Understanding the Pattern Triad
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Brief Description || What The Assessment is Like
Understanding the Pattern Triad & Assessment
The Pattern Triad Components Further Defined and Illustrated
Excerpts from "Body Memory and ... Learning Life Lessons"
Notes on Mind-Body Correlations - Source-References, Organization of *Body Memory,* and "WHAT I DO")
Cosmology of the Body-Mind & Related Tenants
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Note: The "body-mind" term refers to the complex of mental, emotional, and physical bodies. This page provides a description of my own paradigm on "body-memory," body-mind correlations, "body-reading," and related basis, uses, and purposes for such knowledge. There are no specific body-mind correlations given on this page except for one example in the section, "The Pattern Triad Components Further Defined and Illustrated."
Navigation: Some might find this a rather exhaustive discussion. All the above noted sections are on this page, with hyperlinks and "To Top of Page" to easier get you where you want to go. NOTE: There are also many links that will take you to related topic matter on OTHER pages at this site. I suggest first very quickly briefing the whole page while taking note of the links, then read as much as you like before chancing a link. -cp
"Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces" sig'd © Chris Pringer Apr'11,
Brief Description of the Pattern Triad and a "Reading:"
Describes how I interact with a client to find out how his/her body has responded to past experience -- most of it long past -- as evidenced in the connective tissues of the body. The body "tells" via holding and movement patterns, as related to *coping mechanisms, *skills, *gifts, and the challenges that provide the vehicles and impetus for the mechanisms to be transformed into the gifts over time along one's Life Path. The "Notes on..." section goes into greater depth on the Triad with how I "read." The section "Understanding the Pattern Triad and Assessment" describes the cause-effect basis of the Triad and reading in an organized way. The client uses the mind-body assessment or "reading" as guide for recognizing, accessing, developing, and employing mental/ emotional/ physical resources -which phrase describes an effective "body-mind awareness"- towards more effective accomplishment of life goals and re-integration of mind-body systems, toward optimal whole systems organization and preventative health maintenance.
I should also add that most work from me does not include such a reading as described here, and a session can vary greatly with different combinations of body and energy work, counseling, etc. Both brief and detailed descriptions of my work is available at my brochure (via above link).
It may do the reader well, to be familiar with the concepts as discussed at The "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page - The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. May-June 2011: Addendum essays, including "Muscle Q & A" - a Kind of overview of the core topics, and "Adrenaline vs Endorphins...Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons ...Aging" were added with the goal of clarifying these topics as more easily understandable for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved, including self-help level emotional processing.
The "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart" is now (10/10/11) at the Organization Chart page. It compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects.
What The Assessment is Like
The Body Pattern Assessment/Reading is an exploration of one's life process. It is based on how one's body reflects *how one has learned (as an infant and/or child, primarily) to feel and respond* to people and situations in life. On the other hand, the degree of bodily injury or health would seem (to me as yet) to have very little to do with "character" or spiritual progress. (To wit: Various saints were known to be physically challenged, temporarily or permanently.) I explain more -below- about "Understanding the Pattern Triad & Assessment" and The Pattern Triad Components Further Defined and Illustrated.
Client-Practitioner Teamwork with the process:
I generally do most of the assessment at the same time I am doing massage/bodywork, as the client is lying on the massage table. The textures and shapes of the musculature (one area relative to another), the client's awareness in specific muscles/tissues, as well as of acute and/or chronic pain, of referred pain and manners of it's communication, are major sources of the information I "read." Given that input, I use mainly facts (based on studies in physiology & psychology) along with some degree of intuition (based on my and others' experience) of ways in which the "body-mind" systems communicate. I also get information visually (postural analysis), by asking questions, listening. To a varying degree I receive information empathically and/or via strong "impressions," but I will find verification of any data obtained this way before I will consider it reliable (see next paragraph).
I will generally tell the client, in as much detail as requested at the time, where and how I read the messages that I interpret the body to be communicating. Sometimes I state a hunch in the mix of other notations, but I will say when I am doing this and why. It is generally to stimulate more feedback to insure I am on the right track and/or find out how to adjust my perception, as well as to determine the appropriate wording and delivery of the interpretation. (The correlations I use to make my determinations are somewhat based in my perspectives and approach in/to psychology, and discussed below in the section, "Notes on Mind-Body Correlations").
