The driving force behind our spiritual healing is a force inherent to life that expands and contracts, that mashes and pulls apart, that kneads and massages time, space, matter and consciousness, constantly breaking down, combining and reorganizing what already exists to create something new.
As humans we are caught up in this cosmic machine.
Through it Life is breaking down our bodies and being and building us up anew, driving our spiritual healing.
Just like kneading together and pulling apart two different colored pieces of play dough, the previously separated molecules of dough become homogenized.
By way of the constant breaking down and building up we are becoming homogenized with the universe so that more and more of the whole is reflected in each part of us.
One of the main mechanisms that motivates the healing of our body, mind and spirit is something called entrainment.
Now, the term entrainment is not a widely recognized one, none the less, it has a huge impact on our health, our well-being and our evolution as human beings.
The term entrainment was coined by noted physicist, Christian Huygens, in 1666 when he noticed that a pair of pendulum clocks, left to their own devices, would eventually synchronize to each other.
Only recently have scientists begun to understand the principles responsible for this phenomenon: a condition inherent to nature that motivated the subtle exchange of vibrational information between the pendulums, such that the pendulums “communicated” with each other until they found a harmonious and energy efficient rhythm together.
If you set multiple metronomes on a movable platform, it’s possible to demonstrate and visualize the force of entrainment and see how it’s compelling the metronomes, seemingly separate objects, to come into a harmonious relationship with the whole system of metronomes.
Since Huygens’ time, the Principles of Entrainment have been found to apply to any system in which vibrating, oscillating or rhythmic cycles are present.
And since the basic building blocks of everything in the universe (subatomic particles) are themselves vibrating and oscillating systems, the principles of entrainment have been found to be universal, like gravity.
Of course, all living beings are full of oscillating and vibrating cycles and so are constantly exchanging information through entrainment.
Consequently, examples of entrainment can be readily found in nature.
After my wife and I got married in 2013 we took a trip to Costa Rica for our honeymoon.
While there, we went snorkeling.
We saw thousands of shimmering fish in tightly packed schools, swirling and darting about in total unison.
How do they do this?
The answer lies in the fact that the primitive brain of each fish is hooked into the collective energetic field of the school.
When they are close to each other the energetic part of their primitive brains overlap, allowing them to directly and instantly share the information that lets them move together in such a beautifully, synchronized way, allowing them to essentially move as one fish.
Another example of entraining primitive brains can be seen in what’s called a “murmuration” of starlings.
Every year in the fall, thousands upon thousands of starlings show up in the trees on our property, making a horrendous noise.
Sometimes they can be seen flying about in large groups, swirling and twisting in unison in midair, undulating and folding back on themselves like a black ribbon in the sky.
Again, the survival instincts that were downloaded through their survival brains compel them to stay close to one another.
Like the schooling fish, there is a feedback loop between the survival brain of each starling and the collective survival brain of the flock which informs their mesmerizing symphony of movement.
It just so happens that humans are replete with vibrating, oscillating and rhythmic cycles.
Entrainment is also the driving force behind our social interaction, which is a key component of our spiritual healing.
We’re interacting and exchanging information at the subtlest of levels internally, between the cells systems and organs of our bodies.
And we’re also interacting and exchanging information at the subtlest levels externally, between each other when we interact.
This exchange of information is nudging us toward greater health, greater wholeness and grater conscious awareness.
It’s through entrainment that we adopt unproductive relationships with parts of ourselves, programs that get installed starting when we’re in the womb.
Maybe two to four weeks after conception a sensitive part of our early nervous system develops, which I like to call the Primal Brain.
This is the same part of the nervous system that prompts fish to school or starlings to form a murmuration.
This early nervous system is concerned with survival.
Since we rely on the people around us for our survival this early part of our nervous system is adept at sensing into the subtle energetic cues that it gets from the people around us.
And through entrainment we adopt what they are modeling for us.
Essentially we tune ourselves like they’ve tuned themselves, like you might tune two or more musical instruments to match each other.
No doubt we pick up some of their finer points, but we also pick up on the unhealthy ways that they’re judging parts of themselves and pushing parts of themselves away.
We could look at these survival patterns as unfortunate, as the main stream world does mostly, something that needs to be fixed or made to go away.
However, through Life’s perfect design, it’s the integrating of these “problems” later on that results in our healing.
These traumas create the fuel that we’ll need in order to become who we were meant to be.
The fuel created by these traumas becomes the internal resource that we need to accomplish what we came here to accomplish.
In this way, energy that has been stored in our systems as a result of trauma could be viewed as potential energy–energy poised to do work.
This means that the more trauma we’ve experienced, the greater the potential for spiritual healing, if that energy bound up as a result of those traumas can be digested.
The key to making that transition from trauma to service to others requires that that trauma is seen and felt through massive love.
