Why do I need more than one Life Vessel session?

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by Tracy Brennan, Life Vessel Technician

As I venture out and speak to people about the Life Vessel, those who have experienced some sessions often ask, “I’ve had several sessions in the Life Vessel, and though I enjoy the sessions and feel a little bit better, why am I not completely healed yet?” We live in such a funny culture; we have been trained to expect immediate gratification, and if we don’t receive it we just assume that the technology doesn’t work. What we don’t want to hear is that healing, like the disease process, doesn’t happen overnight. If it can take twenty years for a tumor to present itself, why do we feel that four hours of Life Vessel sessions will be enough?

The body is far more complex than we realize. What I have been learning throughout my own journey with health is that our wonderful bodies, in order to protect us from an immediate threat, will create coping mechanisms to help us survive and move through traumas that we experience. Unfortunately, these coping mechanisms are meant for short-term survival and over time, if not corrected, they will begin to miscommunicate and create health challenges for us that put us into modes of crisis. To fully understand how this works, we need to look at the Autonomic Nervous System and see how it handles stress and a perceived threat.

The ANS is the part of your Central Nervous System that controls the body functions that you don’t have to be consciously aware of. Examples of these functions include food digestion and nutrient assimilation, the regulation of your heartbeat, and your breathing. So much happens automatically without your conscious involvement; your body is an amazing manager and regulator, sending messages electrically and chemically to different organs in a constant effort to keep the body in a state of “homeostasis”, or balance. As with any other “company”, when everything is relaxed and running according to protocol, the “company” runs smoothly. But in times of crisis, the body must respond and even be prepared to do damage control.

In a stressful situation, the body prepares for “fight or flight”. Adrenaline is pumped through the system for quick energy, and to help increase the amount of energy needed to either fight or flee an attacker, all other regular functions shut down. Digestion stops, assimilation and elimination stops, and all energy is bundled up and used to help you survive. But what happens when you can’t fight or flee? What happens when you have to suffer abuse (mentally, physically, sexually or emotionally) and you can’t get away?

The body has a brilliant answer…you freeze. The Freeze Response is what the humble possum does when it’s under attack. It plays dead. It can’t run, it can’t fight, so it’s best option is to play dead and hope that the threat passes it by. If it doesn’t, then the possum is already in a dissociated state that makes leaving the body easier. Freeze is when you go into shock…time moves slower, details are sharper, pain is decreased. You almost “pop out” of your body and witness the event as an observer. After the event, you are confused, shaken, and it feels like it wasn’t really you, like it was all a dream. This is how Freeze operates.

When we go through trauma, the world becomes a dangerous place. Trauma alters our worldview…we feel small, scared, alone in a place where everything is unsafe. If not dealt with and unwound, trauma lodges itself into our cells and our psyche and becomes a part of our identity…we make our choices based on being in Freeze instead of from a place where we feel alive. Our choices can include friends, spouses, career paths, daily habits, addictions, and belief structures about who we are and what we are capable, or not capable, of. Trauma alters who we are at every level of our being.

So, why doesn’t Life Vessel work in just four sessions? To truly heal, one must get at the source of trauma. Life Vessel relaxes the body in a safe, gentle environment, but if the internal beliefs and identity of the person are deeply entrenched in being ill, or unsafe, or unloved in a big, cold world, then in order for the person to get to a place of ‘being ready to heal’, it can take a while. New traumas can discharge quicker, but old traumas from decades ago have become who we are. To change who we are, ground up, takes small, subtle realizations and the courage to act in tiny ways, each day, to work toward our goals. That is no miniscule feat.

It takes time to release old patterns. Can the body heal immediately? Of course! The body is smarter than we are and knows just what to do. But our ego will process information more slowly, especially if it needs to detoxify itself out of addictions to being ill, being in dysfunctional relationships, craving bad habits and letting go of who we’ve become (out of trauma and fear) so that we can move into who we can truly be. Life Vessel is the tool that can do that, but you have to be part of the process and be willing to let go of all the baggage that gets in the way of being healthy. You need to commit to doing Life Vessel until you begin to see the results you want. It will happen, and it happens through body, mind and spirit. That is the magic of Life Vessel. Be patient, and before you know it your life will unfold in a beautiful, healthy way.

 

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