Michael Elder, a licensed marriage and family therapist, recently moved to the island with his wife Linda, is presenting a free workshop at the Orcas Island Library titled “How Am I Here?” on Thursday, July 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
This presentation introduces the formative method of self management developed by Stanley Keleman, one of the early bio-energetics pioneers. The purpose of the formative exercise is described not as therapy (healing a disorder) but as “growing your second adult” defined as learning to consciously affect your physical/mental/emotional habits of behavior in order to live the life of your choosing.
“While there is much talk about the mind body connection, no one denies the brain is an organ of the body,” Elder said. “Laboratory studies show that thought involves muscles and viscera as well as the brain. Therefore it is fair to say that mind is a body function. Every thought, action, and emotion is an organization of the body involving both body systems subject to conscious control and those that are fully autonomic.”
Elder says that by identifying a pattern associated with a particular thought, emotion, or action and making small, conscious changes to one part of the pattern, people can learn to enhance or diminish the entire target pattern.
Formative psychology was developed by Stanley Keleman and you can read more at www.centerpress.com. Elder can be contacted at 376-3255 or visit www.michaeleldermft.com.