Interview with David Boadella
Esther Frankel

A Neuropsychoanalytic Perspective of Development and Psychotherapy
Allan Schore

Instroke, Empathy and the Therapeutic Relationship
Will Davis

The Impact of pre and perinatal stress on young autistic children as shown and worked in spontaneous musical expression
Daniel Perret 

The graveyard and home memorial as part of the rite of passage and performing the function of the transitional object
Joke van de Belt

The body of the soul and the soul of the body: a tribute to the life work of Thure von Uexküll, 1908-2004
David Boadella

"On the Enjoyment of Healing" An obituary of Gerda Boyesen
Peter Freudl

The Healer - in memory of Gerda Boyesen
Richard Burns

4th International Biosynthesis Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, 2006
Anna Ischu

Film Review Estamira - Alice Menezes

Training and Courses in Biosynthesis

Editorial Information




Silvia Specht Boadella
David Boadella
Esther Frankel
Milton Corrêa

This Energy&Character issue is inspired by the IV International Biosynthesis Congress realized this year at the University of Lisbon. In  the  60 presentations to  people coming from more then 20 countries, through science and art, the bridges between body, mind and spirit were studied   from different points of view. We are  also honouring here  Thure van Uexküll  and Gerda Boyesen who contributed creatively to the understanding of the  ‘body of the soul’and the ‘soul of the body’ .

The Interview of David Boadella by Esther Frankel is a historical document where in a sensible conversation with Esther Frankel, David talks for the first time about his life, the development of his scientific and professional insights, the  creation of Biosynthesis.and the enormous contribution of  Silvia Specht Boadella in his life and as a co-creator of Biosynthesis..

In his article A Neuropsychoanalytic Perspective of Development and Psychotherapy Allan Schore presents recent information from developmental psychoanalysis on the intersubjective origins of the implicit self. This work represents a further elaboration of his regulation theory, which suggests that implicit mechanisms lie at the core of the psychotherapy change process, and that the right brain is dominant in psychoanalytic work.

Will Davis in his  article Instroke, Empathy and Therapeutica Relationship emphasizes that despite the research and concepts of Allan Schore, Antonio Damasio and others, contributed to body psychotherapy validation,   it is difficult to translate this research into a practical application in the therapy setting. Schore emphasizes the importance of empathy to the healing process and Will Davis asks how it can be applied or how to create an empathic relationship. In this article Davis shows the understanding and application of the instroke as an effective way to establish an empathetic relationship,  a practical way to integrate the fields of psychotherapy, biology and brain research.

Daniel Perret in his article The impact of pre- and perinatal stress on young autistic children and children as shown and worked with in spontaneous musical expression notices that severe pre- and peri natal stress has a serious impact on the evolution of brain cells, as well as on psycho-energetic blockages as confirmed by neuroscience. According to him, spontaneous musical expression give us a direct insight into the location and the quality of deep psychic impairment. Music Therapy uses non-verbal techniques that reach non- and pre-verbal spaces and is thus able to work on creating new harmony.

The role of death, its place and how humans seek rituals and symbols in order to symbolize one of the most important transitions, namely from life to dead is shown in the article The graveyard and home memorial as part of the rite of passage and performing the function of the transitional object  by Joke van de Belt. In this article she concentrate on two aspects of this transition which, according to her are connected: for the living death functions as a rite of passage and, within this rite of passage, symbols such as memorial stones and memorial sites functions as transitional objects for the living.

David Boadella in his tribute to Thure van Uexküll The body of the soul and the soul of the body: A tribute to the life work of Thure von Uexküll, 1908-2004 brings us the broad interdisciplinary spectrum of this scientist and creative doctor that during 70 years of his professional life developed a systemic and semiotic model, as a holistic understanding of body, soul and society. Thure van Uexküll in 2002 wrote to David Boadella that many common principles existed between Biosynthesis and his own work on Integrated Medicine. Beyond all his research he believed that we are embodied souls, and when our body dies “etwas geht weiter” (something goes further).

What was unique about Gerda Boyesen was her ability to make people experience their living process, their completeness, working towards  the  healing of the  body and soul of her patients. According to Peter Freudl in his tribute to her ‘On the Enjoyment of Healing’,she also exercised great influence in the neo-reichian founder generations such as Pierrakos, Boadella, Brown, Stattman, Liss and others.

The poet Richard Burns wrote the poem The Healer - In memory of Gerda Boyesen,  honouring  Gerda Boyesen and David Boadella for their  influence  in his poetic practice.

A view of the IV International Biosynthesis Congress in Lisbon, June 2006, is presented by Anna Ischu, where, as she notice, the latest findings of cutting edge research into the brain, and the effects of trauma on body, mind, and soul presented by great speakers who pursued the question of what can help severe trauma cases and how we can incorporate these findings in psychotherapy. She presents also her impression about the main conferences of Silvia Specht Boadella, David Boadella, Antonio Damasio and Allan Schore.

The Film Estamira, a documentary directed by Marco Prado about a schizophrenic woman of the same name, who frequents a landfill for city waste, is reviewed by Alice Menezes. She describes the evolutive process of Estamira in terms of Biosynthesis Life Fields and how a human being can find what is most important to them in what so many others discard and judge waste. It is a beautiful lesson in how to deal with trauma and transform problems into resources.




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