Why Is Biodynamics Revolutionary?

If you’re reading this on our website (www.schoolofinnerhealth.org), you may have noticed our new tagline: “A Revolutionary Education in Biodynamics.”

Let me explain…

I consider Biodynamics a revolutionary paradigm because it is relational, and relationships can create change – the kind of change that is revolutionary in someone’s life and world. To practice Biodynamics, we must be in conscious relationship with ourselves and our clients. I believe that it is our sense of connection to each other and to the world around us that makes deep change possible.

In Biodynamics, we consider not just the body but also the field, the space around a person, the space between two people, and the space created by a particular group of people. Biodynamic practitioners learn to create and maintain a relational field, a space where connection can occur and deepen. Biodynamic students and clients are changed by their experience of this resonant relational field. They experience a kind of contact that is deeply familiar to their soul but profoundly rare in the discordant, demand-driven field of the modern world.

In this relational field, we make contact that amplifies connection and allows something new to happen. This kind of contact is present and mutually nourishing. It is neutral because it doesn’t demand us to be a certain way. It also doesn’t demand touch. It can be physical, and a lot of time in our bodywork trainings is spent refining the quality of our touch to meet the person in the moment. But this kind of contact can also be relational, as in how we are present. In this resonant field, we can feel held without touch and understood without words.

I always tell my students that even the attempt to meet someone in this way is revolutionary.

Why? Because the process of trying is the process of becoming present. So much healing happens in the attempt. Attempting to connect in this way is a journey to finding a quality of connection that works for you, in a way that asks what feels good and what could feel better. A Biodynamic relational field has permission in it – the permission to say, “No,” or “Not yet,” or “Yes, or “I’m sorry, can I try again?” The permission to connect, disconnect and re-connect because we want to, not because we have to, can by itself give us a new relationship to times in our past when the kind of contact we had was forced, inattentive, too much or too little.

The ability to be non-reactive and connected, even for moments or hours in this polarizing time, is powerful. This kind of contact is also revolutionary because it is rare. Its potential is as old as life itself, always ready to be called forth when the time is right. Like an ancient seed that sprouts after years of dormancy, our instinctual ability to know right contact and when a person or environment is meaningful and authentic is there the instant the conditions are right. When we are in these places, we are in direct contact not just with others, but with our collective deeper knowing.

That is the second way that learning Biodynamics is revolutionary. A revolution is a repetition, something that returns after being inaccessible – for years or generations – to change things up, to realign individuals or communities towards something we may have been ignoring or forgotten.

Learning and practicing the skills of Biodynamics can bring us into direct contact with our authentic self and our essential purpose. I believe that each of us comes into this world knowing who we are and why we are here. If we can return to this knowing as adults and re-orient our lives to our original nature – something I have seen happen more times than I can count in my years of practicing and living Biodynamics – then that is the most powerful revolution of all.

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