In Bodymind Integration, we look at a personal evolutionary process from different perspectives.
For instance, from a Gestalt point of view, we see the body as a whole which is more then the sum of it’s parts.
We can look at a part: in PI we sometimes call this a “body focus”: we focus on a region of the body where we do our myofascial work, emotional and explorative psychological work. In dealing with that part, in a Gestalt sense, we want to claim all aspects of this part of us and bring it into a dialogue with another part of ourself, with something or someone else. When I become the upper part of my body, I can speak from there, allow myself to make movements in that and in other parts of myself, explore my emotional feelings – contents, the literal and symbolical rooms and spaces etc. I am able to relate that part of me to another part of me, let’s say my lower body, so I can relate it with my fingers, fists or elbows or even those of the practitioner who enters or touches it. I am really present and there. The switching positions exercise between one part and then the other is something we do a lot in Postural Integration. At one moment one can identify with the upper body, in the next one can be the lower body part replying, responding. Doing this back and forth, not only clarifies the parts that come to the foreground, but also clarifies the relationship that exists between both: in this case, the upper and the lower part of the body. It also helps one find a “middle” or a “center”. From this “center” one can find what the philosopher Friedlaender called, a creative indifference.” Whenever we work with an intention to express, to speak out or to move one part and an intention to direct it to an other side, we enable movement, energy flow, growing awareness, and a possibility to become more whole. When one is stuck, one is most of the time fixated in one polarity, opposing the other one. Claiming one’s stuckness by saying “I’m stuck”, still makes it an expression of your current experienced reality and so makes you move as well….
Enlightening both sides, enlightens the whole and the interrelatedness of parts within the whole.
I can as a next step I can initiate a dialogue between two other sides: e.g. the left and the right sides of my body. Again two parts of me express themselves in a unique way. This creates a new set of possibilities, brings up a new set of feelings, emotions and possible conflicts. Going back and forth between left and right brings again more clarity to the “parts” and from there to the whole.
This whole is again transformed – has come to a new synthesis and so it can go on. Back and front, inside and outside are two other major dimensions of our body minds. In working with all these dimensions separately and together, I enlighten my bodymind in ways that make it possible to perceive my whole being in new ways – ways I never considered before, ways that have arisen through direct experience.
Now it is as if I am adding more “pixels” to the image of my bodily self that becomes ever clearer.
Another perspective we use is for instance the Reichian perspective. In this perspective we work with “character” as well as with bands of armouring. Looking through Reichian glasses a new impression arises …
To be continued