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 communicate and speak to other parts of myself. I can explore my feelings – whatever are the contents, the literal and symbolical rooms and spaces I feel and connect to in me.
Thus I am able to relate with that part and make a dialogue with another part of “me” like my lower body, or my fingers, fists, elbows, and so forth. I can also connect with part which is “the practitioner” who enters or touches me. I can be really and totally present and “there” or “here”.
The switching positions exercise between one part and then the other is part of what we practice in Postural Integration, and actually we do a lot. At one moment I can identify with the upper body, in the next I can be the lower body part replying or responding. Allowing this dialogue to happen back and forth, not only clarifies the parts that want to come to the foreground, but also clarifies the relationship that exists between both: in this case, the upper and the lower part of my body.
This exercise also helps to find a “middle” or a “center”. From this “center” I can find what the philosopher Friedlaender called, a creative indifference.”
Whenever I work with an intention to express, to speak out or to move one part and whenever I have an intention to direct it to another side, we enable movement, energy flow, growing awareness, and a possibility to become more whole.
When I feel or am stuck, I can conclude most of the time that I am fixated in one polarity, opposing the other one. Claiming my stuckness by saying “I’m stuck”, still makes it an expression of my current experienced reality and so makes me move as well….That is where I want to go or be…
Enlightening both sides, enlightens the whole and the interrelatedness of the parts within the whole. That is about beginning to see the complexity of who I am really. There are so many layers and degrees in me!
As a next step, I invite you to initiate a dialogue between two other opposite sides: these are the left and the right sides of your body. Again these two parts – when I identify with them alternately – express themselves in a unique way.
A new set of possibilities comes to the front – and for sure brings up a new set of feelings, emotions and possible conflicts. I go back and forth between left and right in a dialogue and this brings once more new clarity to the “parts” and from there to the whole. It’s good to see the parts of me and to hold and overview – and to be creatively “indifferent”.
This whole now is again transformed – it has come to a new synthesis and so it can go on… to wherever it will bring me. That’s unknown. And frightening…for that matter.
“Back and front” and “inside and outside” are two alternative major dimensions of my bodymind that I can look at. In working with all these dimensions separately and together, I enlighten my bodymind in ways that make it possible to perceive my whole creative being in new ways – ways I certainly never considered before.., ways that have arisen through direct experience.
Shifting to another useful language, it is as if I am adding more “pixels” to the image of my bodily self which in doing the dialogue becomes ever clearer!
One other perspective we use in Bodymind Integration is for sure 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 …I will come back to this perspective in another post. I look forward to that!
To be continued