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Begin to feel what the emotional experience is as well as the action.  Here is the challenge of forming ourselves in relationship to new messages, to a new state or attitude toward the world.  This downward discharge of energy, according to Lowen, is directed toward the biological strivings of embodiment, belongingness, love, and the experience of stillness in our lives.  His unique view of unconscious processes, and use of his quick and powerful therapeutic techniques are essential ingredients in the emerging paradigm.

Other patients, too, had become filled with gratitude that didn't seem merited to Freud, while others had grown hostile or angry with him for no apparent reason.  And he was honest enough to acknowledge his reciprocal feelings and aroused desires in these situations — to which he gave the name counter­transference.  The talking cure, through free association and memory recall, sexually stimulates or angers the body of the patient and, through more talk, is manipulated and interpreted to the patient by the therapist in the healing process.

The incomplete discharge, in turn, blocks and distorts natural feelings, emotions, sexual fulfillment and, when chronic, provides the source of psychiatric disorder and psychosomatic disease.  As the vehicle comes to a safe stop, however, the cascade of stress responses reverses its movement: we release a sigh of relief; the breath relaxes; the heart slows; and the fear subsides as our musculature softens and returns to normal.  When chronic and permanently armored, however, the blocked energy builds in intensity stressing the body/mind complex until it finally bursts through the weakest link—as psychosomatic disease, chronic pain and emotional dysfunction.

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