The sleeplike or hypnotic state that affects mankind is interrupted with voluntary body movements.
There is a constant interaction between movements, emotions, and thoughts. This relationship permits us to exert control over ourselves through the control of our movements.
What is understood by automatic movement or reflex actions?
When you feel anger: Do you tighten your facial muscles, make a fist, or curse? Do your movements become rough?
When you feel fear: Does your body tighten up? Do you shake? Perspire? etc.
When you are happy: Do you smile? Do you laugh out loud?
When you can’t get a troubling idea out of your head: Do you tap your fingers (or toes)? Do you stutter or have some kind of nervous tick?
There is a constant interaction between movement, emotions, and thought. This relationship permits us to exert control over ourselves through the control of our movements.
Automatic movements, (and most of our daily movements are automatic), cause, reinforce, and maintain a low level of consciousness, creating a general state of fatigue.
What are the benefits of Motor Re-Education?
Conscious movement permits one to:
Motor re-education techniques consist of moving calmly and deliberately, fully conscious of the movement that is taking place as if it were necessary to think in order to move. By reducing the speed of the movements, you will experience and attain a state of calm and inner equilibrium.
The main point of this technique lies in the deliberate effort to perfect the movements, while trying at the same time to execute them slowly, feeling the flow of movement.
Conscious manual work acts as a stabilizer and has an unsuspected capacity for cerebral modification, since every conscious act creates new cerebral circuits that cancel out the mechanical ones which were acquired through regular learning. The technique is of particular value when it is used to momentarily overcome a conflict, or to do away with fatigue, anger, depressing or euphoric moods, as well as many others.
Exercise No. 1 - Walking
Looking straight ahead continuously, you should walk slower than your usual pace, with full consciousness of your movements as if it were necessary to think in order to move. This exercise brings relaxation, rest, a state of calm, and at the same time, permits energetic recovery.
Voluntary movement through space creates a state of self-awareness in which there is a continual notion and consciousness of one’s identity, of one’s “I.” Try to think of nothing, and only be conscious of the movement of your body. (Duration: 5 minutes).
This is an animated explanation of this exercise.
Exercise No. 2 - Conscious Movement of the Hands
This exercise consists of making a small figure out of plasticine. The color is of no importance. All movements must be carried out slowly and consciously.
The core of this technique lies in making a deliberate effort to perfect your movements, while at the same time, deliberately reducing your usual speed.
You can practice these exercises when you need to achieve greater awareness of your movement at those times when you need to be calm and recover yourself energetically, focus on your “I,” and resolve a conflict by asserting yourself. (Duration: 10 Minutes).
Exercise No. 3 - Dress Consciously
This exercise consists of becoming aware of your body and your movements while dressing. Dress slowly, taking care to perfect each movement and to perceive every bodily sensation while putting on each piece of clothing.
Like all exercises regarding motor consciousness, dressing with consciousness increases your level of energy. By focusing yourself on your “I,” you will feel serene and this state will permit you to start the day in a wonderful mental and physical condition.
For best results, it is necessary to give these exercises absolute priority when carrying them out. Focus completely on them and keep in mind their effectiveness while carrying them out.
What happens is that one perceives the kinetic sensation through the deliberate effort to perfect the movement which is accompanied by a slowing down of the usual speed.
In order to better evaluate the results of this training, please fill out the first stage of the self-evaluation before beginning (see below).
The student or practitioner should be able to:
During this stage, the intent is for the individual to become conscious of the present moment first thing in the morning.
During this period, one's attention is focused on movements while walking, feeling each and every movement.
During this stage, focus your attention on achieving perfection of your movement by lowering the speed while moving. This can be while you write, knit, make pottery, paint, etc. or as in the video example, model plasticine.
Do all the exercises deliberately throughout the day according to your needs. Always start with the morning exercise.
When we consciously change our movements, we also transform our personality by destroying certain automatic movements and by creating new ones, consciously and deliberately.
RE-EDUCATING OUR MOVEMENTS TO ATTAIN PERSONAL SUCCESS.
To assist with the self-evaluation process, we will point out some characteristics that indicate a high level of consciousness:
We recommend that you print this self-evaluation and complete it twice.
Evaluate these aspects and choose the appropriate answer:
|Level of Vital Energy
|Level of Relaxation
|Ability to Concentrate
|Level of Anguish
|Level of Tolerance
Check whether most of your answers were A, B, or C and according to the results read the corresponding paragraph.
If your final answers were mostly A, it means that you are carrying out a conscious and real work. Keep it up! Increase the frequency and impeccability of each of these exercises. You have discovered a new way to consolidate yourself as a person focused on forming an individual identity.
If your final answers were mostly B, it means that your level of achievement is moderate and it shows that perhaps you need to commit yourself more in order to be more constant. Even though you have been able to improve certain aspects, there is still room for further improvement.
If your final answers are mostly C, it implies a deficient level of achievement. Remember that the unconscious mechanisms of our behavior are difficult to overcome unless we use a great deal of willpower and are highly motivated from within. Try again, because, while practicing these exercises you will surely discover that you actually did feel inner peace and harmony. The results that will improve your life are waiting for you. It is all up to you.
In any case: compare your results and notice where you improved and where you did not improve. This will give you an idea of the direction you must take from now on. We all have aspects that are more difficult for us to overcome. These are the things we are stuck on and that drain our vital energy.
Raising one's level of consciousness permits the individual to get closer to reality and face life's difficulties with power and firmness. When one raises one's level of consciousness, one can remain optimistic and full of "joie de vivre," understanding that all experiences can be used for one's spiritual, moral and intellectual improvement, in other words, for one's total and complete development.