Dr. John Ray developed Body Electronics and his teachings spread to Portland in the early 1980’s. Participants held physical point holding sessions, taking turns being on the table or being the point holders. We used facilitated dialogue and conscious breath work to embrace the pain, get free of old patterns, and move through crystallized memories locked in the body.
I moved to Grants Pass in 1988, and continued what I believed was called Verbal Point Holding. When I returned to Portland in 2002, I found I had developed something new: Verbal Point Holding as a one-on-one extension of the power of the collective sessions. The basic principles are the same: love and accept the pain, recognize the relationship between physical, emotional and mental pain,1 and be willing to heal all levels as a step on the path of our human evolution.2
Just as light is broken up into the rainbow of colors by a prism, Dr. Ray saw that love is broken up into the rainbow of emotions. The principles I have gathered from Dr. John Ray and my own experience:
- What we resist, persists. This is how we suppress emotions and decrease our capacity to move through life. It may be reflected in immune system challenges, or muscle rigidity, guarding from suppressed pain, emotional anguish, numbness or unfeeling states.
- We can move up the Emotional Tone Scale when we choose to experience “what is”, or what happens, lovingly and willingly, make room for it in our bodies, and feel it fully in the “now”, while letting go of the story.
- Breath is a vehicle for opening us to movement and releasing stuck places.3
- We are completely responsible for what we have created and who we are.4
- The now, the present is all we have.5
At the top of the Emotional Tone Scale is Enthusiasm (Greek for “God in you”). When we suppress what is, we move out of Enthusiasm, to Pain, to Anger, to Fear, and further down the scale to not feeling.
However, it is of no use to wish to be where we are not–that automatically suppresses what is. Where ever we are at, when we experience that with love, or gratitude, total acceptance, joy or deep peace, it will change, and we will move up the emotional tone scale.
Verbal Point Holding, Facilitated Healing, Coaching
The person on the table is encouraged to breathe through what they are feeling, until they recognize the bodily experience of memories. A Verbal Point Holding session supports people as they move through pain, and they resolve painful or traumatic memories, anger and unforgiveness.
Embracing our role as creator of our experience culminates in alignment with our higher selves. This may not happen with every session. Since we may be feeling a mixture of emotions at any time, related to various situations, we may still have other issues to work on. All of these can be found in the body and released from the body-mind.
If you want to experience this for yourself, ask for Verbal Point Holding as part of any Ortho-Bionomy® Body-Mind session. I will teach you the principles, so you can continue to move up the Emotional Tone Scale at home.
1 Emotions and the Body, Mind-Body Research, Neuroscience of Empathy may all be relevant.
2 Louise Hay, Heal Your Body.
3 I have written posts on breath work for healing, here, and here. Also, Anger and Forgiveness.
4 This echoes the teachings of Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness, Rick Hansen, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom.
5 Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now “We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being, “The eternal, ever present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”