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Movement for Self-Healing: An Essential Resource for Anyone Seeking Wellness
Movement for Self-Healing: An Essential Resource for Anyone Seeking Wellness
by Meir Schneider
Edition: Paperback
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Movement for Self-Healing, October 30, 2004
This marvelous handbook with an unprepossessing cover has as its source of power, a significant number of stories and anecdotes

based on the author's personal experience as a natural healer. There is no stronger force for changing and altering our lifestyle than "been there, experienced that".

Schneider takes us from his early years having been born blind through wonderful tales of wry humor and astute observation of his peers and adults that shows his gifts as an intuitive healer.

The book is easy to follow: divided into three parts with 17 chapters. The author vacillated between despair and hope for many years, and the force of his will, along with the inevitable mentor we have all had at times in our lives led him to open up to the world as his vision emerged. As a senior in high school,

Schneider began teaching others how to recognize the equilibrium and balance that our bodies cry for as we gradually act all too often against our better angels of healthiness.

Living abroad, the author continued to learn and express his own wisdom as he helped others with diseases such as polio, failing vision, back problems, arthritis, even multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. Examining the all-too-human phenomenon of "internal resistance to healing", the author uses case studies, graphic drawings, and repetitive examples to help us gain confidence that we too can alter and adopt the behavior of well-being. For example, Schneider devotes a fair amount of space to the well-known but oft overlooked Bates Method of better vision. But he does not focus on that issue with great technical reliance on medical terminology. Indeed, the value of this fine volume is that the subject matter is dealt with in common sense verbiage: "back problems" are near-universal and the mechanics are often way beyond what most people want to know. Schneider knows his subjects of body movement, natural healing with sleep and time, the use of yoga and its variants, visualization, and support from friends and compassionate healers. Einstein (or Virginia Woolf) would be quite happy with the emphatic clarity of his writing.

This book will be of value to those interested in holistic health (and medicine) as well as Philosophy (mind and body issues). His commentary on ageing, breathing, body imagery, and the need to simply "listen" to ourselves may seem simple expressed in a review, but through the two-page Epilogue of his School's Education Director we come to realize that the Meir Schneider Self-Healing Method is a healthful approach of great quiet authority. The seven-page Index is an excellent tool for referencing Schneider's well laid-out and thoughtful scheme of how some 30 people came to improve their health and stay healthy.

Note: a much-shortened version of this review first appeared in

the Nov/Dec issue of New Age Retailer.

In Search of P. D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff
In Search of P. D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff
by Gary Lachman
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Search of P. D. Ouspensky: The Genius In The Shadow ..., October 26, 2004
The title of this book, a play on the Ouspensky opus "In Search of The Miraculous", is an invitation to finally gain a line of insight about the personal life of a very capable mathematician and philosopher who has all too often been dismissed by mainstream academics as a mystic, as though such a designation relegates Ouspensky to some distant fringe. This biography is a rigorous and thorough contribution to the life and understanding of a very fine mind.

By sheer virtue of Ouspensky's eclectic teachings, often in the shadow and as an offshoot of his mentor, the reader is invited to view metaphysics and philosophy through the early and middle 20th-Century from a highly unique point of view. The author is exceptionally talented and through his careful research brings the reader intimately within the circle of Ouspensky's initiates. Page 203 provides such an example: Kenneth Walker arrives to speak with Ouspensky and Lachman treats us to an almost cinematic setting of Ouspensky developing photographs while the curious Walker examines his bookcases and scientific paraphernalia. The narrative is rich and full of images of the special world of the diverse and unique personalities that always surround this guru. Of course, as is the case during the life of Ouspensky, Gurdjieff is not far away...ever. Indeed, Gurdjieff outlived Ouspensky by nearly two years, passing away--or 'over'--in 1949.

The author's genius is in his portraiture. While the philosophical and mystical holdings, beliefs, and practices can be extracted from sections of the 21 chapters, readers would do far better reading the original works or from the many interpretative volumes which have been written by acolytes and reviewed by critics. Lachman gives us details, and in an almost Austen-like fashion, allows us to live in Ouspensky's time, and akin to the fly-on-the-wall, share in great depth, the group dynamics of his followers. Their habits and social context is simply not available elsewhere in the literature and Lachman deserves much credit for his creative reconstruction.

The 8-page epilogue provides a fine summing-up, and is followed by 29 pages of notes to each chapter. The notes are both bibliographical as well as providing the reader with clarifications. The 16 page index is professionally organized and gives the reader sub-headings that further direct them to valuable in-depth sources. This is a very important addition to the the subject and the ability of the author to take us within the private lives of the characters is a great gift.

by Matthi Forrer
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hokusai:Mountains & Water; Flowers & Birds, October 26, 2004
This review is from: Hokusai (Paperback)
Hokusai is to the educated Western eye synonymous with Japanese art. Indeed, "the Great Wave at Kanagawa" represents all the powerful symmetry of the simple, direct force of line drawing and

pointillism and the clean coloration that has come to symbolize the zen eye. While these gorgeous studies are woodcuts, their place in the artistic firmament is assured at least for those of us in the West. This beautifully designed collection has sewn-in

signatures and features The Wave on its cover and contains over four dozen satin-finish reproductions from Katsushika Hokusai's nature theme portfolio. The editor, Matthi Forrer gives us 16 pages of biographical and historical commentary.

It should be noted that much of the Nature work of Hokusai was accomplished in his seventh decade (he lived to about 90). To spend time with these pieces is to enjoy a whimsical and light-spirited romp through a time in Japan when it was barely open to any significant degree of Western influence. His work is fanciful and yet done with grace and simplicity. It is the technique of a painter who not only knows his medium, but manages to add the wry and jaded perspective of serendipity.

At the same time Hokusai was pouring forth his woodblock prints, it is worthwhile to remind ourselves that the skies over much of southern England were darkened and polluted by the cranking-up of the machinery of the Industrial Revolution. The unselfconscious qualities of these colorful prints show people of leisure and workers alike, but it is a depiction of society that has yet to feel the impact of dehumanizing and Nature-damaging machinery. Plate #14 is a fine example. While showing workers in a lumberyard, the movements of the bodyframes tossing wood suggests a flow of energy that is natural and contrasts with

the death and injury brought to their counterparts in the West by the forces of industrialization. We can only imagine what a simpler life and times for Hokusai's countrymen must have been like and which these prints reflect. One can sit with and contemplate his elegant immutable cranes (plate #32) for hours.

This is a wonderful, rich compilation and Prestel Publishing gets major kudos for producing this affordable volume.

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