In his book which I am currently engaged in, he describes his accident and the painful internal process of letting go of his body from the chest down. Left only with his arms, chest, head and neck as movable parts. Despite occasionally feeling what doctors call "phantom limbs" Matthew was encouraged to ignore these sensations and accept his fate as a paraplegic. 13 years later he experienced a re-awakening to his body in the subtle realm. His emotional and inspiring moment was described in detail in his book which I have been reading to my class all week.
"As I move into this pose, something clicks or snaps into place or becomes manifest. I experience a new ding. I suddenly feel a tangible sense of my whole body-inside and out, paralyzed and unparalleled. I am stunned. ...My world has changed tonight. A new level of me is coming alive. I am overwhelmed with the feeling that my body has been waiting for me to stop neglecting it, waiting for me to quiet down and listen. My heart is breaking. I feel grateful." (Sanford, 192-3)