He has been a member of the Humanist Movement since , where he formed and directed human structures of volunteers in 11 countries during 37 years. He is the author of the book Self-Liberation, first published in Barcelona, Spain, in and published in more than 10 languages. REHUNO spoke with Luis as part of the 40th anniversary of the launch of the first edition of the book Self-Liberation, which proposes personal work practices that have been used by thousands of people around the world. The method of Self-Liberation is conceived as a response to the deepest needs of the human being; the overcoming of suffering.
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He has been a member of the Humanist Movement since , where he formed and directed human structures of volunteers in 11 countries during 37 years. He is the author of the book Self-Liberation, first published in Barcelona, Spain, in and published in more than 10 languages. REHUNO spoke with Luis as part of the 40th anniversary of the launch of the first edition of the book Self-Liberation, which proposes personal work practices that have been used by thousands of people around the world.
The method of Self-Liberation is conceived as a response to the deepest needs of the human being; the overcoming of suffering. In this perspective, Self-Liberation is a tool that allows this objective by modifying behaviors, as the author explains. What is the relationship that the book has with Silo, founder of the Humanist Movement? LA: This book was first published in , but it was finished in February These were six-month retreats where they carried out self-knowledge and research.
They began in a place called El Arenal Jujuy, Argentina in and continued in different places in Argentina. In , in Yala Jujuy, Argentina a first compilation of these works was made, entitled Siloism.
Silo gave some clues in direct talks, notes were taken and work was done in groups, and there were many working with that until the 70s. The central ideas were always from Silo; we never added our own ideas to the text, only suggestions for implementation.
In other words, the intellectual author is Silo and the rest is the work of many people. REHUNO: The book Self-Liberation is organized in two parts; the first covers relaxation exercises, psychophysical practices and self-knowledge practices. The second, called Operative, proposes works of catharsis, transference and self-transference. What is the origin of these works, did you create them?
LA: The work with the centres of response that is in the part of Psychophysics, for example, comes originally from Gurdieff George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, Russian Master, creator of the Fourth Way and the one who exposes for the first time for the West is Peter Demianovich Ouspensky in his book Psychology of the possible evolution of Man; but they did not develop those themes.
They explain only the cenrers, the parts and sub-parts, but they did not establish, or did not reach us, the exercises to determine what corresponded to each part and sub-part. Starting from the top is important for the subject of relaxation, but he did not leave a written work that could be followed to practice relaxation; that is what we developed. As far as Transference and Self-Transference are concerned, Silo explained the theory, gave a guide and many of us worked and made observations.
This happened at a meeting with Silo in Corfu, a Greek island, in From there in Argentina two research groups were formed. We coordinated several groups to work on transference. It was not written how the transferences were done, we had nothing more than the central idea discussed with Silo, a general guide. And we began to practice based on those central ideas, discovering new situations, solutions for those situations, understanding which were the paths that were not to be taken and where it was appropriate.
Today, modern science is increasingly confirming what was said by the most ancient medicines such as Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine, which in turn are derived from philosophical systems.
They knew that breathing correctly, keeping the body relaxed and meditating are fundamental practices for good health. LA: Self-Liberation is based on a central thought of Silo that is the overcoming of human suffering, a thought of clear Buddhist root. The Buddha basically proposes this and creates a school of psychology, not a religion, although later some transform it into a religion. Today we could say that Buddha was an atheist, because the theme of god does not appear anywhere; his contribution is more referred to the theme of suffering, to the possibilities of coming out of the cycle of the different incarnations and everything else.
Silo, in The Inner Look faces, in his books basically, the theme of the meaning of life and transcendence, that is, the overcoming of death. The overcoming of suffering has to do with health, psychophysical health, mental health, which is something that has been talked about more in the last 20 years and that Silo had already explained 50 years ago. The head, the face, the eyeballs, the two parts of the nose, the corner of the lips, all that is well stopped in our relaxation.
And then the breathing as a concrete thing that serves basically for everything, from calming down before going to a job interview, for example, to facing any other situation or starting an internal work practice or a ceremony. Looking a little bit deeper into the theme of allegorical and symbolic that are in the transference chapter of the book, the connectives between one situation and another, one wonders:- And what are the connectives?
It can be an image of a bus trip, or any image that has to do with going from one place to another, where you take advantage of it to close what you have already done and prepare for what is to come. Then relating that content to psychophysics: -How can you take advantage of a connective? But you can relax in a short interval with your breathing.
