Presence in the body – Our key to True Intelligence

By Cherise Holt, 33, Nurse, Brisbane

The truth is that our bodies are amazing things! We need look no further than the way in which the Digestive System transports matter with consistency, the flow with which our cardiac system delivers blood through the heart and whole body; and our breath cycle and the way our lungs expand is super heavenly when we stop to feel it. The sheer fact that the human body can literally hold and build another body during pregnancy is beyond profound! Deeply exquisite and so intricately detailed is the human frame that we are still learning more about how it all happens and its magnificently intelligent and engineered design.

There is something so harmonious about the human body, its connections between all systems and the grand job description it is dedicated to; whilst it has the natural potential to live it all, coherently and effortlessly with each cell playing its role within the whole.

Our whole bodies really are intelligent, but how often do we really stop to not only appreciate this fact, but to tune in to this intelligence for ourselves; accessing the universal communication that is constantly being offered far beyond physicality – and how would this look?

In each and every moment there is an opportunity to be present inside our bodies, not just in our minds or our thoughts, as this can often feel like we are no more than a severed head floating by! Caught up in a situation from the past, anticipating the future or running the body in a way to just get from a to b. To feel deeply present in our physical bodies is a real and very possible experience on offer to any person at any time, but it does take a few tools and a willingness to feel, to bring us back to it. After all, this is our natural way to be, but because we don’t choose presence so often in our days, it can appear that we are quite far away from it, or to some it may seem hard to reach at times when we are experiencing the momentum of the choices we have made to live otherwise.

What if our most simple tool to reconnect to ourselves and to feel consciously present was as easy as making a choice to breathe in gently first? Something that Serge Benhayon has been presenting through the Gentle Breath Meditations on offer for many years. There is a quality within each of us that is not so far from reach and to surrender, connect to and experience this quality brings with it a tangible warmth, a sense of healing and an acceptance of living in the here-and-now that many of us often crave in daily life.

What follows on from this choice to connect back to ourselves and our quality is a beautiful change in the movement of our bodies and the way in which we express who we are, in all that we think, say and do. An important point as we don’t actually need to be in solitude, keep quiet or even do nothing to keep in our flow, on the contrary and as harmoniously as the human body moves, we can make movements in the quality of our own natural presence.

Full presence with one’s body is not about perfection or living an idealistic life, but it does support us to feel a connection to a sense of knowing of who we truly are. This can expand to feelings of absoluteness and authority, confidence, beauty, self-acceptance and trust and a natural ability to communicate with people free from the needs to be liked or accepted by anyone else. To live in such a way that is present in our physical bodies opens us up to the grand possibility that we are so much more than just physicality – that we are a being with a Soul, that life may hold a greater purpose, that there is a worldliness to us and an interconnection between us and all things that we can’t access when we live solely from the mind or disregard our bodies.

Our whole bodies are indeed intelligent on every level and a simple choice to feel and move in presence with ourselves is the key to learning that there is far more to life than meets the eye – there is a great big universe out there and the human body is our own personal reflection of the harmony and grand intelligence that is equally accessible within us, available to any body at any time.

 

Read more:

  1. Episode 1: Whole Body Intelligence 
  2. The Body’s True Intelligence 
  3. The Body is Intelligent

 

 

583 thoughts on “Presence in the body – Our key to True Intelligence

  1. What you are sharing with everyone Cherise is really show stopping it’s a science that we don’t really seem to grasp or understand, we can intellectualise it, but that takes away the grandness of what it actually occurring on a bodily level.
    “The sheer fact that the human body can literally hold and build another body during pregnancy is beyond profound! ”
    How many of us actually stop to consider the deep sacredness of a woman’s body that is able to form and bring another human being into this life. We tend to take this for granted but actually it is a miracle that results in a human body being formed and held for the 9 months of pregnancy. Yet women are not held as sacred, for we as a society have insisted that the women are a sexualised commodity and in many cultures are held as less. I know I have contributed to this lesser way of holding my self sacred.

  2. The more I stay present within my body the more I am aware; it is a fascinating journey to rediscover that in each and every moment there is an opportunity to be with me. And that we all carry with us this possibility it’s all there waiting to be rediscovered.

  3. Kids do it naturally, they’re just a connected part of the Universe, whereas we adults have learnt how to live in what feels like separation from the Universe. The truth is it’s not possible to ever be in separation from The Universe but for all intents and purposes most of us are living with no conscious awareness that we’re part of anything other than our own small family groups, sporting teams, workplaces and friendship circles. But it’s a completely different ‘part of’ that I’m referring to, I am referring to the fact that we are absorbed within the Universe as part of our natural identity, we are what we are a part of, universal matter.

  4. “There is far more to life than meets the eye”, Cherise there is so much more to life than meets the eye, in fact most of what meets our eyes is not even the truth. If everything that was not borne from truth disappeared then there would not be much left standing because we have spun most of what we can see from a consciousness that’s not true.

    1. What you have written Alexis is simple, true and full of love as you are asking us to discern what is truly occurring in this life we have manufactured.

