The Enigma of Changing Habits
Essays on Somatic Psychotherapy
2017 published in Medium.com
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the publishing of Job's Body by Deane Juhan.
“I am free to create a new stable pattern, but once it is established, I am not free to dismiss it with a snap of my fingers… I do not have to consciously think about what to do with all of my muscles; on the other hand, my muscles are not necessarily doing what I consciously think.”
— Deane Juhan, Job’s Body
Four years ago I wrote an 11,500 word essay for the Journal of Holistic Psychology Vol III, "The Enigma of Changing Habits - You Have to Get Somatic" that highlighted just a few of the many intriguing aspects of Job's Body. It also introduced a hypothesis developed by crossing Juhan's Job's Body with Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now.
However, the third volume of the Journal ended up being put on hold, and continues to await publishing.
Recently I chose to self-publish it in 8 very readable parts on Medium in time to celebrate Job's Body's 30th anniversary.
Part 1: The Enigma of Changing Habits - You Have to Get Somatic
Part 2: We Need to Talk About the Gamma Motor System
Part 3: Reclaiming Locus of Control
Part 4: A Physical Anchor for Unconscious Resistance
Part 5: The Sensory End of the Nervous System
Part 6: Liberation from Groundhog Day
Part 7: Attention as Contact
Part 8: The Muscle Settings of “Psychological Time”: Relationship Between the Ego and the Golgis
Job's Body was monumentally influential in my pursuit of understanding how the mind and the body influence each other, with its emphasis on the physiology aspect of the mind-body... conundrum. While it took many years to grasp the concepts of Job's Body enough to make Juhan's writing applicable to my life and to my work, twenty years ago I nevertheless found his writing so intriguing I made the effort to read it long before I had even a rudimentary understanding of how the body works.
I hope this essay will inspire you to (re)discover Job's Body and the many fascinating insights of what it means to be a human body.
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