Sag Monthly Horoscope

Two eclipses this month!

Lunar Eclipse on April 15th

A general rule of thumb regarding eclipses is to avoid major decision-making in the week before and after an eclipse. This is because new information that could change our perspective often is revealed in the week after the eclipse. There is absolutely no need to suspend projects already in progress. Essentially, it’s better to take in right now–to observe and get in touch with feelings.

This Lunar Eclipse stimulates your solar eleventh house. Surprises surrounding long-term goals, friendships, and group affiliations may be in store. Something that has been “in hiding” or brewing under the surface of things comes to light, or there is a significant fruition or culmination. This could manifest, for example, as a situation that tests a friendship, a culmination or fruition of a casual relationship, you could be called upon to perform a humanitarian gesture, a friend may experience a little crisis and ask for your help, you could suddenly find yourself around many people, perhaps after a period of relative solitude or private time, and other such possibilities.

Solar Eclipse on April 29th

The Solar Eclipse marks a new beginning for you. Letting go of the past is necessary in order to move forward. This eclipse occurs in your solar sixth house, suggesting a new approach to work or health is in order. A new set-up in existing jobs or a new job altogether may be formed in the coming months, as well as a sense of renewal and reinvigoration with regards to your daily activities, health routines, and attention to practical matters. This is a phase when you have an increased awareness of the daily routines that keep you organized and of your own health.

Libra Monthly Horoscope

Lunar Eclipse on April 15th

The Lunar Eclipse stimulates your solar first house. Surprises surrounding your personal plans and your personal presence may be in store. Something that has been “in hiding” or brewing under the surface of things comes to light, or there is a significant fruition or culmination. Your sector of personal appearance, initiative, and “me first” energy is involved. This could manifest, for example, as a sudden assertion of independence (even a temper tantrum), a situation that tests your leadership skills, a culmination or fruition of an important partnership, and other such possibilities. Finding a balance between autonomy and dependence is what this Lunar Eclipse is about for you.

Solar Eclipse on April 29th

The Solar Eclipse marks a new beginning for you. Letting go of the past is necessary in order to move forward. This eclipse occurs in your solar seventh house, suggesting a new approach to dealing with others is in order. A new set-up in existing partnerships or a new relationship altogether may be formed in the coming months, as well as a sense of renewal and reinvigoration with regards to your one-to-one relationship skills. This is a phase when you have an increased awareness of the need for someone significant to lean on or to rely on. You may also begin a consulting position or you could enjoy an increase in clients if you already work with people one-on-one.

Thursday, April 3:

Rigorous month planned ahead. Discipline. Health and fitness. Plan on pushing my body hard. Recovery just as important as the actual workouts, however. Without recovery, how can I consistently push myself?

So Epsom salt baths every day, no exception. Two cups.

Eating more often than I think I need to. Uh oh, not doing too hot on that today.

Spirulina, moringa 2x a day. Maca, shilajit once a day. More running than ever before. Increased intensity in my yoga practice. Biking even — especially — when I don’t feel like it. More frequent short-trips to utilize bike. Rhodiola for the final three weeks of the month.

Hemp protein powder three days a week. Just eat more. Sleep better. My sleep is coming back, and as it does, so does my energy. Very excited.

Friday, April 4:

Woke up in the wee hours of the morning. -.-

Feeling better after evening workout. Definitely cutting back cell phone hours.

April 5, Saturday:

On the grind.

April 6, Sunday:

Another night of incomplete sleep, but ended up getting more sleep than the previous two or three nights.

Although I’m busting my behind re: exercise every day, I am feeling good about it. I can tell the recovery process is improving.

Happy Birthday, Michelle.

April 7, Monday:

Another sleepless night.

Fatigued. Turning today into recovery.

http://www.cafeastrology.com/marsretrograde.html

April 8, Tuesday:

Rhodiola back in my life!

Christina is amazing! Kind woman! Thank you! Protein powder and tea to help me sleep!

April 9, Wednesday:

And … we’re back.

April 10, Thursday:

Feeling run down today. Little things bothering me. Just not enthusiastic.

Sleep is improving. Very good sign.

