Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Jean Houston's The Possible Human

Now playing on my reading table:

The Possible Human: A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities by Jean Houston Ph.D.

In what has been called "an intellectual and spiritual feast, " acclaimed pioneer in human development Dr. Jean Houston offers readers a tour of the great and unknowable homeland of the human spirit, while introducing them to a comprehensive theory and program for conscious creativity. The Possible Human is the book version of Houston's innovative and groundbreaking workshops.


When Dr. Jean Houston began The Foundation for Mind Research in 1965, her aim was to explore cultures in order to uncover the many ways peak human potential was defined and achieved. After extensive research using techniques such as dream work, altered states of consciousness and biofeedback on thousands of subjects, she began to conduct workshops that focused on psychophysical (mind/body) awareness and enhancement to reach a higher level of being. The core elements of these workshops are recreated here through essays and exercises designed to "awaken," in every sense, our physical and mental capacities, and to explore the realms of our inner space and creative processes. This is a fascinating work, both for its approach and the breadth of perspective given by the rich historical and cultural context the material is drawn from. Jean's social perceptions are remarkable, her delivery accessible and her confidence in human ability inspiring. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women -- review by Ilene Rosoff.

About the Author

Jean Houston, Ph.D., is the bestselling author of many books, including The Possible Human, The Search for the Beloved, and A Passion for the Possible. An internationally renowned scholar, philosopher, and teacher, Dr. Houston is the codirector of the Foundation for Mind Research in Pomona, New York, and a consultant to UNICEF and other international agencies.

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