Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that, “All affections, whatsoever they are, have corresponding gestures in the body.” (Apocalypse Explained n 77) For instance, bowing down represents adoration from humiliation.
An actor on the stage or screen will adopt various postures and gestures to communicate a certain inner state of mind to the audience. Unfortunately, this means one can learn how to imitate inner values that one does not possess or genuinely follows. This manipulation is the origin of pretense and deception.
Thankfully, 20th century guru George Gurdjieff used this same technique for positive spiritual transformation. He had discovered that most humans acquire a very limited array of gestures and postures during their lives. These gestures, due to habit and repetition become “hard-wired” into the human brain.
Liberation from this limited human sphere requires breaking through and expanding these worn out postures.
Gurdjieff discovered that if he could get men and women to adopt a new range of postures he cold open their minds to new potentials, which would otherwise deteriorate within the conditions of modern life.
These “extra” postures and gestures became the basis for his sacred movements, in which students who performed them, were given a shocking new look at themselves—especially as to how mechanical their lives had become (in spite of their education).
Eventually, various world religions and churches will include this wise approach into their modus operandi.