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Movement as Medicine in Challenging Times: Body as Resource when Suffering
  • ISSN: 2051-7068
  • E-ISSN: 2051-7076

Abstract

As our whole global community entered a period of much loss, both personal and collective, the realization came to me that we are facing a process of collective initiation. Initiation always involves a loss of some sort and, to some degree, a potential for something new to be born. Initiatory journeys, which have been mapped by shamans since antiquity, and in the myths and legends of various cultures, show us an archetypal pattern of loss and death, dismemberment or burning, followed by renewal and rebirth. We also each know this process, however unconsciously, in our own embodied experience of birth, where the same archetypal pattern can be discerned. In this article I will explore the connection between the birth process, mapped in Grof’s , and the collective crisis of illness, intense pressure and restriction, loss and death that we are currently facing. Having such a map to contextualize the intensity of experience we are going through is a resource that helps me to be with all that is happening and changing in our world.

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2020-11-01
2024-06-25
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