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What Does Embodiment Mean?
Embodiment means to relate to the body as a subject, rather than an object. It is the process and state of being sensitised or re-sensitised by bringing the whole body online and aligned with the way you want to feel, act and express yourself. When a person is embodied, they’re able to intimately listen to the subtlest parts of themselves, the parts that are constantly whispering messages but which often go unheard because we’re moving too fast, feeling too little, and thinking too much.
Being embodied is recognising the body as not just a container for the mind, or what Francis Briers terms a ‘Brain Taxi’, but as a living, evolving, intelligent ally through which we can meet, feel, express and experience ourselves, our personality, senses, memories, relationships, passions, sensuality, and spirit and act and be seen in the world according to these.
Embodiment recognises that we cannot access any of these things without a body, and we are therefore, far more than just our minds.
Becoming embodied means transcending the duality of both ‘you are not your body’ and ‘you are not your mind’ to find wholeness, harmony, and coherence between all facets and dimensions of yourself. It’s the full integration of all aspects of you.
You can therefore consider embodiment as a conduit to wholeness and reunion with yourself. It is gnosis.
Yet, we live in a culture that enforces the opposing view.
Why Do We Need Embodiment?
Ever since Decartes philosophised ‘I think therefore I am’, we’ve been compartmentalised into the realm of the mind, deconditioned out of our bodies and led to believe that we exist only in our heads.