THE 8 CHANGES
 
by Steve Spano

Once some loosening has been begun using the Healing Circle, an individual's reorganization can begin. In this work the internal energy is rearranged and ordered using an ancient system based on organic principles of nature. The energy wave forms which move the body through space and time are studied. An understanding of these wave forms enables the practitioner to achieve maximum efficiency. Reorganization is achieved through the 8 Changes group of exercises.
       Stresses are always being exerted upon us. This is normal, and actually keeps us toned and healthy. However, when stresses reach a level that the our system cannot handle, internal or energetic disorder begins to appear, followed by external, physical disorders such as depression, anxiety and disease. This becomes more frequent as our living conditions become faster and sensory input increases. Through practicing the 8 Changes exercises, we learn the secrets of thriving even in the face of stresses and adversity.
       Over two thousand years ago work began on one of the most extraordinary books in the world, the Yi Jing or Book of Changes. Some regard it as a book of philosophy and others say it's about fortune telling. While there may be some truth to these opinions, in another sense the Book of Changes is really a kind of user's guide to the human mind/body system. At its core are methodologies for measuring change and time, probably dating back to 1000 BCE and possibly even earlier.
       The 8 Changes exercises are based on the fundamental concepts of this book, which proposes eight basic cycles of natural energy. These cycles are described as the alternation of expanding and contracting energies, symbolized by the broken and unbroken lines in the trigrams shown to the left.
       The exercises are slow and very gentle. They allow us  to transform stress into power. Through the 8 Changes, we learn to perceive stresses as energies and use them to move toward productive ends, instead of allowing ourselves to be misshapen by them.
       A key aspect of the exercises is the use of creativity in problem solving. We start with solving movement problems, but because we use our  inherent creative abilities rather than relying on formulas, we develop an approach to problem solving that is broad enough for any type of dilemma.
       8 Changes practices also provide ways to integrate archaic models of time into our lives. These models are tools for tackling the problem of consciousness.
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Winter, 2009
   

 

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