I have been getting some positive feedback about this podcast and I wanted to make it available to more folks, so here it is... enjoy!
Rob Cohen has a rich and varied experience with the work. He trained directly with Moshe Feldenkrais, Anat Baniel, Mia Segal and many, many others in our community.
This interview with Rob covers a great deal, including:
- the gifts of Amherst (and perhaps, some of the “curses”)
- the evolution of Feldenkrais’ training process
- why Moshe was afraid of what he knew (perhaps more of his students should be)
- Moshe’s strategy for challenging his own belief in what he knew
- a provocative idea: Did Feldenkrais change his teaching after meeting Milton H. Erickson?
- why Moshe taught almost no Functional Integration at Amherst (Did you know?)
- the importance of direct experience and templated lessons
- why we have more tools to both use and share the work that Moshe did not have.
- Moshe’s feeling of failure about what he had done (learning how to learn, he did not get people there).
- taking responsibility for the creation of our neural pathways.
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From the YouTube channel of the International Feldenkrais Federation. Very well done. Click on the bottom right to make it fullscreen....
I woke up this morning and went to my local coffee shop to figure out how to best promote my friend Bill O'Hanlon's free course on Ericksonian Hypnosis.
For those of you who have been reading my stuff for a while, you may re-member that Bill and I taught live marketing seminars together in Santa Fe, Mexico back in 2007 and 2008. And you know what? Thinking about Bill and hypnosis reminded me of the time that Moshe Feldenkrais went to meet Milton Erickson in the late 1970's.
A colleague of mine was there: Stephen Gilligan. Several years ago, I interviewed Steve about Milton and Moshe meeting and it is a rather fascinating insight into the minds of both men. As they say in the mental ward, "Never put TWO Napoleons in the same room."
When Moshe Feldenkrais met Milton Erickson.
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P.S. For more information about Stephen Gilligan, please check out his website: http://stephengilligan.com/ I spent several weeks at one of his "Trance Camps" in 2003 (or there abouts) and really got a lot of out it.
Those of you who have both used the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and studied his written ideas, likely know that he had some unique ideas on the concept of will power. Feldenkrais saw the use of "will power" as something that could have negative consequences. He felt it was often was used to mask an inability. That is, people often "try harder" to do something rather than spending time developing their capabilities to act and do with more skill and awareness.
This does not mean that he thought willpower was bad or useless. On the contrary, Feldenkrais had a nuanced view on the topic:
This does not mean that we should avoid everything that seems difficult and never use our will power to overcome obstacles, but that we should differentiate clearly between improvement of ability and sheer effort for its own sake. We shall do better to direct our will power to improving our ability so that in the end our actions will be carried out easily and with understanding. - Moshe Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement, page 57.
But here is the problem. As fascinating as those ideas are, how do we take them into domains such as eating healthily, checking email less and spending less time on Facebook, or engaged in other potentially time and life-wasting activities?
Well, in yet another scientific domain, we are finding how science is not only catching up to - but also adding to - the work of Feldenkrais. Kelly McGonigal, PhD author of , The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It, has a free interview coming up in 48 hours that will explain how most people's view of willpower can actually hinder their self-development and self-control. The session will also add to your own ability to use Feldenkrais' ideas on the subject for your own benefit and for those of you clients.
The so-called "Brain sciences" are helping us to clarify our understanding about willpower - including where it lives in the brain, how to activate it, why the brain doesn't always act in our best interest (even for use "Feldenkrais Folks") and some surprising ideas about exercise. Moshe often spoke out against exercise, taking note of the mindless and repetitive nature of it, but some of his ideas on the subject likely need to be revised.
Click the link below to register for the event so that you can view it for free. Click the link and scroll down the bottom of the page where is says "click here to watch for free at the time of broadcast. If you decide later that you want a permanent copy of the interview as well as those of other speakers in the series (including Norman Doidge) you can order a gold membership and download all the materials.
Sparked by Norman Doidge's new book which speaks about the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and by the 2015 Brain Science Series created by my friend, colleague and mentor Dr. Ruth Buczynski, I have been doing a bit of online research into recent media mentions of Moshe Feldenkras and his work. I found a very insightful interview with Dr. Norman Doidge by Virginia Campbell, MD on of "The Brain Science Podcast" fame and posted it below.
Dr. Doidge and Dr. Campbell, MD speak directly about Feldenkrais and applications of his work. I took the liberty of extracting the 9-minute piece of the podcast where they were talking specifically about Moshe and his work and posted it below.
Dr. Doidge does a fantastic job talking about the method and how it works as well as embedding it within the larger history of the brain sciences. Lots of great, quotable pieces here.
Dr. Norman Doidge on Feldenkrais
The full podcast as well as a transcript of the interview that you can buy for only $1.00 can be found here on The Brain Science Podcast interview page of Dr. Doidge.
If you are willing to watch the video below and imagine that you are the rider - sensing, feeling, seeing and acting from his position on the bike - you will likely be able to extract some interesting and non-habitual relationships to mind, body, space and the bike itself. Give the video a minute or two because you will see that it goes far beyond "trick" riding and typical situations that you have seen before.
The Non-Habitual, Non-Habitual