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

 

 

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

  1. Amazing to consider that through the physicality of the human body we can actually discover that we are so much more than the physicality that we hold. That there is something greater that we are a part of.

  2. Bringing my mind back to the quality of my movements throughout my body really does help me to feel more in tune with who I truly am and to be more aware of how to express and respond to life in a way that feels harmonious for all.

  3. If I am not with my body there is gap, this allows an intelligence that is not mine to govern me, my every movement counts to the quality of intelligence I bring through, am I with my body or not.

  4. It is so easy to get caught up and ahead of ourselves, constantly thinking and moving to the next thing, it is an exhausting way of living and makes sense of why we rely on coffee and so many other substances to keep us going. It is confronting to stop this momentum as you then have to feel everything you may have been avoiding.

  5. Recently I went on a trip with a friend and I was so inspired by the way she moved, especially the way she walked. There was a gentle sway of her hips and a real grace that seemed to ripple through her body. I am now far more conscious of my own movements and of having my feet firmly planted on the ground, giving my body permission to feel grace from the inside and let it express through my body. This in itself seems to encourage more expression in my conversation and a greater awareness of when I am holding back.

  6. ‘The sheer fact that the human body can literally hold and build another body during pregnancy is beyond profound!’ it certainly is. It speaks for itself the intelligence that is on offer from our body if we learn to listen to it.

    1. That is a great example of the intelligence that is contained within the human body, how would our heads get along with a challenge like building a human body inside our existing one? Our heads haven’t a clue as to how our ancient brothers built the pyramids without any of the technology that we have today and our heads cannot work out how to do it today even with all the tools we possess that the ancients had none of.

  7. This need to be shared in all aspects of work life as the education model of our current society is far from sharing this truth. The body is now a marker of how we can function rather than feel.

  8. ‘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….’ This is a reality that we could be operating in all of the time.

  9. The amazingness of our bodies and all they offer us is even more amazing when we realise that through the simplicity of our gentle breath we are reconnected to it all so beautifully and the enormous wisdom that resides within us all. “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.”

  10. Our whole body is the expression of an intelligence that is greater than one’s isolated piece of it. Our mind can’t ever surpass any other part, just surrender to the harmony and the equalness that each part of us brings in their balanced collaboration.

  11. It is an incredible thing to ponder on. Our bodies are more intelligent than our heads, possibly a million times more intelligent, so clinging on to believing that our intelligence is in our heads is not going to evolve us. On the contrary it will keep us firmly stuck in the mud we chose to step into many thousands of years ago.

  12. Getting caught up in our heads about situations that are happening and things that may or may not happen is a sure way to exhaust us. Conscious presence on the other hands does the opposite, and in fact, allows us access to feeling more vital and energetic. Maybe it’s time to listen to the body instead of going around in circles in our headspace.

  13. The make up of the human body, all the very many intricate systems and how it works harmoniously continuously so regardless to how we treat it (although of course this does have an impact on our health when we do not treat our health and body preciously) is truly divine and magical and I can absolutely put my hand up and say I do not appreciate this or work with my body in the way I truly could. This magic, the magic of our being and body should be taught to everyone when little, maybe just maybe then we would treat it with the care it truly deserves in supporting us to live all of who we truly are.

  14. I’m discovering that in every sense, that to keep presence in my body and how I move, is the way I can ensure I’m taking deep and proper care of myself.

  15. “The sheer fact that the human body can literally hold and build another body during pregnancy is beyond profound!” Indeed it is Cherise. I remember being in total awe of this when my first child was born. It was something that has stayed with me ever since and is as you say, “beyond profound”. But equally the way the rest of the human body works, which most of the time goes unnoticed by us, is completely magical.

  16. In each and every moment there is an opportunity to be present inside our bodies, not just in our minds or our thoughts. Absolutely Cherise, and what a divine place to be for ourselves, with our bodies, which nourishes us to the core.

  17. I am not certain but I don’t think presence is recognised by the medical profession as a desired quality for health. If and when it is understood that a lack of presence is a cause of dementia this must surely change.

  18. The Gentle Breath Meditation which you mentioned was the first time a meditation practice supported me to be more aware of my body rather than take me into some form of numb bliss. This awareness came slowly through greater ability to connect to and feel an inner stillness, together with tips about how to keep my mind with me and my activity rather than rush all over the place. The insights, wisdom and awareness we can access through our bodies is huge. Most of us have had blips of this at various moments in our lives. It makes absolute sense that we make the most of this natural and innate ability.

  19. As someone who recently had a baby, I have massive appreciation for the way in which the body adapts to growing another human. And whats more, the way your body naturally returns back to itself once you have had the baby and have stopped breastfeeding. The whole process is an opportunity for a woman to more deeply connect and surrender to her essence and the delicateness and power of her body.

  20. Yes indeed there is far more to life than meets the eye, nose, ear or any of our five senses – something that we can start to connect to with our sixth sense.

  21. ‘…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…’ Accepting we are part of this grand universe is inspiring.

    1. It is amazing the way our body is ordered and the way all the systems flow and work together, it’s a kind of magic that makes me realise there is a grand intelligence innately inside us all.

  22. “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:” A great question Cherise. We so often take our body for granted, ignoring its call to go to bed, to stop eating, to go to the loo etc. Listening to my body – and honouring and also appreciating what it tells me is transforming my life.

  23. I feel so much more me when I appreciate and am fully present in every movement my body makes. It is about living here and now, to give my mind something to do that has nothing to do with the past or the future but only present time. Feeling so much more of me is a joy that I feel in my whole body as my body knows the grandness I belong to.

  24. Yesterday I had a very busy day, and at one point decided I needed to have a rest. I lay down very purposefully as I had more to do afterwards. I made sure I was super comfortable and warm so that I felt fully supported. I only had about half an hour, but this rest felt like I was giving myself my very own healing session. When we keep our focus on the purpose of what is on offer to us, we are supported in more ways than we could possibly imagine.

  25. It’s gorgeous what you’ve shared about presence. There are so many distractions out there asking us to give up presence, check-out from life, go into our heads and be taken on a journey into different ‘worlds’ and away from our own relationships/reality, e.g. gaming, TV, food and so forth. What if in our ‘down time’ we did things that could instead support us to feel more in touch with our body, relationships and feel rejuvenated (rather than drained/bloated) to love what we do for work and life in general?

  26. I agree Cherise the choice to connect to being present with our body brings a tangible warmth and through a commitment to building a consistency of presence brings a true quality to all our movements and our expression.

  27. Developing greater presence in my body has enabled me to develop greater awareness in life, being able to read situations more clearly and remain more solid in myself when things get challenging.

  28. ‘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.’ I love your point here Cherise.

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