Because breathing is the way we reach the internal organs. I can work the external muscles from the outside: I tense and release the muscles and they relax, but the internal organs how? The air in turn is emotion, so it does not only helps you physically, but also neutralizes you emotionally, leaves you in a good tone, neutral. REHUNO: The structure of how a transference is made, for example, the different elements that are analyzed allegorically such as the connectives, attributes, continents, contents… None of this was previously theorized?
A: The idea, for example, that one had to work on three planes of images high, medium and low , that is explained by Silo. What is there in each plane as significant? Which is located at the top and which is located at the bottom? In short, all these explanations were given by Silo.
We discovered that there was all that, and he helped to put it in order, to make sense of it. In other words, to a great extent it was a collective work, there was participation by many people. We all went through that, and that is how this manual was put together. A: Yes, totally. Corfu in and the Canary Islands in and Then Self-Liberation was published in , the year in which the mission of the 80s was launched, and that closed a whole stage, a stage of a lot of research, of very good work, other diffuse and disparate works, that is, materials of different levels, but all that is the basis of the subsequent stages.
A: And yes, precisely the first two official books were published: The Inner Look and Self- Liberation, both in the 80s. How was the acceptance of that book at that time? Of course, this result can be quite different among people, first of all because almost nobody meditates. And those who do meditate already have a lot of co- presences, experiences and beliefs from their previous formation, so to really meditate on the present without the noise of the past and the expectations of the future, is something very difficult.
And how do Westerners who wants to do something with themselves, how do we translate that which Silo had discovered? Then Silo puts together a psychology too, and that psychology creates elements that are key, core elements that are exposed in the prologue of the first edition, creates a series of exercises that have interesting antecedents.
For example, what Gurdjieff had left were techniques that this Master supported in art, in music, in dance, very elaborate things. I have spoken with music specialists who say that the work Gurdjieff had developed was very elaborate, with the theme of metrics and scales. That is, there is a lot of knowledge but it has to be passed on to people in a simple way. Yes, to make it as simple as possible. And later, Silo makes it even easier in The Message.
How often should people work with these practices? If you do it well, working with the whole system of Self-Liberation could be only once in a lifetime. But then one wonders what you do with the new situations that arise, or in the face of things that you thought you had overcome and are not overcome. For example, very difficult situations that require elements of reconciliation. And not only with others! It is not easy. So for that I think you have to reach self-transference to reconcile yourself, self-transference to overcome certain internal conflicts, in short, self-transference to balance contents.
Because the ideal for the consciousness is that there are no too dazzling contents that become a kind of food for secondary dreams. That you have balanced your life, your mission and that you can transfer some of it to the outside, to those closest to you, or wherever you can get to.
And with the issue of health I think there is a very large field of application. REHUNO: The basic model of psychological work that we have today is basically that of a patient and a professional, whether it be the therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.
Does Self-Liberation have that intention of proposing work that can be done alone? Everything in Siloism points towards the relationship with one another, or with others. The Principles, for example, speak of valid action, of actions that end in others, that one would repeat, that make one grow internally. Always in a relationship of parity, our works do not contemplate the therapist and the patient, always horizontal.
How was that? They knew we had nothing to do with the violence, they had our materials, they knew what we were doing because they were investigating us. We did suffer arrests and many of us were imprisoned, some in very harsh conditions and there were even friends killed in La Plata, but this was mainly during the rise of a parapolice gang called Triple A Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance. But fortunately here we are.
Another question that we should improve in a next edition is the subject of the bibliography. I want to develop the chapter on self-transference, which is a part of the book that many people end up not using because it seems complex, and I am writing a paper on conflict resolution. The conflict has three vertices formed by a visual image of a problem, another is the muscular tension that this image produces and the third is the corresponding emotion.
For example: a person is being harassed by their boss in front of their colleagues. And the person feels a terrible muscular tension, which is not always in the same place, it depends on the person.
If you work only the muscular, physical tension, you can achieve relaxation to a great extent, but you can also achieve relaxation by changing the image of the situation that caused such tension. If you start working on the image, introducing elements that were not there, for example, curtains, a funny picture of a man with a moustache, imagine that while the boss is scolding and degrading their pants are falling down, that changes the scene, it is no longer the same scene, then the physical tension and the emotion associated with that image dissolves.
That helps a lot in the resolution of conflicts, whether they are of childhood, adolescence or the present moment. The idea is to give new tools. Maria Angelica Soler. Data protection consent I agree that Pressenza IPA inform me by e-mail daily about published news content and as well about other interesting information and activities. My data will be used exclusively for this purpose.
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