Part nine of the review of the book: Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma by Peter A Levine...
There are curious references on the Acknowledgements -page at the beginning of the book, e.g. to Wilhelm Reich, who was a psychiatrist but also the inventor of orgone energy device, which he thought would have medicinal use.
"I am profoundly indebted to the legacy of Wilhelm Reich, whose monumental contribution to the understanding of energy was taught to me by Philip Curcurruto, a man of simple wisdom and compassionate heart. [...] Finally, I humbly thank Medusa, Perseus, and the other powerful forces of the body unconscious, for informing my archetypal field of being."
- Peter Levine in Waking the Tiger
I am not sure what to make of Medusa and Perseus but the reference to 'body unconscious' is interesting, contrary to the more common 'unconscious mind'. A little more about Wilhelm Reich, however, for those interested to research this aspect further:
"Wilhelm Reich's discovery of orgone [energy] began with his research of a physical bio-energy basis for Sigmund Freud's theories of neurosis in humans. Wilhelm Reich believed that traumatic experiences blocked the natural flow of life-energy in the body, leading to physical and mental disease. Wilhelm Reich concluded that the libidinal-energy that Freud discussed was the primordial-energy of life itself, connected to more than just sexuality. Orgone was everywhere and Reich measured this energy-in-motion over the surface of the earth. He even determined that its motion affected weather formation."
- Wilhelm Reich and the Orgone Accumulator
Other books by Peter A Levine:
Peter A Levine: In an Unspoken Voice, How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness (2010):
Preview large parts of 'In an Unspoken Voice' for free here (external link).
Peter A Levine: Freedom from Pain, Discover Your Body's Power to Overcome Physical Pain (2012):
Preview large parts of Freedom from Pain for free here (external link).
Peter A Levine: Trauma-Proofing Your Kids, A Parent's Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience (2008):
... he has written more books also, these are just a few.
Peter A Levine's website: SomaticExperiencing.com
My 30-Day Trial (Diary) of David Berceli's Trauma Release Exercises
You may also be interested in the Breath of Life Conference (UK), which focuses on body-mind therapeutic approaches and where Peter Levine has spoken in the past. Some past lectures are available to purchase as DVD's.
Also, directed at practitioners, the International Body Psychotherapy Journal is available for free pdf download from the European Association for Body Psychotherapy ( Eabp.org ) if you subscribe to their newsletter. The association provides information on therapists, training, conferences, books, research papers, magazines, news, etc. regarding psychotherapy that centres on healing through the body rather than through the mind and memories.
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