Stephen Gilligan was a core student of Milton Erickson, and he is the originator of Self Relations therapy. Stephen is a gifted therapist and hypnotherapist, and a world renowned seminar leader. His articles always carry a special heartfelt message.
Hubert is a highly skilled and engaging practitioner. His work is creative and stimulating. If you work in the field of somatics you will most likely find his theories to be of great interest. Below is a self introduction of Hubert Godard as spoken by him in one of his workshops:
“I began my university study in chemistry, and then worked as a chemist while at the same time dancing. It was too much, so I had to make a decision between one or the other, and so I quit everything else and just went for dancing.
I spent my life dancing but there was another problem: my body was really unfair to me – I’ve never seen a worse body than mine when I started to dance. So I was dancing a lot but everyone was telling me, “You can dance as a hobby but you will never change your body enough to be a dancer.” At that moment I had the luck to have a friend who was a doctor specializing in biomechanics and movement, I continued to take dance classes in the day, but in the evening I worked with my doctor-friend to understand why I couldn’t do this movement or that one. I kept looking for other doctors or techniques of movement that would help me, and finally I succeeded in changing quite a lot and developing an acceptable body for dancing.
… At that time I already had a passion for understanding movement, even more than dancing, and since then I have never stopped studying movement. So for a number of years I would dance professionally for 6 months and for the remaining six months of the year I would work with doctors, study, and do research. For the last 20 years I have only been teaching and doing research.”
Gregory Bateson [1904 - 1980] – Gregory (as he was affectionately known by many) was one of the most important social scientists and original thinkers of the 20th century. His articles and related materials as pointed to on our site, offer the reader a rare opportunity to delve into the thoughts and feelings of a man who was responsible for having a major influence in the fields of cybernetics, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, cybernetics, psychology, and psychotherapy. One of Gregory’s main contributions was re-introducing the concept of “mind” back into scientific and philosophical discussions. For this reason amongst many others we are happy to present his materials, as a way of acknowledging the important influence he has had on Seishindo.
The list of Gregory Bateson’s articles at Oikos.org
(each article opens in a new browser window)
Chapters II and III of Gregory Bateson’s and Mary Catherine Bateson’s ANGELS FEAR [01.23.00]
Chapters II and III of Gregory Bateson’s MIND AND NATURE [01.03.00]
NEW FOREWORD to STEPS TO AN ECOLOGY OF MIND by Mary Catherine Bateson [10.11.99]
An interview with Anatol Holt by Vincent Kenny [08.06.99]
Towards an Ecology of Conversation by Vincent Kenny [03.20.99]
Mind / Body Dualism Conference Invitational Paper by Gregory Bateson [9.28.98]
Gregory Bateson’s Notion of the Sacred – What can it Tell Us about Living Constructively? by Vincent Kenny [12.24.97]
Allegory by Gregory Bateson [9.22.97]
Number is Different from Quantity by Gregory Bateson [9.18.97]
They Threw God Out Of The Garden Letters from Gregory Bateson to Philip Wylie and Warren McCulloch [9.13.97]
For God’s Sake, Margaret Conversation between Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead [9.09.97]
Six Days Of Dying – by Mary Catherine Bateson
Personal Snapshots from Old Hawaii Memories of Bateson, Dolphins & Aloha shirts
An excerpt from the book “Instinct For Freedom”
Alan Clements was the first American to become a Buddhist monk in Burma, where he lived for the good part of a decade. Since leaving the monastery, he has become a spiritual maverick, working for global human rights and teaching his contemporary understanding of liberation to audiences around the world. After twenty years of leading meditation retreats, Instinct for Freedom is his first book of spiritual exploration, a visionary brew of adventurous autobiography, with candid touching stories of a life of gutsy, radical inquiry.
Clements presents from various angles what he calls “World Dharma,” an essential spirituality that can be common to all people – an “engaged mysticism” based in one precious human value: freedom, the liberation from fear, ignorance and dogma, and the elevation of dignity, conscience, and beauty.
Judith DeLozier is one of the co-founders of NLP and co-developer of New Code NLP. She has co-authored: NLP Volume 1; Patterns of Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., Volume 2; Turtles all the Way Down; and Leaves Before the Wind. Judith is an internationally renowned trainer who combines NLP with her interest in culture, creativity and dance. Read Judith DeLozier’s biography at www.nlpu.com.
