When we’re under stress, our energies can get scrambled all over the place. When we’re fatigued, exhausted, run down, stressed out, our subtle energies can literally start to run backwards through our meridians. Not only this, but they can become quite chaotic.
This can result in you feeling overwhelmed, overwrought, unable to concentrate, tearful, spaced out and disconnected, and even hysterical. You may find yourself snapping at people, generally losing your rag, keep bumping into or dropping things.
Then it’s time for a little technique known as the Wayne Cook Posture, named after a pioneering researcher of our bioenergetic force fields. This technique is very quick and so simple it can be done virtually anywhere.
It’s fantastic to do if you have to confront someone, if you are feeling upset and emotional, or to kill your nervousness and calm you when you have to speak in front of a group. Perhaps more than any other technique it can calm you quickly, settle you down, and bring back order to your thinking.
The Wayne Cook Posture
Sit up straight in a chair. Clasp your hands and see which thumb lands on top.
If it’s the right, place the right foot over your left knee. (If the left, the reverse.) Wrap the fingers of your left hand around the top and side of your right ankle. Curl the fingers of your right hand around the underside of your right foot, around the smallest two toes and the upper ball of your foot. (You may need to lean over slightly to do this.)
Breathe in slowly and deeply through byour nose, lifting your body up with the breath while you gently pull on the leg (but don’t actually lift the foot into the air). Create a bit of a stretch. Exhale slowly through the mouth as you let your body go back down. Repeat about 5 more times.
Sap feet. Place your left knee over your right foot. Wrap the fingers of your right hand around the top and side of your left ankle. Curl the fingers of your left hand around the underside of your left foot, around the smallest two toes and the upper ball of the foot. Repeat the breathing and stretch as before. Repeat about 5 times.
Bring both feet back to the floor, and steeple your fingers, the fingertips of one hand touching the fingertips if the other. Place your touching thumbs on the third eye spot, or the site of the third eye chakra. This is between the eyebrows and just above the bridge of the nose. Hold your steepled hands against your forehead. Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth three or four times.
On the last outbreath, bring all the fingers of both hands together to the centre of your forehead, then drag them away from the centre out towards each temple, as if you are scraping away your pressures, stresses and cares.
Drop your hands and relax.
The Bottom Line
This procedure connects up our energy circuitry and allows a smooth flow of subtle energy through the body.
The oldest part of our brain (the reptilian brain) us still living in our most primitive days, and when we are under stress, it seizes control while our modern thinking forebrain switches off. This was the way we evolved and in times gone by it was necessary to keep us alive. The trouble is, we don’t meet many dinosaurs or hostile tribesmen going shopping or to the the office, but the old system is still operating!
That’s where the Wayne Cook Posture can be so useful. It works its little bit of magic not only to get our energies flowing the right way again, but to get the two halves of our brain, the forebrain and the hindbrain, working in better harmony.