If you watch a small child wildly and ceaselessly romping around for the whole day you may wonder about the toddler’s sheer infinite source of energy that never runs out. What looks like magic is in fact the natural state of our being. As we grow up we have learned to control our emotions by holding the breath and tensing the muscles. These repetitive holding structures became what Wilhelm Reich referred to as the “character armour”: Habitual patterns of muscular contraction have created belts of tension . By the time we have “grown-up” we actually find ourselves bound-up in a physical corset that restricts the flow of the life force in the body. The ego has traded in our connection to infinite free energy for safety.
Our inner stance is reflected in our physical posture. When this “character” structure is gradually loosened up again through de-armouring our conscious choices in life widen dramatically. Automatic character programs disappear when we realise the tension. We can only release what we realise. If we do so, the former defense mechanisms from our past are no longer needed. The energy that had been stored in the tissue is set free. As we learn to let go, old emotional traumas resolve. The Chi (life force) is freely moving through the body, all organs are vitalised and health is restored.
The nervous system calms down and can self-regulate, emotions lose their trigger. We now realise that we have stepped outside our old character and reclaim responsibilty for our life.