Analytic Psychocatharsis - A new method in Psychotherapy - Exercises


Now we must see what the crucial point of a combination of psychoanalysis with meditation methods is: In meditation (relaxations methods, yoga) one starts from a conscious, or pre-formed item and remains there in a certain way. This means that an illustrative, image-like element or even an ideology dominates the whole process method. Psychoanalysis starts from wording and identically remains there to a certain extent , but it is the contrary of ideology. It deals with the wording process until the last item has been found (usually the end of a psychoanalytic treatment is not reached). For example: One of my (very sceptical) patients made an experience that may clarify the complex of the word and image-like processes.

During practising the method with the Formula Words, he could somehow hear, or think, or grasp the formulation 'nothing said', but simultaneously he recognised that there was something said, namely the word-couple: 'nothing said'! That's just what produced the 'linguistic crystal'. This production contains a double meaning, a controversial announcement as logicians call it. 'I am lying' demonstrates the same thing: how can a liar say that he is lying!?< Again: Concerning this first exercise with the Shines (the imaginary signifier), we only need to wait for a perception (in the broadest sense of the meaning, since it is not to be regarded as a sensuous perception) of something that corresponds to this Shines. Yogis or other teachers in meditation often speak of 'pale light', 'sallow light' and sometimes even of 'black light'.

They attempt to express that experiencing the Shines is not necessarily a perception of light (and not at all something than can be perceived with the eyes), but rather something of the sorts of a Shines. It can also be the sensation of a body image, the experience of space expanding within oneself,  or a feeling of oscillation. In short, something that is lustrously and iridescently different to daily sensuous experiences, and that everyone has experienced when falling asleep: The body becomes insentient and one experiences a psychocatharsis. The second exercise, that of the Speaks, is practiced subsequent to exercising the first for a while. The second exercise aslo requires introverted concentration, but this time on a kind of 'sound', or as Lacan called it: the 'universal murmur' of the unconscious.

We can refer to it as a murmuring, sounding, an intonation or as a Speaks. Because: 'It Speaks in the unconscious', It (the Freudian It) lets libido 'talk'. This talk is just 'sound', a Speaks, not absolutely verbal, printable speech but is similar to a disclosure, or like an announcement (remember the example of the person with the experience of the 'nothing said'). The case here (in psychoanalysis as well as in meditation methods) is not acoustic hallucination, but rather an experience of the primal process of the drive to speak. When concentration on this second exercise is then in combination with 'sounds' from the Formula Words, the method achieves its full multi-layer properties and maturity. Ergo, it is the unconcious real which expresses itself in the trinity Shines - ORS-ACE-RAM - Speaks up to the point where all is said and done. It is then up to the individual to share it with others without relying on being prompted by a guru or his psychoanalyst.

This could be the point where the adept might become a teacher himself. I am not speaking here as a meditation teacher, a guru, or as a didactic analyst, but am applying a simple comparison of psychoanalytic and meditative methods.   I've established this 'Analytic Psychocatharsis' from the viewpoint of a western scientist and the result is a method, theory and practice of a new psychotherapeutic method. It is a method anyone can benefit from, and can enrich by reading further literature of Freud and Lacan, or any other corresponding scientific papers. They only need to be read appropriately.


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