One of the goals of therapy is to reside in our best self. In IFS this is referred to as Self Energy. This is a state in which we know ourselves, our patterns, our blind-spots and our strengths.
Not So Sure
We now know that the only way to change embedded, painful memories is to access the “emotional brain.” While talking continue to play a crucial role in therapy, it keeps us in our rational mind. To create lasting change at the deepest level, we must access the limbic system.
This life force is known by many names. The yogis call it prana and activate it through breath and postures. Acupuncturist call it qi and balance its movement through a network of pathways. Martial artists also call it chi and learn to cultivate its mastery through years of disciplined practice.
For those who have followed me, you know I have an ambivalent relationship with technology. The medium is mind-blowingly, life-changing. And, like all addictions, it didn’t take long for it to have control over me.
In August, 1968, the country was still reeling from the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (four months earlier) and the race riots that followed. Nightly news showed burning cities, radicals and reactionaries snarling at each other across the cultural divide. A brand new children’s show out of Pittsburgh, which had gone national the previous year, took a different approach.