Mental body: trainer of the physical

We need our minds to be as clear as possible to provide us the ability to maneuver through life without duress.

by David Berger — 

The mental body is the trainer or the master of all the bodies, the mental, emotional and physical. Without the mental part of our being, it would be most difficult to make any decisions concerning the many aspects of our lives. We need our minds to be as clear as possible to provide us the ability to maneuver through life without duress.

Does our emotional age coincide with our mental age in a relatively proportionate manner? Sometimes. It is imperative that, as adults, we take responsibility for our emotional state of being. Child prodigies are wonderful illustrations of this point of comparison. It appears that many adults need to mature their emotional bodies, or that their mental capabilities fall short of their physical development.

Emotional maturity is the age where we are now and how we cope in life’s many situations. Individuals can act and react like hurt 5-year-old children, or they can feel the hurt, stop the reacting and, instead, act according to the situation. The latter of the two scenarios is an adult-child, where the previous is a child-adult.

If we view emotional development in three different stages, the first of these stages would be the child-adult. This seems to be where many of us get lost and cease our development into emotionally secure adults. To summarize, the child-adult acts and reacts by emotion alone, to be heard or to get their needs met right here and now.

Remember, the emotions within us come from our inner child who needs guidance and discipline. Our guardians taught us how to deal with, act and react to life situations from their own emotional level. When we can recognize this, we grow from it or accept it as our behavior.

The adult-child is the second tier of our development along the path of maturity we aspire to achieve. This stage of development is wonderful, in the respect that we may have more energy by the end of the day because we have not exhausted ourselves with many temper tantrums. The adult-child is able to feel, yet not react, in a situation with childlike emotions.

This adult has maneuvered the emotions of the child with compassion and discipline out of harm’s way and is now able to assess the incident with a clear head. Having trained our emotions does not mean we lose our childlike awe of life, but rather that we view our life without excessive reaction.

Having experienced the previous steps with chagrin, the most difficult step in this trinity now presents itself, the master adult. The master adult is truly an incredible being and one who rightly deserves the title Master. This individual is able to view each and every incident and situation as an observer, without it having any effect on them personally. The master recognizes and feels emotions without any reaction whatsoever.

Many master the mental or intellectual body and the physical body, but few master the emotional body.


David Berger is a licensed massage therapist who works with individuals as an emotional intuitive, assisting the release of cellular memory from the body through acupressure. He also is certified in equine massage. Both human and horse clientele benefit from his expertise in neuromuscular therapy and myofascial bodywork. 480-513-7631.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 25, Number 5, October/November 2006.

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