This love must be modeled for us first so that eventually we have the capacity to consciously see and feel our own hurts and traumas and accidents through the lens of our heart.
This is the foundation for many forms of transformation body work out there.
It’s certainly the foundation for the work that I do at the BioSoul Integration Center.
The effect of connecting with the heart is not some feel-good sentiment, there is actually scientific research that demonstrates this.
A research and educational organization from California known as the Institute of HeartMath, has identified a special physio-emotional state that humans can fall into when the various oscillating systems in the body become entrained by the rhythm of the heart.
In this state, according to their research, the body’s systems function with great efficiency and harmony and the body’s natural healing capacities are activated and amplified, which results in a number of positive changes in health, wellness and consciousness, such as, and I quote: “reduced stress, anxiety and depression; decreased burnout and fatigue; enhanced immunity and hormonal balance; improved cognitive performance and enhanced learning; increased organizational effectiveness; and health improvements in a number of clinical populations.”
Furthermore, what the Institute of HeartMath has discovered is that the heart rhythm of a person in this special state can be detected in the nervous system of another person when the two people are either near each other or touching.
This means that this special, heart-entrained state and its benefits can be transferred directly from one person to another through touch, like through healing modalities such as the work I’m doing at the BioSoul Intgration Center, or close proximity, through the interaction of their overlapping bio-energetic fields.
Finally, another IHM study provides evidence of the existence of a group entrainment field.
These findings have led the IHM to conclude that “the heart’s field is an important carrier of information.”
Entraining to the information in that heart field can have a powerful impact on our own health, wellness and consciousness.
The Tao never does anything,Lao Tzu
yet through it all things are done.
If powerful men and women
could center themselves in it,
the whole world would be transformed
by itself, in its natural rhythms.
As the HeartMath Institute pointed out in their research, the entrainment mechanism is at work on the microscopic scale, between the atoms that make up the molecules that make up everything in the material world, including the cells in your body.
As we talked about entrainment applies on the macroscopic scale, as well, between you and the people in your life, between all living things and the Planet we live on, between the Planets and the Sun, so on and so forth.
Entrainment applies to the non-material world, as well, on the level of energy and consciousness and time.
The truth is that everything in the Universe is being compelled to connect and come into relationship with everything else through entrainment.
The entrainment mechanism, therefore, is universal, like gravity.
We are constantly being driven forward to something new such that there is no going back to our old selves.
The things that happen to us are not mistake.
To illustrate this concept I’ll use the idea of raindrops falling on a pond.
Let’s say that Life is a pristine, glass still pond.
As we are conceived, as we arrive here on Earth, it’s like a drop of rain hitting the pond.
Our arrival creates waves of influence that spread out into Life.
Our waves of influence will eventually run into the waves of influence creates by others.
As our waves of influence reach others, it changes them and their waves of influence change us.
Those changed waves interact with other changed waves and both are changed again.
Every time a wave interacts with another wave, it changes both waves.
Eventually all the waves have interacted and influenced each other.
At this point they all share a common connection by way of all the interactions and changes that they have experienced, are experiencing and will experience together.
And so the waves exist as individual waves, but on another level they also exist as a continuous whole.
As each moment brings another change in one part of the pond, each moment simultaneously brings a change to the whole pond.
The waves exist together as an ever evolving whole.
In this same way each of us is connected to every moment, every event and every person that has ever lived or will ever live.
As our individual waves of influence interact and combine with the waves of influence of the countless other humans on the planet, our individual and collective lives gets more complex on one hand because of the exponential increase in the number of connections and variety of relationships, but on the other hand there’s a greater level of overall harmony when you look a the big picture because of our combined waves of influence each of us becomes more connected to the whole.
So there’s a force that’s applying constant pressure, compelling things to come into relationship with each other and simultaneously with the larger whole.
Life is constantly creating more complexity and greater connection in this way to create new stuff.
If you can embody this concept and are able to see life through this lens it changes everything.
It changes, for instance, the trials and tribulations you’ve experienced in life and the symptoms you may be experiencing now.
These challenges take on a whole new meaning and it opens up a whole new window of opportunity for healing.
From a certain perspective the problems we face in our bodies and lives have a lot to do with the unconscious, conditioned way in which we’ve fragmented ourselves.
This insistence on creating separation in ourselves has the effect of separating us from the flow of life, like we’re stubbornly standing still in the strong current of a river, or in some cases, trying to walk upstream.
It requires an enormous amount of energy and resources to maintain separation in ourselves; energy and resources we don’t get to use for recovering from injuries, adapting to stress and our environment, healing, loving and serving our fellow humans.
In the same way that a river would put pressure on your body if you were standing in it, urging you to go downstream, so life’s trials and tribulations and the symptoms we are experiencing put pressure on us to turn and go WITH the flow of life.