April 11, Friday:

A bit concerned about what the universe will bring to the world the second half of this month.

Other than that things are swell. Sleep! Everything is good when you have proper sleep. Or so it seems. My decision-making is improving leaps and bounds!

April 12 & 13:

A cosmic test.

STRUG, all day errday.

April 14, Monday:

Almost a day off…

Get it!

Potentially made a new friend. Made a big decision this weekend, too.

April 15, Tuesday:

Full Moon

Lunar Eclipse

Eventful day. Insight. Foresight. More sight. The clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight…

April 16, Wednesday:

Productive. Energy levels up. Discipline becoming easier. Finding a cathartic joy in it, matter of fact.

Have not eaten out all month. Maximum two times every month is my goal.

April 17, Thursday:

Ten hours of sleep for the second consecutive night! Yayuhz!

Noticing day-to-day improvement in overall well-being. Libido, endurance, assertiveness. Discipline. The ability to prioritize long-term over short-term. Discernment. Patience. Oh my!

March Review:

Mars retrograde! Should I be surprised I had a setback? No, not really.

Fortunately, in a testament to the massive progress I have made — yet so often refuse to give myself credit for! — it was not long-lasting.

Cause? Burnout. Which is caused by improper maintenance.

Specific possible causes? Hmm. Too much lifting — that’ll tax the CNS. Did not meter out heavy/light days until Week 9 or 10. Ditto off days. Not enough protein. And withdrawal, of course.

Withdrawal was the big one, and the main reason I’m not too worried. I went 4-6 weeks with improper sleep. That alone is by far the biggest, most significant variable. Almost positive that plateau has been eclipsed. I’ll be just fine.

Also learned I need a week off. 12 weeks on, 1 week off.

All in all, however, March was a massive success. It signaled the end of my 12-week fitness window. Now we begin a new window.

Hmm. I’d like to come up with an nifty name for that.

Primary focus will be on yoga. Took it slow for the first 12 weeks. Now we’ll double the pace.

Lifting and running share second billing. Hiking and biking will get their due.

Week 1

April 1, Tuesday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Finishing Sequence:

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Savasana

Mile run. Light biking.

April 2, Wednesday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana

Finishing Sequence:

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Savasana

StrongLifts:

Squats: 180× 5
Bench Press: 160 x 5
Deadlift: 175 x 1

Squats were surprisingly tough. Pain in my upper/middle back area. Hmm. Soreness or pain? It’s more soreness than pain. Not sure. If it persists I will look into it. At the least I will be taking my sweet, sweet time adding weight to the squats.

Felt significantly stronger on the bench, yet I met my match on Set 5, Rep 4. Still looking for my first 5×5 of 160 without missing a rep.

Deadlift was almost easy.

Also did some curls.

April 3, Thursday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Savasana

Two poses added. Another one or two poses added tomorrow, one from Primary and another from finishing.

Very sore this morning. The sorest I’ve been in many, many months. But I didn’t care. I was attacking this practice. Midway, in the midst of balancing poses, I felt the impact of my quietly focused energy. The fire inside.

It was subtle. I did not have to try to wield it. It was just there, harnessed by immense intention.

Attack mode, baby.

Might run today. If not today, certainly tomorrow. Have a big run coming up Sunday that I am cautiously intimidated about: 14 miles! I haven’t ran more than a mile in a long time!

But I am young and in good shape. I can do it. The only question is how much recovery the body will need afterwards.

Running:

.75 mile, with one lap and dynamic stretching for warmup, and walking one lap with static stretching for cool-down.

Lower back was tightening up throughout the run, starting some time on the second lap. Third lap was slow. Decided to listen to my body and call it short.

April 4, Friday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana, Savasana

Two more poses added.

Tough practice; much more auto-pilot than yesterday due to the disruption and loss of sleep.

The good thing is that I can make it through auto-pilot just fine.

Running:

One mile, with one lap and dynamic stretching for warmup, and walking one lap with static stretching for cool-down.

Felt like I went a little bit slower, but my form was more compact. It felt good but not great.

