There are at least four levels of experience we have as humans that run in parallel with available healing modalities. Each of these four levels are dimensions associated with any problem or dilemma we wish to resolve. We’ll describe these below in increasing levels of subtlety and leverage.
1) Mental. We all experience many thoughts, beliefs, and ideas throughout our lives that seem to originate in the mental field, or the head if you will. Most of us would like to have less activity in this region but our cognitively dominant society tends to over-stimulate this area. When someone is looking for help on a social, spiritual, or psychological issue, it often presents first at this level. In other words, we have a worry, concern, or question that we’d like to resolve, learn from or get help with. Most of us are very identified with mental activity and this is often the toughest place to intervene on an issue. Or as I like to say, the human mind is one of the most difficult things to change in the universe! There is a broad collection of “cognitive therapies” that address the mental level.
2) Emotional. Next comes the realm of emotions that we typically refer to as our feelings. The emotions that usually have us concerned are actually physical sensations coupled with a matrix of beliefs (mental attachments). It can be challenging for people who are highly identified with their minds to actually feel their emotions. However, if we can help people do this, the dilemma they experience can be more easily resolved. Gestalt based therapies can be very effective at working with this level.
3) Physical. The physical level, also called the somatic level, comprises actual body sensations associated with the presenting issue. Sometimes physical sensations are readily apparent with an issue presenting at the mental and/or emotional levels but sometimes it takes a bit of digging to feel at this level. Once we have access to a physical sensation, release is even easier than intervening at the previous two levels. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), bio-energetics, and other somatic therapies can be effective at this level.
4) Vibrational. All sensations in the body are actually manifestations of an energetic vibration. Therefore, any feeling in the body will have its own vibrational signature. To offer a simple analogy, imagine you just touched a hot iron. There is a physical sensation we call hot or burning on your skin. But there is a deeper truth here. Actually, molecules in the iron are vibrating at a rate higher than that of a cold iron. In either scenario, your physical experience is the result of a unique vibrational signature. Helping people get to this level is very powerful as interventions here allow for the easiest and deepest release. This is the level we work with in Soul Aligned Healing.