In these talks, Franklyn Sills, one of the pioneers of a biodynamic approach to Craniosacral Therapy, presents some of the basic concepts within the biodynamic approach. In his first talk, which is an introduction to the field of craniosacral biodynamics, he orients to people in the craniosacral field who have influenced him and others worldwide. In his second talk, he looks at the nature of what Dr William Garner Sutherland DO, the founder of the work, called “primary respiration.” These are the fundamental forces that maintain and protect all of life. in his third talk he looks at what Dr Rollin Becker DO called the “inherent treatment plan, or inherent treatment program.” This looks at the natural arsing of healing processes within the clinical context. These may occur in many ways and Franklyn looks at some common processes that may emerge in session work. in his final talk, Franklyn orients to an awareness of the “primal midline,” a naturally rising energetic midline that is part of a wider ordering field, that is a basic organizational midline for all tissue form.
Franklyn has been a major influence in the worldwide development of a biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy. He has been teaching in this field for over 30 years, and has influenced many current teachers and trainings throughout the world. He has presented at many Conferences over the last twenty years and his books, Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics Volumes 1 and 2, are seminal texts in the field.
Having originally studied medical sciences, Franklyn has a long history of study and clinical practice in psychotherapy as well as in craniosacral therapy. His original psychotherapeutic orientation was in humanistic psychology, working with neo-Reichian and pre-natal and birth psychotherapy. He has studied and collaborated with Dr. William Emerson, one of the prime developers of pre- and perinatal psychology. Franklyn also lectures in the Core Process Psychotherapy Training, a mindfulness-based psychotherapy program developed at the Karuna Institute, which he co-founded. He offers his expertise through presentations on Buddhist psychology, pre-natal and birth psychology, personality formation, mindfulness practice and trauma skills. He also teaches the neurobiology of mindfulness, stress and trauma, and he has brought this into the Institute’s Trainings. Franklyn has helped to develop the integrated paradigm of being and selfhood used in the Core Process training.
Franklyn was a Buddhist monk under the most venerable Taungpulu Kaba Aye Sayadaw of Northern Burma, and also studied in the Zen and Taoist traditions. His experience in the cranial field has convinced him that the body must be included in any form of therapy. His published books include The Polarity Process, Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics vol. one and two, and Being and Becoming, Psychodynamics, Buddhism and the Origins of Selfhood.