Unresolved emotion is stored in an organized fashion. Just as everything in nature externally is precisely organized around a network consciousness, so is everything within us and our dogs. Simplistically, when a desire for or attraction toward an object is blocked (i.e. resistance), a sense of fear is converted into a stored physical memory. Over time when this process is repeated, the fear increases and the subsequent response to that trigger is intensified. Stress, something all beings experience, occurs even at the moment life is born into the world. The resolution, or “unresoltion”, of that stress is key, especially when you have multiple layers of stored stress. Anatomically, stress is stored in the gut region where the core of unresolved emotion is embedded – revert back to Kevin’s notion of the emotional battery. At this physical point, the layered energy of unresolved emotion radiates forward within the dog toward the highest concentration of energy (i.e. toward the Big Brain in the head).
Really, the core of this chapter centers on the terms emotional center of gravity (ECG) and physical center of gravity (PCG) and the metaphor of the seesaw. Analogically, physical memories are to ECG as physical anatomy is to PCG. The dog is symmetrical, as both the ECG and PCG move along the path of the body. This centrality of energy within the dog shifts and he becomes either sensual or stiff depending on the movement/emotion (either prey-like or predatory) of another being. Enters the seesaw metaphor. Basically, our PCG moves back and forth or up/down to opposite poles as does the same with the other person, only it is counterbalanced with our own. As the energy syncs up, each individual’s ECG/PCG merges with each other and the fulcrum between them. Meanwhile, the heart becomes the midpoint for each being – the new center of feeling. Bottom line: two beings become one emotional unit connected by heart through the flow/aligning of movement. Why is this important? When this deep emotional bond is created, it trumps all memories of stress and pack instincts and leads to a network consciousness enabling the flow of energy.
Ah, the feeling of wholeness. I liken it to my days of playing hockey. As the sport I grew up loving and playing, I can never recall a time where I didn’t feel that sense of tugging at my heart with the simultaneous sense of nausea in my gut. Sheer excitement to get on the ice. But there was this resistance that began the moment I left the house to drive to the rink. The whole way, as I traveled closer, I felt the feeling of being in the locker room putting on my pads and skates. I had no reason to feel this way, I was going to get there eventually, it was only a matter of time. But it didn’t matter because the feeling of making contact with the game of hockey drove me so much I felt it even before I left the house. And every time I arrived at the rink and made to the ice, I was grounded. I was complete. Getting hit along the boards or on open ice (sometimes it hurt like hell, but damn it makes you feel alive), the spraying of snow as the blades of skates scraped, every ounce of energy that projected the puck past the goalie; all of this further intensified the feeling thereafter of that anxious process of getting to the rink. From a NDT perspective, my sense of wholeness, of playing hockey, began with my projecting my emotional center of gravity onto an object of attraction; in this case, the locker room, the act of putting on my equipment, the ice itself, and of course the energy of movement. At the same time, my physical center of gravity raced from pole to pole within my body as I got closer by driving to the rink. By the time I got there, the feeling gravitated to the area of my heart, which then projected onto the other players as the game was played. Those were the days, and even now as I’m writing this having not played hockey for a little while, I can’t still feel it. As Kevin defines it, it is that sense of weightlessness and reconnecting with yourself. The same goes for when your dog goes after the frisbee, or during a game of fetchtug.
In NDT terms, what makes you feel whole? Parallel that with your relationship with your dog.