Goethean Psychology is grounded on the anthroposophical understanding of the threefold relationship of body, soul and spirit.
It allows access to the emotional body through gesture and sound.
“What we are not aware of controls us” Asagioli
By observing our own gestures and responding to them, we strengthen the faculty of Empathy and deepen our experience of “I am”, beyond religious belief or philosophy.
At the same time, our perception and our sensitivity to others also deepens, allowing us to be more present for them.
Working with Goethean Psychology, supports both the practice and the development of inner freedom. It could be called a Psychology of Freedom – freedom from our reactions to what we are not aware of.
You may choose at every point how you follow your process, wordlessly, beyond language.
As Gothean observation of the plant reveals: the ‘eye’ of the leaf is a potential for new growth, an ‘eye’ point.
So is the “I” the potential for new growth in ourselves.
Complex feelings, arising from individual encounters with others, are hard to digest, creating tiredness and stress. When this is accessed safely through gesture, newly-created gestures can counteract it, in the way that our immune system matches the protein structure of a disease organism and allows the body to digest it.
Similarly, we can emotionally immunise ourselves against instinctive reactions or fixed biographically-embedded feelings, by discovering the gestures that exactly match them, uniquely for us. The effects are immediate – we actually see our own patterns, experience them and work creatively to match them, watching them dissolve. We find we can respond to situations that we used to just react to.
We become more present as ‘Captain of our Ship’.
The path is a self-directed one. Above all, it is experiential proof that we are each an “I am” living in a mammal body.
I may know that I am not my physical body, but I often identify with my emotional body and it is this which so often exhausts me.