A Somatic Perspective of the Unique Self Teaching
White Paper by Lawrence Gold, Hanna somatic educator
Too often, people get entangled or confused by the whirl of words and abstractions of spiritual teachings not familiarly connected to personal experience. Zen Buddhist practitioners know this pitfall — confusing the “finger pointing at the moon” with “the moon”, itself.
The solution to this problem lies not in the mind, but in the body-sense, which includes feeling and movement, mind and intuition, and which is the living matrix of all expressions of consciousness available to humans.
This is not reductionism of everything to the body-sense; it’s recognition that “mind” IS the interiority of “body”, two perspectives of, “soma”.
This piece integrates the teachings of Unique Self and of Somatic Education, linking the languages of spirituality, science and philosophy to immediately accessible and recognizable personal experiences.