Robert Fritz began his career playing music and studying and teaching musical composition. He began to see that the structural principles that are so much a part of the composer’s art have profound importance when applied to human development. His first book, The Path of Least Resistance, became an international bestseller. A true classic, it details how a person can utilize the creative process and the knowledge of structure to create their life according to their highest aspirations and deepest goals. His latest book, Your Life As Art, takes his groundbreaking work a step further. It covers the spirit of the creative process and orientation toward the life a person truly wants, not just the life that circumstances happened to bring. An accomplished composer, producer, filmmaker and writer, it is Robert’s experience in the arts which has had the greatest influence on his approach to human and organizational development.
Writings at RobertFritz.com
Philosopher & Cybernetician, he spent large parts of his life in Ireland [1940s], in Italy [1950s] and the USA [current]. Elaborating upon Vico, Piaget’s genetic epistemology, Bishop Berkeley’s theory of perception, James Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake” and other important texts, Ernst developed his model of Radical Constructivism. This is an ethos shared by all of these writers to one degree or another, although sometimes it is difficult to see where their epistemological agreements begin and end – but that is part of the fun.
The list of Ernst von Glasersfeld’s articles at Oikos.org
An Exposition of Constructivism: Why Some Like it Radical [8.04.03]
The Incommensurability of Scientific and Poetic Knowledge [01.15.98]
In Memory of a Pioneer (Silvio Ceccato, 1914-1997) [01.15.98]
Distinguishing the Observer: An Attempt at Interpreting Maturana [12.19.97]
Homage to Jean Piaget [12.12.97]
The Conceptual Construction of Time [10.06.97]
Cybernetics and the Art of Living [10.06.97]
George Kelly (1905-1967) – Psychologist, Mathematician, Educator – Invented the theory of the Psychology of Personal Constructs. This gentleman was a highly creative thinker in the field of psychology and his articles are well worth a read.
The list of George Kelly’s and related articles at Oikos.org
On Becoming a Personal Anarchist by Spencer A. McWilliams [12.15.98]
An Introduction to the Personal Construct Psychology of George A. Kelly by Vincent Kenny [09.02.98]
The Psychological Reconstruction of Life: An Introduction to Personal Construct Psychotherapy by Vincent Kenny [09.02.98]
Kelly, Bannister and a Story Telling Psychology by Miller Mair [30.09.98]
The Threat of Aggression by George Kelly [06.12.98]
Hostility by George Kelly [06.12.98]
Carol Lankton, M.A. is a marriage and family therapist practicing in Pensacola Florida at the Avery Center for Mind Body and Spirit wellness. She has a specialty in Ericksonian hypnotherapy which she has published in The Answer Within and Tales of Enchantment, and numerous articles and chapters. She conducts self hypnosis therapy groups, Enlightenment Intensives, and continuing education training workshops for mental health professionals seeking certification and therapeutic framework for incorporating hypnotherapy into their practice.
Paul Linden (www.being-in-movement.com) is a somatic educator and martial artist, founder of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies, and the developer of Being In Movement® mindbody training. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Education, is an authorized instructor of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education, and holds a fifth degree black belt in Aikido and a first degree black belt in Karate. His work involves the application of body/movement awareness education to such topics as stress management, conflict resolution, performance enhancement, and trauma recovery. He is the author of Comfort at Your Computer: Body Awareness Training for Pain-Free Computer Use and the e-book Winning is Healing: Body Awareness and Empowerment for Abuse Survivors.
A Script for a Somatic Process for Trauma Intervention
(in .pdf format)
Humberto Maturana [1928 - present] – This gentleman is a biologist, cybernetician, and in general a scientist. He is a VERY interesting thinker who has followed in the footsteps of Bateson, Wittgenstein, and others. He has developed a theory of autopoiesis. If you don’t know what that word means, don’t despair.
“Poiesis” is from Greek and means “production”. Autopoiesis thus means auto-production. In regard to Maturana’s work it relates to the idea that living beings can be seen as systems that re-produce themselves in an ever ongoing cycle. Thus human beings as autopoietic systems, are at the same time the producer and the product of production.
