Chiropractor and author D.M. Epstein analyses the many different stages of healing and recovery that humans go through in his book The 12 Stages of Healing: A Network Approach to Wholeness. Each stage could be equated to a month in a year or a chapter in our life, per se.
Stage nine, like September, is a later, slightly more complicated stage in the process, bringing on feelings like ones we have in the fall as we look back over the year behind us and ahead to what is in front of us.
Stage Nine begins what many people would call the transcendent stages of the healing process. It is the second level of a state of “be-ing,” when we first experience a higher or altered state of consciousness. It is where we begin to perceive that life is a little more than the outward physical manifestation.
In Stage Nine, we begin to feel energy or life force extending through us and into the world around us. Simply acknowledging that we are more than our physical senses and that there is a force or an intelligence that flows through us can potentially change our lives forever. While we begin the stage in a playful, childlike manner, we work towards an awe driven state where we no longer play with the experience but more so wish for its energies to flow through us always and never leave us without.
There are two exercises that can express the Stage Nine consciousness. Number one: Lie comfortably on your back, with your legs apart and relaxed. If you are lying on a massage or chiropractic table, let your legs straddle the table. Imagine a cloud of light above you. Open your arms—as you would if you were holding a large beach ball—or stretch them above your head. Breathe the cloud of light gently yet deeply in through your mouth and breathe it out through your nose. Do this for at least one or two minutes.
Number two: Lie on your back in the same fashion, but instead position your arms as if you are going to do a headstand. Bend your elbows and place the palms of your hands flat on the table or floor at shoulder level or behind your neck. Breathe in through your mouth and breathe out through your nose until the rhythm takes over and your breath and movement become automatic. Otherwise, continue for at least one or two minutes.
Continuing to work with the energy is important and can be done both individually and with a teacher – T’ai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, and Yoga can all enlighten your Stage Nine experience. In combination with prayer, chanting, and reciting mantras to help activate in the first place.