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A Passionate and Profoundly Emotional Experience Is a Way to Taste the World of Ideas

Now of all motions that is the best which is produced in a thing by itself, for it is most akin to the motion of thought and of the universe; but that motion which is caused by others is not so good, and worst of all is that which moves the body, when at rest, in parts only and by some external agency. Wherefore of all modes of purifying and re-uniting the body the best is gymnastic; the next best is a surging motion, as in sailing or any other mode of conveyance which is not fatiguing; the third sort of motion may be of use in a case of extreme necessity, but in any other will be adopted by no man of sense: I mean the purgative treatment of physicians; for diseases unless they are very dangerous should not be irritated by medicines, since every form of disease is in a manner akin to the living being, whose complex frame has an appointed term of life…. And this holds also of the constitution of diseases; if any one regardless of the appointed time tries to subdue them by medicine, he only aggravates and multiplies them. Wherefore we ought always to manage them by regimen, as far as a man can spare the time, and not provoke a disagreeable enemy by medicines. (Plato, 1937, Timaeus, III, 89a, p. 65)

Idealism places in the depths of the world of Ideas, not only Truths but also a power to heal. We could find the quote from Timaeus in a number of texts on natural medicine or homeopathy. There would be in each one of us a restorative given that knows what we ought to do to get better. This vision is close to that of Jung, for whom the general function of dreams is to attempt to reestablish our psychological equilibrium with the help of an oneiric material that, in a subtle way, reconstitutes the total equilibrium of our psyche❠(Jung, 1961, p. 75, my translation).

This way of thinking, which we find in the writings of Reich in his last years, has often activated in the psychotherapeutic community a reaction akin to that of the Athenians in the face of Socrates: a mixture of admiration for an undeniable gift and a refusal to accept that such a power really exists. Some psychotherapists think that when a person renders the unconscious conscious, not only the psyche functions better, but so do all the other dynamics of the organism. The body psychotherapists who adopt this point of view sometimes have the ability to lead persons into near trance-like states that mobilize the total organism and that have an immense intensity of astoundingly intermingled joy and sorrow. These experiences have a hypnotic impact. Patients who live these experiences subsequently have a clear impression of having made contact with their depth, that they are no longer alone, and to have found within themselves a serene vitality that will accompany them for the rest of their lives.

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