Seminar of the Level 2 is not just an upgrade of the Level 1. Besides the logical/expected upgrade of physical-motoric part of the method – learning new exercises to eliminate certain pains/illnesses – it introduces the participants with the most important connection between the conscious and involuntary parts of the mind, the membrane, emotions … These relationships are the critical missing links of the conventional medicine at many patient treatments. Psychiatry is dealing only with the »head«, orthopaedics and physical therapy alone with the body, but the AEQ is treating both, and that’s why it successfully improves chronic illnesses, which are usually unsolved puzzles for psychiatry, orthopaedics and physiotherapy. AEQ method uses knowledge from many scientific fields; it validates them and links them into a logical/useful unity.
I heard there was a yard, a garden, behind some fence where, if you enter, you get happiness, you get paradise that you were searching for. I also stepped on a path to get to that yard. Shining signposts were pointing the direction to the yard. I came to about ten kilometres from the entrance, and I saw a long line of people waiting to get in. They were standing in ten parallel waiting lines. I joined one of the lines and waited. Minutes, hours passed by. The day was coming to an end. I asked the ones in front of me ‘How long is the wait to enter?’. They replied they had been waiting for two days. We were still standing in the same spot. ‘Two days without moving?’, I asked. That thought made me anxious. ‘Do you know anybody who got in, have you heard of somebody being in that garden?’ They bent their heads and continued mumbling and waiting. I was wondering why nobody entered, what was at the entrance. Were there guards, were the doors locked and nobody had the keys?
I enrolled for AEQ seminar Level 2 without any particular expectations. I wanted to upgrade my knowledge. However, I didn’t expect such turbulence and changes in my head and consequently such big step forward. I opened a new box at the level 2 seminar – I reached new subconscious topics that were more in-depth and I didn’t know they existed but were affecting me and my daily life. My muscles were stiff, and because of that the communication path brain-fascia was interrupted even though the reason for that had happened long before and had been ‘insignificant’. And yes, I opened the lid of that box. And lots of repressed, unprocessed emotions, anger, resentments, feelings of helplessness, distress, condemnation, sadness, came bursting out. In a nutshell, it was demanding, unpleasant, unknown, new, … Bunch of unusual emotions I didn’t know how to handle.
Here are some of my impressions and findings from the seminar for teachers of AEQ method Level 2 We have survived 5 days of »reality show« under the baton of Aleš Ernst . A seminar was very dynamic and educational due to the selection of participants with different mindsets (different personalities and characters). You taught us theory and exercises by the AEQ method in a way that started up our long-repressed emotions, senses, memories. You »skillfully« recognized individual’s happenings, as well as what was going on in the group. You found the right words and continued teaching, which helped us learn new perspectives and how to change our thinking models.
The foundation of the AEQ method® is the fact that the body and mind are integrated as a whole. What happens in the mind reflects the events in the body and vice versa. Soma is an indivisible connection between two parts – body and mind. At the end of the Level 2, I was hit by a realistic encounter with myself. Who I am, and not who I think I am, or who I would like to be. The influence of entropy on life as well as the entropy of the environment in which I live. Questions and concerns, but also the joy of knowing that the change is possible. And not only knowledge, or a letter on a paper, but also the way in which entropy is converted to syntropy. At a time when everything is fast, when shifting own boundaries is encouraged and rewarded, it seems that man wanders more and more. Too much information, the Internet, no time to look into depths within ourselves or within another being. It takes time to understand and apply, achieve something.
Level 1 seminar brought me so much new and useful life knowledge that I felt in a hurry to get to Level 2. If this was my university, I would save myself a lot of pain, and life today would be a lot easier. After finishing university, I felt like I was looking for myself and moving more and more away from myself. I found my first taste of freedom with the AEQ method. I am able to explain to myself why things are the way they are, and I can make sure to create quality changes to a much greater extent than before. My movement is becoming much softer, I am calmer in my head and more alive in the body. It is becoming increasingly clear to me why do we have certain postures and why is movement in today's world becoming more simplistic and harder. I am realizing how the inability to express emotions affects breathing, I am perceiving how sensory-motor amnesia keeps me in a particular pattern/mode/type of action, I increasingly understand why chronic pain occurs in the body, and I can also classify the feeling of guilt and fear of the future as a form of pain.
To anyone who has already come into contact with the AEQ method, whether through a workshop or active therapy and has felt a difference in the condition of their body after doing the AEQ exercises, I would recommend to attend the teacher seminar. If, after the first workshop and initial AEQ learning, you’ve struggled with resistance when wanting to exercise regularly, after Level 1 seminar this will no longer be an issue. AEQ Teacher Level 1 seminar gives you an explanation of our chronic condition in society, an explanation of why this has occurred, an understanding of where this way and speed of life is taking us, and how such a condition is reflected in the individual and his body. The whole theory is based on three basic laws of physics (1st law of thermodynamics, 2nd law of thermodynamics, 3rd Newton's law) through which you realize that our existence and our body state are defined by physics. If we do not take this fact into account, it leads us to extreme states toward which we feel great stigma, fear and resistance (death), due to the law of entropy (2nd law of thermodynamics).
Before I decided to take the AEQ training, I met with AEQ exercises through a colleague who had done the AEQ seminar Level 1. I became fond of the AEQ method and AEQ exercises, which led me to realize how am I and what is going on around me – the illusion of perfection started fading and instead I started seeing the real picture that I didn't like at all. This awareness led me to the path of AEQ Teacher Level 1 training, then AEQ Breathing Level 1 training, and last year towards the end of the year to AEQ Teacher Level 2 training. When you realize that if you don't dare to take risks you will stay in the so-called subconscious cage, which is taught and has a function to not take risks. At the AEQ Teacher Level 2 seminar, I became so much more aware of this and that it is very important that we learn to consciously change our subconscious patterns that we have acquired from our ancestors, parents, teachers or people who have had an impact on us in childhood.
Everything that we learned at Level 1 seminar – the basic concepts and interpretation of their meaning such as sensory motor amnesia associated with disorder, the law of mutual effect, the green light, red light and trauma reflex, the membrane – at Level 2, this knowledge was greatly deepened. Movement, muscle control, and the meaning of pain added to the importance of interoception, its effect on the abdominal membrane and thus on breathing, speech, sentence formation, words – therefore verbal expression. If we allow ourselves to feel how we've done something, whether it's a movement or something else in life, it's easier to sense what the truth is. However, when interoception is poor there is a lower chance that the impulse will reach our consciousness, instead we redirect the signal into the subconscious. This leads to separation of our body from our consciousness and to unrealistic perceptions of time and gravity. In this way, consciousness does not get information, only the subconscious gets information, and the subconscious operates on the same patterns from our past, mostly from childhood.
After completing the third day of the seminar, on Monday morning I woke up full of energy and optimism. After finishing my daily commitments, I went hiking with the intention to focus on my body, analyze the state of my body while walking, and gather my thoughts. I felt surprisingly light, light as a feather. I observed my walk, my legs, my arms, my torso, my muscles, my jump, my turn... as if everything had been folded exactly as it should be, completely pain-free, almost a feeling of weightlessness. The feeling was so good, almost non-earthy, that I briefly became suspicious: what if it was all an illusion – it can't last forever? The thought was quickly blown away by the wind, I surrendered to the sun, the air, the freedom of movement, and being consciously grateful to just be. A few more days of "all good" followed, even dealing with teenage “clever nonsense” went smoother, but then the curve turned downwards and I let it descend into a concrete minus.