Saturday, August 16, 2014

Symptom as teacher

On the IPS FB forum I responded to a post by Joseph on Zizek commenting on Lacan and how our symptoms persist, despite our personal work and best intentions. I related this personal note. 
As a youngun I was invulnerable and did extreme everything leading to some serious, life-long injuries. The extreme pain caused therefrom led me to various external treatments as well as a few internal practices (Reichian being but one). Those injuries (symptoms) were and are the prime movers in my having developed a keen sense of the most subtle physical, energetic and psychological manipulations within. Don't get me wrong; I'm still quite broken. (As are we all, including the 'enlightened.') Just not as much as I used to be, with at least some degree of management over it now. Those symptoms still linger and demand that I continue this never-ending work. And then you die.

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