Our physical selves…

“Our physical selves, as we are learning, are so much more than merely physical.  They carry trauma and joy and memory and capacity for opening or closing to life and one another.” (Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise)

“…the part of the unconscious which is designated as the subtle body becomes more and more identical with the function of the body, and therefore grows darker and darker and ends in the utter darkness of matter; that aspect of the unconscious is exceedingly incomprehensible…..one has to include the body, so one must include not only the shadow–the psychological unconscious–but also the physiological unconscious, the so-called somatic unconscious which is the subtle body.  You see, somewhere our unconscious becomes material, because the body is the living unit, and our conscious and unconscious are embedded in it:  they contact the body.  Somewhere there is a place where the two ends meet and become interlocked.  And that is the place where one cannot say whether it is matter, or what one calls, ‘psyche.'” (Jung, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra – Lecture VIII, p. 441)

The Body’s Grace – OnBeing interview with Matthew Sanford

Restoring the Body – OnBeing interview with Bessel van der Kolk


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