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Soulbyte for Monday September 14, 2020

Maintain balance no matter what transpires, for balance is key to attaining stability in mind, body, and spirit. Balance is key to holding onto positive thoughts and positive energy so that you may weather through all adversity with strength and fortitude. Keep a good balance in heart, mind, and spirit so that not only you remain positive but so that all you come in contact with may remain so as well. For what effects the one effects the many; all play a part in what happens to the whole.

Sending you love,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Recapitulation: Movement is Crucial

Just Breathe… anywhere, anytime…
– Photo by Chuck Ketchel

There are many phases of a recapitulation, especially a recapitulation of childhood, especially a recapitulation of a childhood of sexual or physical abuse with its many layers of psyche and soma.

Each layer needs its own separate recapitulation time. Memories are multifaceted and multidimensional, like the skins of an onion, layer upon layer of thin veils of information that must be addressed one at a time. This is one reason that a recapitulation can take a long time. But we can facilitate a recapitulation by consciously attending to each of those layers with intent and awareness, paying attention to where we need to go next by what comes to guide us.

Recapitulation is guided by spirit, that of our body and that of our high self. Dreams guide us too, and we should pay attention to where they take us; our spirit speaking to us in its own language of symbol, myth, and possibility, tapping into other dimensions of truth and fact that we may be missing during our waking life.

During my own recapitulation, I discovered how the many layers of memory came. First there were visual flashbacks. Then those flashbacks fused together into movie-like scenarios, with sounds, smells, feelings, in both physical body and emotional body. Eventually each of those separate somatic experiences required their own recapitulation, so that in the end my recapitulation became a many-layered experience, as each part of each experience took its own time to show me what it had to show me.

The body holds just as much memory, or possibly more than the mind. This is what I came to discover, that the body holds its own memories, separate and yet connected to the memories that come from the deep recesses of the mind, that which is stored in the memory centers of the brain.

These body memories appeared as stuck in my body, energy caught in various places, causing pain and discomfort, anxiety and tensions, and they often acted out real physical disabilities, such as unexplained limping, numbness, swelling, rashes, etc. Often, just the remembering and reliving of a memory did not fully release it from my physical body. Such memories remained deeply embedded in my muscles and sinews until I did something physical to urge them out of me.

I found running, walking, doing yoga, Magical Passes and breathing, Embodyment Therapy® and energy work by an energy worker helpful in releasing these memories from the sinews of the body. Massage, making love, with a partner or alone (yes, masturbation is an excellent means by which to release stuck energy); physical work, gardening, creative endeavors like painting, dancing, singing, playing music, even taking lots of soothing baths. Don’t force; do what comes naturally to you. Anything that stirs the body is helpful in addressing the deep needs of the body to release what it has stored alongside the mental memories.

If physical activity is limited, pain and incapacitation will continue. Mysterious symptoms that no doctor can explain will continue. Illnesses of no origin will continue. So, I urge all of my readers to get up off the couch, out of the bed, and onto the yoga mat. Do some exercises that appeal to you. Put on some running or walking shoes, ride a bike, do something you enjoy in order to get moving.

If physical movement is difficult, even just lots of deep breathing will begin to open the passageways to release what’s stuck; either the recapitulation breath or any other deep breathing technique will suffice. Or simply breathe consciously, with awareness, paying attention to the gentle and natural in-breath and out-breath that your body makes on its own. Breath is life; breath is healing.

Whatever you choose to do, begin slowly, proceed at a pace that you and your body can handle, but be persistent. Ask your body to show you what it needs; this is often the best way to start the physical release of recapitulation. Your body will respond and show you what it needs.

Both your psyche and your body will thank you for getting in touch at a new and deeper level. Your recapitulation will get unstuck, and you will be better prepared to handle what it reveals to you.

It will make you stronger in mind and body, psyche and soma. And your spirit will be overjoyed.

Wishing you well on your continued journey of recapitulation.

Sending you love and support,

Jan Ketchel, Author of The Recapitulation Diaries

•Published simultaneously on The Recapitulation Diaries Facebook Page

Soulbyte for Friday October 5, 2018

Let not your ideas of yourself spoil the riches in life. Let not your fears take away the joys. Let not your sadness steal your possibilities. Let not your loneliness keep you from experiencing union. All these things are overcome as you dare yourself to live each day to the fullest, as you realize that thoughts and fears are but habitual patterns adopted long ago, that sadness and loneliness are teaching you that you want more. Prepare your body, mind, and spirit for what is to come. Get yourself ready each day with expectation, with positive thoughts rippling through your mind, with a smile on your lips. And above all, keep an open heart toward yourself and others as you own your life. Own it.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Tuesday August 14, 2018

Minimize distractions and energy drains in your life. Simplify so that your energy is not drawn from you nor compromised by too much. Let yourself release that which is no longer helpful or really necessary so you free up energy for that which is. Think of yourself as a battery that needs constant recharging so that you function properly. Only the finest energy input will do! Soothe your mind to stay calm day and night. Soothe your body and your soul with appropriate calming methods, food, and peaceful input. In this manner begin to notice just how much energy gets drained unnecessarily and how much renewed you are by appropriate attention to the whole self: body, mind, and spirit. In calm alignment, with energy protected and tended to, renew your vows to carry on in a new manner. That’s intent!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday June 6, 2018

Don’t say you can’t, because you can! Don’t say you won’t, because you will! Don’t dismiss your power, because indeed you contain it! Walk the path that has been carved for you. Do it willingly, certain that you have all the abilities you need to do so, keeping them foremost in your mind and heart, keeping your power firmly centered, knowing that all the energy you need as you take your journey forward is within you. You have no other life but this one. This is your life, your body, your spirit, your chosen path in this lifetime. This is it. Accept it, but also choose to live it to the fullest, with all you’ve got. Give it your all so that life does not take your energy but provides you with all it’s got to give in return, for indeed there is much to be had. Discover every golden nuance about yourself as you walk your path, and don’t forget to enjoy every moment of it!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne