Healing through Radical Aliveness/Core Energetics

Marple native Jonathan Godfrey, a facilitator for Radical Aliveness, strikes a foam cube with a soft club as a way to release energy and emotions. Photo by Leslie Krowchenko

When Marple native Jonathan Godfrey sought a way to reach his feelings during his acting days, he was introduced to Core Energetics.

Twenty years later, he practices the further evolution of Radical Aliveness to engage others in a similar experience.

A new approach to healing, Radical Aliveness/Core Energetics (RA/CE) provides a mind-body-spirit connection for personal growth and development. He will soon mark a year in his Ardmore office.

“At the time I could not access my emotions and it opened me up,” said Godfrey. “I really saw huge changes in my life and people would tell me ‘you’ve changed.’”

Developed by Ann Bradney after 30 years in the human potential movement, RA/CE uses physical exercises, mindfulness meditation, visualization, vocalization and breathing techniques to help clients get to the root of their unconscious beliefs. The combination allows individuals to touch their buried feelings and thoughts, ultimately allowing them to change their behavior and decision-making skills. Bradney founded an institute in Malibu in 2008 with the mission of empowering people to become leaders equipped with its unique group process.

A month after beginning the program, Godfrey was diagnosed with cancer. Although surgery and radiation saved him physically, the medical advancements could not heal him emotionally and spiritually and the question of “why me” lingered. He found the RA/CE community gave him a safe place to dig deeper into his soul, allowing his entire body to be restored.

After years as a Core Energetics client, Godfrey enrolled in the institute’s four-year training to become a certified practitioner. He subsequently returned to the area and opened Radical Aliveness Philadelphia, one of only three offices on the East Coast.

“I found that I could help others take a look at themselves and express themselves fully,” said Godfrey. “My job is to bring up unspoken things and release the energy, but not allow it to control the room.”

Working one-on-one or in a group field, Godfrey facilitates clients in the three steps to becoming radically alive. Bringing an awareness to the present, developing one’s body perception and removing emotional blocks, leads to the emptying-out process, a release of history. Both allow individuals to ultimately create a new consciousness, connecting to one’s essence and trusting and accessing deep wisdom and unique gifts. The progression involves a combination of talk and action, expressing oneself through words and exercises.

“Radical Aliveness asks you to fully participate – to bring all your energy and take self-responsibility,” said Godfrey. “It helps people become as powerful as they are and gets them into their full flow of energy.”

Godfrey’s greatest fulfillment is to see others evolve as profoundly as he has. By encouraging them “take risks, make mistakes and feel your feelings all the way,” he has seen the change in them that others have seen in him.

“I see people become empowered and grow in front of your eyes,” he said. “I see them transform and give back so much and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Jonathan Godfrey will be conducting free introductory Radical Aliveness community classes Feb. 28 and March 28 and a one-day paid workshop on Jan. 31. Individual and group sessions may also be scheduled. For more information, visit RadicalAlivenessPhila.com.

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