ground of being, our own nature.

It has, as its single property, a kind of scintillating radiance. "Scintillating" means, fizzy. It's like the white noise between radio stations or the "snow" on old-style television sets, between stations. Every point within that radiance comes into and goes out of existence faster than we can remember, and all points come into and go out of existence in an asynchronous fashion, so no form congeals within the formless field. It is "self" with no defined sense of self. Neutral. Faceless face. No subjectivity.

Within that field, forms may arise, gathering density. This is the beginning of dreaming, imagining. Those forms are made of the scintillating substance of the formless ("causal") field and are given apparent substance by the ability of attention to locate them by their persistence, by their activity, and by the direction of their changing. They are made of the formless field the way ocean waves are made of water molecules. The scintillations form locations of coherence. In fractal mathematics, it's called, "islands of order in a sea of chaos".

Dreaming exists in subjectivity. In terms of the AQAL matrix, we experience dreaming in the left-hand quadrants.



However, for every left-hand quadrant, there exists a right-hand quadrant; for every "inner" experience, there exists an "outer" experience that can be seen by others.

In dreaming, that "outer" experience can be measured with electronic instruments for brain activity (EEG) and muscular activity (EMG). The subtle body (left-hand quadrants) always has a correspondence in the gross body (right-hand quadrants).

Note that the waking state cannot be distinguished from the dreaming state; when dreaming, we are convinced we are awake -- the exception being when we have awakened within a dream and recognize we are dreaming! Then, the only difference between the dream state and the waking state is the content; more possibilities exist within the dream state. But the sense of consciousness in both is the same.

The waking state is made of the same "substance" as the dreaming state: it is the modification of the ground of being into coherent forms. The "causal" state, undergoing modification, is the dream state and is the waking state -- the way waves are the modification (or movements) of water. Waves of water are "something added" to the mere existence of water molecules, a higher level of organization. Waves are an "emergent" the way dreams and waking state experiences are emergents of The "causal" Ground of Being.

Thus, it is said, that Brahman (the "one true self") projects the Universe of all things and selves from "itself" and re-absorbs the Universe of all things and selves into "itself".

So much for the dualistic conceptualizations of "waking", "dreaming", and "deep sleep" -- or "gross", "subtle", and "causal".

With this way of conceptualizing, there exists no need for "little bridges" between states, nor need there exist "someone" who is transitioning between states. The "someone" is a modification of the "causal" substance; the self is "the imagined/remembered owner of memory". Feel that, for a moment.

When imagination is defeated by formlessness, when memory is defeated by formlessness, when attention can locate nothing in formlessness, when intention is at rest in formlessness, we say we have a tacit intuition of the Ground of Being of Reality.

That inclusive, tacit intuition, we call, Turiya. Turiya recognizes that gross, subtle, and causal are of one substance. Thus,

Whether a man dispassionately sees to the core
or passionately sees the surface,
core and surface are essentially the same --
words making them seem different
only to express appearance.

If words be needed,
"wonder" names them both.
From wonder into wonder
existence opens. 
~~ Lao Tzu, 
The Tao Teh Ching, Stanza 1
Witter Bynner translation

Turitytita is Turiya, beyond the attraction and distraction of conceptualization
and so, ordinary experience, non-dual, in the sense,
"not-two"
and
"not not-two"

One more thing:
The TetraSeed



is both the subtle body (left-hand quadrants)

IMAGINATION | INTENTION | ATTENTION | MEMORY

and the gross body (right-hand quadrants)

SENSE OF DIRECTION | ACTIVITY | LOCATION | PERSISTENCE

arising mysteriously in the formless causal field.

Note the correspondence with:

EROS | AGENCY | COMMUNION | AGAPE

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.




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Comfort Your S I Joints | Reciprocity and The Wheels of Synchrony Exercises Lawrence Gold

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Distortion of pelvic shape, with rotation of the sacrum and S-I joint (sacroiliac) dysfunction, involves a twist that goes through the pelvis, through the trunk.

