When Understanding is Not Enough
written by Anodea Judith
The interface between mind and body is energy. We can think of the body as hardware, like a computer, and the mind as the software installed on that computer. But the hardware and software cannot work together unless there is electricity running through the system. Without energy, nothing works at all. If the current is not flowing smoothly - if the voltage is too high or too low - the programs will not run correctly, and the hardware itself may even become damaged.
There are many systems for working the interface between mind and body, often loosely collected under the heading of “Somatic Therapy.” Bioenergetics is the art of moving energy through the body and dissolving body armor. Originating from Wilhelm Reich and then through Alexander Lowen, bioenergetics works with basic character structures — patterns of behavior and ways of holding the body that are inextricably linked. Bioenergetics works to unblock the energy, reinstating the natural flow, thus softening the tissues and simultaneously expanding the mind.