Core Energetics focuses upon the life force and considers energy to be the basic building block of human life. To work with energy, Core Energetic practitioners employ movement in the session. The practitioner and the client are often engaged in physical exercises, cathartic release, grounding techniques, energetic charge and discharge, working with the chakras, and procedures to produce vibrations in the body. The return of a natural flow of energy to the body enables clients to become aware of forces beyond themselves, to feel fully alive, to experience potency and assertiveness, to explore their sexuality, and to improve their physical health.
John Pierrakos said that “every living substance pulsates with energy: cells, organs, and muscles expand with pleasure and contract with pain.” Health, both mental and physical, is dependent upon energy flowing through the organism.
THE CORE ENERGETICS PROCESS EMPHASIZES LOVE
The goal of Core Energetics is to open the heart to love. This is accomplished by helping individuals remove the obstacles to love embedded in their personalities, heal their splits, explore their emotions at the level of truth, and actively cope with life. Few other body therapies integrate spirituality and the universal life force into their basic theoretical formulations and similarly, spiritual therapies rarely give emphasis to action methodologies or focus upon energy or the body. An innovator, John Pierrakos M.D., the founder of Core Energetics, broke with both traditions, when he combined spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral elements, creating an evolutionary system capable of mobilizing potent forces for change. Core Energetics strengthens the transformational process and enables people to attain love and pleasure in their lives as well as a deeper level of truth.
EVERY BODY HAS THE ANSWER
Energy molds our bodies. Posture, facial expression, weight, skin texture, respiration, eye contact, and bone structure are not simply the result of genetics. The body, like the clay of a sculptor, takes the shape influenced by an energetic response to social pressures and parental demands. Knowing where energy is blocked and where it flows in the body allows the practitioner to hypothesize about a person’s particular problems in living, wounds received as a child, and unresolved family or origin material.>/p>
Our bodies are precious and beautiful. All the experiences in life, feelings, thoughts, behavior, and spirituality take place in and through the body. Therefore, the body is the laboratory of life and it must be studied in detail. For healing to take place in the psyche, the body must be involved.
Physical and emotional distress result from feelings and emotions which are repressed in the body in the form of energetic blocks. Resolution calls for active work with the musculoskeletal system for the purpose of freeing up energetic blocks and dysfunctions and releasing repressed negativity.
THE PROCESS THAT DIMS OUR LIFE FORCE
The Core Energetic model proposes that at birth, infants possess creative potential and the capacity to love. However, at an early stage in life, children discover that their true feelings, anger, rage, fear, and terror are not tolerated. In fact, children are punished, violated, chastised, or shamed for the expression of these emotions. In reaction to parental and societal injunctions, strong negative affect is repressed in the body where it becomes distorted and leads to unhealthy behavior, symptoms, such as depression or anxiety, or physical illness.
These negative feelings are replaced by more socially acceptable “mask” thoughts and behaviors. The mask which is composed of rationalizations, judgments and blame enables the child to hide unacceptable emotions and to survive. However, it results in energy dysfunction, a hardening of the musculature, a suppression of natural sensation, and a distortion of personality. Therefore, children grow into adulthood separated from the truth and beauty of their natural essence.
CORE ENERGETICS EQUALS JOY, LOVE AND ALIVENESS
Spirituality is love. The Core Energetic model depicts the existence of a spiritual center named the core or higher self which represents the life force, creativity, love, and truth. The work phase in the process helps people confront their masks, release their lower selves, and experience their higher selves. Once in the higher self, the universal life plan for each individual becomes clear.
THE ORIGINS OF CORE ENERGETICS
John C. Pierrakos created Core Energetics in the early 1970’s. It’s evolution followed from his studies with Wilhelm Reich and his partnership with Alexander Lowen with whom he developed Bioenergetics. The addition of a spiritual component stemmed from lectures channeled by Eva Pierrakos, his wife, who founded the Pathwork Community.
Karyne B. Wilner, PsyD, Director
Karyne is the Director of Integrated Psychological Services Center in RI and Adjunct Faculty in the Holistic Counseling Program at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. She held the position of Assistant Director of the Institute of Core Energetics from 2001 to 2011, and was Associate Director of the Australian Institute of Core Energetics and Senior Director of the Brazil Institute of Core Energetics from 1994 to 2004. Previous positions included Board Member of the Core Energetics Foundation, Director of Drexel University’s Counseling Center, and Group Co-Coordinator at the Humanistic Psychotherapy Studies Center. She has written numerous journal articles about Core Energetics and psychotherapy.
Charles Corley, MED, CCEP, Director
Charles is a faculty member of the Institute of Core Energetics in New York, and serves on the Executive Committee. He has a private practice working with couples, individuals, and groups. Charles has twenty-five years of experience running groups, including substance abuse, actor support, men’s support, and adolescent groups.