Martial Arts and Personal Development

by Widmantas Skutta

Since my own experiences with Eastern martial arts such as Taekwondo and Aikido in combination with Life Energy Process I know how powerful and effective these forms can be for developing and healing. If it’s not only seen as a physical approach but as a way of conscious learning.
The key for this effectiveness is the specific way of using life energy, ki or chi in Japanese or Chinese.

Aikido with its round movements, going with the movement of your “partner” (even if it is your enemy), using his power to bring it together with your own and switch it against him by creating a chaos element. No struggle against someone, no war, but a training in staying peaceful even in a fight.

It demands flexibility while staying fully awake and in your center (hara). Instead of muscle power, you train to use your ki, which goes beyond the abilities of physical power. You learn to use it to go your way, follow your direction, flexible, clear and calm.

The learning is: you can’t lose, if you give in, even if you have to fall down; because in the falling you gather the energy to come onto your feeta agin – and follow your way. It’s just another direction in the moment – so what? You continue on your path.

Aikido helps to develop flexibility instead of rigidity; openness for the ki and the flow of life, instead of personal will; to give in to the rhythm of life with ups and downs, instead of collapse and giving up; to focus on solutions and freedom, instead of problems and blockages; to trust your center, your essential needs as an orientation, instead of searching around or following others. The peaceful attitude is a big spiritual challenge: accepting the facts and doing what you have to do. No conflict but a strong synergetic process.

Taekwondo has different qualities: you learn to focus your power and the ki directly, straight and 100% on the point. No hesitation, no going around whether you attack or defend. Concentrated, aware about your partner’s strength and weaknesses and your own abilities. You go for it. The physical power combined with the ki, including your voice, reinforces your expression of resolution.

You could even use this power for killing – but you are trained to use it for life, or in an emergency to defend your own. Problems and resistances are not important in themselves but seen as a challenge to come beyond. If you want to smash stones in your training, you never focus on the stones – this would break your bones. You focus on the space behind, because the free space is interesting, not the obstacle. It’s “only” the question if you are willing and able to bring your power as concentrated on the point, so that you can come through. In other words: Is freedom important enough for you?

Taekwondo teaches people to come out with their power, instead of being weak and faint; to dare to be honest and clear, instead of being nice and suffering; to go for the fulfillment of own needs consistently and directly, instead of waiting anf hoping that someone else will do it for them; to set clear limits instead of being a victim. Spiritually it supports the process of taking your place in life and to take responsibility for it.
Both of these martial arts support physical and emotional vitality and a strong radiation of presence.

Just as I started to write this article, a former client phoned me. She had started Taekwondo training on my recommendation shortly after starting psychotherapy with me, seven years ago. On starting therapy she had had strong psychosomatic responses such as heart arhythmia, fast pulse and circulation problems. Her life was filled with fear, not only because of the physical symptoms but also due to psychological issues she wasn’t aware of at that time. Physically the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong, so she started psychotherapy.

When she started Taekwondo she was very skeptical: she was very much in her head, logical, almost no feelings – why should she learn fighting? But after a few times she loved it, because she came into contact with her physical power and her feelings, specifically anger. She had no logical explanation but it felt good to her. Through these experiences she could look in her therapy at the deep anger and hate she had carried around for such a long time. She started to express it instead of
keeping it inside and directing it against herself. After two years she finished therapy, with only a few symptoms once in a while.
She had continued Taekwondo and now after seven years’ training was going to qualify for her first black belt, which made her very proud. All of her past symptoms had disappeared.
She wanted to meet me because of some professional questions. I had to tell her I couldn’t meet her, because – I have no black belt.

This article appeared in the August 2000 issue of the ALEP-Eu. Newsletter.


Spriritual Way

by Christa Bolliger

After a very strange early childhood I was fascinated since the age of 14 by all human contents. Why, what happens with human beings? With this interest, and C. G. Jung’s perspective of life and human beings in my mind, I grew up. My fascination goes to the collective: What is meant by universal consciousness and the consciousness in all life processes?

When I met Stèphano, I found these processes in his concepts. It made me very happy to be together with a lively real human being who is continually researching the subject of life’s processes. It was a kind of feeling like coming home. During my training with Stèphano, respect and responsibility for the task of life has become more and more important.

The taske are the following:
- Every part of my life has to be congruent. I live what I believe, what I think, feel and say.
- Every human being around me is respected in its essential being. It has its own reality and it is my task to support it, to find ways to create its essence in daliy life and in the outside world.
- The connection to the universal consciousness has to be visible in my daily life. That means: I am able to let every conflict flow towards a natural trinity. Therefore, I train my eye to be flexible, to be able to answer and to listen in a permanent process of change, never staying on one point. A life of Aikido.

Under these conditions, my life became more and more exciting and joyful. It is like looking for the way through the jungle. Every step is a surprise. My motivation is curiosity about what for heaven’s sake will be next.
It is “seismographic” to feel the realization and the materialization of all, a feeling of satisfaction. Enough love, enough sexuality, enough professional satisfaction, enough money, enough friendship, enough transpersonal connection.

Through several death experiences, I’ve become very curious about my own death process and about what will follow afterward. I look forward to coming closer to Sara, my dead daughter. I feel that I am obliged to bring the same quality of light into this world as she did.

This article first appeared in the August 2000 issue of the ALEP-Eu. Newsletter.



by Martin Tidèn

Having been in training for two years in Organetics®, I would like to share with you how it has helped me in my daily business of running a bike shop in Copenhagen. For me, the ideas of Organetics® are easily translated for use in any kind of business or organization. The only stipulation is that there is an openness to the way a business evolves (not holding on to the way you think it should be).

