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About Core Energetics

Core Energetics is a deep and empowering somatic self-discovery and self-education process that integrates mind, body, spirit, and emotions. 

In this work, we believe at the core of each person is a creative and spiritual self. It is a source of love, acceptance, and deep knowing. According to Pierrakos, “The core is the human being’s whole capacity, a glowing, vital mass, both the source and the perceiver of life force. The core has complete unity. It is an indivisible vibratory operation, a process in which every person knows the truth instinctively by sensing the pulse of life.”

Adverse life experiences and even the day-to-day micro-traumas and micro-aggressions experienced over time may create held tension and compensatory patterns in our musculature, attitudes, and behavior. Over time, the consciousness around the events goes away and may even be repressed, but the patterns and tensions may show up as blockages or splits in energy flow, distortions of feelings, negative images and belief systems, lack of contact with one’s grounding or heart or inspiration, and armoring in the body – such as rigidity, tightness, or flaccidity in parts of the body. These limit the natural pulsation, vitality, and expression of the core.

Our approach is to work with both mind and body, or consciousness and the energy that we experience as emotions, sensations, and impulses to help people release their blocks and negative images and belief systems, and rediscover their core’s natural flow and aliveness. In the process, they may discover deeper meaning in their lives and also experience deeper intimacy with self and in their relationships. 

I graduated from the 4th year at the Institute of Core Energetics (NY/CT) in June 2019, and am working on requirements for certification.

A video from Core Energetics about its founder Dr. John Pierrakos and the history of the lineage:

About Jennifer

picture of Jennifer Huang in a white blouse

Me, au naturel (not a lick of makeup)! Oh, and I love beets!

Hi, I’m Jennifer Huang, a human being, evolving and late blossomer. 🙂 My passion is helping people awaken to their gifts and creative capacity, and develop self-leadership and empathy for navigating our increasingly complex world. My desire is to live in a harmonious world where people are contributing their gifts, and being valued in ways that feel good for them and are also sustainable for the whole. And I also want to be living in communities where people are taking responsibility for what gets in the way of their gifts. My practice as a Core Energetics practitioner(-in-training) is my contribution to this vision.

I discovered Core Energetics / Radical Aliveness in 2012, newly laid off and resigned to the fact that the way I had been living wasn’t working for me. Even though I took a left-turn 10 years earlier away from a promising corporate career to “follow my bliss,” I was exhausted, depressed, and barely getting out of bed. I was at the end of a second 10-year cycle in which I learned that I put my ladder up against the wrong tree and followed my own fear of admitting failure and the “shoulds” from a chorus of people rather than listening to my own intuition.

As a personal development junkie since 2002, I’d tried many modalities and programs that contributed and guided me forward, but it was Core Energetics’s approach to working with my body and stuck feelings that freed up energy and space for me to pursue new possibilities

The opening allowed me to follow my curiosity into a yoga teacher training. “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” was what I remembered as I was introduced to the universe within the confines of my skin and psyche. Desiring a teacher who would support my daily practice led me into Ashtanga Yoga. Before I knew it, I was on my first – then second – solo international trip to India, living and learning with my teachers’ teachers and absorbing the deep spirituality of the land. 

As much as I love the Indian approaches to energy and consciousness, I recognized that with my particular gifts and passions, Core Energetics was the best vehicle for me to do the work I wanted to do. I enrolled in the Radical Aliveness Institute (then Radical Aliveness / Core Energetics), and was invited to assist a workshop in Mexico and then to study with a healer in another tradition in Germany. I designed and co-led my first RA workshop for GIRLSCHOOL, a woman-fronted music festival. And then I transferred across the country to the Institute of Core Energetics (NY) to focus on working with individuals (for now).

I’m still very much in the student phase as a practitioner, and very much in my own process of transformation, but this is what I’ve learned: to let go of those 10-year plans, to look deep into what I wish to banish from my own life – because therein lies the pearl of the gift; to listen to my desires and passion, and even deeper into the stirring of my soul as therein lies my purpose in this life. There’s something about claiming my gifts and stepping into my purpose – it’s some of the hardest work I’ve ever done, but it’s also followed by a sense of ease and lightness. And I marvel that the powers-that-be continue to align and support me. 

I also have this thesis that as our world is in a stage of chaos and transition, it’s of vital importance that we show up with our gifts, grounded in our own bodies and good intentions, deeply rooted in our compassion for self and others, seeking to know ourselves and others – even in the face of conflict. Especially in the face of conflict – with both ourselves and others. I believe this is how we transform culture. This is why I practice.

I would love to support you to reclaim your gifts and blossom. Through Core Energetics, I have some approaches that might help.

picture of Jennifer Huang in a white blouse

Me, au naturel (not a lick of makeup)! Oh, and I love beets!

Hi, I’m Jennifer Huang, a human being, evolving and late blossomer. 🙂 My passion is helping people awaken to their gifts and creative capacity, and develop self-leadership and empathy for navigating our increasingly complex world. My desire is to live in a harmonious world where people are contributing and being valued in ways that feel good for them and are also sustainable for the whole. My practice as a Core Energetics practitioner(-in-training) is my contribution to this vision.

I discovered Core Energetics / Radical Aliveness in 2012, newly laid off and resigned to the fact that the way I had been living wasn’t working for me. Even though I took a left-turn 10 years earlier away from a promising corporate career to “follow my bliss,” I was exhausted, depressed, and barely getting out of bed. I was at the end of a second 10-year cycle in which I learned that I put my ladder up against the wrong tree and followed my own fear of admitting failure and the “shoulds” from a chorus of people rather than listening to my own intuition.

As a personal development junkie since 2002, I’d tried many modalities and programs that contributed and guided me forward, but it was Core Energetics’s approach to working with my body and stuck feelings that freed up energy and space for me to pursue new possibilities

The opening allowed me to follow my curiosity into a yoga teacher training. “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” was what I remembered as I was introduced to the universe within the confines of my skin and psyche. Desiring a teacher who would support my daily practice led me into Ashtanga Yoga. Before I knew it, I was on my first – then second – solo international trip to India, living and learning with my teachers’ teachers and absorbing the deep spirituality of the land. 

As much as I love the Indian approaches to energy and consciousness, I recognized that with my particular gifts and passions, Core Energetics was the best vehicle for me to do the work I wanted to do. I enrolled in the Radical Aliveness Institute (then Radical Aliveness / Core Energetics), and was invited to assist a workshop in Mexico and then to study with a healer in another tradition in Germany. I designed and co-led my first RA workshop for GIRLSCHOOL, a woman-fronted music festival. And then I transferred across the country to the Institute of Core Energetics (NY) to focus on working with individuals (for now).

I’m still very much in the student phase as a practitioner, and very much in my own process of transformation, but this is what I’ve learned: to let go of those 10-year plans, to look deep into what I wish to banish from my own life – because therein lies the pearl of the gift; to listen to my desires and passion, and even deeper into the stirring of my soul as therein lies my purpose in this life. There’s something about claiming my gifts and stepping into my purpose – it’s some of the hardest work I’ve ever done, but it’s also followed by a sense of ease and lightness. And I marvel that the powers-that-be continue to align and support me. 

I also have this thesis that as our world is in a stage of chaos and transition, it’s of vital importance that we show up with our gifts, grounded in our own bodies and good intentions, deeply rooted in our compassion for self and others, seeking to know ourselves and others – even in the face of conflict. Especially in the face of conflict – with both ourselves and others. I believe this is how we transform culture. This is why I practice.

I would love to support you to reclaim your gifts and blossom. Through Core Energetics, I have some approaches that might help.

Other Influences and Gratitude

Tantra & The Divine Feminine

I’ve been attracted to stories of the Feminine in Divine form since childhood, seeking stories beyond the limited archetypes of subservient and self-sacrificing wives and daughters of my own culture, and virgin/maiden, wife/mother, and chrone that were prominent from European mythology. In 2011, the late Psalm Isadora introduced me to the fierce and primal goddesses of south India, and the honor and respect accorded to them opened me to embrace a fuller spectrum of my wholeness as a woman. Feminine-centered and -inclusive spirituality also connect me with the cycles of life, where the destructive forces are also honored as they make room for new creativity to manifest. And there is room to accept the light and the dark that make up the wholeness of life. I personally learn and practice in the Sri Vidya lineage as taught by the late nuclear physicist turned spiritual teacher, Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswathi and his senior teachers of Devipuram in southern India, on fertile land with a landscape similar to the body of a woman.

I also am guided by universal principles that are reflected in mystical traditions from around the world.

