Generally speaking, lift is a force that acts from above. The wing isn't actually pushed up by air, it is sucked up by a vacuum pressure created above the wing. However, in certain cases you can also find lift from below. For example, if you are flying over a mountain ridge where air is being lifted, you can allow the currents to lift you up. When it comes to flying in life, your own body is a source of lift from below.
If you want to be a good pilot, you have to know how to use your body as a sixth sense. You'll need to feel your back against the seat. You also need to feel your sense of balance, to know when the airplane is out of trim, or if a turn is coordinated. Most importantly, you'll need to feel your gut, to know when something isn't quite right.
Similarly (and stay with me here...)Somatic Experiencing® recognizes that trauma is a physiological—as in physical—phenomenon which binds energy in the body. As trauma is resolved, muscles relax, the body comes out of defensive postures, breathing becomes fuller, and the entire countenance of a person changes. Energy then becomes available which can be used to pursue your dreams and goals. This is lift from below. It's been said that you need to feel to heal. Actually, it goes even deeper than that...
Somatic Experiencing® is based in large part on something called Focusing, and the felt sense, which is the work of Eugene Gendlin, PhD. The Magic Mirror Technique is a daily practice that you can do at home which uses focusing and the felt sense in a very structured way.
For an in-depth understanding, I encourage you to read the book Focusing. The basic idea of felt sense is similar to somatic markers, a term coined by Antonio Damasio, a Portuguese American neuroscientist . He describes somatic markers as follows:
"Somatic markers are a type of secondary emotion that play a key role in our decision-making process. Basically, as you think through all of your options and their possible outcomes, you feel secondary emotions about each of them. Depending on whether the emotions are positive or negative, they steer you toward or away from certain options—saying 'go this way' or 'don't go that way.'"
Following are some of the Eugene Gendlin's quotes about felt sense:
"A felt sense is something you do not at first recognize—it is vague and murky. It feels meaningful, but not known. It is a body sense of meaning. When you learn how to focus, you will discover that the body finding its own way provides more answers to many of your problems."
"A felt sense is made of many interwoven strands, like a carpet. But it is felt as one."
"As you focus on a felt sense, you may get further emotions coming out of it. But a felt sense is not an emotion like anger, fear, hate, joy, or anxiety. It is a sense of your total emotional situation, a feel of many things together, in which an emotion can be embedded or from which an emotion is produced."
Connecting with the felt sense allows us to heal trauma in the physical body, which is finding lift from below. Because the felt sense is so important to healing, growth, and evoking creativity, we'll be talking more about this during our Marco Polo and Zoom sessions.