During cool-down I noticed moderate soreness in my right leg, just below and a little to the side (gee, Adam, how cool would you have felt if you remembered the anatomical terminology?) of the calf. There goes the 14-mile run. I was going to call it off even before then; slow and steady wins the race! I must often remind myself of that.

Resistance:

Snatch: 50 lb x 3
Pullups: 3×3
Pushups: 15×1; 10×2
Leg lifts

Felt weird because I’m in the infancy stage: weak and not quite sure what I’m doing. But gotta start somewhere.

Want to study snatch/clean/jerk technique on my own for a bit. Then next month, or maybe late this month, I’ll hire Derek for an hour or two and come up to speed on the basics. Then, in July, I’m going to his buddy’s CrossFit gym and lifting Olympic lifts 3x/week. Badass!

But that’s then. For now I’m still figuring out the routine. Two days or three days a week? Been pondering. At least one day 5×5, and another day for body weight. But should I just keep body weight separate from snatch/clean/jerk? That’s what may end up happening. For now let’s just focus on learning form a little at a time, in bite-sized chunks. We’ll see how I feel next week.

My snatch form was clearly awful, but whatever. It’s a start. Not going to hurt myself lifting 50 pounds. But I can already tell it’s quite a challenging lift.

April 5, Saturday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana, Salamba Sarvangasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana, Savasana

Added Paschimottanasana B & C, as well as Salamba Sarvangasana.

Bit fatigued, bit sore. Practice a little weaker. But got through it just fine. Once I got through Prasarita Padottanasana A-D, I was rolling. Lots of sweat.

Biking: about 15 miles total.

Pretty fatigued. Lots of food. Hopefully lots of sleep. Hot bath.

April 6, Sunday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence

Yes, I did the entire finishing sequence. That’s adding eight or ten or however many poses in one day!

But they’re restorative, and headstand aside, not particuarly challenging. (Except Urdhva Dhanurasana. Still the bane of my existence.) I have a hunch that completing the entire finishing sequence will have significant benefits as far as recovery and hormonal profile goes.

Think about it. For many weeks I was doing vigorous Standing Sequence poses. There was little cool-down. Finishing is very important; it’s there for a reason. This adds tremendous balance to my routine and, quite frankly, it’s a bit long overdue.

I’ll stick to this routine for a while and allow my mind to adjust. (Physically I am more than capable; it’s all mental at this point.) Then, in 5-7 days, we’ll start adding Primary Series poses every day.

Running: one mile. My Achilles/calf is feeling a lot better! Had a friend give a massage in that area and it’s helped a ton. No pain during the run, or even discomfort. Felt ~80% after and feels fine now. Whew. May have dodged a bullet.

Biking: Moderate. Okay, lots of biking this weekend, relatively speaking. Yesterday was ~15 miles. Today was ~7 or 8. Legs definitely getting stronger, but I certainly felt fatigued.

Settled on a resistance training routine. Three days a week: M-W-F. 5×5, Olympic, body weight. Simple. It all fell into place and it feels right. Let’s do it!

April 7, Monday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Lack of sleep. Today is impromptu recovery.

May bike to grocery store. May not.

April 8, Tuesday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence

What a struggle. My worst/best practice ever. Worst because, on the surface, it sucked. Best because I got through it nonetheless. It’s easy to get through it when all is well. Much harder when your body is wet cement.

Running: one mile.

Strongest run since I resumed last week. Very strong run. Leg pain/soreness/injury is completely gone. Amazing what a little massage can do!

StrongLifts:

Squats: 180× 5
Overhead Press: 110 x 5
Barbell Row: 125 x 5

Challenging. All of ‘em.

But there’s no pressure to add weight. Just chugging along.

April 9, Wednesday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence

Much stronger practice.

Patience. We’re up to an hour a day now. I feel like just rushing through the Surya Namaskaras, but there is no “rushing.” Everything takes its time.

4.4m hike this evening.

April 10, Thursday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C, Purvottanasana

Finishing Sequence

Felt a bit tight. Feeling a bit discouraged at perceived lack of progress.

Thinking often during practice. All kinds of thoughts.

Breath has been much stronger today and yesterday, however.

