Zoee's Story - An Eye-Opener
Here I was at the prime of my life physically fit and active and able to do anything I wanted. I had just given birth to a beautiful daughter a month previously, and had a healthy active eight-year-oldson. Life couldn't be finer. One morning I awoke with painful major muscle spasms in my neck and body making me very rigid. This was far worse than the labor I had gone through just a few weeks previously.
The first and only system I knew was allopathy which offered me pain killers muscle relaxants which I lived on for the next four to five years. Medical findings: my 4th/5th cervical vertebrae were fused as a result of either a congenital condition or an undocumented early childhood accident. Now my greatest challenge was to get out of bed each morning feeling like a fallen tree had toppled in my path and was difficult to get over. I had to engage my young son to help me get up each morning. Then I had to care for my infant daughter when I didn't have any strength in my arms to hold her. I couldn't see her beautiful face because I couldn't move my head to look at her without holding her at arm's length. I also had numbness in my arms and fingers from severe muscle spasms.
I began to feel better with gentle stretching in yoga class, nourishing myself with natural supplements and vitamins, and seeing a chiropractor. Having my neck cracked was scary, shocking and painful: however, it gave mobility for a short time. I looked at changing my marriage status and moving to the West Coast, mainly to look at alternative therapies and to get some relief from this way of life.
There was a ray of light and brightness of hope as I began to meet healthy active people with alternative lifestyles and health care. One of the first was a chiropractor, Alan Saxon, in the Bay area of California. At the time he was studying a different type of bodywork that hardly moved the body called Ortho-Bionomy. When Alan placed his hands on me it felt as if he was doing nothing. What I did notice was that the pain was decreasing. I was able to move without pain. How could something so simple make such a difference?
Alan suggested I take a class with the founder of Ortho-Bionomy, Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, who was visiting from England. How could I do something like this? Was I ready for this? I remember at the first class feeling very needy and in pain. My biggest wish was to be the person on the table being touched by Arthur. My wish was heard and I was held in his gentle giant hands. The connection in this touch was like being awakened from a bad dream. I felt for the first time that someone recognized me and understood all my suffering. Gradually I woke up to myself because through this soft safe contact I could see my stories and baggage from a different point of view. I felt accepted for who I was with all my glitches. That was 20 years ago, and I had no interest in Ortho-Bionomy. My life changed direction and Ortho-Bionomy has been a way of life for me as well as a career. I am now a Practitioner and Advanced Instructor who enjoys movement and a pain-free life.
Ortho-Bionomy has taken me to four continents to teach this beautiful work. It helps people recognize themselves, to free up their aches and pains, and to have more information about the process of their life through their own body.
"The Pattern that Connects"
The storyline, I'm about to unleash, before your eyes, is as old as the hills, since it is a vision, I among others have been glimpsing, a vision of something much bigger than individual life and therefore its portrayal has come and gone with the ebbs and floods of human consciousness
My effort here is to suggest that alignment withnature , the intelligence or force that brought us here, not our culture but nature, with a track record of 3.5 billion years, is not only our best bet for our collective perseverance, but entails a design of human life so much gentler and spiritually fulfilling than our current experience. This is not a viewpoint as much as it is a description of what is and what was, long before anybody was around to form opinions and what will be here long after, we are not.
It is a description that is mirrored in microbiological as well as astronomical realities, a scenario that is carved in stone and bone and when one can cross relate between different aspects of reality and recognize one is doing the same thing, then a breathing elephant appears, and not just a tale of a toe, thus a description that is in resonance with nature.
The basic tennant being, that if we can adopt a way of life, a culture that is respecting the laws of life, that all ecological systems follow, we may not only stand a chance to survive with the kind of life we know somewhat intact around us, but also open us to an experience of reality, vastly different from the one available to us today.
The ecological idea, the interwovenness and interconnectedness of all life, is an ancient idea, which have found its expression and form throughout human time, through mystics, poets, sages, philosophers, and nature lovers. And now in our time also in the ideas of forefront scientists; Lovelock, Margulis, Sheldrake, and Maturana to mention but a few, which is very, very significant. Because we are getting from a scientific understanding of how life is organized, seems to be the intuitive understanding, one gets from introspection into one's own nature. Kind of makes sense, if the initial proposition is true, what the esoteric scriptures from ages ago all professed, that All is One.
The motivation for becoming reabsorbed in natural rhythms, is to move beyond the limited self-understanding, that has helped to produce today's global problems. A common ethic is what is needed, values that reflect an awareness of the integrity of all of life, an ideological frame for our planetary togetherness, nature is exactly that, and more.
The facts of life, the story of evolution as itis now emerging, has the power to unite, not only all people, but all of life.
There is no "missing link", no evolutionary confusion, neither is there a split between body/mind or matter/spirit, the information is all there, the exact route still under investigation, but the landscape is obvious, One earth, One life, One Love.-Morten Dithmer, excerpt from his book