How to Release Core Tension and sink into child like innocence

A few weeks ago I was in Tucson AZ, for a meeting of the Transformational Leadership Council.  Before the conference began, I gave a talk at the local Unity Church.  When he picked me up from the airport, my organizer told me an interesting story.  He had been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy a few years before, and had all but given up on all hope for a normal life; until he met a man who had taught him something he called “tremoring.”  He didn’t say much about it except that it had healed him in only a few months. Since training in the method as well he had witnessed miracles with other as well.  He asked me if I would like to meet the teacher of this method, and I agreed

bercelliThe next day I got a ride to a hotel outside of Tucson, where I met David Berceli.   David was a Catholic missionary for several decades, working in war-torn areas like Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.  His role as a missionary was not so much to convert people to Catholicism, but to help alleviate the human suffering created in the aftermath of war.  He became very familiar with the symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and even began to suffer from it himself after spending so much time in areas where there was bombing.  He returned to the United States, got his Ph.D. in psychology, and investigated deeply the mechanisms by which trauma gets stored in the body.

He explained all this to me in a few minutes and then asked me if I would like to try his method.  “Sure,” I shrugged.  “Why not?” What happened in the next 20 minutes was nothing short of a miracle.  He asked me to put my body into different postures which put it into mild stress.  For example: raising my body up and down on one bent leg, or “sitting against the wall”.  After I went through his instructions, which were not painful, just mildly uncomfortable, a shaking began, first along the psoas muscles that run between the inner thigh and the belly.  Once the shaking became strong and involuntary, he asked me to lay down on my back, with my legs slightly open, and to breathe deeply.  The tremoring increased and moved up into my belly.  It would build up in a particular place in my body to a crescendo, and then completely dissipate.  A minute or two of nothing, and then it would build again, in another part ofthe body. This continued for about 15 minutes, until David suggested we had had enough for that day.

When I sat up, I felt relaxed in a way that I have probably not felt since I was a small baby.  I had let go of tension in my belly that I never knew I had.  Once I “got it” about the power of tremoring, David told me a little bit more about what he has been doing with his life.  For example, he just got back from Norway, where he was working with the education department, training them to conduct tremoring sessions with the teens who survived the shooting tragedy in July.  He worked directly with 35 survivors from the bombing in downtown Oslo.  This year, he’s already been to Japan to work with earthquake survivors, as well as regular visits to Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq.  He’s worked with the U.S. military with PTSD soldiers, as well as the civilian victims of war.  David does almost all of his work for free, in huge groups of people.  In Africa, for example, he might work with 150 people at a time, in many groups throughout the day; thereby facilitating several thousands of people per day in trauma release.

This work is powerful and effective.  Once you learn it (which you can do from a DVD), you can duplicate the effects any time you like.  It releases core stress from the body, reaching places that even the most skilled massage therapist would have trouble in helping you let go.

I find this approach particularly interesting because I am primarily a teacher of awakening.  It’s relatively easy these days to have a glimpse of limitless consciousness; the challenge is how to live it in day-to-day life.  And why are we challenged?  Simple.  You know the answer as well as I do.  Because of stress.  Because we are overwhelmed with decisions and responsibilities, and we lose connection with ourselves.  This method is one of the simplest and most powerful ways that I’ve found in a long time to relieve stress and come back to a state of innocence in your body.

It’s rare these days to find someone as devoid of self-interest as David Bercelli.  He lives in a small apartment in Tucson, and travels the world.  He’s on the road almost 300 days out of the year, and does almost all of his work for free.  The only thing he gets paid for is to train other people to be facilitators of his work, and the course is relatively inexpensive.

I want you to join me for a free tele-seminar with David Bercelli this Thursday, September 8th, at 6 pm.  I am going to talk to him about the extraordinary work he’s been doing around the world, as well as how easy it is to learn this method for yourself.  You will be able to pick up his book and DVD in the security of knowing that the money you spend will help him to support people much more traumatized, and much less fortunate, than you and me.

Please make sure you join me to meet this extraordinary and life-changing man.


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10 Responses to “How to Release Core Tension and sink into child like innocence”

  1. carmilla5 September 8, 2011 at 3:21 am // Reply

    Hi Arjuna, I was rapt to see you had connected with David Berceli, he gives great hugs as well as being an amazing healer. I love how synchronicity works; I came across a video on him a few years ago in Linked In of all places, followed the information trail, bought the book, the DVD and then voila found an Aussie therapist who was bringing him over later that year 2010. Had been doing the shakes and then doing the day course was the icing on the cake. Truly the liberation most of us need for the psoas is a core muscle and has so much tension. Feels amazing, so glad to have found David and his work! xxxx


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  3. pampence September 9, 2011 at 9:03 am // Reply

    I was just aquainted with David Berceli through a yoga therapy yahoo group, looked him up and have his training DVD on my desk. Guess I’ll go give it a try! Amazing synchronicity.


  4. denise kirsch September 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm // Reply

    I was unable to listen to the seminar…how does one go about purchasing mr. Berceli’s DVD and book?


  5. English teachers to your hotel September 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm // Reply

    Great tips on how to release core tension and sink into child like innocence.


  6. Sandhan September 11, 2011 at 1:14 am // Reply

    Unfortunately I missed this call as I got the message too late for us in Australia… any chance you kept a recording?
    I heard it was fabulous…


  7. Kathrin September 11, 2011 at 7:33 am // Reply

    Unfortunately I missed this call due to the time difference in Singapore….
    I would have loved to join! Any chance David Bercelli is stopping over in Singapore or holding a workshop here? I will buy his DVD, thank you so much for all you do, Arjuna and David!
    Lots of love and blessings, Kathrin


  8. Helga Høgåsen September 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm // Reply

    Dear Arjuna, how lovely you’ve met and appreciated David. He’s one of the most beautiful man I’ve met. I’m doing his training in Oslo, and the method is great, but the man even greater! His total bowing to the intelligence of the body, rather than to his own despite his experience, is so convincing and inspiring. I’m sorry I couldn’t listen to you, you’re such a beautiful couple!
    Big hug, and I warn you: be prepared to where the tremors will take you, it’s an amazingly deep ride!


  9. Anonymous September 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    i love your blog, i have it in my rss reader and always like new things coming up from it.


  10. William Croft October 18, 2012 at 4:41 am // Reply

    I’ve been doing David Berceli’s TRE Trauma Releasing Exercises for several years and recommend it to my neurofeedback clients. His Youtube channel is very helpful, you can hear some of his talks, listen to client TRE experiences, and see some portions of the trainings and exercises.

    David’s instructional DVD is on his website at:

    His work has touched thousands of lives and has spread worldwide.


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