I counsel in "listening" accurately to the physical and emotional body, and in taking charge of his/her health process more effectively. We explore how to craft individualized tools to facilitate increased awareness, choice range, and empowerment. This includes the basics of Self-Parenting, various self-healing methods, the assignment of "homework," including simple Yoga techniques (ie: "Tensing Yoga - Exercises for Self Healing, Preventative Maintenance, & Mind-Body Awareness").
The challenge for the individual is to become conscious of the coping mechanisms and above dynamics as they apply to oneself, to appreciate his/her skills & gifts, to learn how to release emotional pain (over time), and recover memories , to monitor the "onion skin peeling away" process [naturopathic perspective], to further refine the gifts, and finally to find meaning and purpose to the whole developmental process.
Understanding the Pattern Triad and Assessment
As implied above, this perspective is based on how the body reflects *how one has learned (as an infant and/or child, primarily) to feel and respond* to people and situations in life. The infant responds internally in a way to cope as best s/he can, creating a *coping mechanism* to do that, and that coping mechanism begets *skills,* and the skills begets *gifts*. I relate these to bodily manifested "holding patterns" in the muscles and other connective tissues [often referred technically as "adhesions"]. These also cause and/or relate directly to postural and movement patterns, as well as to decreased circulation of blood, lymph, nerve, and ki or chi energy in internal systems [what are often referred to as "blocks" in less conventional circles]. The coping mechanisms, skills, and gifts strongly affect the organization and function of the related cells, tissues, organs, and systems. Most pre-adult development is centered around the discovery and initial refinement of the skills and talents. Conscious development of [recognized] gifts is the next stage.
Most all people have a certain amount of conscious and/or unconscious pain related to these aspects, depending on the nature of the origin and psycho-emotional importance of the related coping mechanism(s). The pain would have been incurred during the events which led to the creation of the coping mechanisms. More complex sets of coping mechanisms are referred to as "Inner Children" [REF.]. Which term refers to the persona(s) of the emotional body, that have been created in order to finish, at a later time, certain interrupted processes. Those processes are related to the basic emotional and/or physical needs that were only partially and/or temporarily fulfilled, by the coping mechanisms. The (usually unconscious) pain of the unmet needs provide motivation for personal evolvement, most expressively in the realm of the skills and gifts.
The Pattern Triad Components
First I should say something about my own learning background: One thing that I have forgotten to add here until now, except verbally with some clients, that I always scored high in my schooling in biology and physiology, and tend to pay attention when anything related comes across my mental plate - just as it does for psychology related topics. I was gifted with a college-physiology instructor (Dr. J. Hurn) in my high school physiology class (Will Rogers, Tulsa, Ok, sr.yr 1969-70).
He told us from the beginning we would be learning college material - that's what he knew, and that's what he was going to teach. I always scored the high on the exams - at the top with quite a large margin relative to most in the class - even considering his grading on the curve system (also unusual for high school at that time).
I enjoyed creating charts in order to memorize the more complex feedback systems among the endocrine glands (no one told me that would work; I realized then that I learned graphically. [Yes, I stayed home a lot during high school, also during college when my study discipline was stolen by topics that fed the skills and capabilities listed here far more than did the courses that would've gained the degree I pursued then.]
I took college physiology again because the New Mexico Academy of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts required both college physiology and chemistry prior to entry (taken at an actual college ). And there was fairly intense focus on physiology in that school (aside from anatomy), the written portion of the final exam, essay based, requiring 4+ hours to complete for most students. I've also been gifted with a client (for over 10 years) whose vocation before retirement was as an anesthetist, and I've worked for almost as long with a client challenged with neuropathy.
And then there was my own low back injury in (1987) - relating critically to vertebrae and disk compression, to ligaments and muscles that habitually over-protected, effecting various nerves, etc - which led me to develop the "Tensing Yoga" technique as integrated with body-parenting and other elements of the approach I incorporate in my work. Interestingly, I've never actually "seen" aura's. However, over time, I've developed some capability for "scanning" - converting kinesthetic data to visual data - which I'm sure is not unusual for touch-based health care practitioners.
