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Seeing the Self


Hi Jeremy,thanks for sharing of your visions - no hearty laughs on my side, certainly heaps of smiles while I was reading it. You touched on some issues I missed in my Alexander training so far, but appear in FM writing's over and over again.When our neck release, and the head connects to the feet with lesser interference our voices resonate more than usual. What we say might no longer rise from our own (and culturally imposed) habits, but from a 'deeper' place. When we ourselves are connected, the way we connect to others changes. Of course, this other connection is easier to experience during hands-on contact, and might appear quite confusing in conversations.By changing the way we move through life, the way we think and express ourselves changes. At some point, we might identify and verbalise the exact thought that 'brings us down', 'puts our defenses up', 'gets us into fighting stance', or whatever habitual reaction interferes with our connection to others. If we grab onto what we perceive as our 'personality', we create tension. Like you mentioned here, a lot of people imagine and wish that things remain the same, and get afraid of change. Or, for the same ignorance of the ever changing nature of universe, embrace empty political slogans that simply state the obvious (woohoo, without Obama the world would have stopped spinning, but now it 'changes').I share your optimism of the vast potential market for the technique - which makes me potentially as 'neurotic' as you. I have yet to meet a person that would reach my ideal of 'perfectly healthy', although I'm thoroughly impressed by the state of health of 'older' teachers I met. I consider most people that I observe potential candidates to profit from learning AT, luckily I can inhibit my desire to treat them like students (most of the times :) So far, 'evolution of mankind' has yet to be tackled from any 'official' side. Organized religion hasn't shown too much interest in this topic, the politicians that spread this idea in a strange variation about 80 years ago rather set a bad example, so governments don't care as well. Schools for AT are the biggest entity yet to popularize the technique, with limited resources and incentives for 'reaching the masses'. In 21st century, hearsay still works but certainly has only very limited reach, thus limiting the speed of evolutionary changes.Yet depending on how we present what we can offer as Alexander teachers can change the market reach. People spend some significant amount of money for personal development and somatic methods, enough to create a multi-million dollar business. Big business probably influences society much more than any individual government can - Coca Cola and Walt Disney affected education more than AT (yet. I would love to see this changing)When we would target half the worlds population as potential customers, with about 3000 AT teachers globally (please update with more accurate data if available), each would have a potential market of one million students. Personally, I like this prospect and am not really worried about too few potential students, although I'm well aware that running a self-employed business is not really part of the AT teacher training. Also, no world government will do us the favour of assigning students to teachers in the good old socialist fashion, so some teachers struggle to make a living with AT. Luckily I have some business experience from my 'earlier life' which I consider valuable assets for starting to work as teacher.Even with a hundred students per week, it would take about 192 years in the traditional one-on-one approach for any teacher to 'use up' his/her potential market share. If AT wants to have its say in the evolution of mankind, a business approach seems inevitable in the 21st century, War and violence as signs of bad use within society are still as prominent as in Alexanders times.Nothing wrong with some sweet hallucinations about the future. What we see might come true ...

Jeremy, I am thrilled & so thankful that you are doing what you are doing. I am definitely coming along for the ride! We are all running out of time & this is sooo important.I love & share your vision for the Alexander Technique. Just keep going & take care.Looking forward to the training.Warmest regards,Theresa

I'm reminded of the importance of seeing the criticisms others make of us as 90% information about themselves, and also as an opportunity for us to exercise a felt-sensed-assessment of ourselves without judgment. Without judgment really means no judging. Measuring ourselves from a 0 to ten scale rather than from an artificial minimum (at, say, 5) can be a very freeing way of starting this. That way I'm a 3 for "plays nicely with others", not a negative 2.

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