|October 1, 2011
Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
Marks, MSM, is pioneer in body psychotherapy who has developed, taught
and practiced Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) for more than
Author of LIVING WITH VISION and HEALING THE WAR BETWEEN THE GENDERS,
she co-founded the Massachusetts Association of Body Psychotherapists
and Counseling Bodyworkers and is the founder of the Boston Area
Sexuality and Spirituality Network. She holds degrees from Yale and MIT,
and has a vital 15-year-old son.
To find out more about Linda . . .
| HealingHeartPower Calendar|
If you would like to apprentice in EKP, you may want to consider participating in a half-day EKP workshop or be part of the Community As Healer group.
Grounding and Body Psychotherapy
Community As Healer
Monthly group meets in
Newton, MA 10 am - 1 pm
Community As Healer
Open enrollment workshop
Newton, MA 1 - 4 pm
Voices of Boys and Men
Benefit Concert for
Boys to Men New England
Scullers Jazz Club
Healing and Nourishing Your Heart
If you would like
to train in EKP, contact Linda.
If you would like to sponsor a Healing the Traumatized Heart workshop, a Community As Healer workshop, or have a group of people who you would like to bring EKP to, please contact LSMHEART@aol.com.
To find out more . . .
Articles in this issue are: "Post-Traumatic Relationship Stress Disorder," exploring
the painful shock response that comes from the sudden end of a love
relationship, from uncovering secrets and lies that were withheld in a
relationship, being "nexted,"
or discovering that the person you are relating to has unsurpassable limits to relating,
"Community As Healer Workshops," the EKP version of "community acupuncture," where many people benefit from healing in community, and
"Medication As Magic Bullet: The Shadow Side," discusses
how we have come to create a "magic bullet" culture, expecting
medications to "fix" complex psychological and physical ailments, with
little awareness of the hidden costs.
To see me speaking about "The Power of the Heart" on Body, Mind and Spirit, one of the new tv shows developed by TV For Your Soul, Click here
The monthly Sunday Community As Healer gathering will next meet in Newton on October 23. There will also be an open enrollment Community As Healer Workshop on Sunday, November 20. If you are new to EKP or want to have a single EKP experience, this workshop is for you. Together
we can create safe healing space in the larger world, and
empower people to literally, "lend a helping hand."
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|What is EKP?|
is Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy, a heart-centered, body-centered
psychotherapy method Linda Marks developed and has taught and practiced
for nearly twenty years. Working with the heart, touch with permission,
the wisdom of the body and the intuitive guidance of the spirit, EKP
creates a special sense of intimacy that deeply touches and transforms
most all who participate.
Participants can be "client," witness or helper as an individual group
member has a "turn" to do deeper heart-centered, body-centered
psychospiritual work in the center. Since the electromagnetic field of
the heart extends out 10 - 12 feet from our bodies, as we go deeper and
open our hearts, we are all touched.
EKP helps restore our capacity as organs of perception. The skin is our
largest organ, and a source of soul deep knowing, perception and
expression. When our hearts and hands can work as one, we move beyond
defenses safely and respectfully and find freedom, connection and
|Linda Marks, MSM|
safety is the foundation of EKP. When we are emotionally safe, we are
more aware of feelings, sensations and deeper thoughts in our bodies and
hearts. You will have a chance to listen to and care for your heart as
you help create and hold a safe healing space for everyone's heart.
Experience what we mean when we say that in EKP, "when anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn."
|Post-Traumatic Relationship Stress Disorder|
Madison Avenue has
told us that without any effort on our part, we are supposed meet
a magical stranger, called "the one," who will love us, commit to us and
live happily ever after with us, without ever losing the "new
relationship energy" that may accompany the first phases of meeting a
new love partner. In this fairy tale, we will just naturally have good
jobs, a MacMansion for our home, perfect health, and all the good things
in life, never falling upon hard times, conflicts or the inevitable
obstacles that life dishes out to all of us sooner or later. Countless
people have embraced this fantasy as truth, and try earnestly over and
over again to make the fairy tale real. Sadly, but not surprisingly,
they end up with less than magical results.
After experiencing a
series of romances--be they dating relationships or marriages--that
leave them disappointed, broken-hearted, disillusioned, betrayed, and
ultimately, just plain alone, many people start to experience what I am
calling "post-traumatic relationship stress disorder."
Copyright 2011 Linda Marks
|Community As Healer Workshopsl|
the world of acupuncture, there is a format called "community
acupuncture," where multiple people have treatments in parallel in the
acupuncturist's office. By being with others in the healing process,
one might say the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and each
individual benefits from the healing work of the others, as well as from
their own healing work.
acupuncture makes treatment more accessible to those who seek
acupuncture, because it reduces the cost of care. It also allows the
acupuncturist to treat more people in a day's time.
two Community As Healer Clinic Workshops we ran at the Natural Living
Expo on September 24, were profoundly moving and meaningful
experiences. Having people from "the general public" just show up and
try something new is courageous. And seeing how, indeed, when anyone
has a turn, everyone has a turn, is poignant.
came to the workshop to explore alternatives to medication. A
pediatrician who works in third world countries came to see how we
worked in community. A number of people were attracted just by the word
"community." Having safe, community healing spaces is too rare in our
that new people can have an experience of EKP, I am offering
a "Community As Healer Workshop" on Sunday, November 20. In EKP,
there are four roles: client, therapist, witness and helper, and when
anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn due to the impact of the cardiac
participants will have a chance to be helper and witness as well as
client, so in any one turn, more people can be actively involved.
Members of the EKP community will join me to assist with sessions.
Here's hoping to serve more people in a way that empowers all!
|,Medication As Magic Bullet: The Shadow Side|
likes to be uncomfortable, physically or psychologically. Who can
blame them! When we are uncomfortable, especially when we are in
physical or psychic pain, we hurt. We want the pain to go away.
Discomfort or pain is important, because it provides clues to what ails
us--be it superficial or deep, minor or serious. And when what ails us
is serious, some kind of treatment or intervention is most often
required, to help us feel better and appease our discomfort or pain.
There are many approaches to how we might identify the root cause of an
ailment, and what kind of treatment might help us heal. Some approaches
use a mind-body perspective. Others use a more scientific and
biochemical model. But all in all, as a culture, we have little
tolerance for pain, and often lack the ability to discern helpful,
growth-promoting pain from truly pathological pain which requires a
psychological or medical intervention.
We do not like to feel our pain--growthful or pathological, and seek
quick "fixes," and immediate "solutions" to rid us of our unwanted
pain. And we have created "quick fixes" to "deliver us from evil,"
with no cost or negative consequences. In our fairy tale story, we have
created the "magic bullet" as the pharmacological hero, armed with the
power to provide a simple solution to what may actually be a complex
Copyright 2011 Linda Marks
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