It may be time to cut back a bit on weight training. For the time being, anyway. This cycle isn’t supposed to be about weights anyway. It’s supposed to be about yoga.

To that end, I’m skipping Olympic lifts this week. Feel a bit run down today. A little on edge.

Body weight day and some curls tomorrow. Next week if I feel up to it we’ll do Olympics. We’ll see.

Running: one mile. Strong run, even though I didn’t feel like it. Body responding well.

Hike yesterday evening was good. Met new people. Discovered a new trail. Moderate exercise. Great sights of nature. Amazing view. Good air.

April 11, Friday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C, Purvottanasana

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Finishing Sequence

Yoga is demanding center stage once again. I think I fell in love with yoga all over again in today’s practice!

Ah, the perfect imperfections. I don’t know, something was just magical. Subtly so. No “wow” moments or energy. It just was. And I accepted it.

The finishing sequence is powerful. I can feel it relaxing me. Balancing my hormones.

Sleep is improving. I suspect that plus the additional yoga is leading to improved decision-making.

I was right all along. This three-month cycle is to be about yoga and cardio. Weight-lifting on the back burner.

I got ego-obsessed for a while. Focusing on my appearance, on looking swole, on stymied fat loss. Blah blah blah.

Feels good. Less stress!

April 12, Saturday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C, Purvottanasana

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Finishing Sequence

Worked out with Ryan, too. Jump rope, pull-ups, pushups, leg lifts. Forgot curls. Find a way to do dips, too.

April 13, Sunday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Meh. -.-

At least I did that. Almost didn’t do anything. Something is always better than nothing.

April 14, Monday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C, Purvottanasana

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Finishing Sequence

A bit of a sloppy practice, but it was far from miserable. Enjoyable despite the sloppiness, the latter quality not evident until the balancing poses.

Had to take a huge dump (lol) at the end so the final few poses, especially Tolasana, were a bit rushed.

I realized I’ve added too many poses too quickly. We won’t be adding any for at least the next week. It’s become a mental barrier to start my practice: “Oh, an hour of this?!” We’ll work through that, though.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 180× 5
Bench Press: 160 x 5
Deadlift: 180 x 1

Realized how my Deadlift form is off.

I have finally come to a conclusion I am satisfied with. Adding weight isn’t the priority. I want to get to 200 Squat/DL, 175 Bench, 125 Overhead and 125 Row (already there), and that will happen even if I only add weight at a snail’s pace. For this 3-month cycle I am primarily focused on cardio.

Now’s the time to brush up on my form and to just find the enjoyment in lifting. I really did not want to lift today — only six hours of sleep — but once I started pumping iron I felt pretty darn good! Surprisingly good. It was actually — gasp — fun!

Get cut, lose fat, stay at 155 or even 150, and focus everything on yoga. Running, hiking, biking, jump rope, sprinting will come. Yoga is by far the most important.

Running: one mile.

April 15, Tuesday:

Full Moon

April 16, Wednesday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C, Purvottanasana

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana, Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschmottanasana

Finishing Sequence

Bit of a mental challenge to begin, but this was a strong practice. We’re definitely nearing toward breaking through another plateau, so must stay strong and persevere.

Running: one mile.

Still taking it easy on the running, but that will change soon. Five trail runs for >5 miles set up over the next two weeks. Pretty excited!

Biking: around the city picking up groceries.

April 17, Thursday:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, x5

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C, Purvottanasana

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana, Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschmottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A

Finishing Sequence

Impromptu addition of Janu Sirsasana A! One of my favorite poses, so I don’t need much prompting to practice it. The Janu and Marichyasana series I adore!

Strong practice. For a few days or so I have been worried about the sudden additional workload. A handful of times I have gotten up to around this point of practice in the Primary Series, only to suddenly fall off. Determined to break that cycle.

I am impressed at what I have accomplished to date. I tend to be hard on myself, a pure perfectionist, but one must take a step back and honor what has been done. Deciding to go slowly has been the perfect decision!

Running: one mile.

