Presence, contact and resonance
Therapeutic presence integrates different dimensions of dialogue:
- the intrapersonal, the dialogue inside of a person,
- the interpersonal, the dialogue inbetween persons.
As this speech will show, presence happens where the intra-personal and the inter-personal dialogue are rooted in the trans-personal. In such an
experience a space opens, which the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke calls “Weltinnenraum”, the inner space of the world:
“What birds dive through is not
the familiar space which heightens form for you –
space grasps out of us and translates things:
to realise the existence of a tree
throw innerspace around it, throw it out
of the space that is in you.”
This understanding of presence involves a radical critique of the instrumentalising of reason in western culture, expressed in opposites such us
object and subject, matter and mind, body and soul, visible and invisible. To arrive into presence means to transcend such dualities in order to realise the wholeness of human existence.
Silvia Specht Boadella (born 1948), Dr. phil., Psychotherapist SPV and EABP. Studied philosophy, literature, psychology and art history. Trained in
Biosynthesis. Since 1984 she has undergone ongoing further training in “Psychosomatic Centering” (Robert Moore, Denmark). She spent four years lecturing at the University of Kanazawa (Japan). There she dealt
intensively with Zen Buddhism and trained in Buto dance with Kazuo Ohno. Since 1985 she has had a psychotherapeutic practice for individual and group therapy. Since 1986 she has been a Biosynthesis trainer at an
international level and director of the IIBS. She has published a book: “Memory as change” (Mäander).