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Published on Mar 21, 2012
The transcendent and the immanent are often understood as representing opposite poles. Many spiritual traditions-particularly in the Western world-have focused on cultivating awareness of the transcendent, while the immanent has been neglected. This privileging has resulted in viewing the human body as a mere vehicle of the soul. In this presentation we explore the body as the very place where transformation occurs and the creative force of life expresses itself. We discuss spiritual awakening as an embodied process. Somatic explorations-particularly explorations of embryological movements-provide a portal for us to descend into our bodies and touch our origin.
Theresa Silow, PhD, directs the Somatic Psychology Program at John F. Kennedy University. She received her doctorate in somatic studies from The Ohio State University. Her research focused on the function and meaning of sensation as it contributes to the experience of "self" and "no-self." Silow's somatic and theoretical inquiry has inspired her to view embodiment as a developmental process, with body as the experiential ground for psychological organization and spiritual awakening.