14/01/2013

You are your body

Alexander Lowen was an American doctor, psychotherapist and professor, mostly famous for his studies about bioenergetics as a form of therapy. He studied Law at the Brooklyn Law School and obtained his PhD in Medicine at the University of Geneva. He got to meet Wilhelm Reich, one of Sigmund Freud’s first disciples, and studied with him from 1940 to 1952, year in which he started to dedicate himself to the professional practice of psychocorporal therapy. In 1956 he founded the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, aimed at guaranteeing the adequate training of therapists.

Much before knowing Reich, Lowen had already felt drawn by the relationship between mind and body, a topic on which he had researched with a real interest. According to what he said, such interest was due to his own experience with physical activities/sports and with ‘calisthenics’, a gymnastic technique aimed at building up the muscles. During the 30’s, he dedicated himself to studying in depth the Eurythmics method from the composer Émile Jacques-Dalcroze and Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation. All this comforted him in his conviction that human beings can have an influence on how their mind works if they exercise their body in a systematic way and with the right methods, as he explains in this video.

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Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Financial crisis, moral crisis, even scam. It has written extensively on the causes and characteristics of the crisis plaguing the Western world, and indeed on any crisis: Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, came to say that 'every crisis is a fracture in the collective unconscious of the species that allows the emergence of a new paradigm of awareness'. Alex Rovira —writer, economist and lecturer— performs an introduction on the subject that gives way to five roundtables —on economy, politics, philosophy, technology and culture— and raises a question: 'What can do each of us, no matter how small it may be, to improve the situation?'. W_meet2ambiente1W_meet2ambiente2
Meet at the Casa Amat in Barcelona. Attendees had to choose the color of their ticket, which would serve to group them by thematic tables in the second part of the event —Image WHAT
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El multimillonario ruso, de solo 32 años —Imagen Unknown Author
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Roy Batty podría convertirse en realidad como Avatar C en vez de como Nexus 6, e incluso ser mejorado como Avatar D —'Blade Runner', Ridley Scott, 1982
El Proyecto Avatar incide en que todo forma parte de la evolución: se trata de alcanzar el último escalón, el estadio superior. De él, nacerá una Humanidad más sabia, pacífica y justa. La idea, hoy por hoy, parece una utopía. 'La civilización ha llegado a materializar tecnologías impensables; no es una fantasía', insiste Itskov. ¿Seremos realmente capaces los seres humanos de llegar a convertirnos en seres de luz? La respuesta, razonablemente pronto.It may sound like science fiction, but the fact is that there is a project whose ultimate goal is to achieve something like the immortality of the human being. This project is called Initiative 2045, although it is also known as Avatar, and is powered by Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov. The biggest obstacle is the technology to make it happens, because no one has yet developed the ability to transfer the individual consciousness to robots and holograms, which is ultimately what Itskov and his team of scientists are looking for.
The Russian billionaire, only 32 years old —Image Unknown Author
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Roy Batty could become reality as an Avatar C instead of a Nexus 6, and even been improved as an Avatar D —'Blade Runner', Ridley Scott, 1982
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La hipótesis de la deliberación sin atención fue confirmada en cuatro estudios posteriores —Foto A&
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The hypothesis of deliberation without attention was confirmed in four subsequent studies —Photo A&
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