The theme of embodiment is not just a practical issue of transforming dualistic experiences of the world. It also involves the recovery of the sources of writing and thinking in our bodies. An early model for me of how to craft a scholarship that takes embodiment seriously was Norman O. Brown, whose Love's Body, and "Apocalypse" set a course for embodied intellectual writing. My first book, The Protean Body, began to try out those possibilities, using personal experience not in the manner of memoir, but to make clear to the reader the idiosyncratic soil of my own attempts to make sense of the world and its crises, to evoke communal reflections about how we might work better together to accomplish the tasks of shaping a more humane world. In later years, two colleagues/friends became major helpers in refining this task. Susan Griffin has crafted a body of work (Chorus of Stones, Woman and Nature, Pornography and Silence, …) that is a brilliant model for weaving the life experiences of the thinking writer with emergent theories about the large questions facing the human community. Eugene Gendlin has also created a body of practical work and philosophical theory that shows in careful detail how language emerges from the body, if we only wait and allow it to happen, with ever-fresh solutions to seemingly intractable problems. My books to the left have similar aims, not to convince you of my grand ideas, but to evoke the kind of deep reflection that helps build a working community.
I have long been interested in the historical origins of different schools of body work and body practices, in particular how these methods arose from the intricate lives of the quirky founders of different schools of work. That line of inquiry eventually led me to initiate a series of texts that bring together old fragments of pioneers in this field, either unpublished or published in hard-to-find places, along with new writing by contemporary innovators. These volumes are published by The Somatics Program of The California Institute of Integral Studies in collaboration with North Atlantic Books. In addition, I was invited by the Yoko Civilization Research Institute to edit the papers from a unique conference in which I was a participant. Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities is an unusually brilliant gathering of essays on the profound meanings that emerge from lives of cultivated movement awareness, produced mostly by professors of dance in the UK and Canada.