Pierrakos, John C. (1921– )
Psychiatrist John Pierrakos, the husband of psychic channel
Eva Pierrakos, was a student of controversial psychiatrist Wilhelm
Reich and the founder of a system of bodywork called
core energetics. Pierrakos was born in a small town, Neon Oitylon,
in Greece. In 1939, as World War II loomed on the horizon,
he left Greece for the United States. He settled in New
York and attended Columbia University eventually earning an
M.D. with a specialization in psychiatry. He eventually earned
a Ph.D. in psychiatry. In the late 1940s, he came to know Reich
and studied with him until he ran into trouble with the authorities
for his teachings and practices concerning Orgone energy
(his version of what was otherwise known as prana or psychic
Pierrakos worked on the staff of a hospital for several years
and then settled in private practice with another former Reichean,
Alexander Lowen. The two created bioenergetics, a new
system of bodywork that drew inspiration from Reich and dealt
with the manner in which the inner life of people and energetic
states were manifest in the body.
Around 1964, he was given a copy of a lecture of a medium,
Eva Broch, a trance channel whose lectures were devoted to
personal growth. The two were drawn to each other from their
initial meeting, and he began to study with her on what she
called the Pathwork. The teaching seemed to provide what he
had found missing from Reich and from bioenergetics. He also
began to share with her what he had learned about the body’s
energies. They were married in 1971.
As Eva Pierrakos (1915–1979), she opened the first Pathwork
Center in 1972. He supported her work while continuing
to integrate the Pathwork insights into his own practice. He has
seen the Pathwork as causing a shift of emphasis toward the development
of the spiritual self in his bodywork and counseling
practice. According to Pierrakos, ‘‘Core Energetics is based on
a deep understanding of the ways in which energy and consciousness
work together in the transformative process of healing.’’
Following his wife’s death in 1979, he founded the Institute
of Core Energetics, now the Institute of Core Energetics
The institute may be contacted co Joan Groom, 47 Moseman
Ave., Katonah, NY 10536. It offers an expansive program
of professional workshops and symposia at locations across
North America, Europe, and Australia. It has a webpage at
Institute for Core Energetics. httpwww.coreenergeticsintl.org.
June 10, 2000.
Pierrakos, John C. Core Energetics Developing the Capacity to
Love and Heal. Mendocino, Calif. Liferhythms, 1990.
———. Eros, Love, and Sexuality The Forces that Unify Men and
Women. Mendocino, Calif. Liferhythm, 1997.

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