So, taking seriously Van der Wal’s adage that we recapitulate on a psychospiritual level, what we do morphologically and physiologically as embryo, I took my years as a Jungian analysand and began aligning them with embryosophical theory, Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, and birth studies. I finished the last two years of undergraduate work and, in 2010 at 63, submitted my thesis, LeAp – Living EmbryAdult Performance: A Heuristic Exploration of Psychospiriutal Crisis at Midlife and Midshift to earn a BA in Health Arts and Science from Goddard College in Vermont.
Four years later, I would apply my thesis to overcoming the challenges of on-line transformative learning by remembering two very important principles of dynamic morphology: no development without resistance, and form follows function. Axness, in module 10, explains, “Function is projected into the periphery until the structure is built inside. We will see this dynamic of ‘projection of function outside before we internalize the capacity’ recure vividly in infant , toddler, early childhood and even adolescent development, it never ceases to operate, no matter how old we are” (Parenting for Peace, p. 70).
Professor Viktor Hamburger (1900 – 2001) used to tell his students, "Our real teacher has been and still is the embryo, who is, incidentally, the only teacher who is always right.” Appreciating the embryo as a kind of spiritual master, as I do, after I finish spiritual direction training in 2016, I plan to further explore EmbryAdult Living as a spiritual practice.
As a PPNE-informed spiritual guide, I know that womb life is not always paradisal. In fact, good stress is purposeful in building heathy baselines of resilence. At this year’s APPPAH conference I will tell the story of embodied resilence by naming four critical stages of embryonic development which resolve themselves, with increasing complexity, before cognition arises. By overlaying these crises of survival onto the four quadrants Chartres labyrinth, I hope to illustrate that the serpentice path to completing PPNE certification is more than an intellectual journey. It is, rather, a heart-centerd performance of embodied resilience meant to make us vital PPN professionals. Ms. Spremulli can be reached at Sheila@embryadultliving.com