Maturana promotes the thesis that “reality” is a consensual, communal construction even though it appears to be existing “objectively”. In his work the notion of “objectivity” is replaced by that of “constructivism”.
The list of Humberto Maturana’s articles at Oikos.org
On the Subject of Autopoiesis and it’s Boundaries: Does The Subject Matter? by Vincent Kenny [05.22.99]
Autopoiesis, Culture and Society by Humberto Mariotti [05.22.99]
Life, the Multiverse and Everything: An Introduction to the Ideas of Humberto Maturana by Vincent Kenny [03.04.98]
Distinguishing the Observer: An Attempt at Interpreting Maturana by Ernst von Glasersfeld [12.19.97]
Sharon Mijares’ primary experiential and educational training includes Steve Gilligan’s Self Relations Psychotherapy and Ericksonian Hypnosis along with decades of training in healing processes from the World’s Religious traditions. She writes, speaks and leads workshops Nationally on psychospiritual healing and body-mind relationship. Several of her articles and book chapters in this area have been or are being published. Her work as an adjunct professor at Chapman University, National University and the Union Institute has given her the opportunity to instruct future marriage and family therapists on the use of positive psychotherapies. It also means she is well-grounded in traditional psychotherapies.
Carl R. Rogers (1902-1987) was a psychologist and therapist who created what came to be known as the “third force” of psychology, following 1. The behaviorism of Pavlov and later B. F. Skinner, and 2. Freud. Rogers treated clients “as if” they were healthy, and with the belief that positive change would take place when a non-judgmental, non-directive, accepting environment was created. Many people consider Rogers to be the most influential psychologist after Freud. You can read two articles by Carl Rogers at the York University website:
Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. is a Life Coach/hypnotherapist practicing in Los Altos Hills, California. He is a long-time practitioner of self-relations psychotherapy and Ericksonian hypnotherapy. With an abiding interest in music, art, yoga, and other body-mind practices, Dr. Rossel is also a long-time practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and has sought for many years to find ways to apply meditation and mindfulness in his psychotherapy practice. He may be reached at 10490 Albertsworth Lane, Los Altos Hills, CA 94024. Address all correspondence to his e-mail address: Rosselrob@aol.com.
The Ericksonian Legacy and Self-relations Psychotherapy
The Paradox of Surrender:
Finding Strength and Wisdom in the Struggle
The Expansion and Contraction of Being
Liminal Spaces and Transformation
Emptiness and the Relational-self
Our Clients, Our Teachers
Growing Up With Music
Things that Last
As a psychiatrist of the National Children’s Hospital in Tokyo, she, supported children and their families throughout her lifetime. She had enthusiasm for teaching young doctors in her field.
She specialized in child psychology, trauma, obsessional neurosis and PTSD. She was also the hostess for more than ten years, of a radio counseling program, about parenting and education. She actively supported Stephen Gilligan, in his workshops and publications in Japan.
Virginia was internationally recognized for her creativity in the practice of family therapy. Based on the conviction that people are capable of continued growth, change and new understanding, her goal was to improve relationships and communication within the family unit.
Referred to as the “Columbus of Family Therapy” and “everybody’s family therapist”, Virginia Satir stayed at the forefront of human growth and family therapy until her death in 1988. She believed that therapy is an intense experience with the inner Self. The therapist helps and encourages people not only to accept and deal with the pain and problems, but also to accept and live an inner joy and peace of mind.
“I am me” at Avanta.net
Peter Shepherd is a Transformational Psychologist, Supervisor of The Insight Project, and author of Transforming The Mind. Born in London in 1952, he spent most of his life in England before moving to France to be with his partner, Nicole Jeremie. Trained as a rational-emotive and transpersonal psychotherapist, Peter combines these techniques in his own system of transformational psychology, applied to personal growth rather than therapy. Peter’s web site, Tools For Transformation, is dedicated to introducing powerful personal development resources to free us of the shackles of the past by re-awakening awareness of our true identity, and so being fully conscious in the present moment.
Tsutomu Shimoozaki graduated from Osaka University of Arts with a degree in fine arts. He has worked as an editor, and is currently a DTP professional in the publishing industry. He continues to explore both his outer and inner lives, and he is an active student of Seishindo.
