The 10th anniversary of Alexander Lowen, M.D.'s passing
A century after his birth and a decade after his death, the innovative work
of Dr. Lowen, continues to be critically relevant, particularly in today's
frenzically changing world.
A special letter from Frederic Lowen:
This tenth anniversary of your passing is a good time to share with
you. I miss your wisdom, your grace, your company, and our talks and shared adventures. Of course, you and Mom are still with me, guiding me through the craziness and insanity of the world....as you guide so many others through their personal turbulences. I can see you know I have taken up your path, walking in your footsteps as a psychotherapist and social scientist. You speak to me, and sometimes through me. Although it is I speaking, it is your words I hear and repeat.
You may be pleased to know, although discouraged too, your
innovative work is still state-of-the-art. Your direct work with the body
and feelings has not been materially advanced. Just as sexuality has become
more repressed despite heightened activity and openness in this 21st
Century, so too do feelings continue to scare clients and practitioners
alike into their heads and ego defenses.
Just as you have written in Fear of Life, fear and fate are
intimately connected. Well, your fears have been realized: your brilliant
and simple work directly with the body and its feelings has degenerated to
talk about the body. The Cognitive Revolution and the fascination with
neuroscience, valid and important as it is, has led to further objectification
of feelings, emotions, and life. Exacerbating the pervasive Mind/Body Split, such approach works against healing the disconnect between thinking and feeling. People are more disconnected now, more afraid of their feelings than they were in the last century.
It is no coincidence that social dysfunction has reached
unprecedented levels, and very few people understand why. It is because too
few people are intimately familiar with Reich and Lowen.
Reich's Mass Psychology of Fascism continues to be the most
advanced analysis of social dysfunction that I know of. Similarly, 50 years
ago we thought your books were 50 years ahead of their time. Now, 50 years
later, I can say your books were clearly 100 years ahead of their time.
I sense the social environment is becoming so desperate, perhaps an
appreciation and respect for feelings will emerge to challenge the hegemony
of ungrounded, disconnected thinking. The destructive cognitive ideologies
and resulting policies pushed by pirates disguised as politicians and
leaders is a result of over-charged minds disconnected from
under-charged bodies, thereby dis-connected from nature and reality.
It is an unfolding nightmare that the wealthiest and most powerful
country in the world, Trumpland (the former United States of America; led
by a psychopathic Reality TV star and politicians doing special favors for
toxic industries), has become so rigidified and disconnected that
ideological conflict is inexorably moving us towards civil war....It is
truly insane and self-destructive.
Thank you Dad! Although much work remains to be done, you shine a
much needed light into the nature of our shared unconscious and
With much love,
P.S. We have lost yet another of your friends: Stanley Keleman
passed away this summer just as I was planning to visit him for the first
time since I met him with you, 50 years ago. And your colleague in spirit, Arthur Janov also passed last year. The loss of these humanistic pioneers working with energy, feelings, and the body is scary, as that wisdom wanes.
"As one grows older, the sense of separateness is slowly reduced. Old
people do not live on an ego level. Their concerns are not about their
individuality but about the river of life, the family, the community, the
nation, people, animals, nature, life. They can die easily if they are
assured that life will continue positively, for they feel part of the river
again, and soon they will be part of the ocean. When they are very old,
they no longer belong to our time and space, but to all time and all
~ Alexander Lowen