Healing the Earth and Listening to the Voice of the Planet
by David Bodella

Body Experience and Expression of the Soul: The Birth of the International Foundation for Biosynthesis IFB
by Michael Heller

Knowledge and Wisdom. Awareness, Openness and Generosity
Essay by Asta Fink

Bipolar Self
Body Psychotherapy, Spirituality and Bonding – Searching for Identity
by Barbara Jakel

Human Trauma
by Robert A. Lewis

Pathological Spirituality
The Story of False Spiritual Adult and Bad Child
by Steve King

Entering the Gestural Field: The Body in Relation
by William F. Cornell

“Finding Light Through Darkness”
Depression and Body Psychotherapy
by Esther Frankel

Thoughts on Psychotherapy with Trauma Survivors:
‘Repair’ and ‘Healing’
by Kathrin Stauffer

The Art of Relating
by Gisela Wallbruch


Myth and the Body
Reviewed by David Boadella

Descartes Error
Reviewed by K. Hentschel

The Dimensions of Dreams
The nature, function and interpretation of dreams
Reviewed by Gisela Wallbruch


The Man who Cried
Reviewed by David Boadella





Silvia Specht Boadella
David Boadella
Esther Frankel
Milton Corrêa

In this issue we are happy to be able to delegate the production and editing of the Journal to our Brazilian colleagues Dr. Esther Frankel, and Dr. Milton Corrêa. At this time we also say goodbye to Gisela Wallbruch, who has held the position of Managing Editor for the past four issues of the English edition. We thank Gisela Wallbruch very much for her excellent professional work in co-editing during this period and for her work in coordinating the support of the International Editorial Advisory Board.

The last English issue of Energy & Character to appear was Number 31/2 which was published during 2001. For a number of reasons, some internal and some external, no issues were published during 2002, which became a ’sabbatical year’ for the English journal, after 33 years and 76 issues of continuous publication since January 1970.

We are back with the journal 32, the 77th English publication with a layout and presentation where we’d like to bring together science, art and love, in other words the spirit of Biosynthesis.

Michael Heller emphasizes this spirit in his article Body Experience and Expression of the Soul: the birth of the International Foundation for Biosynthesis in a Congress in Zurich in October 2001, where participated psychotherapists, philosophers, scientists and artists.

The healing of the human trauma is the central theme of this issue that permeates all the articles. Commenting about the International Green Cross Jubileum in Zurich in June 2003, where Gorbachev delivered a passionate speech, David Boadella in his article Healing the earth and listening to the voice of the planet, observes that eco-politics and therapy have deep connections – therapy tries to nurture, develop and heal the individual and eco-politics tries to preserve, sustain and heal the environment. He speaks about compassion for human being, animals and plants and an attitude of care towards the earth, which is the source of our human nature and also about hope, the courage to move forward. This is the voice of the planet. He finishes his article inviting us to the essential tasks, big or small which we can offer to help an ailing planet to recover and to become healthy source of nourishment for all her inhabitants.

Knowledge, wisdom, awareness, openness and generosity are basic qualities that can be the doorways to nourishment, that we need as human beings – this is the call of the Asta Fink essay. These qualities are our essential and necessary resources like are air and pure water for life in the world. According to her, the path to our inner source is meditation and care in order to discover the mystery that lives in us, simply learning what is life about.

Barbara Jakel presents in this issue the second part of her article Bipolar Self that was presented in Energy&Character Vol 31/2. In the first part she presented the topic of Interpersonal Bonding as fundamental aspect of spiritual-orientated Body Psychotherapy. Here she presents spirituality as an anchor of existential Bonding. For her being spiritual means to be rooted in the existential dimension of the True Self. Spirituality is an expression of searching sense in our own existence.

We feature this time a classical article by Robert Lewis on the relationship between external stressors and character predisposition, in relation to human trauma. Robert Lewis has for many years been a pioneer from within the bioenergetic community in the understanding of trauma, and his article illustrates one of the key features of trauma treatment: differentiation, the selective concentration on one issue at a time, and the disentangling of the many contributing factors which affect both trauma responses and trauma therapeutics.

Steve King in his article Pathological Spirituality brings his clinical experience with people practicing spiritual teachings that present strong splitting between the idea of what they should be as adults and what they really are.

The central thesis of the article of William Cornell, Entering the Gestural Field, is that psychoanalysis has failed to conceptualize the place of the body and the symbolic in the development of the psychic structure and the evolution of self cohesion. He proposes an approach of the body as an essential aspect of the mind, with visceral and sensori-motor processes understood as forms of knowing, organizing and comunicating.

Esther Frankel in her article brings the healing dimension of Biosynthesis working with depression. She calls it “Finding light through darkness”. Instead of challenging the person’s obsession, we need to help him to perceive differently, to go beyond his world, that is possible to break his circular vision of life. The therapist can do this helping the client to make contact with his own ressources.

For Kathrin Staufer in her article, Thoughts on Psychotherapy with Trauma Survivors, healing denotes the re-establishment of function, or the establishment of a new function, as a result of a transformative process beyond trauma. This transformational healing always involves a reorganisation ot the whole organism to achieve a higher order level of functioning: an increase in awareness of self, in personal maturity, in empathy for self and others.

Gisela Wallbruch in her article The Art of Relating presents us an overview about the 8th EABP Conference on Bodypsychotherapy in September 2001 in Egmond aan Zee in the Nederlands, focussing on the relationships that bodypsychoterapists in general are consciously or unconsciously involved in.

This issue presents also Book reviews. The book Myth and the Body by Stanley Keleman is reviewed by David Boadella, the book Descartes Error by Antonio Damasio is reviewed by K. Hentschel and the book The dimensions of dreams by Ole Vedfelt is reviewed by Gisela Wallbruch.

A review of the film The Man who cried by Sally Potter is presented by David Boadella. He begins describing the scenes and the intrigue of the film relating them to symbols and to the qualities of inner connections and contact between the characters. According to him this film is dealing with the deepest issues of life and death, love and hate, trust and mistrust, contact and contactlessness, sucess and failure, heart and heartlessness, polarities that mirror our depths, disturbing our defences.




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