What is ‘unity’? What did FM mean by a ‘co-ordinated, indivisible whole’?
For FM, ‘good Use’ seems to have been psycho-physical unity. In the first paragraph of Use of the Self he writes that the work is about mind body unity, and that his previous two books have been about unity. He says that Evolution of a Technique is the train of events that led him to discover, not the head, neck, back relationship, but that mind and body are one. Elsewhere he talks about unity of mind body and spirit.
We post pictures on our websites of small children, with their ‘co-ordinated, indivisible whole’ to illustrate the beautiful physical functioning that we can start to ‘recover’ through the work.
But if the work is about unity of mind, body and spirit, it should also help us recover all the mental and spiritual things those small children have: humour; creativity; curiosity about the world around them; openness to learning; embodied emotions – emotions that they move on from very quickly; a built-in ability, and a built-in desire, to seek out things that make them happy; dancing like no one is watching and singing like no one is listening; unconditional love.
In this class we’ll see if we can find out what true unity is, and how it affects the mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves as much as the physical. And we’ll experiment with means-whereby to bring about unity for ourselves and to teach it to our clients.
About Peter Nobes
Peter Nobes has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1993. He is based in central London and has taught the Alexander work in thirteen countries on three continents.
Peter has been training teachers since 2013. He delivered the Keynote Speech at the ATI conference in 2016.
His book ‘Mindfulness in 3D – the Alexander Technique for the 21st Century’ was published in 2018. He is currently writing another book about how to make sense of FM’s writings.
When he isn’t teaching, Peter builds wooden boats and then rows, paddles and sails them.
See also: Peter Nobes – Presenter Detail Page
Tue 23 & Wed 24 (Session 1)
Fri 26 & Sat 27 (Session 2)
9-11h & 15-17h (Session 1)
15-17h & 9-11h (Session 2)
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