...The most profound opening occurred in her belly, where she had been storing sadness most of her life, using candy and television as a numbing distractions when uncomfortable feelings began to emerge, especially sadness. We explored the practice of reassigning stagnant/disruptive energy; naming the gift of the belly’s energy as protective, as holding. We touched on the grief and repulsion that is natural to emerge during the "getting to know you" process with the belly— the self-resentment for holding back for so long, the self-compassion for not having the tools to cope. Using inner inquiry, she chose to reassign the energy into her legs— to root her, to help her feel home, to assist her in taking creative action in her life.
The belly is a storehouse in the body. It stores past emotion that was unprocessed, often because proper tools of awareness were not available at some point in one’s life. The belly also often takes on the role of protector. It is the place that we experience fear, longing, desire, pleasure, rejection, grief, anger, ecstasy. It also happens to be where creative energy lies dormant in most human beings. It is the center of creation. It takes a conscious intention to explore internally the wounds of the past with an open hearted curiosity to begin to rouse that creative energy. In this work, Embodied Voice Freedom Technique, we give voice to the stagnant areas of the body. By giving voice to the blocked areas in the body, suppressed memories emerge, repressed energy has an opportunity to be reassigned and work for the system, rather than unconsciously against it, and dormant power activates and liberates. The system is free to flow in it’s natural radiance, unencombered, uninhibited. Free.