Injury, The Pentagram and The Alexander Technique

Six months ago I tore the plantar plate in my fourth toe. Attempts to find help have been frustrating. I have been told by the medical profession ‘we don’t do toes’ and a podiatrist ‘it will never heal.’ The toe floats like a bit of seaweed. Yuk! So, in the spirit of FM Alexander who had frustrations when dealing with his voice problems, I have decided to experiment with my thinking to learn how to deal with a damaged digit – definitely not life threatening but life changing.

Stand of Trees by Kirsten Harris
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Over the past few weeks the image of a pentagram, a 5 pointed star, started to emerge in my mind. A pentagram! Hmmm, strange idea but maybe it relates to 5 toes so I thought I would go with it…

The pentagram is an ancient symbol. Extraordinary history and worldwide culture stand behind this continuous line. This blog is just my musings, but I thought I would share my thoughts as to how thinking about the pentagram has helped me with a problem in case someone else out there also finds it helpful. I think this could be applied to deal with many challenges in life.

Star Horses by Kirsten Harris
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The 5 points of the star symbolise different choices. Each are possibilities of how to relate to the challenge and each point relates to each other. Having choice is to have freedom to change, possibility and hope. So the pentagram is my road map at the moment – my guiding star.

A few notes about the meanings I have given to the pentagram –

1 – Rest – this is in the realm of spirit. Rest, let go, semi supine, stop, pause, release, recharge, focus on the breath, do nothing, simply be, sleep, put your feet up, meditate, read, do more semi supine, let the body balance itself. Definitely switch off from frustration and fear and instead rest and receive – ideas, inspiration, inner and outer guidance and help. Step back, be calm, assess…

2 – Ride Through – this is in the realm of fire and is inspired by my horse. I figured that Angus has four good legs and there is an invitation here to become a centaur! The horse is a metaphor as well. Ride through is finding my inner warrior and learning how to transform pain. Riding through is teaching the brain not to buy into the pain or problems. It is about direction and direct action. Do what you need to do. Don’t waste time. Get focussed and determined. Find passion and the fire of the heart to transcend problems. Everything in life that is worthwhile will sometimes have frustration and pain – be it emotional, physical, mental. Inner strength is learning how to ride through what is happening and be courageous. Ride through is about not being a victim to a situation but finding my inner grrrrrr-atitude!

Flying in Lightness by Kirsten Harris
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3 – Rise Above – this is in the realm of air and inspired by Alexander Technique thinking and directions. Thinking up, expanding one’s awareness, seeing the bigger picture, being bigger than the problem. Forward and up, up and up! Fup it! Don’t get pulled down into the problem or slump into despair. See the whole, think and breathe up and out and away from that which makes you small or sad. Rise above is about having value and self worth…

4. Reinvent – this is in the realm of water. Reinvent is creative, transforming and life affirming. If we flow with what is happening we can create a new path. Creativity is called for when your life changes in ways you don’t anticipate and don’t necessarily want! Creativity means seeing the negative and positive in the situation and finding ways to work with what is. Reinvent takes you out of the realm of habit. Habits are so very comforting and change can be so very uncomfortable but reinvention is an invitation to redefine and renew, to get inspired, learn and develop…

5. Reciprocate – Give back to the earth, help others. Finding ways to reciprocate takes the mind away from one’s own problems. For me, the frustrating floppy toe is getting me even more determined to plant trees, this is leading to ideas of how to reinvent my life, my art work and my Alexander teaching practice. Planting trees is one way I feel I can leave a loving footprint for my earth walk …. even if it is with a limp!

The pentagram is helping me be more conscious about the choices I have. Maybe there is miracle help heading my way and I will be back to normal walking but in the meantime….

Some artwork inspired by thinking about my feet and toes!

Reflection by Kirsten Harris
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Contemplating the Earth Walk by Kirsten Harris
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Tree Walk by Kirsten Harris
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A wild rose pentagram in my garden this morning

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