Zen and Motorcycling in the Rain
(This article is in Japanese)
David Sikora was born in NYC, attended the City University of New York, (BA 1973) and Goddard College in conjunction with the San Diego Institute for Transactional Analysis (M.A. Counselling Psychology 1978.) He has lived in Germany since 1984, and his postgraduate training includes Gestalt therapy, NLP, systemic family therapy, Lomi Body Work, and Ericksonian clinical hypnosis. In addition to a private practice for psychotherapy and family counselling, he also works as a psychological supervisor and trainer in various private and public health and educational institutions. Practicing Aikido since 1986, he is a 2nd Dan (Nidan) black belt and teaches in his own dojo in Limburg, Germany.
Originally from the UK, William Spencer has lived and worked in Europe, India, the Far East and the Americas. A defining moment for William came in the 1970′s while cycling from England to India. In the northwestern wastes of Iran, where nothing grows or lives, an orange and brown butterfly spontaneously accompanied him across the desert for several days and nights. This remarkable event represents for William the wonder of grace, that unbidden support from the Divine that guides and buoys us all. William is the creator of Whole-System Learning, a system of learning design and facilitation to engage participants’ head, heart and hands. William’s hallmark and personal passion are using innovative and experiential learning methods to increase attention, retention and application of the learning.
Lou and Bruce Stewart have 30 years experience in the healing arts worlds. They are dedicated to creating meaningful solutions for their clients. Their combined backgrounds of Feng Shui, NLP, Biofeedback, Interior Design, T’ai Chi, Pa-Kua and Aikido, weave a rich foundation of skills which they share in their work.
Using very practical approaches to the task of self-development, Lou and Bruce assist clients in uplifting their personal, professional and family environments. Lou and Bruce have had the pleasure to teach and consult internationally and have just published a book about their work, Your Way Home – The Psychology of Place Inside and Out. This highly informative and practical book explores the philosophies of both Feng Shui (the ancient Chinese art of placement and space enhancement) and NLP (the technology of excellence) and how you can better manage your life.
How the geniuses behind the Osbournes, the Mini, Federal Express, and Starbucks followed their instincts and reached success.
“The most brilliant decisions tend to come from the gut. While that observation is not new, it is now backed by a growing body of research from economics, neurology, cognitive psychology, and other fields.”
Read the entire article at www.money.cnn.com
For more than 20 years, Stephanie S. Tolan, poet, playwright and award-winning author of novels for children and young adults, and co-author of Guiding the Gifted Child, has also been a consultant to parents and educators about the needs, both educational and social/emotional, of children who are considered highly to profoundly gifted. These are children whose “asynchronous development” puts them out of sync with the expectations of society and sometimes even their own families, and also out of sync within themselves. By the very nature of their differences, these children (and their families) often deal with considerable psychological pain. This article is a more general version of one written to help these families deal with the pain they face. It offers a “handy tool kit” that anyone can use to deal with the inevitable pain of life.
These articles are heartfelt and well thought out presentations concerning some of the many important issues that we face today. Hopefully these articles will lead you to take a new look at the way you perceive yourself and the world around you. We have linked to these articles with the kind permission of the Orion Society.
The Orion Society’s mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.
A Citizen’s Response to the National Security Strategy of the United States of America by Wendell Berry
The Idea of a Local Economy by Wendell Berry
When Compassion Becomes Dissent by David James Duncan
Canary in the Cornfield by Lincoln P. Brower
Stillness by Scott Russell Sanders
Home is Where They’ll Lay Me Down by Mike Connelly
Indian Land, Black Gold by Judith Nies
“Brain plasticity doesn’t refer to the texture of one’s gray matter, but instead indicates how the 100 billion or so neurons in a brain communicate with each other. A plastic brain is a learning brain.” Read more…
By Steve Silberman
The Key to Genius
Autistic savants are born with miswired neurons, AND extraordinary gifts. Read more about the breakthrough science behind our new understanding of the brain.
Articles at Seishindo.org
Charlie Badenhop’s articles on Seishindo
Articles of interest for the Seishindo community
Articles concerning the general field of Somatics
Short articles – free newsletter content for e-zine publishers