The regimen for S-I Joint Pain includes this exercise, which aids correction of pelvic distortion and the twist through pelvis and trunk.

This lesson consists of two action patterns: titled, Reciprocity, which corrects the distortion, and The Wheels of Synchrony, which distributes and evens out the effects of Reciprocity, for greater comfort and better integration.

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One of the Major Effects of working with the TetraSeed (doing TetraSeed Transformation procedures) is the emergence of higher intelligence. Higher intelligence emerges with the integration and alignment of the four TetraSeed Life-Faculties at our core.

                                                     
     ATTENTION        
  MEMORY     
    INTENTION    IMAGINATION                                                      

Alignment? Integration? What does THAT do?

It gives you focus.

Focus involves two dimensions
  • location
  • depth
These, you notice, are not mental faculties. They are perceptual faculties. They are not mere ideas; they are the experiences of abilities. Some refer to these abilities as "superhuman abilities" -- but I say, they are natural human abilities that are supposed to come on-line as we wake up, clean up, and show up in life.

Notice "high-functioning" human beings you may have known or know about. Notice that they have all four of these faculties -- ATTENTION, MEMORY, INTENTION, IMAGINATION -- operating at a high level. Wouldn't you like to be able to say, "I'm like that"?

Working with the TetraSeed Transformation procedures brings changes of a completely different order than teachings that have you remembering and believing things -- whether common sense, popular opinion, religious authority or scientific knowledge -- things that are supposed to tap you into the source of empowerment. Working with the TetraSeed Transformation procedures works at and supports the underpinnings of all other teachings and approaches -- practices that require relentless discipline or constant self-monitoring ("mindfulness"). The TetraSeed Transformation procedures clear the way and streamline personal development.

Working with the TetraSeed enables you to put your attention where your intention is (to "look where you're going"), improves your ability to put your intention where your attention is (to get results where you need them), to remember and be able to make your ingenious ideas tangible (instead of losing them because of failure to capture them in creative action); to face and receive every moment of Newness (the moment of Nowness) in a more receptive and intelligently spontaneous way; and to dissolve the grip of what we remember or think we know (which is often wrong, misguided or unnecessarily limiting) so that we may more freely express new, higher intelligence in the moment.

Working with the TetraSeed Transformation procedures triggers, psychoactively, the integration of our native intelligences in a more highly intelligent way. De-focus from The Old and re-Focus in a new way. The procedures put that De-focus / re-Focus process in motion.

By means of procedures for exploring the TetraSeed, our un-illumined habits of mind and life become known to ourselves in a way that is otherwise fleeting and elusive, beyond reach. The TetraSeed Transformation procedures are powerful introspection techniques that go beyond mere self-knowledge -- to higher self-integration. "Integration" means "Higher Intelligence".

Attitudes and habits tend to come into better balance. Clarifications occur. New spontaneous and more satisfactory behaviors ensue -- satisfactory to ourselves. We require less to become aware of (to notice) changing conditions, not because we are more vigilant, but because we are less buried in memory and mind, more free to notice changing conditions. We are aware, in a more balanced way, of our inner life and of our outer circumstances. A "word", to the wise, is sufficient, and a "word", to you becomes sufficient. Higher Intelligence Emerges in you.


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Rolfing is more painful than all standard therapies, combined.  It gets more done – and you do it in your underwear.
Amaze your friends as your head and the rest of your body change size and shape.  Antagonize your enemies with acute observations about their physical shortcomings. Run up huge bills for shoes and new clothes because your old ones no longer fit.  Look more slender while actually gaining weight. 
Rolfing was developed more than fifty years ago by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, a scientist who was as brilliant as Einstein and as dedicated as Frankenstein.
Her original technique involved a medieval stretching rack – but she soon realized that human beings could not tolerate changing that quickly. 

