“No matter what your body’s appearance is on the outer level, beyond the outer form it is an intensely alive energy field. If you are note familiar with “inner body” awareness, close your eyes for a moment and find out if there is life inside your hands. Body awareness not only anchors you in the present moment; it is a doorway out of the prison that is the ego.” Ekchart Tolle (from The Power of Now)
When I watch videos from the 50s and the young people surrounding Elvis Presley and Jame Brown, I can see how imprisoned we were in the mind’s (collective and individual) exile from its own body. Music that was below the crooner’s throat was an intensely alive energy field. The cultural separation between mind and body was metaphorically manifested in race: white is mind, black is body. The mind must keep the body under control, or else, chaos will be released. Nature must be controlled and attention must be directed upward and not towards the flesh and its “inner body.” The outer body of the mind is the only permitted reality. I remember when the world “pregnant” was not allowed in movies. Up until the 60s, the body was taboo. The body’s entombment in the mind was ending.