 

Fitness:

  • Yoga: standing and finishing sequence; half of Primary series
  • Lifting: 2x a week, one day 5×5, one day learning Jerk/Snatch/Clean, as well as incorporating pull-ups, push-ups and leg lifts.
  • Running: 1.5 miles/3-5x a week; trail running via Meetup
  • Hiking: ~once a week
  • Biking: 3-7x a week

Finance:

  • Little (10%) to no purchases on “wants” (i.e.: dining out, health products, electronics, books)
  • Prioritize (in order) debts, saving and groceries
  • Granola-free all month
  • Stock up on nuts in case of massive price raise in near future. Have: walnuts, cashews. Need/want: macadamia, hazel, almond, Brazil

Food:

  • More protein (hemp protein powder, tuna, eggs)
  • Steel-cut oats back in rotation, replacing granola

Mindfulness:

  • Cut back on media (cell phone, Facebook, Grantland, Rotoworld, FetLife, Bluelight, etc.) consumption; replace with books, meditation, biking/hiking and journal writing
  • Cell phone hours: 10AM to 6 PM

ar·cane

[ahr-keyn]

adjective

known or understood by very few; mysterious; secret; obscure; esoteric: She knew a lot about Sanskrit grammar and other arcane matters.

What-a-gwan?

gar·ru·lous

[gar-uh-luhs, gar-yuh-]

adjective

1. excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
2.wordy or diffuse: a garrulous and boring speech.

mel·lif·lu·ous

[muh-lif-loo-uhs]

adjective

1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones.
2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey.

schatzi \SHAHT-see\, noun:

Slang. sweetheart, darling.

Schatzi is derived from the German word for “treasure,” schatz, which entered English as a term of endearment for a woman in the early 1900s.

wayfarer

\ WEY-fair-er \  , noun;

1. a traveler, especially on foot.

col·um·bine

2 [kol-uhm-bahyn, -bin]

adjective

1. of a dove.

2. dovelike; dove-colored.

cockalorum

\ kok-uh-LAWR-uhm, -LOHR- \  , noun;

  1. a self-important little man.

sciamachy

\ sahy-AM-uh-kee \  , noun;

1. an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.

malinger

\ muh-LING-ger \  , verb;

1. to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one’s duty, avoid work, etc.

maw

noun

1. the mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, especially a carnivorous mammal.

2. the crop or craw of a fowl.

3. the stomach, especially that of an animal.

4. a cavernous opening that resembles the open jaws of an animal: the gaping maw of hell.

5. the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind: the ravenous maw of Death.

dul·ci·fy

[duhl-suh-fahy]

verb (used with object), dul·ci·fied, dul·ci·fy·ing.

1. to make more agreeable; mollify; appease.

2. to sweeten.

blath·er·skite

[blath-er-skahyt]

noun

1. a person given to voluble, empty talk.

2. nonsense; blather.

sooth

noun

1. truth, reality, or fact.

august

[aw-guhst]

adjective

1. inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance of a religious drama.

2. venerable; eminent: an august personage.

The scriptures indicate that in order for kundalini to achieve its final upward movement to sahasrara, it must first pierce through three major granthis (psychic knots). These are brahma granthi, vishnu granthi and rudra  granthi, situated in mooladhara, anahata and ajna chakras, respectively. Each granthi represents a particular state of consciousness, or attachment, which acts as an obstacle on the path to higher awareness.

1. Brahma granthi, situated in mooladhara chakra, symbolizes attachment to possessions — body, material objections, etc. It is associated with feelings of lethargy and ignorance.

2. Vishnu granthi, situated in anahata chakra, symbolizes attachment to people, including relatives and friends.

3. Rudra granthi, situated in ajna chakra, symbolizes attachment to psychic visions and powers (siddhis).

Kundalini cannot begin or continue to rise until the granthis are pierced or, in other words, attachment is broken.

Throughout the practice of moola bandha, the yogi attempts to reach the source, or ‘moola,’ of all creation. His goal is the complete restraint (bandha) of the patterns of consciousness (chitta), which include the mind (manas), intellect (buddhi) and the ego (ahamkara). Through controlled restraint, he achieves union with the flow of energy in the universe.

