Have you ever experienced spontaneous, uncontrollable shaking in the body? If so, was it at a time of great stress or following a traumatic event? I began to notice this phenomenon when I first started using crystal bed therapy. The shaking could become profound, to the point of shocking the client. I was once with a mother when the shaking began as her 5-year-old daughter witnessed the event. It became so violent, I communicated with an angel to ask, “Is this okay?” I received some reassuring whispers, which I relayed to the young girl with nod and a wink.
Deep muscular patterns of stress and trauma in the physical body can activate a natural reflex mechanism of shaking as a way to calm down the nervous system. This might be considered a recalibration of the body’s electrical system. The subject of compression explains the way the body builds up excessive energy in a particular area, usually around the head or heart. Activities designed to calm the system can open the channels for release of emotional energy, resulting in bioenergetic shaking. This can occur in a small area of the body, or become a full body experience. Let’s get a whisper on the subject of bioenergetic shaking.
The human body stores memories of events throughout the entire system, not just in the mental space. Events, experiences, and certain spiritual practices can trigger those memories, creating a physical release or expression through movement. The more deeply held effects of trauma can be woven throughout the system, bonded to emotional energy. Triggering the movement of emotional content can stimulate the memory of the event, evoking an intense reaction inside the physical body. Uncontrollable shaking or vibration occur in response to the movement.
Bioenergetic shaking represents the movement of stored emotions in the physical body, communicating a message that says the nervous system has reached full capacity. When the body cannot find ways to release, compression in the area of the heart or mind can become the location of an over-abundance of energy. Decompression can be achieved through physical movement, meditation, energy balancing, a focus on breath, or a targeted effort that includes intentional balance of emotions.
This form of release can last for seconds or minutes, depending on the process and the depth of the impact of the experience from the past. The body disconnects from the mind in the search for balance, triggering the spontaneous movement of energy. To recalibrate the nervous system, the physical body contorts in an effort to ground the energy. Simply discussing an issue of the past can trigger the event, but bioenergetic shaking is generally the result of an effort that goes beyond recounting the story.
Spiritual cleansing is also accomplished through bioenergetic shaking, as the body finds center and releases energy. When this occurs, there should be no effort to stop the natural process. Healing from the past includes acknowledgment of the positive lessons brought by an experience through actions that reflect the growth obtained under stress or trauma. Enlightenment is not found through avoidance of negativity, rather through the strength of character found in the teachings embedded in the experiences of life on Earth.
Bring joy, ease suffering and create beauty, then dance like you mean it!
“The primary nature of every human being is to be open to life and love. Being guarded, armoured, distrustful and enclosed is second nature in our culture. It is the means we adopt to protect ourselves against being hurt, but when such attitudes become characterological or structured in the personality, they constitute a more severe hurt and create a greater crippling than the one originally suffered.”
― Alexander Lowen, Bioenergetics