What is Innervation?
By Wallace Huey
Innervation is a term I have invented to describe a way of progressively discovering how to center yourself in your heart and in unshakable inner peace.
The process I am about to describe is particularly useful to people who lead busy lives and who are either not interested in, or not inclined towards, more traditional methods of nurturing inner peace such as meditation, prayer or in engaging in exercise routines like yoga. This means it is particularly suited to today's active person with their busy lifestyle.
This understanding I am about to share is a genuine approach to inner peace, which I have used successfully in my own life over many years, until the point came where I arrived at what could be described as unshakable inner peace.
I now offer this understanding for you to adopt, play with and benefit from, should you wish.
So let's start with the opposite of inner peace, which is inner stress. The fundamental principle of Innervation is that stress is good, because we can work with it to understand how to go beyond it to peace.
Without stress there would be no learning. And without learning there would be no peace. So stress, learning and peace form a triangle wherein each is needed by the other.
This means that our starting point is to see and experience stress as our friend - a good friend who can teach us to live a more enlightened, free and happy life. The process of Innervation is learning to work within this triangle to heal our life.
So how can Innervation help us? I'd like to illustrate how Innervation works using an example from my own life.
When I was a college student at the School of Architecture in Nottingham University in the 70's, in our 4th year of study we were given a very challenging project - to design the extension to an entire city in 10 weeks - and we were to do it in groups of 4. None of us had ever taken on a project of anything like this scale and none of us had ever worked in groups. However I was proud of my skills as a designer, believed that I was the best designer and felt sure our group, with my great ideas, would get the best marks and I would get the A grade I had always wanted.
When the project started I was dismayed to find that we could achieve very little. As the weeks passed and the deadline for submission came closer the arguments grew louder and more vociferous. We could agree on nothing of any consequence. We felt the pressure on our group to deliver grow in intensity as the deadline loomed ever nearer.
Then one morning I arose and after breakfast looked out the window of my flat, saw the beauty of the winter sun rising above the horizon and realized I could not go in to do battle with the other students another day.
Then came my introduction to Innervation!
I believed that I needed to attend university that morning and contribute to the project. My commitment was to contribute to the project. My entire future as an architect was dependent on me committing to the project. As a result my entire mind was dedicated to the idea that I attend university that day.
But my feeling was that I needed to take a break.
I listened to my feelings and took the break I needed.
So instead of attending university that morning I went for a walk. I walked aimlessly, here and there, feeling rather lost, but also enjoying the freedom of this new-found feeling as well.
After a couple of hours I found myself in the university science library walking among the many hundreds of thousands of books, when a book caught my eye. It was a book by Carl Rodgers called, "On Becoming a Person." I took it down from the shelf and began reading. I realized that this book had much to say on the skills needed to work in a group, so I borrowed it from the library, took it home and read it cover to cover in 3 days.
I realized from this book, that the reason our group was in so much conflict, was because we were each pursuing our own ideas. No one was working to knit these different ideas together into a comprehensive whole. No one was working for the group.
So I dropped the belief that I was the best designer with the best ideas, and resolved to be the person who would work for everyone else, and in so doing knit all the disparate ideas together to form a harmonious whole.
When I returned to the group, armed with my new awareness, I received a barrage of abuse for being absent. However when we all got down to work and I began working to knit together all the different ideas being presented, I was amazed to discover that the conflicts disappeared and soon a string of wonderful design drawings began to decorate the walls.
When the time came to have our project assessed, we achieved the A grade I had always wanted but by a totally unforeseen approach!
So what is Innervation and how did it bring about this miraculous change? Innervation happens when our primary focus is on what is going on deep within us: Inner-vation. And having focused on what it happening inwardly, particularly from our feelings, to then trust that inner source of motivation and follow those feelings.
So our previously unvoiced inner knowing leads to authentic innovation, created not from our past education, with its fixed ideas, prejudices and conditioning - but right now, in the moment. True to ourselves, heart-felt, no conflict involved.
If we practice this simple guideline, the stress in our life will diminish, at times even dramatically, and we will become more successful in all we do. And our capacity for inner peace will grow without needing to take time out for the traditional methods of prayer, meditation and other spiritual exercises like yoga.
To effect this transformation, we need to change our primary awareness from what is going on in our mind, with all its beliefs, fears and worries, to what is going on deep within us, with special reference to what we are feeling in our heart, and follow where this takes us.
As we practice this, our fear-based thinking mind, which was who we thought we were, will gradually dissolve and lose its power and our love-based, heartfelt guidance will expand as the primary determinant of our behavior. As we do this our sense of identity will become less defined, more flexible and increasingly fluid. This is a transition that we will embrace with joy.
This means we will shift our primary awareness from our mental world, based on our beliefs, knowledge, fears, concerns and worries, to our inner world imbued with love, harmony and peace.
The journey is complete when we find that we are totally governed in our moment to moment behaviors by our spiritual being - and find that in heart-centered awareness there is no stress, worry and or psychological sense of time passing.
We have returned to wholeness. Whole and complete as we are.
This is a state of Being that will enhance your marriage, empower your career and bring you unshakable inner peace.
This is the state of Innervation.
I invite you to experiment with Innervation and discover its benefits for yourself.
In 2000, after a profound spiritual awakening, Wallace wrote his book, Unfold Your Wings and Watch Life Take Off, a poetic manual that takes the hand of the reader and gently guides them toward a powerful realization of inner guidance.