  5. Connecting back to our bodies aligns us to a particular consciousness. A consciousness that supports us to know the truth of what’s going on. Being caught up in our heads aligns us to a consciousness that actively keeps us from knowing the truth of what’s going on, hence connecting to our bodies is everything.

  6. “There is a quality within each of us that is not so far from reach” Cherise even just reading these words supported me to simply re-connect to a certain quality that I am beginning to know as the underlying quality of life. A One United quality that is the base fabric of life but one that most of us don’t allow ourselves to feel as we’re so constantly affected by the way that we live.

  7. Staying present requires practice. I have found appreciating when I do stay present and not giving myself a hard time when I fail supports me to reach a deeper quality of presence. As your article says, there is no seeking of perfection.

  8. It is so worth discovering for ourselves that there is a purpose to life, that we are not actually here to struggle and toil but to reconnect back to our true essence which is the oneness of our soul which is God.
    We are all interconnected but as we have daily proof this is not being lived as we have slid down the slippery road of a ‘Dog eat Dog’ society. How much worse does it need to get before we say enough is enough, can we bring ourselves back from a calamity that we are rushing towards, we hold our destiny in our own hands it is up to us as a collective to make those lasting changes to reconnect back to our essence, back to God.

    1. There is a purpose to Life, a grand spectacular purpose to life that when lived makes every particle come alive as our particles literally come into alignment with the particles of The Universe and we’re in sync with the bigger picture. All cogs working together to bring about an ever greater expansion of God.

  9. A great reminder ‘Full presence with one’s body is not about perfection or living an idealistic life, but it does support us to feel a connection to a sense of knowing of who we truly are. This can expand to feelings of absoluteness and authority, confidence, beauty, self-acceptance and trust and a natural ability to communicate with people free from the needs to be liked or accepted by anyone else.’

  10. What I have experienced for myself is that the mind leads us into incarceration and the body leads us to freedom. Sure I thought that I was free to think and do as I pleased but I was as trussed up as a turkey. But in having said that, in some ways I am still as trussed up as a turkey, it’s just that the ‘thought pool of energy’ that I am now drawing from is the living consciousness of God, whereas before it was a consciousness that constantly back-peddles against the natural grain of God. And it’s our movements (as in physical movements of the body, speech and thoughts) that dictate which energetic pool we’re going to draw from.

  11. Cherise, I whole heartedly agree that the body is a fascinating piece of material. How it was created with cells regenerating, a blood system and the organs supporting one another and all packed into this frame of ours, is beyond our comprehension. Far as I’m concerned, it looks quite ugly in the inside, probably because I’m so used to seeing people with their exteriors, like everybody else.

    This presence is actually more important than we realise, there’s nothing worse than finding yourself from A, suddenly to B, and wondering how we got there. When we are present in everything we do, it kind of feels life slows down, when not, life speeds up, it sounds weird but it is beautiful when this occurs.

    When we are present with ourselves life is so different, and it requires our attention in every moment and it is possible.

  12. I have found enormous healing from listening to my body, in particular during Esoteric Yoga sessions I have understood myself so much more deeply because of what was stored in my body that I needed to feel and let go of – past experiences, traumas, etc. My body simply holds the deeper version of me, the one that I have lived cut off from because I’ve been so occupied in my mind, my body holds the whole me, all the great stuff (my essence) and not so great stuff (hurts, etc).

    1. Melinda I agree with you when you say our bodies simply hold the deeper version of us, yet somehow we live cut off from that depth of quality. Reconnecting back to this inner depth has a feeling of something so familiar it’s as though I’m coming home after taking a long vacation. When we let go of our mind as the dominating force then a whole different way of living can occur.

    2. Melinda, Esoteric Yoga is out of this world. When I first participated in it, I struggled as I was so wired up, busy mind, busy head. Roll on a few years, and my body is responding to it, it kind of feels like I’m dating my body again and there’s still more to form than I realise.

      The mind keeps us away from ourselves whilst the body keep us with us.

      1. Thanks Shushila, so gorgeous what you shared here about feeling like you are dating your body again! And I completely agree with your words that the “mind keeps us away from ourselves whilst the body keeps us with us.”

  13. On reading this ‘Full presence with one’s body is not about perfection or living an idealistic life’ what came to me was all the times I tried to change, to heal hurts, to not live the life I was living, was about looking outside of myself .. trying to be something or someone else. It was only when I allowed myself to be honest and real and feel what was going on within my body that things actually started to change. So I agree being with our body and what is going on is the way to go rather than trying to make it about an ‘ideal life’ or reaching ‘perfection’. And The Gentle Breath Meditation is a super supportive tool and process that helps with this https://www.unimedliving.com/meditation/free

  14. It is so easy to take the body for granted but I love how you have offered a stop moment to appreciate the magnitude of what it can do and the quality of energy that can come through it.

  15. So to understand true health and wellbeing we must first feel ourselves present in our bodies and move that presence. The tendency to live ahead of ourselves, worried about the future or to live hampered by our past choices cuts us off from the relationship with true health and wellbeing in the moment.

