Why Contribute to The Alexander Lowen Foundation?
For two reasons: Truth and Freedom.
The Alexander Lowen Foundation (TALF) has two missions.
Firstly, to preserve, archive, and keep the work of Alexander Lowen and the value of Bioenergetic Analysis alive and vibrant. Interpreting and building upon the brilliant work of Wilhelm Reich, Lowen developed Bioenergetic Analysis to therapeutically enable people to re-connect their thinking with their feelings, a method of healing the Mind/Body Split. The mind/body split, a psychodynamic construct that cannot be 'scientifically' validated, is little recognized but fundamental to most (if not all) psychological disorders, and likely many physical ailments as well. It not only afflicts sick people, but 'normal' people too.
In his bioenergetic work, Alexander Lowen focused on his patients' inability to experience their true feelings as manifested in their bodies, underlying and obscured by their thinking, their self-images, and their rationalizations and denials. Bioenergetic Analysis is a powerful method to heal that split, or disconnect, between thinking and feeling, enabling people to uncover their personal truths. By recognizing and acknowledging the fears, anger, sadness, and hurts that negatively affect their health and well-being, people gain freedom from both psychic and physical rigidities of mind and body.
TALF seeks to preserve and continue to demonstrate the important value of Alexander Lowen's Bioenergetic Analysis. Far from "that old 70's thing," Bioenergetic Analysis is a 21st Century state-of-the-art psychotherapy uniquely providing a comprehensive psychodynamic/energetic construct of human development, trauma, and disorder/disease; as well as a wide array of physical body techniques to complement and super-charge the effectiveness of cognitive psychotherapy.
Secondly, TALF recognizes the historical context of the work of Freud, Reich, and Lowen in the evolution of psychotherapy, psychology, and science; and that the work continues to be a 'work-in-progress.' Just as the introduction of body and bio-energy work has yielded substantial benefits to psychotherapy patients and clients, it will likely contribute greatly to the fields of medicine, sociology, and science generally as it is developed further.
TALF is committed to continuing further development of the bioenergetic work. While we are mindful of the benefits such approach may have in medicine and science, it has been the sociological aspect that is most in need of our efforts.
In essence, for example, if the American population was a single individual, I believe everyone would agree that emergency psychotherapy is indicated. Our American society, the wealthiest and largest economy in the world, is plagued with conflict, inequality, rigidification, falsity, confusion, stress, and anxiety. I believe that without an understanding of the psychological and energetic factors, any political, technological, educational, or economic activities aimed to alleviate the social dysfunction will be impotent at best, and (likely) will further self-destructiveness and dis-integration.
In individual psychotherapy recognizing and
acknowledging the nature of one's problem is essential as 'step
one.' In a society that does not recognize bio-energy and
bioenergetic processes as an important aspect in health and
well-being, TALF is uniquely identifying, highlighting, and
educating professional and lay people as to the nature of societal
dysfunction, and the role of energy and the mind/body split in
In these dark days of American life it is Truth that is
obscured while Fake News is celebrated; and Freedom to be, to
express, and to live fully and peacefully is increasingly restricted;
while freedom of government and corporate entities to exploit,
tax, dictate, and destroy life through the unbalanced use of power
is enhanced and obscured.
In the sprit of volunteerism, I support the Foundation as Executive Director through offering my time and effort without receiving monetary compensation. TALF seeks to help uncover the truth of ourselves, and how the lack of that truth contributes to the societal dysfunction and restricted freedoms we are all forced to negotiate. If this makes sense to you, if it rings true and resonates with you, please contribute what you can towards these efforts. To make a contribution, visit our Donations page >
Frederic Lowen, Executive Director
The Alexander Lowen Foundation
TALF has presented these topics around the world since 2008.
Several white papers are available at our website, including:
Bioenergetics of Dysfunctional Society
Fear of Life
Recognizing and Healing the Mind/Body Split (Coming soon!)
Bioenergetics and Alexander Lowen: Keystones in the Foundation of a Science of Subjective Experience.
Dawn, by Wilhelm Reich, 1951