Last night I was working on a tremolo piece. I had turned the metronome down to 56 bpm and then brought it back to 60. After working at this tempo, I decided to move to 64. I noticed a slight but definite hunkering down in my upper torso as I began to play. While pausing, the inhibitory or negative direction "I am not collapsing myself" arrived. By continuing to gently invite this thought in while practicing, I was very aware of the space above me and around me. My sense of up was "natural" and easy. I continued to invite this thought in while watching the NBA Finals and once while waking at night. So far this is a simple but powerful extension of my Alexander Technique work.
I just received notice this morning that my reserve copy of Missy Vineyards book is in, so I'll be able to explore her thoughts on negative directions further.