The Practice of the Metamorphic
Technique involves a light touch
spinal reflex points on feet, hands and head. It may be either seated or lying
down – whichever you find most comfortable. Some people go into a very deep
space and may fall sleep, others prefer to sit up and chat. It makes no
difference which you choose. Whatever else happens, most people find a Meta
session very relaxing and enjoyable. It can be used by anyone – young or old,
healthy or infirm, human or animal. Within the first few minutes of touching the
feet, babies often go into a state of deep stillness with great attention and
awareness seemingly focused within.
are no contraindications to meta as it is your own Life Force that guides
the outcomes. The practitioner practices an “active detachment” thereby allowing
free rein to your own unique and boundless potential. If the practitioner was
directing the process or manipulating energy in any way, the outcome would then
be in the direction of their own expectations or desires. (We now know from
quantum physics that even the act of observing particles will influence their
movement.) With meta it is your own Life Force, at the deepest and most
fundamental level, that enables transformation.
The movement of transformation has to come from within ourselves. Only we hold
the key to what we could become, to what is held within us. If we take the
analogy of the seed, the earth doesn’t decide, “Ah, I think this seed should
become an apple tree.” Rather, it simply provides an environment that enables
the seed to make manifest the highest potential that is held within it.
what happens with people? Everyone is different as you might expect. Most people notice some transformation over a period of receiving
meta. Sometimes this can be dramatic and completely transformative, at other times
it may be more subtle. Many people find that old negative patterns of behaviour
no longer occur, that they respond differently to situations that would have
been previously stressful or difficult. There may be significant improvements in
physical, mental or emotional health or a noticeable increase in energy &
vitality, or there may be an increased sense of confidence and wellbeing.
Basically, the Life Force moves us in whatever direction is appropriate for us,
taking us from who we are now, to what we would become….
is actually occurring with the technique? It is bringing into focus the
fundamental time period of our formation – our gestation period, from
conception to birth. At the point when conception occurred, all the energies and
influences that we require to manifest our fullest potential as unique human
beings were in place. However, once we begin to form as human beings, we are
then subject to all the human influences that then surround us.
From our earliest moments in the womb, we are affected physically, chemically
and emotionally by our circumstances. Our cells, even at that stage, hold and
reflect the memory of our circumstances and our experiences.
therefore sets up physical & neurological characteristics, and patterns of
response or behaviour that we hold throughout our life. We know that alcohol
abuse in pregnancy can cause physical anomalies as well as impaired neurological
function and behaviour difficulties. We may not be so aware of the potential
lifelong effects of emotional traumas on the baby. A study in Finland in 1978 by
Huttunen & Niskanen
followed children’s medical records for 35 years and found that those who had
who lost their father while their mothers had been pregnant were at increased
risk of mental diseases, alcoholism, or criminality.
Interestingly, they had also studied an equal number of children whose fathers
had died during the baby’s first year and found no increased risk in this
group. This clearly demonstrates that the emotional state of the mother during
pregnancy can have profound effects on that child throughout their life, and
that the baby is more vulnerable to emotional influences in the womb than in the
year following birth.
studies from Sweden, Prague and Finland looked at the long term effects on the
children of unwanted pregnancies. They found that the degree of sociability of
these children was lower than the control group, and that the differences were
still detectable at age 35. The
Finnish study found that the risk of later schizophrenia was significantly
raised in the babies whose mothers had requested (but been refused)
Odent (the wonderful obstetrician who introduced the concept of
birthing pools) has gathered a database of research on foetal influences. He
states that “An overview of the Primal Health Research Centre databank shows
that when researchers explored the backgrounds of people who expressed some sort
of “impaired capacity to love” – either love of oneself or love of others
– they always detected risk factors in the period surrounding birth.
birth is the first time we take action in life.
In the Metamorphic Technique this point is reflected on the heel, base of thumb and base of
skull. The pattern of our birth sets the scene for our later actions. Basically,
the way we were born is the way we act in life now, when it is important. We
continually repeat these patterns throughout our life. From our birth to our
first breath is usually the time we take between out thought and action. So, in
a normal birth this will happen in an appropriate amount of time after
reasonable thought and preparation. If, for example, you were born feet first,
you will have a tendency to jump into things without thinking them through
this has been backed up by scientific research. In a Swedish study of 412
forensic cases comprising suicide victims, alcoholics, and drug addicts,
suicides involving asphyxiation were closely associated with asphyxiation at
birth; suicides by violent mechanical means were associated with mechanical
birth trauma and drug addiction was associated with opiate or barbiturate
administration to mothers during labour.
Leboyer wrote about birth and how its effects follow us through life, how its
traces are found “everywhere… in all our human folly, in our madness, our
tortures, our prisons, our legends, epics and myths.” Wilhelm Reich wrote
“civilisation will start on the day when the well being of newborn babies will
prevail over any other considerations." The burdens we carry from the prenatal
and birth periods often keep us from finding out true place in life, from living
fully, magically and spontaneously as the completely unique expressions of Life
that we are.
the Metamorphic Technique, as the practitioners fingers work along the spinal
reflexes which are mirroring that crucial time period from conception to the
birth, the focus is on that time period. The practitioner holds an active
detachment, providing an environment free of all direction. This acts as a
catalyst to the Life force within you, allowing it to release old, unhelpful
patterns and shine the light of your unique being more brightly through your life. It is often said that “the longest journey is
the 13 inches from head to heart.” perhaps this is easier when we have
travelled the route from toe to heel on our metamorphic pathway and let go of
our prenatal handicaps.
frequently should Meta be given? That depends entirely on the
circumstances. As a general rule, weekly is fine for people who have to function
in normal life. For babies and children or adults off sick or on holiday etc.
sessions may be daily. How many will you need? Allow your life force to guide
you. Some people have a few sessions then have a break, others may continue for
months or even years. You will know when it is time to stop.
can learn it? Anyone. Although the principles may take a while to grasp, the
practice itself is very simple. It is learned by parents, individuals, health
professionals and complementary therapists. It has been used a great deal with
people with physical & mental disabilities and in schools for children with
learning difficulties, in hospitals, prisons, and with people with addictive
patterns, eating disorders and stress-related conditions. It is often used by
pregnant women and midwives as many people have reported an easier
pregnancy & birth. Above all, it is used by people who are interested in
realising more of their unfulfilled potential and becoming all that they were
meant to be.
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