Inner chaos and its logic
Through life, we continuously influence one another with our essential being, in the way we act and interact. Conscious and unconscious energies, modes, states and all kind of information are transmitted from one to the other on all psychic, emotional and body layers and all levels from organs to cells.
If we are stressed or overloaded, the body and particular organ (according to character of disbalance) is working ‘overtime’ and using resources of another organ which becomes more passive. The consequences are diseases, psychosomatic symptoms, emotional disbalance and lost of focus.
Today we know that the cells in our body have a memory (the science investigating heritability in cells aside of changes of DNA is called epigenetics). Further on, the cells are social, so when they are in a joined task, they “speak and communicate” to each other with chemical signals. If they are not allowed to do that, either because of personal limits of the person or society restrictions, chemical imbalance takes place and psychosomatic processes are started. This as well as crystallization in cells provides an “inner chaos”, when the unconscious immune system and withhold emotions, cannot communicate and cooperate in its natural way.
One of the biggest challenges during the developing phases of a child and its evolution is, to be able to integrate the self without becoming a victim of dogma.
We all contain an inner valuable core, a truth and perfection, which is an important part of our creature, that carries qualities from the origin, like a spiritual and primary archaic phenomenons. These qualities can be strange or provocative to our surrounding, sometimes even to ourselves. They activate fears and instinct of survival. Fear takes the control, blocking the flow of our essential energies and stopping our development. We feel a need to live and integrate our personal values and qualities, but our inner prodigy is surrounded by anxiety, conflicts and left alone without any support, later compelled to “make a pact” (deal) with survival instinct. It creates a protection wall to not repeat all those negative and painful experiences.
All the inner elements are creating a psycho-organic protection code – to which only the inner child holds the key. The qualities which were natural part of the child are locked inside – on the cell level inside the cell and later crystallize like a time fixation.
This pact of survival locks our primary energies and potential so that they don’t get to our conscious feelings and thoughts. The protection shield creates isolation and communication between inner and outer world is becoming weaker and weaker. When the thinking (cognitive system) starts to develop this pact creates a system of beliefs (e.g. I’m weak, I’m more clever than others, I don’t need relationships, I make it on myself, or the world is such a hostile place, better to stay aside). The pact takes the control and part of the psyche dies.
Most of us wear a masque shaped by our pact. It can be read in our faces and shows on our bodies and through the way in which we communicate, the tone in our voices, in our movements, in the way we structure our lives and create relationships.
Development phases and character structure
Sigmund Freud suspected that mental disorders and neuroses were the consequence of lacking or suppressed sexuality (erotic desire or libido) from the psychosexually phases (oral, anal, falic, latent, genital). He claimed that the child’s erotic bonds to parents and the resulting conflicts, shapes the personality for life.
Despite certain truth in it current point of view is more open. For instance the feeling of profound shame can express through shyness, modesty or self-destruction. This can be interpreted as suppressing the erotic energy, but the reasons can be actually different – shame of being humiliated or not loved, personal authenticity is not welcome, person was being ignored, punished or shame of someone else was introjected.
Wilhelm Reich followed up on Freud’s theories and developed them into diagnostic of personal character structure. These resonate with Freud’s psychosexual phases.
On body level the development of certain character structure relates to the made pact and insufficient space for communication of the inner organs and cells in the body. Psychosomatické processes cannot flow naturally and the person takes a role of victim, or gets weak and ill, becomes aggressive, cunning, depressed, egoistic, anxiously, gives up or uses sex as an escape valve. All of these considerations take place at the unconscious level, however, with a remarkable survival instinct.
Primary personality, our inner gold, is encapsulated in order to survive. The secondary personality, character structure, is formed and gets on in the outer world. When this kind of survival instinct turns into force, other qualities are forcing to activate themselves to the extreme, while others become latent – out of order – caught in the world of fantasy and dreams.
Inside us, in our inner core, surrounded by protection and fear, the wonder child is still pursuing its right to live, while in its own reality the child is unappreciated and forgotten.
This call for ‘the right to live’ is a desperate message, which sometimes shows itself to an extreme degree mentally, emotionally as well as spiritually. This imbalance is perceived as negative. Deep inside it is hope and longing to regain love, care, respect and … resonance. Our inner gold core stays complete and signals us on all levels of thoughts, feelings and spirit: “I want to live!”
Emotional organs and spirituality
Every thought, feeling and spirituality has connection with a specific inner organ and physical part of our body, child development phase, specific emotional organ as well as prehistoric times, engraved in a living system with an archetypal appearance.
Thus aroused fascination of Carl Gustav Jung‘s theories about dreams and symbolism. In the phases of psychosexual development processes, we encounter myths, archetypes and latent forces, which are challenged on the child’s path to adulthood. This perspective can be incredibly useful when we read the body’s symptoms, character structure or other appearance of inner conflict.
Rudolf Steiner‘s philosophy insisted that man’s inner being is a spiritual being, and that we as a whole consists are body, soul and spirit. He considered reincarnation and karma as key regularities in human development.
C.G Jung and R. Steiner’s theories unite and provoke one to explore the questions of soul, spirit and its manifestation, especially what kind of elements in the psychosexual development are needed and how the character structure is influenced.
Family or the child?
Ronald Laing seriously gave attention to the family structures and made the question: Is the person actually a “product” of the family? Who is ill – individual or the family?
He realized there had to be a sustained dynamic in most families, either visible or very subtle, almost invisible. Questions followed: How does it contribute to mental instability? How does it express among the family members?
Laing found it striking how often lies were pretended for the sake of the family “policy”, and that these lies were sometimes so strongly maintained, that it would be impossible for a normal sensitively child, to find out the real truth. Instead it had to adapt into the family system to be accepted.
Connection of psyche and body
Sigmund Freud described the division of the human subject in a conscious and unconscious part, and contested the idea of consciousness having the monopoly to control the behavior. Wilhelm Reich postulated his theory of body armor, i.e. posture and muscle tension that reflect the patient’s conflicts and defense mechanisms.
Both S. Freud and W. Reich had a clear understanding that the mind and body are inseparable in the phenomenon of man, and that the body certainly can indicate a mental imbalance and visa versa.
Norwegian psychotherapist Gerda Boyesen did the revolutionary discovery 1950’s – the vegetative system (refers to muscles and organs which are unconscious) and our psychological processes are deeply interdependent.
She treated her clients by putting a stethoscope on their abdomen and listen for bowel sounding – peristalsis, which she called the psychic-peristalsis.
These sounds immediately responded to different touch in massage and in her research Gerda began massaging “following the sound”. Clients could better feel open themselves to process of living through the conflicts and suppressed emotions from the unconscious. Space for the primary impulses was opened and it was obvious that the body has a cellular memory. Not only organic, but also as storage of the psyche.
Our emotions and soul fluctuations are connected with body and inner organs
Erogenetic connects since late 1980’s aforementioned thought and research of five gentlemen and one lady into innovative therapeutic work (individual therapy and groups) and deepens understanding of connections between psychic and body processes through relating child development phases to certain inner and emotional organ. The analysis is three-dimensional in dimensions of Eros – Genes – Ethic and allow us to approach directly and effectively to the source of the client’s problem (the current and its cause).
The theories are being approved by recent neuro-immunological research, which are finding evidences that structural, hormonal and functional relationship between the central nervous system, the endocrine-forming organs and immune system play an essential role concerning the mental stress factors.
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