  16. ‘In each and every moment there is an opportunity to be present inside our bodies…’ I know that when I do this I feel stronger inside, more aware and able to handle situations in front of me. When I am in my head and lost in thought, my body becomes more racy and anxious and I become more emotional.

  17. A true scientist knows divinity, unless there’s a desire to own and control. Our tragedy started the moment we gravitated towards knowledge for the purpose of control instead of connection to the all as the determiner of our knowing.

  18. ‘This can expand to feelings of absoluteness and authority, confidence, beauty, self-acceptance and trust and a natural ability to communicate with people free from the needs to be liked or accepted by anyone else.’ Since choosing to be more present in my body my confidence and authority have grown hugely.

    1. Thank you for picking up that being present in the body frees us from the consequences of not being present; the lack of confidence and needing to be liked and accepted comes from not accepting ourselves and is a reduction of who we truly are.

      1. Lucy what you say is an interesting observation and one I have made myself recently. I was with some friends and one of the friends so wanted to be accepted and liked by the others in the group that they tried to please everyone, rather than just let people be themselves what ever that look likes and not go into the nervous anxiousness of trying to please everyone. I have learnt the hard way this is a recipe for disaster because you cannot please everyone all of the time and it’s exhausting trying to do so and as you say it is a reduction of who we are.

  19. We know who we are when we are present and connected to our body, therefore our way of life is not determined or governed by any other, force or energy that is not aligned to that which is true.

  20. I can’t think of anything which is taken for granted more than our body and yet nothing which deserves more appreciation.

    1. Michael I agree with you we do take our bodies for granted and we think we can eat and drink what we like without any consequences, but then we wonder why we get sick. It’s been a very slow process for me but I am beginning to appreciate just how precious our bodies are as they hold the key to get us out of this mess we are in. We have the vastness of the universe passing through us with all the intelligence we could ever want and yet we occupy our minds with the regurgitated re hashed intelligence of others rather than what is on offer to all of us all of the time from the depths of the universe. This does not make any sense to me at all.

  21. Just starting to consider the magnificence of our body is a good start when you consider that we probably speak more unkind words to ourselves about the failings of our bodies than we ever would to someone else.

  22. Reading this blog today I really understood the profound intelligence and wisdom of the body, the way it works with absolute harmony for a common purpose, and how the mental intelligence we currently draw on, that can be self abusive and abusive of others, is certainly nowhere near the intelligence of the body. If we were to draw our intelligence from the whole body we would certainly be living differently.

    1. ‘The profound intelligence and wisdom of the body’ is the profound intelligence and wisdom of the Universe, no less. We are a piece of the Universe and therefore when our body returns back to simply being a piece of the whole then our qualities become the qualities of the Universe. The only reason that they’re not already is because we work very hard to disrupt our natural harmony and so we become permanently discombobulated and stand out in relief from the One Life that is constantly there. But by working on our discombobulation we eventually fall back into the One Life, almost get re-absorbed by it and more and more becomes known because we are a natural part of Universal Intelligence. The re-entry is really quite a glorious one.

  23. One thing I am seriously thankful for is Serge presenting on conscious presence with The Gentle Breath Meditation. I wasn’t really aware of how much I was checked out and disconnected to my body until I experience this technique. I know make it a daily choice to be present with myself and connecting to the quality I want to be in, not in the checked out state that I was in.

  24. ‘Our whole bodies really are intelligent, but how often do we really stop to not only appreciate this fact, but to tune in to this intelligence for ourselves; accessing the universal communication that is constantly being offered far beyond physicality – and how would this look?’ Such an important question to ask and to consider if and when do I truly appreciate this divine design of my body and what it is capable of.

    1. That is so true, if we have reduced our understanding of life and our purpose here and we live racing to the future or handcuffed by the past, we cannot access the universal communication that is constantly being offered to us in the present moment that is far beyond our physicality.

  25. Reading this blog today I was aware of the spaciousness in it and it is spaciousness that we feel when we are able to be present with ourselves, aware of our body and the quality of our movement.

  26. Perfect timing to read this today, as I started it being reminded that we can stay connected to feeling in our bodies or sit in our minds (and so many of us do the latter), but the gateway to all truth in the body, so being with and feeling it allows us to access our inner knowing and truth.

  27. A lot of medical and nursing literature is currently talking about the need for health care practitioners to be “present” with their patient/clients. This makes absolute sense because otherwise we just play a role rather than be with people.

  28. Exploring and feeling what conscious presence means to me has been an unfolding process for sure, at first it was a real awkward feeling because it didn’t feel natural to do it. Really focusing on what it is that I was doing and not being swept away off into my head about something. This has been great and sometimes I need to come back to that and feel the body as I go about life. What I have recently been connecting with is not only the body but the quality in how I am, my connection to God and how that feels as I go about life, still very much a surrendering and an allowing process, yet life and being consciously present is not just the practical and physical it is a soulful embodiment as well.

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