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Arching Backward


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Foreword by Joan Halifax


1. Lying Down
2. Burning
3. Unraveling
4. Emptying
5. Pierced
6. Staying Open
7. Arching Backward
8. Merging
9. Searching
10. Ecstasy
11. Birthing
12. Union
13. Flaming World
14. Each One Burns
15. Suffering World
16. Dialogue
17. Returning


About the Author

Janet Adler, with a Ph.D. in Mystical Studies, teaches the discipline of Authentic Movement in the United States and Europe and was the founder and director of The Mary Starks Whitehouse Institute, the first school devoted to the study and practice of the discipline. She is the author of Arching Backward and of two films: Looking for Me, documenting her work with autistic children, and Still Looking, reflecting her work in the discipline of Authentic Movement. She lives in northern California where she also works as a hospice chaplain.


"Arching Backward is an eloquent and lyrical prose poem, riveting testimony from a modern mystic. Adler offers this narrative of her extraordinary journey, traversing territory both intensely intimate and primordial, luminous and transcendent. This is a heroine's mythic journey, as fascinating as it is mysterious." * Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence *
"Her numerous visions are spread out through the book like so many Tarot cards or photographs with no explanation. The effect is akin to walking through an abstract art gallery. One emerges with a nebulous sense of nerve-jangling impressions, which may be just what Adler, with her austere artistic temperament, intended." * Shared Transformation *

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