The Joy of Physical Freedom

The Joy of Physical Freedom by Gertrude Enelow is more than the usual series of exercises. It is more than a device to enable you to feel good for a few hours. It presents a new method of rhythmic exercises describing a method to help achieve body balance for better health and appearance.

“Body Dynamics is a beauty treatment, inside and out. It teaches us how to avoid feeling and moving like machines. The demands of tense city living have so far removed us from a sense of oneness with nature that even the natural movements of a graceful. walk have become a lost art.” says Gertrude Enelow

Enelow’s book helps you to regain the “lost art.” It does so by enabling you to achieve complete relaxation and develop new vigor through a series of rhythmic exercises which stress the relation of breathing to movement.

Body Dynamics involves a folding and unfolding of the body, a flow of motion, with each movement growing out of the one before until the most difficult movements become simple.

There is a connection between the underlying principles of Body Dynamics and the Zen doctrine. The basic idea of Zen is to catch life as it flows, move with it, and feel at one with. it. Through Body Dynamics, you acquire a body flow which exemplifies the very spirit of Zen moving with life.

You need no outside apparatus to receive the benefits from Body Dynamics. You have all that you need, built within yourself, As you learn to use your body as a complete whole, you gain immediate beneficial results.

Now, in response to widespread demand, Mrs. Enelow has written this book. With the aid of scores of drawings by Ivan Whitkov, a distinguished Chicago artist, she presents the fundamental concepts of Body Dynamics.

As you read this fascinating book and begin to apply its principles, you will be astonished at what your body can do for you without effort. You will quickly come to agree with the great Ruth St. Denis that

“Gertrude Enelow is a modern prophet. Her Body Dynamics is a must right now, when we all need it.”

The Ghost in the Machine

The Ghost In The Machine by Arthur Koestler is a non-fiction work in philosophical psychology published in 1967.

The title is a phrase coined by the Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle to describe the Cartesian dualist account of the mind/body relationship.

Koestler shares with Ryle the view that the mind of a person is not an independent non-material entity, temporarily inhabiting and governing the body. One of the book’s central concepts is that as the human brain evolved, it retained and built upon earlier, more primitive brain structures.

The work attempts to explain man’s tendency towards self-destruction in terms of brain structure, philosophies, and its overarching, cyclical political-historical dynamics, reaching the height of its potential in the nuclear arms arena.

Bernard Gunther

Bernard Gunther Ph.D., was a renowned teacher, healer, counselor and best selling author, whose career spans over 40 years, and touched the lives of thousands of people.

Hailed as the first book of the human potential movement, Dr. Gunther’s “Sense Relaxation” has sold over half a million copies. His other books include: “Energy Ecstacy,” (a perennial best seller) “What to do Til the Messiah Comes,” “How the West is One,” “Neo Tantra,” and “The One Minute Enlightenment.”

Bernie, who has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, has studied and taught Yoga. Zen Buddhism. And Tantra as well as message, Rolfing, and Gestalt. Having known and associated throughout his long career with Fritz Perls, Roshi Joshu Sasaki, Alan Watts, and many others, Bernie has drawn on diverse disciplines to develop many innovative methods for allowing people to know their enlightened selves, and to live more abundantly.

Bernie is one of the people who helped establish the renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Founded in the early sixties, Esalen was a haven for radical explorations of Gestalt, encounter groups, family therapy, and meditation – as well as for ground breaking investigations into mind / body awareness, which Bernie pioneered.

Esalen was a mecca for many innovators in the human potential arena, including; Joseph Campbell, Carlos Castaneda, Buckminster Fuller, Ram Das, Abraham Maslow, Timothy Leary, to name a few.

Bernie was significantly responsible for incorporating the importance of the body, stress reduction, touch, and body language into modern psychology. He revitalized such ancient religious rituals as the laying on of hands, washing of feet, and breaking bread. He created the world famous Esalen Message, and the “blind trust walk,” as well as numerous awareness games. Today millions throughout the world attend personal empowerment workshops, and encounter groups which use Dr. Guther’s imaginative and innovative techniques.

After Esalen, Bernie decided to venture even further beyond traditional western therapies, and spent a number of years in India studying meditation and mysticism with various teachers and gurus. He has incorporated these experiences into his own unique method for mind / body spiritual integration

Bernie’s work has been featured and celebrated on numerous television programs including “The Tonight Show,” as well as in magazines like “Playboy,” “Time,” “US,” and “Newsweek.” In 1978 Bernie made the first audience participation movie called “Come to your Senses” which included the famous laughing meditation, and the whip cream kiss, for CBS. The film became a cult classic in college campuses, and the human growth movement.

Bernie is now living in Encinitas, California, counseling in person or on the phone, utilizing his own accelerated method for dissolving conflicts and realizing the “Ultimate place of peace and silence beyond mind that’s always the core of who we truly are.”

From Body Mind Magazine.