No joke. The Primary Movement Patterns saved me and brought me home.
Of course, first they freaked me out. They showed why I couldn’t let down until I pooped out or forced myself to stop. When a friend gave me a “coördination pattern” arm test she said, “Whoa! You’re a thruster.”
Horrors! Who says, “In God we thrust???” Thrusting is evil.
Once I got over the shock that my thruster needed to be released, not repressed, I threw a coming out party! ZIP ZAP POW! WHEE!
The party happened because I am inclined to play, play, play with this and that, me and you. I bounce around in a collagarama of a colorful life, collaborating and collecting relationships.
Swing and collaboration is home to me. But, it took time to own it. I had learned to control myself and act serious. (Neither of which I am too good at.) Sadly, holding back both thrust and swing affected the power of my dancing and my health.
Is an energetic style a bad thing, or just a thing? Is a kinesthetic reality at the base of how we operate, what we want, how we relate to the divine?
Experts say “YES.” Four dynamic movement patterns indicate a Myers Briggs of embodiment. Dr. Marcia McFee wrote a Ph.D. on how these primal patterns shape ritual. Ginny Whitelaw and Betsey Wetzig coach leaders in Move To Greatness: Focusing the Four Essential Energies for Whole and Balanced Leaders.
I believe that understanding these patterns can offer guidance for finding the spiritual practices that can bring us bring us home to self, others, and God.
The patterns are applicable in education, family systems, healing, at work, home, and in spiritual community. They allow us to dive deeper into cultural diversity and peacemaking by giving us a language to appreciate an underlying physical essence that is so spontaneous, real, and soulful.
Are you a Thruster/Driver? Shaper/Organizer? Swinger/Collaborator? Hanger/Visionary? Explore how you are an energetic, kinesthetic force like no other.
You can take the Focused Energy Balance Indicator and gain new understanding of the implications if you don’t sync with patterns in your culture.
Your body is smart. Mental, physical, and spiritual health demand satisfactory balance. If refused, there is revolt. An inner movement will push forward when one pattern dominates and prevents fuller wisdom for too long. This can be seen in our body politic as well.
You can learn ways
• to get more energy
• to end judgment about your behavioral style
• to find the peace and balance unique to you
• to increase your enjoyment of family, friends, and coworkers
• to improve overall wellbeing
• to uncover hidden strengths
• to support YOUR relationship with the divine
I am certified to share the Focused Energy Balance Indicator. Leave a note in the comment box to indicate your interest.
How does it work?
I buy your test for $75.00. You pay me by check or cash. Take the twenty-minute test online based on behavioral questions. I receive your read out from Focused Leadership. I can send it to you. If you would like a coaching session sign up to schedule a Skype or phone call with me to reflect on your relationship to the patterns and take advantage of my history of working with them. Private one hour sessions are 75.00.
Leave a comment if you are interested.Or begin by taking the mini FEBI test online.
Thanks Jennifer. I’ll take note!
Great post! I had a client, a playwrite, who had a hard time with her Driver. It tended to make her feel a bit uncomfortable as she felt it would hinder the creative process. It wasn’t until she found the true strength of the Driver did she embrace it, that it can serve as a warrior that protects her work and ensures it gets out to the world and can reach a wide range of people. She developed a practice, supported with both physical and mental exercises, to summon her inner warrior and now has, as she says, “become great friends with my Driver!”
Thanks so much Anthony. I appreciate all you share!