The word Biosynthesis means „integration of life”, and the word psychotherapy comes from the Greek meaning “to heal the soul”. Biosynthesis as a form of psychotherapy encompasses a multi-dimensional perspective of the person. It incorporates different life fields experience and expression. These life fields are manifest in two different forms, as a closed system and as an open system within a person. Closed systems cause character problems, physical inhibitions and spiritual contractions. Open systems reflect psychic contact, energetic vitality and a link with the qualities of the heart.

The life fields shown in the following diagram lead us to seven basic therapeutic working areas and to a broad spectrum of working methods:

Each of the six external segments of the diagram describes a life field. The closed position is in the outside circle, and the open one in the middle circle. The middle circle is closely linked with the centre, which represents the essence of an individual. The art of Biosynthesis therapy involves overcoming the inhibitions in the external circle, starting with the most easily accessible segment, with the aim of reaching the inner circle where the segments are more strongly linked together, and then reaching the centre from there. This results in 7 different areas of work:

Life fields of experience


Affecto-motoric work with muscle tone  and movement


Energetic work on external and internal breathing rhythms


Systemic work on behaviour in relationships


Psycho-energetic work on the spectrum of holding and releasing emotions


Psycho-dynamic work with speech to eliminate communication problems


Transformative work on restrictive ideas and images that limit our visions


Transpersonal development in the centre of the diagram by using somatic meditation to link up with the voice of the heart

Viewed horizontally three zones are apparent:


A lower zone of connection
(somatic-energetic links: 1+2)


A central zone of contact
(channels of relationship and emotional expression: 3+4)


An upper zone of context
(verbal and visual forms of experience: 5+6)

If we divide the diagram vertically, we can distinguish between the left-hand segments which are more interpersonal, and the intrapersonal right-hand segments. Of course both sides have a mutual influence over each other, and both surround a transpersonal core self.

If we work with this core self or essence, we are frequently dealing with very subtle energetic experiences. We want to come nearer to the processes and qualities of the essential core. They are the sources of inner strength and nourishment. They are the starting points of physical, psychological and essential integration. There are basically three “ways” of reaching them, which should ultimately flow together:

1. The “way of the belly” takes us through a deep emotional cleansing and purification process (transmutation).

2. The “way of the heart” lets us learn to express our innermost qualities in our daily life (transformation).

3. The “way of awareness” allows our sense of self-identification to become less rigid and more permeable, so that we can live and experience in a more spontaneous and less restricted way (transcendence).

Since polarity is a central concept in Biosynthesis, what is helpful for one person could damage another. Because of this, the therapist has a whole spectrum of polarities from which to choose an approach, and he or she is guided by the reactions of the client as to which polarity he/she should give priority to at a particular time.

The principal polarities are:

•  Internal work versus external work (experience or expression);

•  Rising or falling energy levels (e.g. standing or lying, lightness or gravity, light focus or earth focus);

•  Active leading versus receptive following;

•  Regressive or progressive orientation (immersion into or emergence out of past events);

•  Interaction between verbal and non-verbal communication.

©IIBS  December 2015
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