Again, I do my best to use common sense as well as intuition in the integration and application of these systems, asking for guidance in the process. I do my best to not let my empathic and psychic attunement (to the varying degree that may enter in) interfere with whatever information the person intends to convey to me verbally. I note the data from these sources separately (referring to conscious vs. unconscious communications). Which helps to continually refine my hypotheses and theories.
words and background by Chris Pringer, Aug (2016)
Analysis and Connecting the Dots
While I very much appreciate the intuitive, if I truly believe something is true and yet not proven, that creates enough of a dichotomy within my belief system that a motivation is created. That motivation is to be on the lookout for information that verifies the belief. And since I don't like half-truths being called whole-truths, and what I want are whole-truths, then my searching is fault-checked. Truth is truth, fact is fact, hypothesis and theory is just that, AND deduction from fact is useful.
On the one hand, the more one knows about what works, the more one knows about what doesn't. On the other hand, what works for one may not work for another. Analysis, intuition, and faith are indeed three different informers, and all can be influenced by subconscious motivations. The key would seem to be balance WITH objectivity via self-knowledge.
"Theory Stacking" is one way I have found effective to sort and compare critical parts of theories or seemingly conflicting facts. It goes with chart-making and visualizing cause and effect relationships. With that, I can *entertain* any number of explanations for an event (certainly with the help of notes and references)... Then as a given theory shakes out the more plausible relative to the less, related theories in the stack rise and fall accordingly over time in the "theory stack." And over time, I may notice some theories getting lots of support from various sources. Deduction from supported theories can also be useful. It's probably similar to how a good detective views the stories of suspects and witnesses. I also apply this method to assessing the reliability of news sources personal or otherwise. And while it's often not quick, it is a handy addition to "the tool kit" - one case informs the other, so to speak - that is, the skill set(s) as well as data become(s) additive as well as integrative. Genius? Nah, just organization.
Change ('learning') first requires tracking and observing trends within oneself. By the way, forgiveness (or lack thereof) effects memory, and that effects tracking (and basic observing/ comparing of trends, events, etc. This pertains to memory of "facts," of events that more obviously imply contrary facts, or of strong feelings born out of events (because for some people, the emotional memory is the means of access for how they will make decisions about many things). It also pertains to more subtle feelings that have yet to consciously give rise to facts as obviously contrary. Forgiveness, memory, tracking trends, setting & accomplishing realistic goals: some very important keys for change. RELATED: "Why Track Trends?" in the overview of the "Evolution Trends" essay.
Connecting the Dots: Beginning with the here and now circumstances, moving forward... we ground each step towards where we want to go (or accomplish). Either we believe we were and still are meant to do that -- because we believe we were, and still are, WORTH the original design that included the capabilities to succeed in solving our challenges... -- or we do not. But just in case we believe we are worth that... And that might be because we believe that consciousness allows us the option of self-forgiveness and changing our ways, and in this "getting the lesson," we can not only do the right thing, but the most optimal thing most of the time. We can thus transition to sufficient clarity that we demand and receive actual accountable representation of our most responsible selves, creating a world based on respect for all Life. Genius? No, "just" respect and appreciation for the gifts we've been given.
Useful references include Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith or Human Energy Systems by Jack Schwarz. Meanwhile, the energy centers' corrolary attributes can be summarized crudely and briefly:
1) strength, security, basic support;
2) passion, reproduction, creativity;
3) individuation & definition, information, raw empathy as in "gut feeling," power in management/ manipulation of these aspects;
4) love, service, empathy with others as extension of oneself, psycho-emotional integration;
5) authority, management, delegation of power, communications, 'power of Spoken Word';
6) conceptual, contextual, & ethics/ values-based discrimination, insight, recognition of truth, reality, & related veils, psychic awareness;
7) pure knowledge, consciousness, integrated "connectedness" relating all reality/ies, All Beings, all energy centers as ONE, etc.
Each energy center, is thereby part of our non-physical anatomy, according to teachings of advanced yogi's down through the centuries.