From this perspective, nothing is a mistake or a coincidence, not the experiences we’ve had in our lives, not the accidents and the injuries, not the pain or disease, not the symptoms we’re experiencing now.
They all serve a purpose, that of us guiding us toward our wholeness.
Life is not happening to you, it’s happening for you.Tony Robbins
If we’re able to look at life through this lens, then the only thing that makes sense is to trust our experience, uncomfortable or otherwise, and trust that life is trying to show us something through our experience.
And since all of our experiences are translated to us through our bodies, and especially through the sensations in our bodies, it’s essential, if we want to move towards greater wholeness, that we turn toward those sensations and learn to allow them to be felt and experienced.
When we bring our attention to our experience in this way, we become anchored in the present moment.
The resistance I spoke of earlier lives in our body-mind, in its addiction to past traumas or future fears.
The resistance can’t survive in the present moment, so when we’re anchored in the present moment, the conditioned, habitual resistance to the flow of life starts to lose its grip on our bodies and lives.
When the resistance softens, we’re able to allow the river of life (aka the Universal Principles of Entrainment) to sweep us in the direction of our wholeness.
If you make a regular practice of bringing your attention to your body, over time your experience will prove to you that life’s trials and tribulations and the symptoms you may be experiencing now are not a mistake, they’re a doorway to your wholeness, and ultimately Life is trying to show you that it is holding you.
The purpose of the work I’m doing at the BioSoul Integration Center is to create the deep safety and ease in the system that will allow our attention to naturally rest in our bodies, softening the habitual resistance.
The way that I do that is, in a way, I’m surfing the flow of life or the force wave of the Universal Principles of Entrainment myself and I’m inviting the nervous system of the person I’m working with to come along for the ride by letting their system entrain to mine.
What I do is, I simply bring as much presence to the present moment as I can by letting my attention rest in my body and including everything I find there as fully as possible.
Then I include the person I’m working with by letting my eyes rest on them.
Immediately I’m able to feel the flow of the river of chi that is shared by both my body and theirs and I can also feel where boulders of resistance have been placed in that river.
These sensations guide me to bring my hands somewhere on or over their body and when I’ve touched the right place with the right amount of force in the right direction I can feel the boulders resolve as they melt back into the river of chi.
And it’s immediately apparent that there’s a resolution in the person I’m working with as their breath changes, they reposition themselves, tension in the system changes, there’s an emotional release, they report feeling something shift, etc…
So that’s the short term, but long term:
These long term changes have been reported in research done by Donald Epstein, the creator of Network Spinal Analysis, which is the world that my work is born of.
But I like to refer to the HeartMath Institute research that I mentioned earlier in this blog post because the language and outcomes match what I’m seeing in my work so well.
Their research shows that when a person brings their attention to their body, a special, system-wide coherent state develops in that person’s nervous system whereby the various cyclical systems in the body synchronize and entrain to each other.
Their research also reveals benefits to health, wellness and shifts in consciousness that happen as a result of residing in this state, which are very similar to what I’ve observed in the work I’m doing.
Furthermore, their research demonstrates how this coherent state and it’s benefits can be transferred directly from the nervous system of one or more people to the nervous system of another person or group of people via the information exchange between their overlapping and entraining bio-fields, whether they are touching or not, which seems to explain the mechanism behind the work that I do.
So a little oasis is getting created here at the BioSoul Integration Center where the dominant pattern generator is one of connecting with resource in the system and reorganizing the system based on that open ended resource, love basically, as opposed to what we’re generally entraining to in the world in our daily lives which says that the best strategy for living is to create armor to separate ourselves from others and protect what we have because there’s not likely to be any more where that came from.
Ultimately I think love is the state that is fundamental to life.
Through our hearts we can entrain to that fundamental state and bring healing to our bodies, our minds and our spirit.
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I've been supporting people through the ups and downs of their healing journeys for almost two decades now, mostly from my office in Louisville, Colorado. However, I do have online offerings, as well. I've worked with 90 year olds, day old babies and everyone in between. But those who seem to be most drawn to my work tend to be those who have felt the strong calling to consciously do the work of leaning into their growth and evolution as human beings. Often these people are practitioners themselves of some sort, whether professionally or otherwise. They may be yoga teachers, meditators, acupuncturists, chiropractors, energy workers, shamanic practitioners, healers, spiritual seekers and others, and they feel called to give their gifts and share what they’ve learned with others. Discovering our soul's gifts, embodying them and then serving others with them is where true life satisfaction lies. Life will keep nudging us in that direction, anyway. BioSoul Integration can help speed up the process and smooth out the rough spots created by our innocent and unconscious resistance. Take my BioSoul Integration Quiz to get started.