"Just as an open hand is hidden within a fist, our true nature, with its innate capacities for happiness, love, and wisdom, is hidden within our pain and numbness. Just as we can open a fist to reveal a hand, our unbound, unconstructed being can emerge from our pain and breathe again." —Dr. Judith Blackstone, Trauma and the Unbound Body
Heal trauma. Reclaim your body. Live with wholeness. These are the gifts of utilizing the power of fundamental consciousness—a subtle field of awareness that lies within each of us. In Trauma and the Unbound Body, Dr. Judith Blackstone explores how we can resolve the mental, physical, and emotional struggles of trauma through the power of fundamental consciousness.
Dr. Blackstone weaves her 30-plus years of psychotherapy practice to present a simple yet revolutionary approach to healing trauma. She writes, "All of the constrictions in our fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles and organs) are moments of our past that we have stopped in their tracks and held in that way, unconsciously. They are frozen moments of our past." Trauma and the Unbound Body explains how and why the body constricts in response to trauma, causing physical and emotional pain. Dr. Blackstone guides us through step-by-step processes to unwind those constrictions by attuning to fundamental consciousness, setting the body free of trauma once and for all by uncovering an unbreakable, unified ground of being.
In Trauma and the Unbound Body, Dr. Blackstone discusses:
? The five main purposes for bodily constriction—and how to release them to return to wholeness
? How to inhabit the body as fundamental consciousness to liberate trauma-based constrictions
? The Realization Process—a meditative practice for embodied spiritual awakening
? Discovering the unified ground of being within the body that enables lasting change
“This groundbreaking book teaches us how to resolve all levels of trauma through inhabiting the internal space of our body. The practices and teachings reveal the ground of fundamental consciousness, and Judith Blackstone is a brilliant, experienced guide. This path of healing trauma is deep, powerful, and true.” —Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“Judith Blackstone works at the junction point between pure awareness and our own messy physical and emotional selves. She teaches embodiment at a very deep level, and in this marvelous book, she offers a step-by-step process for healing trauma through embodied awareness. Blackstone’s Realization Process can help you discover the fundamental wisdom within your body—within the bones, the muscles, the fascia. The more you tune into this fundamental ground, the more awareness itself can begin to release the effects of psychological and physical wounding. This is psycho-spiritual work at the cutting edge of freedom!” —Sally Kempton, meditation teacher and author of Awakening Shakti and Meditation for the Love of It
“Trauma and the Unbound Body is a cutting-edge book which elegantly shows us how spiritual awakening enriches bodywork and psychological healing. Judith Blackstone begins with a clear exploration about how we organize ourselves in response to trauma. She then shares examples and practical methods for attuning to fundamental consciousness to release trauma-based patterns. Both healers and those healing will cherish this book!” —Loch Kelly, MDiv, LCSW, author of Shift Into Freedom
“Judith’s book is a powerful, practical guide to working with trauma. She helps the reader reclaim lost qualities such as power and voice through the practice of inhabiting the body and the ground of being that is our natural birthright. This book is a truly helpful guide for those who have experienced trauma to disentangle from challenging experiences and to attune to their body’s healing potential that is available in each moment.” —Kelly Boys, author of The Blind Spot Effect, mindfulness trainer with the United Nations Foundation, and host of Mindfulness Monthly
“Trauma and the Unbound Body is an exceptionally clear, finely tuned, and innovative guide for understanding and healing the divisive impacts of trauma. By deeply inhabiting our bodies—entering into the subtle core and attuning with an inherent fundamental consciousness—we discover that our true nature is both unique and non-separate. Judith Blackstone is a real pioneer in the emergent field of embodied awakening. Highly recommended!” —John J. Prendergast, PhD, author of In Touch and retired adjunct professor of psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies