Candace Cave is a Fully Certified Realization Process Practitioner. She offers group/classes and private sessions online (via Skype, Zoom, and telephone) and at Chakra Garden of Ashland. Register for an online group/class.
Judith Blackstone's groundbreaking method of
Embodied Spiritual Awakening
Realization Process is a body-centered approach to personal, spiritual, emotional healing and maturity. It integrates the process of spiritual realization with psychological and relational healing and the experience of embodiment.
Realization Process is a practice of meditation, movement, and relational exercises for realizing our most subtle, fundamental dimension of consciousness. This is the primary level of our being and the basis of our spiritual oneness with all other life.
The essence of our being has never been injured and never changes. As we attune to it, we become free of emotional overwhelm such as depression, anxiety, bitterness and confusion. We also develop compassion for ourselves and others and increase our capacity for pleasure.
For spiritual realization to be an actual transformation of our being, rather than just a change in our beliefs, it requires an awakening of this fundamental dimension of consciousness as a whole body experience.
The body is the instrument of experience, not just of action but also of perception, thought, emotion and physical sensation. Inhabiting the body is not just a matter of being aware of or scanning the body, but of actually living within it. When we contact, and live in, the whole internal space of our body we experience that we are made of empty, sentient space, and that everything around us is made of the same empty, sentient space.
By inhabiting the internal space of our body, we uncover the experience of subtle, unified consciousness pervading our body as a whole. This feels both more empty and more present at the same time. It increases our sense of self-possession and safety, and our capacity for understanding, self-expression, love, power, and sensual pleasure.
Realization Process exercises guide us to inhabit our body and, from this interior experience, attune directly to the unified, pervasive space of fundamental consciousness. Inhabiting the body in this way develops a sense of self-possession, and a sense of there being “someone at home.”
Inhabiting the body also produces an internal sense of volume, of taking up space. This provides some weight or substance to the sense of self that can empower us, even in difficult situations and with other people. This internal sense of volume also acts as a kind of buffer against abrasive stimuli. We discover that the boundary produced by inhabiting one’s body is distinct and permeable at the same time.
Inhabiting the body is practiced standing and walking, as well as in seated meditation. This cultivates a sense of groundedness, and of holding one’s ground. It also helps develop the ability to remain within one’s body, and in possession of oneself, while moving through and engaging daily life.
Realization Process exercises also guide us to attune directly to the subtle channel that runs vertically through the core of the body, from the pelvic floor to the top of the head. This innermost core of the body feels like the center of our being. When we live in this core, we experience both a deeper connection with ourselves and our internal experience, and a deeper perspective on the environment.
From the center of our being, our subtle core, we can witness our thoughts, emotions and physical sensations without becoming overwhelmed. Witnessing can help us evaluate the reality of our experience, and modulate our emotional responses. This practice also increases the ability to think, feel and sense at the same time.
Accessing and living in the subtle core of the body gives us greater perspective on the external environment, and can help maintain inward contact with our authentic self even in challenging situations, easing tension and anxiety.
The Realization Process also teaches us how to connect to another person from the subtle, vertical core of one’s body. This connection is experienced as a resonance between our own qualities of being and the other person’s across the spatial distance between ourself and other. This resonance occurs without leaving our own body and without intruding on the other person’s body.
All of the various parts of our body, and all of the functions of our being associated with these parts of our body, have a quality, a “feel.” We all know what love feels like, or sexual arousal, but even our intelligence has a feel to it, even our sense of personal power has a quality. These are the essential (unconstructed) qualities of being, universal to all; the "ground" of being. To experience these various internal qualities facilitates a shift from an abstract idea of oneself to a qualitative or actual experience of one's whole being.
The connection between the physical anatomy and the subtle, qualitative aspect of being is quite simple. The more we inhabit our chest (that is, the more inward contact we have with our chest), the more deeply we feel emotion. The more fully we inhabit our sexual organs, the more intense is our sexual feeling. To inhabit the whole body at once integrates the qualities and functions of our whole being.
To experience the actual feelings and qualities of one’s own aliveness helps relinquish negative beliefs and habitual ways of responding that limit our ability to relate to others and the world around us. It strengthens our sense of reality and the ability to perceive others as real, without feeling threatened by them.