Scholarly Research: Transforming Unconscious Negativity to Consciousness through Somatic Practices by Siva Pooja Ramachandran

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm CST

Siva Pooja Ramachandran
Graduate Student
Arizona State University

Keywords: unconscious negativity, cycles, transformative spiral, embodied experience, response-ability, somatic-psychological, self-reflection

We tend to find ourselves sometimes in a tiresome cycle of emptiness, anger, self-criticism, jealousy, blame, fear, melancholy, isolation, and several other negative emotions. This article discusses the process one could undergo somatically to break away from the constructed reality cycle, and to transform along a spiral path of self-reflection, realization, and growth.


Through years of exploration and analyses, from an embodied perspective and an external viewpoint, I have theorized a somatic psychological strategy that could benefit and aid one in observing, considering, and altering their decisions within the moment that is inspired by Anna Halprin’s work on dance as a healing art, Isha’s Inner Engineering practices, and several other journal articles on somatics and dance pedagogical practices.

Statement of the problem

Due to the tiresome cycles of negativity and the consequences of these cycles can lead one to finding themselves in deep loops of restriction, frustration, and uncertainty. The repetition of such cycles constructs circumstances that require alternate perspectives, to free ourselves from what ties us down. Failure to do so might create scenarios that effect not just oneself, but also the people around them and future generations. Actions of passing down embodied trauma can hinder the individual and community progress.


  • The somatic-psychological theory shared in this paper could help one to consciously observe oneself and holistically experience growth through patterns of perceiving and recognizing one’s actions, understanding them, revealing, and coming to terms with the reasons behind them, choosing to get rid of the habitual behavior, and responding differently in the next scenario. The repetition of this method is what I call the transformative spiral.
  • With acceptance of one’s past, awareness of personal habitual patterns, and creating moments of pausing in order to act out of response-ability, one can become better positioned to express the essence of one’s most pure and conscious intentions.
  • When this spiral-like process repeats itself cyclically over a period of time and spreads throughout a social unit or units, it can burgeon into a practice that is pursued by a community, thereby creating a humane culture.
  • The transformative somatic spiral requires patience throughout one’s journey, as an individual needs the right moment, circumstances, and frame of mind to truly evolve.

Siva Pooja Ramachandran is a graduate student at Arizona State University pursuing a M.F.A. in Dance, whose practice of movement form is Bharatanatyam. Coming from a cultural, traditional, and philosophical background from India, the presenter carries a psychological analysis and spiritual perspective over every experience, in order to produce auto-ethnographical work for future references and for communal progression.

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