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The French philosopher Descartes (1596-1650) was certain that we could alleviate chaos and provide certainty through rational means. His reigning philosophy was one of separating the mystery of Spirit from the life of the body. Reason ruled and sensing, feeling; intuition, and emotions, took a backseat to logic and conceptual thinking. And that philosophy continues to rule to this day, although quantum physics and other scientific research are pointing to a reality beyond the perceptions of our strictly rational brain. This deep dialogue explores the embodied spiritual path and what it means to live more consciously in a human body. He says, “The body is 3 billion years of evolution and there's a tremendous wisdom and intelligence in it that moves us towards wisdom, connection, mutuality, and interdependence. We are educated out of that. I'm not talking against rational thinking, because we are rational beings too. But there's a whole array of deep wisdom that we no longer have access to. And, I think that this lack of wisdom is one of the reasons that most conflict turns to violence.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D. is a coach and consultant on embodied leadership and mastery and has spent more than five decades researching, developing, and teaching Somatics and embodiment practices to organizations in such fields as education, healthcare, leadership team development, military, technology and international peace work, including the United States Marine Corps.. He holds a Shihan 7th-degree black belt in aikido and has founded and cofounded several Aikido schools and projects including the Mideast Aikido Project and Training across Borders, organizations that bring citizens from warring countries together to practice aikido. He was advisor to General Jim Jones, the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe from 2003 to 2006 in Afghanistan. He is the founder of the Strozzi Institute, where he teaches courses on somatic coaching and leadership in action.
Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D. is the author of many books including:
To learn more about the work of go to www.strozziinstitute.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 8/26/2022 Program Number: 3769
From Album: Touching SilkArtist: Frank Steiner Jr.2004 Real Music RM 8137
Opening Essay: Track 02 Indira's ChantMusic Break 1: Track 04 Beyond The HorizonMusic Break 2: Track 05 Bells Of HimalayaMusic Break 3: Track 10 Akash
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