So, she evolved a more gentle technique that involved the application of knuckles and an occasional elbow to extremely touchy places on the body of the client.
Many famous people have had Rolfing: 
*  Werner Erhard, a man whose time has come … and gone;
*  Buckminster Fuller, a man who, in his quest for the perfect spatial concept rendered the obvious … incomprehensible;
*  Shirley MacLaine, a dancer who went out on a limb to become the reigning queen of mysticism and pop-spiritualiity;
*  John Denver, a singer and seeker for activating the human potential who went looking for space and hasn’t been heard from, since; 
and

*  Greta Garbo who, forty years after getting Rolfed, still only wanted to be left alone.

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Muscle-Bound and Memory-Bound: Two Versions of the Same Pathology

Some members of Gym Culture are called, "muscle-heads"; in "Gym Culture" (Bodybuilding) and athletics, there exists a common condition:

being musclebound

In "Academic Culture" (Education), there exists an equivalent condition:

being memory-bound,
also known as, "Mind-lock"

Being musclebound and Mind-lock are pathologies: unhealthy. The difference between Gym Culture and Academic Culture is that muscle-heads of Gym Culture recognize being musclebound as unhealthy; Academic Culture believes that being Mind-locked (being memory-bound) is healthy. Which is smarter?

It should come as no surprise that the two pathologies are similar. They occur in settings where academics and athletics co-exist: 

educational institutions:
i.e., schools and universities

Schools and universities, which generally have athletic programs and some of which have human movement laboratories, represent themselves as institutions that expand human potential. Well, they do -- to a degree and in the beginning. Advancement within them becomes increasingly restrictive -- until one has ones Ph.D.!

Schools and universities, with their athletic programs, have the resources and wherewithal to become restrictive in both senses: They cultivate being muscle-bound and they cultivate Mind-lock (being memory-bound).

The Experience

In "Gym Culture", being musclebound is experienced as soreness, tightness, restricted movement, and being buff. 

The common solutions employed in Gym Culture to being musclebound are:
  1. stretching ones muscles
  2. working out, some more
    (practicing being musclebound)
Neither works, very well. One works against what one has been cultivating (by stretching) and the other reinforces the problem, but brings temporary relief from soreness. Muscle-movement memory, developed by athletic training, maintains muscle-bound-ness, despite stretching. The reason muscle-memory cannot be released by stretching is because memory entails holding on; stretching can only oppose muscle memory, not dissolve it.

In Academic Culture, Mind-lock (being memory-bound) is experienced as restrictive thinking, dogmatism, interpreting everything according to the beliefs of ones field, habitually using the lingo (jargon) of ones field without being able to translate to the lingo of other fields, and being "published" (looking good) -- or, perhaps, tenure (which means, retaining or holding on). Mental memory, developed by academic training, maintains memory-bound-ness. Academics who are memory-bound are, "retentive".

The common solution employed in Academic Culture to being memory-bound is called, sabbatical. During sabbatical, two activities are common:
  1. extra-disciplinary study
    (stretching ones mind)
  2. further study in ones own field
    (practicing narrowing ones mind)
These solutions also don't work very well. One, extra-disciplinary study, exposes one to things outside ones authority (the viewpoint of ones own field) -- producing an unpalatable loss of status as an authority; the other, further study in ones own field, reinforces memory-bound-ness, but brings temporary reassurance because one is in ones own element.

Both pairs of approaches are similar in design.

An additional wrinkle has appeared in post-modern academic settings: deconstructivism.

Deconstructivism is a stance that seeks to invalidate the authority of any discipline or system of knowledge by asserting that

  1. all knowledge is socially constructed and therefore arbitrary
  2. no viewpoint is superior to any other viewpoint

This stance avoids the possibility of "being controlled" by the implications of any form of knowledge. it is an adolescent stance in the mood of, "Don't tell me what to do (or think)!" It denies the superiority of any stance except its own. It is the formula for ineffectuality at the same time as its adherents are Mind-Bound in it!

Of course, the sense of being controlled is directly proportional to the degree of adolescent resistance -- which pinpoints post-modern deconstructivism as a state of arrested development that protects the state of arrested development.

Stretching and Extra-disciplinary Study Go Together

Extra-disciplinary Study "stretches" ones mind. It exposes one to possibilities beyond what one has entertained, from within ones own field, by exposing oneself to other authorities.

