Reflections on Neurogenic Tremoring – Dr David Berceli, founder of TRE

In the tremor mechanism, which is at the heart of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), lies a profound experience that transcends mere physical practice; it beckons individuals to embark on a journey inward, to explore the depths of their own being and tap into the vast cosmos that resides within. It is an invitation to traverse the expanse of “inner space,” to delve into the intricate layers of the self, where emotions, memories, and tensions reside, waiting to be acknowledged, processed, and released. In this inner sanctum, we encounter the raw essence of our existence, confronting both the shadows and the light that shape our perception of reality. It is here, in the quiet recesses of our own consciousness, that we unearth the seeds of transformation, the catalysts for profound change that ripple outward into the fabric of the universe.

As this tremor mechanism helps us to delve deeper into the recesses of our inner world, we discover that it is not an isolated realm but intricately intertwined with the vast expanse of the outer world. The dichotomy between inner and outer begins to blur, giving way to a profound realization: that the boundaries separating self from other, individual from collective, are but illusions, transient veils obscuring the interconnectedness of all existence. Just as the microcosm mirrors the macrocosm, our inner self reflects the patterns and rhythms of the cosmos at large. Every thought, every emotion, every action reverberates through the web of existence, shaping the tapestry of reality in ways both seen and unseen.

Armed with the accessibility of the tremor mechanism we are able to embark on a journey of integration, weaving together the threads of our inner and outer worlds to create a tapestry of wholeness and harmony. Through the practice of TRE, we learn to cultivate a deeper awareness of our body’s innate wisdom, honoring its signals and messages as guides on the path to healing and self-discovery. We embrace the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, recognizing that true transformation arises from a holistic approach that encompasses all aspects of our being.

But our journey does not end here. Empowered by the wisdom gleaned from our inner exploration, we turn our gaze outward, extending our reach into the vast expanse of the outer world. Armed with compassion, empathy, and a deep understanding of the interconnected nature of all existence, we become agents of change, catalysts for transformation in our communities and beyond. Through acts of kindness, service, and advocacy, we ripple outwards, igniting sparks of hope and inspiration in the hearts of others, sowing the seeds of a more compassionate and harmonious world.

In this way, the practice of TRE becomes more than a mere physical exercise; it becomes a sacred journey of self-discovery, transformation, and interconnectedness. It is a testament to the power of the human spirit to transcend adversity, to heal and to grow, and to create positive change in the world. As we continue to delve deeper into the mysteries of our own being, may we remember that our power lies not only in the depths of our inner world but in our ability to extend that power outward, illuminating the path for others to follow.

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Important Cacao and Health Information

Cacao is bitter

100% pure cacao is bitter. As with any bitter, too much can make you nauseous. Most drink less than 2 to 3 ounces (57 to 85 grams) of cacao a day. Over time, as your body attunes to the cacao, you may find that you need less cacao to feel the full effect. Less can be more. Pay attention to what your body is telling you.


Depending on dose, SSRI antidepressants and anti-psychotics are not compatible with the MAOI’s (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) in cacao. Low to average doses should be ok, people on higher doses should drink less cacao. Check with your doctor.

Heart Rate

Our cacao will raise your heart rate slightly. If an increase in your heart rate could cause a medical problem, drink less. Check with your doctor.

Blood Pressure

Many folks with low blood pressure tell Keith that our cacao (low-caffeine) stabilizes their heart and helps them. Check with your doctor.

Other substances

Our cacao increases blood flow to the brain by 30-40%… so any other substances in your blood will be amplified.


Keith is often asked by people with a caffeine intolerance if they can use cacao. The caffeine content of cacao varies widely amongst cacao varieties and cacao makers. Most find our cacao to have a very low, to no-caffeine feel.


Use less, according to the child’s body weight. It depends on the child. They will let you know. Children who have had an appropriate amount of cacao are more focused.


Real cacao contains compounds that can kill dogs, cats, parrots, and horses. Don’t let them eat it!