Chart of Energy Centers or Chakras
originally "Chakra Path To Guidance Chart"
©/Rev's 1-'94, 9-'94, 6-'95, 12-'96, 5-'99, 1-'00, 12'09 - Chris Pringer
Related References & Resources
"Body-Mind Integrative Energy-Bodywork" Professional Brochure
Descriptions for Integration Therapy, Reiki, & Body Awareness Coaching (for the most cost effective health insurance on the planet ) includes sections on approach, techniques, and methodologies employed, as well as training, fees, etc. Individual, program, and 3-6 week interval-based rates are available, as well as discounts for 1st session, referral, senior, and gift certificates.NOTE: While generally enjoyable, massage is not just "a luxury" I bring over 25 years experience to a number of massage/ bodywork therapies, including therapy for cyclists & other athletes, minor & major injuries, all of which are listed & described in my brochure. From this page you can access special topics for integrating energy work, counseling, bodywork, "Body Pattern Readings," self-healing instruction. Related: Testimonials Page; "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section at the "Body-Mind Integration..." page; the Compact Tri-fold Version of Professional Brochure in Printable PDF (right-click, "save as" to download)
"Integration" by Krysta Gibson,
about Common myths vs realities about psycho-spiritual integration; effective guidance about feelings and memories, 'living in the now', 'releasing' events and people, 'forgiving and forgetting' the past - for living the spiritual life fully and meaningfully. Originally published by Krista Gibson in "The New Times" of Seattle. Through the late 80's & most of the 90's, I always read Krysta's essays if I didn't have time to read anything else, and kept copies of various or her articles handy for my clients to take home with them. Still current...
"Love Letter" self-applied journaling technique (Word doc format)
"Nice name, serious work": This letter format is useful for preparing and/or facilitating deeper communications and/or resolving conflict/issues within self or with another person (ie: parent, former mate, etc). This method can fill a special need for therapeutic dialog with someone who is currently not present, including those who have passed on. Because most of what any person can actually heal, or may be responsible to heal, is within ones own feeling body. It is also valuable for/during various strictly personal therapeutic processes, for simply journaling, including self-dialog between two or more parts of yourself that represent mixed feelings about something. Other benefits include introduction to and practice in additional valuable self-healing techniques: "Self-Parenting;" constructing practical, emotionally integrative affirmations; making decisions about your intention and direction for healing change; and verbalizing those decisions in order to etch them into ones being. The latter initiates the completion of (as yet unmet) essential need(s) of the Inner Child, and may manifest changes in related physical symptoms (ie: much less pain). Titled, "How To Write A Love Letter", this is Available in Word doc format or (Unformatted) Text format. [You may also be able to right click on either of those links, select "save link as" (or equivalent), and save the file(s) to your hard drive for later use.]
"My Cells - My Children"
And other metaphorical prose for the 'Body-Parenting' approach to Mind-Body Integration. Illustrates the dynamic relationships of Spirit, mind, body, and emotions, as well as the inner-child-parent-family, including the cells, organs, and body systems. New section on "Body-Parenting" in Mind-Body Integration and a powerful form of Preventative Health Maintenance (New 12/16/09). Based on the "Re-Parenting" approach to personal growth & self-healing, I consider it a powerful adjunct to Body-Mind Integration.
"A Gestalt Perspective," and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth" (2 Essays)
A perspective on an approach to and regard for life, one's past and present, as well as a basis for personal growth and/or therapy. I could've called it an integrated 'Gestaltist-Humanist-Buddhist-New Thought' perspective. (You could say these are my main sources, from among the various "schools" of psychology and correlating approaches to application of therapy.)
Energy Psychology at Southeast Institute
Energy psychology focuses on the interrelationship of energy systems, emotion, behavior, psychopathology, and health. These systems include the electrical activity of the nervous system, acupuncture meridians, chakras, biofields, and morphogenetic fields. A good resource page for sample self-applications and related resources is at Feeling Free .Net. Another good reference is Dr. Fred P. Gallo's Energy Psych .Com site submitted, Thank you, by Bruce Tanner. I found the "Preface to Energy Psychology in Psychotherapy" page very informative.
