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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Reprint edition (June 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874778727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874778724
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Dr. Jean Houston began The Foundation for Mind Research in 1965, her aim was to explore cultures in order to uncover the many ways peak human potential was defined and achieved. After extensive research using techniques such as dream work, altered states of consciousness and biofeedback on thousands of subjects, she began to conduct workshops that focused on psychophysical (mind/body) awareness and enhancement to reach a higher level of being. The core elements of these workshops are recreated here through essays and exercises designed to "awaken," in every sense, our physical and mental capacities, and to explore the realms of our inner space and creative processes. This is a fascinating work, both for its approach and the breadth of perspective given by the rich historical and cultural context the material is drawn from. Jean's social perceptions are remarkable, her delivery accessible and her confidence in human ability inspiring. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by Ilene Rosoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jean Houston, Ph.D., is the bestselling author of many books, including The Possible Human, The Search for the Beloved, and A Passion for the Possible. An internationally renowned scholar, philosopher, and teacher, Dr. Houston is the codirector of the Foundation for Mind Research in Pomona, New York, and a consultant to UNICEF and other international agencies.

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Jean Houston lays out the foundation for your expansion as a spiritual human in this book/manual.
Howard K. Crampton, Jr.
She offers a comprehensive program of exercises through which the reader can test her conclusions and integrate them into his or her own life.
JR Dekker
If you will actually take the time to do the exercises in this book- not just read them- a new world awaits you.
Vincent Harris

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2001
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Wondering why the world makes no sense? Our culture denies or denigrates so much of the core of human experience. Dr. Houston walks you through practical exercizes to regain your birthright as a human being. I'm not fond of 'self-help' books, most of them are rubbish. But I bought copies of this one for my family, because the information in it changed my perspective about myself and the world I have to live in. I highly recommed it for intelligent people who want solid information.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By JR Dekker on January 11, 2007
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Dr. Jean Houston in one of the greatest thinkers of our time and, indeed, a force of nature when it comes to exploring the boundaries of Human Capacities. Buckminster Fuller called her mind "The Eighth Wonder of the World." Anything she writes is worth reading. Everyone knows that we use only a fraction of our total capacities. Through misuse, neglect, and even bad training, all of us have lost the full potential of our minds and bodies. In the past two decades, much has been learned about reclaiming these lost abilities. Dr. Houston, the leading exponent in this area, describes how each of us can remove blocks so that we can see more, hear more, remember more, and draw on more of our inner resources. She offers a comprehensive program of exercises through which the reader can test her conclusions and integrate them into his or her own life. Based on twenty years of research, this book not only extends our concept of what the "possible human" is, but how to get there.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Ellwood VINE VOICE on June 24, 2007
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This was probably one of the most innovative books I've read in a while. The exercises alone made this book a great read, but she also did an excellent job of explaining the underlying theory behind the exercises. I'll admit I liked this book a lot because it does go hand in hand with some of my own experiments, but I think that anyone who's interested in exploring the full potential of the human body will really enjoy this book, because the author shows you just how to do that. Her exercises are open-ended enough to allow for innovation on the part of the reader.

What I also really liked was that she did an excellent job of citing her sources and providing readers endnotes that fleshed out tangential concepts related to the main focus in each chapter.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Harris on February 22, 2008
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Never before have I had my mind stretched so far, in so many new directions. If you will actually take the time to do the exercises in this book- not just read them- a new world awaits you. I know, I know, I thought "what a load of B.S." too. Find out for yourself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 30, 2011
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Dr. Jean Houston (born 1937) is a psychologist who also has a Ph.D. in religion; she was briefly famous/infamous in the mass media as "Hilary Clinton's Guru." She is also the author/co-author of books such as: A Mythic Life: Learning to Live our Greater Story, The Search for the Beloved: Journeys in Mythology and Sacred Psychology, Jump Time: Shaping Your Future in a World of Radical Change, Mystical Dogs: Animals as Guides to Our Inner Life, etc.

She wrote in the first chapter of this 1992 book, "This book offers the material---the ideas and the exercises---presented in these introductory workshops. It is designed to give you the chance to similarly extend and refine your own lenses of body, mind, and spirit. Its goal is to help you to tap and orchestrate your hidden creative resources. The result is that you will become a partner in the co-evolutionary task, able to perceive the Pattern that Connects, able to take those actions and acquire those skills that help build the earth and nurture the possible human."

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"I have always thought of a myth as something that never happened but is always happening." (Pg. 8)
"What I am suggesting, therefore, is that we have a culture with a tendency to long pains and short pleasures." (Pg.
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