Continuum is at the same time a philosophical, scientific, artistic, musical, poetic and spiritual concept, a cosmology, and an advanced state of consciousness. When applied to our affairs, Continuum leads us naturally to a saner and happier world. In other words, Continuum as an experience is a direct involvement in the harmony and congruence of our inner and outer realities. It enables us to live the real lives of our bodies.
— James Oschman, PhD, Energy Medicine, Therapeutics and Human Performance
For Doris, this work is a spiritual practice and has opened her up to possibilities of living in her body that she had only begun to envision in her work as a psyche/soma therapist and educator. She says, “It is the basis for everything that I do.” These processes have also been most beneficial in her dealing with post-polio syndrome and chronic fatigue. With the completion of Somatic Experiencing training and a reopening of her therapeutic counselling practice, Doris has found ways to blend the powerful tools of Continuum with the emotional waves and the fabric and content of our life stories. “In movement, there is no separation and as we begin to live, breathing, dancing and expressing our experiences, there comes a joining and a wholeness that leads to healing and to an excitation that counteracts the insanity and fragmentation that we encounter in the world around us.”
WHAT IS MOVEMENT? – We live in a world of movement. What we commonly call a “body” is movement that has stabilized in order to function in a particular environment, in our case…Planet Earth. Science tells us that we are a world of movement, that we are moving and changing all the time. Even objects that we think of as static, like rocks and mountains are all “moving” with various rhythms & frequencies.
The conventional notion of movement is that it is something that turns on and off. It is usually thought of as a specific activity like walking or reaching for an object. When we stop these activities, we are “still”, “not moving”. We make a distinction between what we call functional movement, which implies a “body”, and biological movement in which the body is not a designated object and does not maintain a specific form. In this, we can say that “movement is what we are, rather than something we do.” Emilie Conrad
Movement has many aspects, for example: the movement of thought, the movement of sensation, the movement of language, the movement of imagination, and the movement of emotions. In movement, there is no time, no past, present or future, no separation between body, mind, or spirit, nor is there a fixed shape or form We take on different forms and then the forms dissolve into the stream of life, to be reformed in different configurations. There is a movement between the richness of our inner life and our outer life where we engage with all that is.