EMBODYING EXPERIENCE
A TRANSCENDENT JOURNEY

Stanley Keleman

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The subcortical brainstem and cortex are the main characters in the embodying and rebodying dialogue of the inherited body becoming a personal body. This ongoing relationship, mediated by voluntary muscular cortical effort, plays a key role in influencing inherited locomotor and expressive patterns that generate feeling experiences that influence behavior, states of arousal, and the making of memories. This process is the basis for embodying experiences and the rebodying of motor acts and experiences. Voluntary effort is an agent in the embodying and rebodying of personal experiences of embodied aliveness.

A study of what it means to be embodied opens the door immediately to a transcendent point of view. Having a body is the gift of the genetic and epigenetic process. The genetic code preserves the actual event of creation and transmits it over and over again so that bodied life can evolve and develop. The epigenetic code, linked to voluntary muscular cortical effort, preserves the differentiated inherited and personally influenced behavior memories. The unique gift of human life is thus the ability to be embodied and—as an embodied creature—to be able to rebody differentiated motor experiences, extending the inherited and voluntarily formed acts and thereby transcending inherited nature.

The formative approach develops the connection between inherited motor acts and muscular–cortical influence, which differentiates the accompanying feedback as feeling. Motor acts generate feeling, the by-product of the organism’s motoric readiness metabolism that generates specific somatic arousal and sensory feeling––such as feelings of fear, or knowing whether to strike out or investigate, or to wait or be ready to run. Feeling comes about through a delay of an act’s completion. The incompleteness of a motor act generates feeling or an experience of a readiness and intent to complete an act….