People sometimes say to me…
‘So this is really all about positive thinking, then?’
‘Not really,’ tends to be my reply.
I mean, what exactly is ‘positive thinking’? It’s certainly a popular concept – replace all those negative ideas with positive ones. I question, however, whether that is what actually happens. In my experience, we all have very strong patterns. These may be on a physical level – how we move, habitual muscle tension, what Alexander referred to as ‘debauched kinaesthesia’.
The patterns may also be on an emotional or mental level, and are often fear-based responses. When we make a decision to ‘think positively’, are we simply pushing our fear-based responses even deeper inside us, in order to suppress them, and then imposing another equally restrictive pattern over the top?
With the Alexander Technique, we allow ourselves to be fully present in the moment and say no to the old pattern. This allows a space for something new to happen, to take the place of the old pattern. It works with a physical response and it works with a mental or an emotional response. Just say NO to the old habit, and in that brief space that arises, allow your focus to be on opening to new potentials, new possibilities. You don’t need to know what they are, just that they are not your old, habitual responses. It requires courage and a sense of adventure to allow a new pattern to emerge, without our attempting to impose something we have specifically thought about and chosen in advance.
Fear and drama bind us to our old patterns, thereby ensuring that we repeat them. Opening to new potentials, whatever they prove to be, frees us from the past. Try it sometime and enjoy the new adventure!
There are a couple of spaces still on the Friday 6 week continuation course ( 10.30 am-12), beginning September 30th, 2016. These sessions will suit anyone who has worked with me before and would like a ‘refresher’ and you are welcome to attend any number of them at a cost of £17 per week. Please email me if you are interested.
Apologies to those of you who are still waiting to hear about the next Beginners course – for various reasons, they will not now start before 2017.