In the words of Wilhelm Reich: “Once we open up to the flow of the energy within our own body, we also open up to the flow of energy in the universe.”

For kundalini to rise, the body must be able to cope with its force and the nervous system must be strong. This is attained through yogic practice. When preparations are complete, kundalini will rise spontaneously of its own accord, liberating and expanding the consciousness. When you awaken your kundalini, you stand on the threshold of infinity.

Mooladhara chakra marks the interface between two modes of evolution, as it is the lowest chakra in man but the highest in animal. Man, therefore, stands one octave higher thna the animal.

By stimulating the chakra via the practice of moola bandha, we can raise ourselves higher again as the kundalini rises through the psychic centres, lifting our consciousness to the level of the divine.

Mooladhara chakra is the base chakra in man. It has, however, a direct link with ajna chakra situated in the midbrain.  Thus, by stimulating this centre, we also awaken our intuitive faculties associated with the third eye, the eye of intuition.

When we remember that it represents the instinctive, animalistic side of man, and that when man’s consciousness resides here he is unconscious of himself, then we can understand how an awakening in this chakra means an awakening of the individual to his instincts and animal propensities.

Animal consciousness is basically unconscious, as they are not aware, and do not know that they exist. Man, however, is able to know that he exists, and to experience the world at a conscious level, at least for brief periods of time. Those who are aware for longer periods are more evolved in terms of consciousness, and those who are constantly aware twenty-four hours a day have completed their human evolution and can exist as conscious entities without the need for physical bodies. This stage is called jivanmukta, and occurs when kundalini pierces sahasrara chakra.

By the practice of moola bandha the unconscious, instinctive, uncontrolled, selfish, viol;ent, animal propensities are transformed into intuiotion, control, selflessness, peace and divine qualities.

Moola bandha offers an infinitely powerful technique capable of breaking down the rigid barriers that have been built up in the mind over the years, thereby expelling deep unconscious conflicts and complexes that are not easily accessible to modern psychological techniques.

This is because of moola bandha’s action on mooladhara chakra, and the pranas of the body. Psychiatry, on the other hand, relies on drugs and other physical processes, or psychotherapy, which cannot get into the depths of the mind.

Even abreaction therapy could not help some people, such as severe depressives too inhibited to release the required amount of emotion to break up the depressive condition. Perhaps this was because these more severe and long-term conditions had become cemented into the body and mind and thus were no longer amenable to abreaction, because abreaction only allows free unconscious material to rise and be expelled, not concentrating on the physical aspect of anxiety.

Wilhelm Reich’s work with repressed sexual energy exemplifies the above concepts. He formulated the concept of ‘character armor,’ or muscle tension and posture rigidity, which he says makes itself felt as ‘character resistance’ — instinctual desires and defensive functions of the ego.
Character armor, for Reich, represented layers of defense mechanisms which had been psychosomatically transferred into the physical body and could be pictorially schematized similar to geological or archaeological stratification. As such it represented the ‘solidified history’ of the patient, the deeper tensions being the oldest.

Reich states that conflicts which have been active at a certain period of life always leave their traces in the character, in the form of physical and mental rigidity. Each conflict forms a layer in the individual’s character. Each of these layers in the character structure is a piece of life history which is preserved in another form, that is, physically, and is still active.

He demonstrated that by loosening up these layers, the old conflicts could — more or less easily — be revived. If the layers were particularly numerous and functioning automatically, if they formed a compact unit which was difficult to penetrate, they seemed like an ‘armor’ surrounding the living organism. The armor may be superficial or deep-lying, soft as a sponge or hard as nails. However, in each case its function was to protect against displeasure.

[...]

The technique of moola bandha had been a closely guarded secret for millenia. By contracting the mooladhara chakra we have a more powerful technique than all the modern psychological techniques put together. They look like child’s play compared with a technique offering infinite bliss, knowledge and enlightenment.

We have seen many cases of severe depression clear up quickly and without emotional or psychic trauma through the practice of moola bandha, even though the individuals concerned were close to suicide. They experienced old memories, emotions and experiences, but because of training in detached awareness, the memories passed into consciousness and out again, like bubbles floating harmlessly to the surface and bursting.

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