[ In my opinion, based on discussion with various practitioners of EFT, the "Emo-Free" ("TAP" & related) systems work very well (and relatively quickly) for many people. And for vets and PTSD, EFT can "put the fire out". But it may not result in more than brief relief in cases where the cause of the trouble is based in, or critically anchored to, deep-seated emotions that were traumatically suppressed in early childhood. Per reasons as indicated at pages by yours truly, and/per those references of my teachers in body-centered psychology. I'm referring here to considerations in the difference between Gestalt, New Thought, EFT, and Behavioral schools of psychology, the different approaches to what some of us call "the emotional body", the cause of emotional pain, what we might call "true" preventative maintenance, etc. EFT seems to be a cross between Behavioral and New Thought(?). Exceptions to that would be in the case where, and to the degree that, the associated trauma is simultaneously felt (enough to be validated), observed, and breathed-through, as it moves through the energy system (ie: via polarity/meridian/chakra system if/as applies to one's modality), and to/through the CSF, and thus out of the body, during and/or subsequent to the EFT/related session. Otherwise, how is any associated and stored emotional component, born out of unresolved confusion at an early age, going to get out of the system, for the purpose of creating symptoms, so as to signal the deeper cause, so as to resolve our problems - as we were designed to do? How? - by whatever route the self next finds to work. The trouble is, it might be more destructive, perhaps even better disguised, perhaps "only" internally, via organ dysfunction. -Chris Pringer ]
"The Use Of Questions (and Gestalt approach) In Effective Affirmation Therapy"
Theory & Examples for Practical Application. Theory section explains how this (PRQ) system compares to other affirmation techniques and therapies - how and why they work, advantages of PRQ's, etc. Includes Lots of Sample PRQ's (Positive Response Questions) for learning and affirming any desired knowledge, Simple How-To's in developing Pragmatic use of "the right question" -- from a test situation and/or from regular affirmations. Works well for the intangibles (Personal Growth oriented) which many would say has to come before you can truly enjoy the rest anyway.
"Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing."
A Cosmology of what is here referred to as the 'Emotional-Body' - that which provides the motivation or 'drive' for any sustained focus, decision, stance or action. It is the degree of emotion that makes the difference between a held belief and a mere passing thought. Includes "Emotion, Fuel, & 'the Vehicle' - Fueling or Fooling Around?", "Reward, Punishment, Justice, & Change", "Emotion & Intention; Motivation & Detachment; Self & Others", and "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?" (Rev'd Jul'13)
"WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial" (Physical and other levels)
Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. The title question could have been, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" or "Why deny pain?" or "Why one should complain about pain?" There are no easy answers to these, if only because every individual has his/her own story and experience. I begin with basic, more physical-level concepts, and extend into other dimensions from there. There may be more proper medical terms for most of the dynamics I describe, but my purpose is to try to give ideas to help explain, a complex but common experience in a more understandable fashion -- perhaps even to give a little hope, motivation toward resources and some degree of relief. An exploration of concepts in empathy, caring, punishment and 'The Martyr Triad,' is included as well as essays: "Intro & Notes on Pain, Pain Reduction, Pain Elimination, Pain Desensitization", "A List Of Factors In The Perception Of Pain", "More On Referral Of Pain", "Delayed Healing", "Stress & Energy Related Pains", "Notes On Pain From Gestalt Perspective," "Internal Separation And Healing," "Anger - Some Modes & Complexities," "Pain Management & Body Parenting," "Pain, Relative to 'True Courage vs Toughness'," "A Message from the Masters" (a select collection of ancient wisdom in colloquial voice for balancing the adrenalised brain with the spiritual heart), "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment - and Healing the Pain," "A Metaphysician's Perspective On Pain, Emotion, & Change," "Why Deep Massage/Bodywork?", "Touch-sensitivity of Muscles...," "Should A Massage Be Painful?," and "Touch-sensitivity of Muscles - and Cell Congestion."
"Multi 3D Chalice 3 (w2A&)" sig'd © Chris Pringer Sept'10 - probably as close to what I saw in 1985 as anything I've put in art form so far (on visual level; add vortexes extending horizontally, less the colorations).
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