The Fourteen Methods of Synchronizing with Primary Respiration – Metaphors of Interrelatedness – Post #4

Homage to Shantideva who wrote the greatest book ever on compassion:
“As long as space remains, as long as sentient beings remain, until then, may I too remain and dispel the miseries of the world.” – Shantideva

Homage to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the King of Compassion. Please guide us in this time of need:
“May I become at all times, both now and forever: a protector for those without protection; a guide for those who have lost their way; a ship for those with oceans to cross; a bridge for those with rivers to cross; a sanctuary for those in danger; a lamp for those without light; a place of refuge for those who lack shelter; and a servant to all in need.” – Shantideva

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a compassion-based practice.
“Compassion – our ability to feel the pain that we share with others.”
– Pema Chodron

There is no embodiment of order without dynamic stillness,
There is no movement in the universe without Primary Respiration.


6. The Practitioner/Client Neutral

  1. The fourth synchronizing is with the therapeutic neutral in the practitioner first and then the client. This is critical. “The therapeutic process does not begin until the will of the patient (autonomic nervous system – ANS) yields to the will of Primary Respiration.” – Rolin Becker, DO. The neutral is the natural instinct of healing being remembered by the deep state of the body – its metabolism.
  2. The neutral depends on the interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) principle that the client-practitioner relationship is a two-person biology. This is based on interpersonal central, autonomic and cardiovascular systems. Both the client and practitioner are automatically synchronized with each other at those three levels.
  3. The cycle of attunement detailed in the next section establishes and maintains external safety (social safety as a function of the brain and social engagement system according to Porges). Healing requires safety. Deep safety or spiritual safety (heart) and inner safety (gut) are discussed below. All three states of safety must be synchronized to facilitate optimal healing which is to become more and more embodied. When these three states of safety are synchronized there is moral safety. Moral safety is lacking in the culture now.
  4. Defensive physiology of the client usually is able to go into neutral without activation of the ANS. It simply dissipates. It is a law of nature. Severe trauma does present some challenges for achieving a practitioner/client neutral. The ANS must be stable before it can recover its original function with the help of PR. Its original function is associated with a state of joy and happiness rather than a state of stress and trauma. See The Four Immeasurables above.
  5. The neutral is a two-way street. The practitioner achieves one in himself or herself, then the client can find it and have an unconscious reference point for stability if only for the short term during a session. The neutral might need to be felt over and over again until the client can trust it and embody it.
  6. The neutral has many ways of manifesting in a session. Synchronizing with PR and stillness provide guidance in recognizing a neutral when it appears outside the nervous system rather than its usual association with the ANS.
  7. In the neutral, the therapeutic direction of PR may be observed to automatically shift in its function. This is covered in section 17 at the end. PR may reveal other therapeutic directions covered in the discussion of Ignition below. Finally, the neutral may appear during the cycle of attunement which follows.
  8. Principle: The neutral is interwoven with the many facets of PR as described in this document. The language is not as important as the practitioner’s individual experience. The neutral is a state in which renewal and transformation is potentiated.