The recognition that like the heart beating, the eyes blinking, everything is pulsing.
The mind puts everything together to create an apparent continuous happening.
The reality is that everything pulses – begins and ends in every moment. By being aware of the reality is a great relaxation.
Inhibition and direction should be seen and applied as such – in pulses, repeatedly.
These are the qualities experienced when the best relationship with the environment is attained.
Opposition – there is a gentle antagonistic pull away from the object with which you are in relationship with
Antigravity – a weightless floating yet solid experience
Centrifugal – that all parts are expanding outwards – one away from the other – as if the central point of reference is outwards
It’s easy to wrongly think about your muscles like your bones – you can see the start and end of bones more easily – it’s at the point of the joint.
But the muscles are like leverage pulleys and so they must go over joints or attach to points either side of a joint – this gives the structure stability. Look in an anatomy book to find the beginning and end of muscles.
Often muscles of the leg go over 2 joints like the ankle and knee.
The muscles of the inner thigh go from the femur to the pubic bone keeping the hip joint in place.
Which muscles are over tightened? And so causing undue pressure on a joint?
During a lesson we practise and have the experience of active sitting – sitting in balance whilst sending directions – without a forward stimulus caused by a computer screen
So to work on yourself – sit looking at your room – be aware notice
Swivel round look at your screen – what happens?
(You will notice that the screen impacts your balance – one gives up control to a screen!)
This is how awareness/insight into our particular habit patterns accumulates.
The problem is the “doing” caused by an external stimulus – or put another way our reaction to the screen sets in motion a chain of unconscious habitual patterns – together termed our “use”. Poor use will affect our functioning over time and impact our life experience.
Can you work on your computer as a secondary activity with your primary interest instead being on your Primary Control?
This is what we practise continually during the lesson and a key part of FM’s insight.
This applies to all activity – talking, cooking…..and is what we term “thinking in activity”
It’s a complete change in approach to all of life’s activities.
Given the importance of the AO joint in the first direction “Let the neck be free” – let’s make sure we can locate it accurately.
Keep refining your own internal location – making the point of balance smaller and smaller
As a guide the AO joint can be located three dimensionally by saying it is:
– Equidistant between the back of the ear holes
– Directly behind the centre bottom of the nose
– Just above the back of the roof of the mouth
This is the first FM direction and the most important.
We should start here and keep coming back here before any further directions are given.
So given it’s importance a clear understanding of each word is required:
Let – As in all the directions it’s a thought only – the volition to allow – a non-doing action – becoming aware that we are not letting but holding and having become aware to stop holding and hence letting.
Neck – This is short hand for the uppermost joint in the neck – the atlanto-occipital joint (AO joint) – this is where the first bone in the neck, the atlas, meets the bone that makes up the base of the skull, the occiput.
Free – this balancing point is not a thing – it is a no-thing – an infinite space between two bones. It’s characteristic is freedom. This freedom is the guiding principle behind the Primary Control – the relationship between the head and back.
FM said “if you can think of something funny to make you smile, you certainly can’t give directions”
Directions are thoughts only – they are a conscious wish to promote the natural order of things in the face of unconscious habits. They can not be forced or “done” they are like a powerful consistent undercurrent that needs tuning into.
Likewise when one is feeling negative or “down” this is simply an unconscious feeling that has arisen. It can simply be changed with a choice to tune into the undercurrent of positivity and grace and yes humour!
When moving down in space all the joints should be free to move.
The habitual reaction is to over tighten by pushing down which causees excess tension in the feet as well as the legs (and back).
Be aware of the soles of the feet and keep undoing/preventing any gripping/tightening working with the head going forwards with the lower legs to counterbalance the back going back – achieving a deep stretch.
When the directions build down the legs and they antagonistically work against the directions up the spine – there is a spring in your core.
The habit energy is for the muscles of the legs to pull the lower spine down through “doing”. Through conscious awareness you maintain the upward direction through the spine – starting at your sitting bones working upwards.
At the same time the legs are directed forward and away from the back. Note the upper leg bone is not vertical – it falls inwards from the hip joint before resting on the 2 supporting lower leg bones.
This orientation coupled with the antagonistic directions creates a supported sprung core.
See the resource centre for a skeleton app that is very good to navigate through.