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Holotropic Spontaneity and Carl Rogers VI

The extremely common estrangement of the human being from her directional organismic processes is not a necessary part of our nature. It is instead something learned, and learned to an especially high degree in our Western culture… The satisfaction or fulfillment of the actualizing tendency has become bifurcated into incompatible behavioral systems…

Carl Rogers on Personal Power (1977)

Both Maslow and Jung confirm these societal obstacles in the way of actualisation/individuation, which indeed are pretty self-evident. “Estrangement” (a cousin to “alienation” without the Marxist baggage) simply means being too occupied with the aforementioned social masks to be in contact with meaningful layers of oneself. This phenomenon was also noted by Wilhelm Reich.

Selves appear to be multifurcated and in fact shattered sometimes, in our current Western culture, rather than merely bifurcated. A great deal of psychology focuses on knitting together shattered selves into a new wholeness which is a definite achievement, existing in harmony with the underlying deeper consciousness. This process is described in subpersonality psychologies like Psychosynthesis, and also in the work of Grof. Via Rogerian processes it happens spontaneously, is noticed happening by itself, simply as a result of gentle congruous attention.

Since it also appears in shamanism, and in mythology in the stories of Osiris, Zagreus and Lemminkäinen for example, there must be a sense in which this shatteredness is age-old, probably a legacy of developments in human nervous system and culture. It may possibly be more widespread now that at previous times.

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Bath

Hey there. This bath for cleansing the energy has helped many and I thought I’d share it in case it’s useful. It comes from the esteemed sorcerer Draja Mickharic (p. 38 in my edn.), and he says he got it from Reichians. It certainly has a more noticeable and powerful effect than most ritual baths of this type. It seems to cleanse off difficult energy associated in particular with strong reactivity and adrenaline, so it works very well for calming down over-excitement or anxiety and brittleness etc. One theory is that it rebalances the electromagnetic system, which is probably right.

You take it last thing at night, right before going to bed. Mix together 500g each of sea salt and bicarbonate of soda. Run a lukewarm bath and put the powders in, mixing until they are fully dissolved. Set a timer for 20 minutes, get in and immerse yourself including the head. Come up for air and relax, then continue frequent immersions alternating with relaxation until the time is up. Towel dry and go right to bed; sleep until you naturally wake.