Self-Assessment with Zone Theory

Paul Simon sang: "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls." If Sam Belyea was a folk singer, I would venture to say that he would pick up a guitar and sing: "The inner condition of the body and mind is revealed on the feet, hands, ears, and face." Just give him a melody, and voilà—the anthem of modern-day reflexology would be born. But, in lieu of a folk song, at least we have the wonderful vertical and horizontal zones to guide us in deciphering the revelations that our bodies are trying to communicate through visible signs on the extremities. Like the graffiti on the subway walls, our extremities display messages in varying degrees of subtlety and obviousness. Some indicators are barely noticeable; others are red flags screaming for attention. Recently, a couple of little red flags popped up on my right hand, and I feel compelled to share some insights from my ongoing process of self-assessment. Firstly though, I just want to remind you, dear reader, that reflexology is an art AND a science, so whether it's self-assessment or assessment with a client, these conclusions are drawn by using a mix of intuition, logical deduction, and a reliance on the consistency within zone theory. Therefore, take my words with the proverbial grain of salt, and not as absolute, objective facts. (I'm not sure that absolute, objective facts even exist, due to the intrinsic subjectivity within every observation, but that's for another blog.) My Self-Assessment Case Study: I've been using my right hand a lot lately to launch discs across fairways on disc golf courses around Tampa Bay, and last week, a small blood blister about the size of a pinhead appeared on the distal phalanx of my middle finger. I chalked up the mark to excess pressure in my gripping of the discs, but didn't think much about it in terms of reflexology. However, a couple days later, I was setting some rat traps at my mom's house, and while fiddling with one of the traps, I incurred a tiny cut on the exact same middle finger—literally a couple millimeters away. I pride myself in being dexterous with my hand-eye coordination, so I was immediately disgruntled by the nick on my skin, but my wounded pride soon gave way to the more pressing need to analyze the correlation in terms of zone theory. The situation is Vertical Zone 3 influencing Horizontal Zone 1 and it's happening on my right hand, which represents the past (the left side represents the present). Ergo, my past career is influencing my current thoughts and opinions. Bingo! For the past six years, I have worked full-time at an excellent company, but I will be leaving at the end of the month to devote myself full-time to reflexology, massage therapy, and AYP. It's quite a transition, and I've experienced some anxiety related to the usual concerns: finance, stability, and long-term success. Will I make it? Is this the best path for my future? So, I have interpreted the blood blister and tiny cut as nudges to put some loving attention on my thoughts/opinions regarding leaving my old job behind and moving onto a new chapter. Hence, this blog. The physical markers came as a result of my internal handling of external forces (how my right hand interacted with the discs and the rat trap), but on a deeper level, it's about how my mind is handling the change in career which is occurring. Based on the little injuries, my self-coaching has led me to make some small mental adjustments, like loosening my intellectual grip on the exact details of how things will unfold. To move forward, now I am going to trust the vision more than the plan, if that makes sense. The logistics will fall into place as my desires are released into stillness, and I will let stillness move me into action. In AYP, we call it active surrender to a chosen ideal. Therefore, it's not about being lazy or overly nonchalant. It's about taking one step at a time, tending to the daily tasks at hand, and most of all, enjoying the process. Reflexology is a lens, a filter to decode reality. Like any physical or conceptual model, the more time that is spent with the instrument, the more that clarity and precision will arise when it comes to making life decisions and reaping the rewards of one's efforts. In short, reflexology is an effective tool to cultivate health and happiness. And hey, maybe with a little coaxing, we can get Sam to write that reflexology anthem. Thank you for reading.

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