Well, I can’t even begin to tell you the shifts I am feeling and experiencing. Starting this new healing process has really opened up some things for me. I’m feeling more grounded and less fearful than I ever have in my life.
Learning about this Retained Primitive Reflex that is related to the Stress Response got me in a space of wanting to further my healing process through my body. The bulk of my work with myself and others is body-mind, and the proof is in the pudding. One just has to research and experiment to find this out.
Things involved with this include as well, a damaged nervous system, neurological dysregulation, fear and anger (in the short term) and anhedonia (no longer finding pleasure in anything), isolation and depression in the long term. There is plenty more information, but this is a start.
What I am finding is the physical, emotional, and mental symptoms that we carry can be related to this from:
- Stress of the mother and/or baby during pregnancy
- Lack of movement in utero
- Restricted body movements, such as the infant spending extended time in car seats, carriers, walkers or jumpers
- Illness, injury, trauma, chronic stress
- Other developmental delays
The Moro reflex is the earliest primitive reflex. It affects vestibular, ocular, motor and visual perceptual skills.
- Exaggerated startle reflex
- Motion sickness
- Eye movement and visual processing problems
- Poor coordination
- Poor balance
- Light sensitivity
- Frequent infections
- Inner ear problems
- Poor stamina
- Difficulty with black print on white paper
- Tense muscle tone
- Poor auditory discrimination
- Biochemical and nutritional imbalances
- Often in “Fight or Flight” mode
- Low self-esteem
As for the trauma, it is any type of trauma – to include birth trauma, which can involve the use of mechanical items, such as forceps, to bring the child out of the birth canal, Cesarean Sections, and Chemically induced births. The following are drugs used to induce labor:
- Misoprostol (Cytotec) is a pill taken by mouth or placed in the vagina (using a smaller dose). …
- Oxytocin (Pitocin) can be given through a vein (intravenously) in small amounts to ripen the cervix. (This is a synthetic form.)…
- Dinoprostone (such as Cervidil or Prepidil Gel) can be inserted as a suppository into your vagina (intravaginally).
This is all harmful to the baby and future adult.
So, what is it taking to shift and heal this in my world?
The Starfish is an exercise used to help in resetting the brain from any trauma experienced in birth and beyond. Here I am going to share my experiences and what information I am learning in the process.
I started doing the exercises on the 13th of November in the evening, after having the conversation with my friend. These exercises are done with children mostly, but what I am finding out is the Moro Reflex or Startle Reflex can get stuck and adults experience many things (in different combinations) from this as well.
I have been talking about the Stress Response being stuck in the “on” position for a very long time but did not know that this could be a part of it. I am fully intrigued and decided to make this a part of my journey.
My experience physically in doing the exercise is that I am getting dizzy and nauseous and can only do it 6 times, barely. My friend had mentioned 30 repetitions and I am laughing at that right now, hopefully I will get to 7! I have to keep my eyes closed and do tapping (EFT) to calm myself down. I have to get up slowly from off the floor. Water helps a lot when I am done.
The first time I did it I really wanted to throw up and I cried for a while. This fully works on the entire system, body and mind.
So, what’s happening now?
It is getting easier. I have now been doing it for about 5 ½ days. The nausea still comes up, but it is tolerable and what is interesting is that my body feels more at peace and calmer and my dreams are becoming more vivid and powerful. Oh, and my energy levels are slowly rising, and I am sleeping better.
The biggest thing is my fears are beginning to dissipate and I am no longer afraid to stand up for myself more powerfully when I need to. Yet it is a work in progress.
No information today about the process with the car, but doing this exercise and process is even helping me with that too.
This just keeps getting better and better on The Ride of My Life!