Muscular Stretching forces one to go beyond ones usual range of motion, generally by opposing ones tendency to stay contracted (which resistance weight training cultivates).

While both might give one the sense of possibility beyond ones habits of life, neither actually produces much, if any, increase of freedom -- either freedom of mind or freedom of movement. One always returns to ones habits -- even if one now has an enlarged sense of possibility.

The reason:
Each is committed to the state they have been cultivating. They are committed to two forms of memory:

muscle memory
conceptual memory

The one committed to muscle memory is committed to, "being buff".

The one committed to conceptual memory is committed to, "being an (or the) authority."

You can see how "being buff" and "being the authority" go together. "Authority" is like being "mentally buff"!

Now you know why academia seems to be controlled by mental bullies and why bullies so often appear in educational settings, such as schools!

There's something to be said for Gym Culture. It does tend to develop human potential in a certain way -- such as it is.

There's something to be said for Academic Culture. It does tend to develop human potential in a certain way -- such as it is.

But both are afflicted by "bound-ness." This "bound-ness" restricts or counteracts the greater potential of both. It's a form of self-restriction.

Again, you can see the similarity.

Assuming one is willing to grow beyond self-imposed restriction -- at least in principle -- how is one to overcome or go beyond, "bound-ness"?

The answer lies in memory, itself.

Memory is persistence.

In muscle-boundness, it's persistence of muscle-memory. In other language, it's persistence of muscle-tone, persistence in a habitual posture, habitual ways of moving, limits on flexibility and incapacity to relax, let go, and be at rest, "unready" -- even if one means to let go. One is muscle-bound, so, one stretches.

In memory-boundness, it's persistence of mentality. In other words, it's opinionation, incapacity to incorporate or even to allow other viewpoints, inflexibility of thinking, and a habitual attitude of "knowing". One is narrow-minded, so, one "broadens ones horizons".

"Boundness" is Deliberate

The very institutions of education instill memory-boundness. "Cramming for exams" is very much like training with weights. There's a saturation point beyond which it's difficult to cram in anything more -- just as there's a fatigue level in weight training beyond which it's difficult to do any more. Then, one experiences a sense of memory-boundness that feels very much like, stupidity -- and it is in that state that one takes ones exams.

Whereas elite bodybuilders may push past the saturation (fatigue) point, to the point of hurting so much that they may vomit, in academic culture, the vomiting occurs in a different way: examinations.

About two weeks after exams, everyone forgets most of what they crammed. Just so, if a bodybuilder doesn't work out for about two weeks, he, (and these days, she) loses his (or her) "buff".

To both, feeling free of the sensations of their "bound-ness" feels unnatural. They don't feel like themselves, to themselves. They feel "out of their element". They feel small and weak.

This is very unfortunate because people cultivated by such an educational system come to be memory-bound about their entire lives. They become concerned that they have to become well-defined persons, make something of themselves, and to look good all the time. Whereas "superior" individuals feel they have to "know who they are", become "professional" and look good, mediocre individuals become concerned that they simply look good. 

Many mediocre individuals get into positions of power and influence simply by looking good. Then, they reinforce their mediocrity and mediocrity in the world, by every act they do. They resist improving things because that would entail losing some of their authority, temporarily; it would entail having to change, and since, "they know who they are", that would entail losing, temporarily, their sense of identity. This is unacceptable.

So, they have to pump up, again, if they want to get back what they have lost and keep it.

Their Solution is Their Problem

If they realize that they have been "bound", and that being habitually bound is the discomfort they have been feeling, they may recognize that discomfort, itself, is what makes them want to do what makes them feel uncomfortable (bound and, thus, more like themselves). They may become curious if it is possible to regain and keep what they value (feeling like themselves -- having autonomy and control of their faculties -- i.e., being a "buff" authority) without being bound by restrictions. This is the ultimate dream of every adolescent.

It is possible. But you have to be smart enough to realize it -- and even smarter to act on it in a way that goes beyond adolescent status dreams.