In my own business, I have learned to see the shop as a living entity that has its own “needs” and ways to evolve. Of course, I have a vision of how I would like it to be, but it’s not only up to me. It is essential for me to learn to sense how the organization moves in a certain direction “by itself.” I need to understand the organization and its evolution in a larger framework. With the help of Organetics®, I now have the tools to see this picture in a much clearer way.

I see my business as an energy process that contains several smaller energy processes (customers, employees, location, ambiance of the interior of the shop, etc.). Each one of these smaller processes impacts and interacts with the overall process. Thus, each person contributes to the shop’s evolution in total. Learning to be open and to deal with all these processes on different levels helps me to see difficulites and problems before they affect the company. In this way I can ameliorate the change process. Moreover, it is something to which I am integral. Finally, it also helps me to sense when a potential new business opportunity presents itself.

Using my knowledge of Organetics® in my own business has increased my understanding of why things happen. In this way, I am much less a “victim of circumstance” anymore. Everything that happens may be sensed long before, if I am willing to read the underlying energy processes (points of resonance and dissonance).
Another interesting fact is that the more I learn about myself – my own evolution and development – the clearer and easier it is to run my business. My own learning resonates with my business. Thus, there is a “self-resonance” in the shop. If I’m clear with myself, then the business will be clear in its issues.

This article first appeared in the ALEP-US publication Energeia, March 2000.


Shinkido®: Benefits in Physical Treatment, Psychotherapy, and Childbirth

by Dorte Christiansen

As a reflexologist, I have had many clients with symptoms of indigestion, rheumatism, migraine headaches, and other various types of pain. Following treatments, the general feedback from my clients was that their bodies went through some sort of “healing crisis.”

While furthering my education and training in this Life Energy Process form of massage, Shinkido®, I noticed a different response from my clients. They often reported the experience of a vibration in the body and/or came in contact with feelings and emotions which seemed connected to their physical condition. Clients reported having many physical/body reactions, but without the element of crisis that they had had previously. They sensed that the reactions they were having were more like an adaptation to a new order in the body.

After ten years of combining Shinkido® and reflexology, I have learned that healing does not always require an extended time to be effective – provided that the person is open to all the information present about their physical condition.

When I completed the Practitioner level of Shinkido®, my practice began to expand, focusing more on psychotherapeutic treatment or self-development. Many of my clients had very little contact with their bodies, and many had been in therapy before. With Shinkido®, the opportunity is present to turn a fixation on a problem into the experience of a solution.
For example, I had one client who had been working for many years in different forms of therapy. Her main issue concerned mother love/dominance, and it had as yet gone largely unresolved.
To paraphrase her sentiments: “My mother was a bitch: she took everything away from me. Her abuse is implicated in every contact I make. I will be depressed for the rest of my life.”
Through Shinkido®, this client was able to resolve this issue to a large degree. She is now able to make contact, feel natural pleasure, and can now come to terms with an existence in which her mother has minimial importance.

Shinkido® allows us to move through all types of sensations, feelings and emotions. These manifestations arise when the energy starts to move. They key is allowing the feelings to occur without getting lost in their expression. It is important to train at this point, because on the other side of this coin lies the potential emptiness, the nothingness, the pleasure of “non-neurosis” and wholeness.

The combination of Shinkido®, reflexology and acupressure is of great importance in my work with childbirth. I have assisted at more than 50 deliveries in various hospitals in Denmark, during which I have recorded the energy aspects of childbirth.
Labor may be compared to a long Shinkido® session, even if it takes 12 hours or more. Together, we follow the waves of change, to use the Life Energy Process term, from the sensation level of the first contraction to the time when the mother cedes to the birth of the child: it becomes too much for the “daily control system” to appreciate what is happening in the body.
This is the boundary point, and if she can give in here, she will give over to the primeval knowledge in the body. This knowledge guides her through labor, beyond ego limitations and into a place of “no concepts” where she has a surplus of potency and an excellent opportunity to meet her newborn child.

My heart “burns” for these aspects, and I feel that learning to give women in childbirth this kind of support is critically important for families in Western culture.

This article first appeared in the ALEP-US publication Energeia in March 2000.

  Teatro Energetico®

by Pleiada Zoetler

Since ancient times, man has regarded theatre as a potential avenue for the release of blocked emotions. It has also been noted as a means for man to express himself and grow beyond his existing range of potential.

Many of us have had traumatic experiences (especially during childhood) with which we have found it difficult to cope. Some examples of the emotions experienced are loneliness, rejection, emotional withdrawal, and sexual abuse. As a result, we have developed behaviours to protect us from further injury.

At the time, these reactions may have seemed useful and sensible.

However, today such behavior prove to be a considerable limitation to our self-expression and personal potential.

As a therapy oriented toward depth psychology, Teatro Energetico® uses the theatre of exploration to examine these problems and dramas. The purpose is to reveal the deeper energy disturbances that lie at the root of these behaviours.

On stage, we demonstrate what rotates within ourselves, repeatedly. Together, we explore facts, ideas, and fantasies to get in contact with these dramas in more conscious, clearer ways.

The professional support of the teatrist or therapist in addition to the audience (participants) facilitate the individual to “stay on the point” or “on the message,” that is, not drifting away from the “hot” issue.

As a creative laboratory, the stage provides the space to discover the healing process behind these dramas.

It also allows us to grow beyond “old” behaviours and to develop new perspectives that can be immediately explored.

Teatro Energetico® requires honesty and directness; this means we have to get involved and be prepared to show ourselves, as opposed to “playing a role.”

Teatro Energetico® helps us to reveal ourselves in front of a group. It brings more clarity into our personal dramas, and it opens the door for emotional expression, spontaneity, creativity, and ultimately, personal change.