The Auriga method is a form of self-exploration, emotional release, and personal expansion that is named after Plato's myth: the winged chariot.
In this allegory, Plato describes the human soul as a winged carriage with an Auriga (charioteer or coachman) and two horses of different nature. Unlike the souls of the gods, in which the charioteers and the horses are all good and their caste is noble, human souls are a mixture and their horses have diverse natures. One of the horses is good and beautiful, and the other one has the opposite qualities. The charioteer has to make a great effort to keep the chaotic horse in line with the just one. When he succeeds, the wings of the chariot allow him to rise above the heavenly vault and glimpse the truth.
I’ve always been attracted to this myth and, in my translation of this image, I visualize the charioteer as a symbol of the human will, the noble horse as the higher self, and the unexperienced horse as the ego. When they allow it, human beings (represented by the whole team) are guided by their true essence, the same one that mobilizes the beautiful horse (the higher self), but they are often distracted by the clumsy horse (the ego). The ego is often blinded or ignorant and has a mixture of qualities, which is often confusing. The coachman (the will) makes decisions and experiences ups and downs as both horses usually point to different paths. The benign horse always knows where he’s going and it’s not possible to mislead him, because his essence is kind and true and he’s heading towards the truth. The other horse doesn’t know where he’s going or why, no matter how convinced he is that he does know. Sometimes both horses go in the same direction for different reasons. If the will should mature and evolve we need to get to know both horses very well. The superior one is always strong, clear, and humble; he doesn’t need to make a big fuss. That’s why the driver needs to tame the other one, which usually moves a lot and wants to be noticed.
Our mission at Aurigas is to help you explore the entire carriage (the self) to clarify all the elements. Where you are going? What are your true wishes, desires, and goals? What are the obstacles that you are putting between life and yourself that, consciously or unconsciously, might be keeping you away from your goals and true fulfillment? You have to know your ego, the absent-minded horse, in an affectionate way, to teach him, educate him, help him mature. This translates into the ability to explore and transform fears, false beliefs, limiting thoughts, misconceptions about life that lead us to sabotage our happiness, our personal and professional goals, and our relationships.
And let's not forget the path itself. Let’s learn to love every corner of ourselves, with all our gifts and limitations, so that we can enjoy, with the greatest possible bliss, this long journey until, one day, we can take flight.
by Amanda García
edited by Mary Li
What is behind chronic pain? Why do some injuries heal immediately and others seem to be here to stay? What is behind anxiety? And depression? Why does an event that seems insignificant irritate us so much? Why do some issues from the past persist in us, wasting our energies, and seem so difficult to release?
Most of the time, the answer to all these questions can be found in our emotional world. Our emotional body is inseparable from the physical body and its energy is not as solidly tangible as body structures. But like matter itself, it also possesses different densities-- a certain extension and intensity of vibration, and a direct effect on our physical body and our well-being... in other words, our ability to enjoy life.
For example, let us imagine that Peter is having a good time when he suddenly slips and falls over; his body is flexible and free to receive the impact, and it can disperse the vibration; in this case the physical injury might be completely healed in less than a month. Now let us imagine that Peter is paralyzed by fear just before slipping. His body is holding his tense emotions, and will not have all its resources available to receive and effectively disperse the impact; in this case, the result of a fall otherwise identical to the first one, is an injury that will continue to cause discomfort or pain for months or even years after the accident. We see examples of this type of trauma with intense emotion in whiplash, accidents, incidents of violence, the aftermath of childbirth, sport injuries and many other situations.
Sometimes emotions operate in a more subtle way (with discretion and perseverance, so to speak). For example, the fear of failure, the anger of feeling misunderstood, or financial worries, may generate an ongoing vibration that could have an effect on the normal mobility of, for example, our kidneys, thereby immobilizing certain areas of the renal fascia, which in turn exert a continuous strain on the pelvic joints, eventually causing a chronic hip pain, a tailbone disorder or sciatic pain. These are emotions that many times we do not want to see or know, but this lack of awareness does not prevent their impact on the body; on the contrary, everything that operates below our consciousness has much more power than whatever I can see, understand and eventually master. Therefore, anything I cannot remember, I do not see, or I dare not even feel has more influence on me and my health than those things I am aware of and can bring easily to the surface.
We can all transform our vicious circles into benign circles, it is just a matter of gathering a lot of self-honesty, a bit of courage and loads of patience. There are many ways of seeking self-knowledge-- it is good that each person chooses their own. The one I always have at hand is active meditation; I will write about it in more detail, but it is about calming down our mental dialogue at any given moment in order to bring our attention to our physical and emotional bodies and beyond: acknowledging my turbulence until it reveals where it comes from and finding out which false beliefs my turbulence is based upon. When this happens, the storm gives way to a serene clarity. The whole process depends on us, but it is always good to find some guidance and/or support in certain moments and stages of our personal work. Many times we will need the Other as a mirror if we truly want to see our blind spots; and also, the act of opening our heart to another human being always brings a reward. There are many effective ways of giving and receiving support. My favorite is the one I ultimately chose as my art and craft, CranioSacral Therapy with SomatoEmotional Release, a soft and deep manual technique that allows me to feel which physical areas host tensions and unresolved emotional conflicts, in order to help us both identify, clarify, and eventually release. In SomatoEmotional Release the therapist uses dialogue and, as the person speaks, we listen to what their body tissue has to say. Their body will guide us to the spot that is most significant for that person at that moment, thus facilitating what most of the time is a revealing journey throughout the depths of their emotional world. It is the magic of listening when we take it far beyond words.
It is good to remember that we are not our unresolved conflicts, but we cannot ignore that they are a part of us. It is good to go through them with courage and to get profoundly familiar with them, without ever losing sight of the fact that they are, temporarily, part of the team, but that they are not the whole. Our Essence, i.e., what really makes us unique and valuable, is always present. Sometimes we cannot feel it because our hidden problems draw much of our attention and energy; but the Essence is there, quietly, patiently, lovingly and of course, joyfully waiting for us to reconnect with it. There is no way to lose it, no matter what, and there are few experiences as liberating as the act of becoming truly, profoundly aware of this truth. Nobody is perfect, but we are all unique.
Emotional transformation - Conscious expansion / Transformación emocional - Expansión consciente
Terapia Cráneo Sacra y SomatoEmocional / CranioSacral and SomatoEmotional Therapy
San Miguel de Allende, Gto, México