The Language of the Body

 

The Language of the BodyPhysical Dynamics and Character Structure: How the Body Reveals Personality, Alachua, Fl: Bioenergetic Press 1958/2003

It is noteworthy to see that Alexander Lowen wrote The Language of the Body before Pleasure: A Creative Approach to Life, the book I discussed earlier. This present book is way more theoretical. I admit it is also much more difficult to read. However, for those who are interested in learning the mechanics of bioenergetic thinking, this early work of a master healer is a must-read.

As Harris Friedman, PhD, writes in the Introduction:

For anyone wanting an in-depth exposure to the theoretical underpinnings of bioenergetic analysis as a whole system, this is the book that I would unwaveringly recommend as a starting place.

I have admittedly read Wilhelm Reich’s ‘Character Analysis’ already back in the 1970s. Yet there is a difference between reading Reich’s first attempts to build a characterological analysis, and this work of one of his best disciples who has worked that early draft out into a mature methodology. Here, as in my former review, I will as well shortly outline the content headers of the chapters, for they let us very clearly see the broad scope and the very systematic approach of the author to the topic. Continue reading

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Pleasure

 

PleasureA Creative Approach to Life, Alachua, Fl: Bioenergetic Press, 1970/2004.

In Pleasure: A Creative Approach to Life, Alexander Lowen (1910-2008) explains why pleasure is of the utmost importance for a sane and balanced life, and for both mental and physical health and wellbeing.

We are living in another era than Dr. Lowen did. The control of the state has risen about everywhere in the world, the principles of pleasure and self-regulation have largely been abandoned and replaced with a sort of compulsive morality or moralism that interpenetrates today all of life, and of political life.

Hence, the books of the late Dr. Wilhelm Reich and Dr. Alexander Lowen are the reminders today for us that the social policies in place, with their negativistic view of the human being, their tendency to declare more and more of natural behavior ‘a crime’ and to sharply control human behavior, together with the prohibition of psychedelic substances mark a turn in the wrong direction, away from nature and toward more and more structural violence and state control.  Continue reading

The Functions of the Orgasms

 

The Functions of the OrgasmsThe Highway to Transcendence, London: Pinter & Martin, 2009.

The Functions of the Orgasms by Michel Odent is a cutting-edge study on the human pleasure function in its largest contextual framework, and with a special regard upon female sexuality and the biological function of birthing and breastfeeding.

Odent’s [book] is a stylish polemic that mixes endocrinology, comparative anthropology, philology, anecdotes from the author’s own medical practice.

—Steven Poole, The Guardian

‘Fetus ejection reflex’, ‘milk ejection reflex’, ‘sperm ejection reflex’, ‘orgasmogenic cocktail’ . . . These are examples of terms used by Michel Odent in his study of the ecstatic/orgasmic states associated with different episodes of human sexual life. This book about male and female orgasms is an opportunity to convince anyone that humanity is at a turning point. Due to the improved technique of medically assisted conceptions and cesareans, the advances in anesthesiology and pharmacology, and the development of the food industry, women can now conceive a baby, give birth and feed their infant without relying on the release of ‘cocktails of love hormones’. Human intelligence and ingenuity have made love hormones redundant. Let us think long-term and let us raise questions in terms of civilization. The future of humanity is at stake.

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The Chakras

 

The ChakrasCorrelations between Medical Science and Clairvoyant Observation, Shafica Karagulla, with Dora van Gelder Kunz, Wheaton: Quest Books, 1989.

This is an extraordinary book. I do research on the bioenergy since two decades, but I have not encountered so much information about such esoteric a subject in one single book. But I must warn the non-scientific reader: this isn’t a book for enhancing your general knowledge about the aura, and the chakras, and it is by no means a practical book, guidebook, or anything of the kind.

You got two medical practitioners here, one of which is a clairvoyant. The author herself, Shafica Karagulla, is the kind of traditional physician who writes with a lot of ‘faculty terms’, so to speak, using medical terminology all over the place. Further down, I’ll quote some examples. So think twice if you want to buy this book. For me personally, it was indispensable for my research. There are some elucidations in this book that I found earlier in my research, but only after studying tedious manuals and old hermetic writings.  Continue reading