Recapitulation: finding out who we really are

Dear Being Energy Community,

The Recapitulation is a practice developed by sages in ancient Mexico. The technique guides one’s awareness back in time and space, making a quantum leap, to insert itself in specific moments of our lives where we “got stuck,” where we lost a part of ourselves. With the awareness of today, the present, and through a state of inner silence, it’s as if we have traveled in time and we have arrived at that experience, accessing a particular memory with the intention of freeing the energy caught in it and bringing back to the present.

In Being Energy® we see the recapitulation as a state of dreaming where you recall the pieces of yourself you have left behind, so to speak. It can free us from unconscious beliefs we’ve developed as a consequence of our interpretations of past experiences and relationships and which we still carry today, no matter how long ago the event took place.

It is a restorative process for healing, restoring our wholeness and integrity. Recapitulating allows us to rearrange our “inventory,” our set of beliefs, ideas and responses to fellow beings. The purpose is to create more inner space for silence, mystery, and for exploring the very nature of our existence.

We start, like Carlos Castaneda told us, with recent events, and then go back in time all the way to childhood. We choose specific events, especially the ones with an emotional charge, when our hearts felt broken, or when we got fired from our jobs, or when a loved one died. We bring our attention to those moments when we did not have the time to process them, or the awareness to embrace them, when we did not know what to say, we said the wrong thing, or when we did not stand up for ourselves or others.

One great way to start, to immediately feel the benefits of Recapitulation, is by acknowledging the stones we carry in our hearts. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Choose a comfortable and quiet place to sit down. Be sure to turn your phone off. This whole experience should take no more than 10 minutes.
  • Take three deep breaths to quiet your mind for a minute or two.
  • Start remembering the details around the experience you have chosen to recapitulate. Where were you? Where was the place? What was the timeframe? What was happening? How did you feel? What thought ran in your head? What was said? How did it end?
  • Take a moment to fully recall the feeling and be with it.
  • Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. With your eyes still closed, inhale deeply as if wanting to inhale the feelings, thoughts, images, colors, the whole experience. Then, breathe out, letting go and freeing the situation and any attachment to it. Let it go and set the experience free.
  • Keep breathing in and out until you feel something has loosened up.
  • Bring both hands to the heart, open your eyes and notice any changes in your perception and state of awareness.

Recapitulation, as a technique, brings results when practiced systematically. Some of the benefits of recapitulating one’s life are:

  • Physical level: More alertness, more focus, more energy, lighter, less muscle contraction, relief of chronic pain, flexibility
  • Emotional level: Expanding views of yourself and the world around you, organizing thoughts and emotions (your inventory), quieter mind, kindness, acceptance, “loving what is,” compassion
  • Energetic level: being more available to the spirit, entering into non-local vibration.

After almost 20 years of practicing and teaching how to review one’s life to hundreds of people, we can say that Recapitulation is an ongoing revelation of energy as it flows in the universe.
Because it shifts or relocates our perspective, we begin to see our lives from a different place, the vantage point of our soul. This dreaming state becomes clearer, our relationship to it gets stronger. We may eventually perceive that our soul, our energy body, is dreaming us.

The most interesting result of Recapitulation, Carlos Castaneda told us, is how we rekindle our journey of awareness, our purpose in life. We unfold it as a bird unfolds its wings, and open ourselves to a larger, more encompassing understanding of the mystery we are.

A&M at Chopra Ctr

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