The Fourteen Methods of Synchronizing with Primary Respiration – Metaphors of Interrelatedness – Post #9
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.
14. The Biodynamic Midline (Space)
- The eleventh synchronizing is with the midline. The midline is the dynamic stillness that automatically shifts from inside the body to outside and reverse. It is associated with the element of space.
- The term midline is a metaphor for the felt sense of the embodiment of order and organization of the totality of body-mind-spirit. All structural and energetic midlines are temporary and automatically shifting. The term midline is not a “useful term” in human embryology since there is no central organizer of structure and function. Is there a spiritual midline?
- The biological organization of the heart specifically and the growth and development of the body in general, is always in reference to biological stillness.
- Principle: There is no growth and development without quiescence (dynamic stillness). See next session.
- The dynamic stillness is a multidimensional experience of an embodied heart. The heart develops around a “hub” of quiescent cells. The movement of the physical heart is held in the womb of stillness as a single unified experience. The heart expands and contracts from its own quiescence.
- Principle: The heart is the true midline of the body.
- Principle: PR and stillness are one thing. This whole document is talking about one thing with a thousand different faces.
15. Three Categories of Biological Stillness
- The dynamic stillness is linked to our biology as mentioned above. To be more specific, dynamic stillness has three roots of embodiment:
- Fluid Fields
- Lacunae. The lacunae are pockets of still fluid surrounding the embryo in the structure of the pre-placenta in the second week of development. Their function of stillness is to invite the maternal blood vessels into the pre-placenta and form a connection for the embryo to be nourished.
- Somites. They are seen next to the neural tube starting in the fourth week of development. Each somite initially contains a center of still fluid. This stillness invites the blood vessels to grow towards the neural tube and thus begin connecting and nurturing the central nervous system.
- Notochord canal. It begins to develop anteriorly of the neural tube around the same time as the somites. It begins as a tube of dynamically still fluid. Its cellular structure retains that stillness all through the life span as an orientation for the central nervous system.
- Venous system. The venous system of the body carries 70% of the blood in the body. It is similar to lacunae in that the veins are like lakes or ponds of almost still fluid moving with the tidal movement of the heart, diaphragm and body movement in general.
- Growth Resistance
- In general, metabolic fields (the biokinetic activity of cells coalescing to create structure in the embryo) create resistance to each other, some more so than others. This is because they each have their own unique position, shape and prestructuring dynamic occurring. Thus, the interface or edge between the metabolic fields has varying degrees of biological stillness especially between the heart and brain/neural tube.
- Cell Biology
- Wedge shaped epithelium. When the heart in particular begins to go through its looping phase, the inside hub of the loop becomes pointed or narrow and the outside of the cells become wedge shaped or broader. The inner narrow end of the cells become metabolically less active and thus dynamically still. Stillness forms the core of the heart in this way and induces the growth of the cushions and valves between the chambers of the heart as well as the endothelium of the inner structure of the chambers of the heart.
- Quiescent cells. This is a category of cell that is metabolically less active and thus dynamically still. These cells are seen in the phases of blood development prenatally and as an important type of cell in the endothelium of the arteries in the adult body and other structures of the body both prenatally and through the lifespan. It is known that when these cells lose their dynamic stillness it is a marker for disease.
- Senescent cells. This is a special category of cells that when they are dying in the embryo they give off a growth factor that provides nourishment to the surrounding cells. In the adult however, these same cells signal the immune system to generate an inflammatory response. Thus a cell that is dying in the embryo and dynamically still can produce factors for growth and development in the surrounding environment. Senescent cells are differentiated from apoptotic cells or cells that have programmed death and give off no growth factors in their death. Apoptosis has also been called cells inherent suicide program.
- Principle: Embodied stillness is the preexisting condition of the body.