Ashtanga Yoga

I’ve been blessed with an almost daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga system of postures (as taught by Pattabhi Jois) with LA-based certified and authorized teachers since 2013. The beauty of the Mysore approach is that while I may be in a room with other students, my practice is independent of others, and the teacher is able to teach us each individually, one person at a time. I love that. My teacher tells me that it takes 10 years of practice to begin to understand the practice (I’m halfway there!), yet I’ve already encountered precious moments of stillness when my mind is quiet and I’m aware of my own grounding and breath, my relationship to earth and heaven, the joyful interplay of energy and consciousness, and my love and gratitude for the practice, lineage, my teachers, my peers, and humankind. There is something magical and transformative in the collective of the Mysore room with a teacher who is clear about their purpose and shows up almost daily from the strength and devotion of their own practice.

I am also early in my studies of Yoga philosophy with the delightful Drs. M.A. Jayashree & M.A. Narasimhan of Mysore.

Acting, Mythology & The Imagined Life

My 3rd acting teacher Sandra Seacat was the first who saw straight into the core of me and nourished me at the soul level. She introduced me to the archetype of the “wounded healer” and planted seeds that became signposts as I continued along a path that had no map. I also spent almost 5 years with Faline England at Diana Castle’s The Imagined Life and there I learned how to practice and live one’s mission, discovered that all stories are potential states of being within each of us brought alive and energized by attention, and connected through my own empathetic imagination. It’s been said that when working with great actors, all one has to do is breathe. These actors create worlds with such specificity and belief, they take the audience on the journey with them. Their imaginations go far beyond the mind, into a state of being (that includes the body), through which the “energy” of the room seems to shift. A few times I’ve seen stoics in my life weeping in the darkness of the theatre or cinema, able to finally feel through being in this field of powerful storytelling and great acting. You create the world you live in,” was one of the school’s mottos. And I got curious about what was possible in bringing this “technology” into this greater theatre of life with this shared world as our sandbox

Soon after, I discovered Core Energetics/Radical Aliveness and Ashtanga Yoga.

Radical Aliveness

Radical Aliveness (RA) was created by Ann Bradney, evolving the work of Core Energetics by adding complexity (thanks to Niki Angel’s thought leadership) and Arnold Mindell’s approach to leadership and deep democracy. RA is in a period of transition, and while I was there, it felt that RA moved away from the Core Energetics framework (which centers more on individual energetics and life task and purpose) to center on themes within a group and the experience of complexity, cultural diversity, and systemic issues within a group and society-at-large. Personally I’ve learned some of my disconnect with others were a result of being raised by parents from a collectivist culture and living in a nation that values individuality. Through Niki I learned that one wasn’t better than the other, just that they offered different perceptions, and today I can “flex” between the two perceptions. Some of the explorations at RAI give me much hope in the healing of systemic issues such as race in this country. This has opened me to explore reparative justice models pioneered by women and non-binary genders of color.

I completed the 2-Year Leadership and Self-Transformation Program and my time there has forever changed the way I view my family of origin, cultural diversity, privilege and impact, the communities I participate in, and the multitude of ways life chooses to express itself through us. 

Rainer Marie Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet

The heart’s guidebook at The Imagined Life – this is a soulful and succinct collection of letters to those of us who must create. He talks about the “I must” and the need to organize life to support it, the necessity of solitude, maturation of love, and even gender dynamics.

More

  • JK Rowling, Harry Potter
  • Brené Brown (is my Patronus) – her “rumble” is kind of like what we do in Core Energetics
  • Simon Sinek, Start with Why
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Hara, as taught by Barbara Brennan
  • The Coaches Training Institute
  • David Livermore, Customs of the World
  • Martial Arts philosophies from the East
  • 12 Step 
  • My Parents
  • Gardening

Know yourself.

Be happy.

Be free.

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Know yourself.

Be happy.

Be free.

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[These people] want only special revolutions, outward revolutions, political readjustments...

But all this is inconsequential.

The thing that counts is

the revolution of the
human spirit.

Henrik Ibsen

[These people] want only special revolutions, outward revolutions, political readjustments...

But all this is inconsequential.

The thing that counts is

the revolution of the human spirit.

Henrik Ibsen

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Stay in Touch!

If you’re curious, join my email list so we can get to know each other. I’ll let you know when I’m offering free intros, workshops, and other offerings that may be of interest to you. I’ll also share inspiration, musings, and nerdings. You’re also welcome to reply and share your thoughts and experiences.

  • I will never sell your information and will probably send emails about once or twice a month. You'll always be able to unsubscribe or update your information at any time by following the instructions at the bottom of the emails I send, or emailing me directly.