Articles on Alexander Technique

No Easy Fix: Part I

I have been writing about debauched Kinesthesia (here, here, and here) and there is an aspect to this topic that rules most of our habitual reactions.  Let’s call it the blind spots in our thinking and in our perceptions. Of course we are unaware of the blind spots otherwise they would not be blind spots.  I am speaking about types of fixed ideas we have regarding the accomplishment of goals.

We have these deeply held beliefs that shape and color how we go about achieving what we want to achieve, and we are unaware that we are pre programmed, as it were, to do things in a certain way.  We are only aware that a task is demanding, or boring, or tiring, or that we are lacking.  Lots of times we feel, in the end, like we’ve failed ourselves.

We do not see how our basic thinking processes have been corrupted by habits of mind that have been in place for many years.  An example:

Dr. R is a very well regarded eye surgeon. Her career is solid and she is always in demand for her excellent services.  She is well paid and also teaches.

Now, Dr. R has terrible back pain, which has been getting steadily worse.  She has had a lot of medical diagnoses and some surgeries and yet the pain is never gone.  Her career is threatened, due to this condition, and she is losing confidence in her capacity to operate since there are times that the pain is so terrible that she needs medicine, which makes her thinking cloudy.

She firmly believes that since she can “fix” eyes, she should be able to “fix” her back also, and that then the pain would go away.  She is not aware that her medical model separates the person into parts.  Until she recognizes that this model is not accurate, that a person is whole, she will continue to struggle, unsuccessfully with pain.  She will try and try, but with major blind spot.

When the thinking stays the same, so do the results.