"Janet Adler's shaping of Authentic Movement is a significant response to a widely felt needs for a spiritual practice that is both embodied and non-authoritarian. Offering from the Conscious Body gives a lucid description of each element of the discipline of Authentic Movement and its impact on the soul. It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in this area of human development." (Don Hanlon Johnson, Ph.D., professor of Somatics, California Institute of Integral Studies; author o)
"Janet Adler's Offering from the Conscious Body is an outstanding contribution?beautifully written, rich with information, scholarly, and deeply moving. Her definitive work on the origins, theory, and practice of Authentic Movement is a great gift to us all." (Joan Chodorow, Ph.D., author of Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology and editor of Jung on Active Imag)
"A remarkably subtle guide to discovering who we are in the present moment through the spontaneous movements of our bodies." (Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D., professor of Transpersonal Psychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychol)
"Offering from the Conscious Body is a tour de force for exploring the further realms of our essential human development." (Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D., co-author of The Feminine Face of God and The Cultural Creatives)
"In the richness of her offering, Janet embodies the mystical journey present in all of humanity. Her writing inspires us from the soul of antiquity." (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Founder and Educational Director, The School for Body-Mind Centering)
"An unusual book--a novel approach to self-discovery through movement and careful observation . . . a slowing down to step into Presence." (Edward Espe Brown, Zen priest and author of The Tassajara Bread Book)
"A remarkable guide to this spiritual, kinetic, transformative practice." (Anna Harris, Magical Blend's Natural Beauty & Health, Spring 2003)
"This text promises to find its place among the primary literature on movement written in this epoch. I would teach from it, and I would recommend it to others." (Andrea Olson, Choreographer and author of Bodystories)
"Janet's astonishing ability to track and articulate the development of this work makes her writing a necessity for those of us who know about Authentic Movement and for others on similar journeys who seek to know about the relationship of the body to psychological healing, artistic impulse, and experience of the numinous." (Andrea Olson, Choreographer and author of Bodystories)
From the Inside Flap
In Offering from the Conscious Body, Janet Adler, the presiding voice in the field of Authentic Movement, presents both the theory and the practice of this unique body-based discipline that concerns psychological healing, artistic impulse, and experience of the numinous. This Western awareness practice invites the experience of a person’s evolving relationship with oneself, another, the collective, and the divine through compassionate witnessing of movement becoming conscious.
With vivid examples taken from her own practice and teaching, Adler leads the reader through the multiple layers within the discipline--moving and witnessing in dyads and then groups, in the presence of a witnessing teacher--to develop a comprehensive and experiental understanding of this innovative way of work. Designed for professionals and laypersons interested in psychology, bodywork, creative exploration, mystical practice, or personal transformation, the discipline of Authentic Movement is at the cutting edge of merging Western healing practices.
JANET ADLER, with a Ph.D. in mystical studies, teaches the discipline of Authentic Movement internationally and was the founder and director of The Mary Starks Whitehouse Institute, the first school devoted to the study and practice of Authentic Movement. She is the author of Arching Backward and of two films: Looking for Me, documenting her work with autistic children, and Still Looking, reflecting her work in the discipline of Authentic Movement. She lives in northern California, where she also works as a hospice chaplain.