Awakening Your Body's Energies (#W356)
Your body, says George Leonard, is an instrument vastly more sensitive than the most powerful computer. In this dynamic and practical program he demonstrates several awareness exercises in which you, as viewer, can participate. These include balancing and centering, transforming pain to energy, "soft eyes," and "energy arm." Leonard then explains the practical value of these procedures, which he has taught to over 40,000 students.
In Part Two of the program, Leonard demonstrates how your body can learn to receive energy from a sudden hit, shock or surprise. Resisting, complaining or denying the sudden impact tend to drain your body of energy. Yet, through receiving -- and even embracing -- the hit, your body is energized. Another exercise, called "crystalline state," provides a means for temporarily setting aside expectations, judgments and considerations, allowing your mind and heart to perceive in a clear, unbiased way.
The late George Leonard was an aikido black belt and developer of a psychophysical system called Leonard Energy Training. A senior editor of Look Magazine, he was also president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and author of numerous books including Education and Ecstasy, The Silent Pulse, The Ultimate Athlete, The Transformation, and Walking on the Edge of the World.
Consciousness and the Martial Arts (#S310)
One of the goals of martial artists is to cultivate an awareness both of their own subtle physiological rhythms and those of other people, according to Aikido instructor George Leonard. Leonard, one of the founders of the consciousness movement, discusses the history and theory of the oriental martial arts.
Transforming Human Nature (#S095)
Because of the enormous environmental, political and economic strains on humanity, change is essential for our survival. George Leonard expresses optimism that we are capable of rising to the challenge and learning to bring out that which is deepest and best within us.
|"One of the real hallmarks of civilization is to be able to demonstrate your separateness from nature. On one of Caesar's main campaigns, he had to build a bridge, and his troops said, "No, we can't cut down these trees to build a bridge, because they're sacred. They have spirits in them." Caesar himself took his ax and cut down the first tree. The others followed; they built the bridge, and we've been doing that ever since."|