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Voluntary Controls (An Aletheia Foundation Book) Paperback – October 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Series: An Aletheia Foundation Book
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140193545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140193541
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jack Schwarz (1924-2000), born in Dordrecht, Holland; was in the Dutch Underground during World War II, and came to US in 1957. (Please see website for extensive biography at and Wikipedia-Jack Schwarz.)

"What most delights and amazes me in the life, the wisdom and the teachings of my friend (Jack Schwarz) is the way in which his words so often illuminate for me the sayings of the great master." Joseph Campbell, author

"Schwarz is a rare teacher who opens doors on the path of evolution of consciousness....His ways of seeing and of prompting vision or awareness are to my mind far more important elements of his ability to heal than his extensive knowledge of naturopathy." Gay Luce, author

"The links to full health lie in our ability to understand ourselves and to tune into the many parts of our being. This is what Jack Schwarz' program at Aletheia offers." Virginia Satir, Family therapist and author

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thouqht on January 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was at a pivotal position in my life when this book found me. I was questioning everything I was taught during my thirteen years of Catholic school and doing my best to deal with the shallow and destructive energies that college life surrounded me with. My transformation began on the fateful day that I walked into the used book store on the main street of my college town and I was looking for a book on meditation. Having just read the The Einstein Factor: A Proven New Method for Increasing Your Intelligence and The Holographic Universe, I was ready for something more personal and intimate. I felt like I was meant for bigger and better things, but I was so disconnected with everything including myself. I needed something to help me bridge that gap. Voluntary Controls opened me up to a whole new world (or rather it began to wake me up to the world I was already in).

The beginning section of this book is ESSENTIAL reading for anyone on a path of spiritual and personal development. Jack Schwarz made me realize that no one can teach me anything. All we can do is have our own experiences and look for validation in what others experience. Thats what learning is, it is NOT knowledge transferred from one person to another. Sure, we can gain ideas of what to look for through reading about other people's experiences, but until we take that step and try it for ourself, we have no actual understanding of the experience in question.

You can tell that Mr.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cortezhill VINE VOICE on February 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This handbook gives specific, step-by-step instructions for you to obtain the remarkable powers demonstrated by Jack Schwarz. An important part of this technique is creative meditation, an active form of meditation that is neither an infrequent exercise nor a worship ritual; instead it provides you with a different way of using your mind and body - a way that will activate the paraconsciousness within you.

Schwarz also shows how to activate the chakras, the seven mystical points along the spine, each of which has a specific and powerful function. Each of the points is associated with both a color and a symbol; see the front cover for the arrangement of these elements...
---excerpt from book's back cover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miranda Martin on December 26, 2013
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This book seemed not all that greatly written at first, but at the same time, I could see the writer was really describing bedrock in his field. Couldn't take the style, though, so put it aside at first. But then, when one tires of a flowery style or reading that is exciting, and in short when one really needs help, this may be a go-to author. I haven't read any of his other books. I am acquainted with someone who was a personal friend of his, a man quite suspicious of the esoteric who thinks Jack Schwarz is the real McCoy, authentic, so have had a strong recommendation in that way. Because of this recommendation, I did give the book more attention than I otherwise would have, and what do you know, it took a while but I finally began to get the hang of it. This transition has been like going from a wine cooler to Hennessy cognac. So I only pick up the book when I am in deep enough trouble that I am willing to do what he says. Not so often, but the book is always at the ready in my bedside bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Doyle on April 20, 2010
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I am pleased with the quality condition of the book I ordered. Thank you for your efficiency and care. I was also pleased that I can go the Amazon and most times they have what I am looking for.
Voluntary Controls has simple but profound ways of going deeper into my belief system and find the ways I sabotage myself and therefore, greatly reshape my life. Nancy Doyle
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