A confluence of Alexander and Jung
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STUDYING, EXPERIENCING AND PRACTICING YOUR WHOLE SELF WITH THE HELP OF F.M. ALEXANDER'S TECHNIQUE AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF C.G. JUNG
Through the confluence of C.G. Jung’s Psychology and F.M. Alexander’s Technique I help people better understand, experience and practice the primary gift offered by life itself – the ability to live our life as a whole person. I work with the art and technques of Alexander and Jung as a means by which we can more fully achieve this goal.
Jung called the wholeness that transcends consciousness the Self”. He wrote that the goal of the individuation process is the entelechy of the Self – that which turns our potential into our reality as a whole Self. For Jung, the Self is both the individuating process and the goal towards which the individual is striving.
Alexander’s meaning of the Self is our wholeness. Alexander’s technique is founded on the belief that we function as a whole and can only be fundamentally changed as a whole; that wholeness is our goal and changing as a whole is the means by which we seek our goal. This is another entelechy.
Our entelechy is inside of us, just as the butterfly is inside the catepillar and the oak tree is inside the acorn. Thus, we each are the entelechy of our Self. We each have the task and goal of turning our potential into our reality - our whole Self.
Jung wrote that psychologically our body is the expression of our individual and conscious existence, that we can only experience our unconscious through our body. And, if allowed, we would experience the entire phenomena of life.
In my teaching I work with my words and touch to help people better understand, experience and practice this confluence.
WHOLENESS AND ALEXANDER'S TECHNIQUE
For many centuries we humans have known that striving for our wholeness is necessary for the education, healing and strengthening of the whole person.
Alexander taught us that the real significance of his Technique lies with the fact that humans function as a whole and can only be fundamentally changed as a whole. He taught us that we need to change as a whole person in order to fundamentally change our behavior, both within ourselves and in our activities in the world. Alexander called this the use of the self. For Alexander, our wholeness is the meaning of his concept of the self.
Alexander wrote that "It is what man does that brings the wrong thing about, first within himself and then in his activities in the outside world, and it is only by preventing this doing that he can ever begin to make any real change." Alexander wrote that "....before man can make the changes necessary in the outside world, he must learn to know the kind of doing he should prevent in himself and the HOW of preventing it. Change must begin in his own behavior."
Alexander's concept of the self - and the need to fundamentally change the use of our self - included everything about ourselves - known and unknown. Thus, Alexander taught that in fundamentally changing our behavior, we need to allow such change not only within our body and mind, but within every aspect of our wholeness. Otherwise, we cannot fundamentally change our behavior. And without a fundamental change in our behavior, we are incapable of preventing and undoing the misuse we engage in both within ourselves and in our activities in the world.
Each of us develop our own understanding of our wholeness. My own evolving understanding of my wholeness includes: my life energies (divine, universal, psychic, instinctual, physical and others unknown to me), heart, soul, spirit, sacred body, feeling, instinct, psyche (my consciousness and unconscious working together), human values (e.g. morality, ethics, character), oneness with others (Thou Art That), life experiencies, nature and God. (I use the word "God" because it satisfies me. Other symbols for the unknowable mystery of life include, Tao, Atman, the Great Spirit, the Invisible. There are many from many different cultures.) And there is much of my wholeness that remains unknown to me.
For me, the primary significance and purpose of the Alexander Technique is to help educate, heal and strengthen the whole person in our striving for our wholeness in our lives. I believe this is precisely the work that Alexander was teaching us to carry out if we are to be successful in fundamentally changing our behavior and our use of our self.
Your lesson does not end at the close of the hour. Rather, the lesson begins. For it is up to you to explore, experiment with, and determine for yourself the value of Alexander's technique and Jung's pyschology in giving you the help you seek. Your experiences in each lesson give you motivation to accomplish this. In doing so, the energies, knowledge and understanding provided by life, your consciousness and wholeness grow and evolve. In doing so, you transform yourself.
During my decades of study, exploration, and practice of Alexander's technique and Jung's psychology I have found an open doorway to and greater understanding of the gifts they both offer. These gifts have helped me to live a more wondrous, joyful and healthy life. This work has led me to a great improvement and understanding of myself within my deepest self and in the world.
My Education and History
I began studying the Alexander Technique in 1976. I graduated from the American Center for the Alexander Technique in San Francisco in 1979. At that time the school was under the direction of Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas. I was one of the teachers assisting Frank Otttiwell at the school from 1981 to its closing in 2004. I also studied with Patrick McDonald and Walter and Dilys Carrington during their periodic workshops at the school. For ten years I studied extensively with Marjorie Barstow in San Francisco and Lincoln, Nebraska.
Marjorie Barstow and Frank Ottiwell are my mentors.
I have been exploring, studying/writing and practicing Alecander's work since 1976. I have been teaching since 1979.
I have been an active teacher of Alexander's technique since 1979. I continue to teach (and explore, study/write and practice) Alexander's work. I live and teach in San Rafael, California.
I received certifications in Reiki I and Reiki II in 2007-2008; I recieved a certification in Shamanistic Healing Practices in 2014.
I have been a serious student of C.G. Jung's psychology since 1976; since beginning my Alexander studies in 1976 I have sought to understand Jung's work as a conflunce - flowing together - with Alexander's technique and vice-versa; I will be teaching a series of classes on the confluence of Jung's psychology and Alexander's technique at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco in 2022.
I have been a serious track runner for 44 years; my track running has also been a major - and joyful - means of my working with my wholeness..
Concurrent with my Alexander and Jung work, from 1981 to 2014 I practiced law as a civil rights litigator in private practice in San Francisco in the field of employment discrimination and harassment, representing employees. At the time I retired from law in 2014, I had been elected a Super Lawyer (top 5%) in my field by my peers for 10 straight years.
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969. (I lettered in varsity soccer at Berkeley.) I received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974. In 1974-75 I worked as a Vista volunteer lawyer (Vista was the U.S. domestic version of the Peace Corp.) in the Mission Law Office of the San Francsico Legal Assistance Foundation in 1974-75.
I am married to Monica Norcia, also a teacher of Alexander's technique. We live and teach in San Rafael, California.
I am happy to answer any questions and discuss this work with you.
Cell: (415) 377-0449
I offer the following quotes from a few of the sages I have studied that give further insight into my vision and understanding of the value of exploring, studying and practicing the Alexander Technique.
People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.... Joseph Campbell
Energy is eternal delight. William Blake
I have no doubt that most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a small portion of their possible consciousness....much like a man who, out of his whole bodily oganism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger.... We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon, of which we do not dream. William James
Comments on my teaching
“As a student of movement for over 25 years, I have accumulated countless concepts, tips, and exercises that are meant to help me move and function better. But all of those things go out the window when working with Larry. He cuts through the fog and helps me see and experience that I already have everything I need to be free and whole right here, right now.
Matt Stevens, Linguist and Alexander Technique Teacher, AmSat
“Larry was one of my teachers at the Alexander Training Institute - SF. After graduating in 2003, I went to him for continued training for two intensive periods of study. Larry offers a very unique philosophical perspective on the Alexander Technique, which I believe guides his teaching. But I didn’t go to him for philosophy; I went to him for the experience of his touch. Under his hands, I felt harmony, the mystery of my body’s own potential to heal itself, and a sense of intrinsic movement and vitality. It would be an exaggeration to say that I could feel cellular movement, but that’s the type of metaphor that rises to mind when working with Larry. His quiet touch provides deep wells of space that were particularly important to me during times of distress. Studying with Larry will not give you simple answers. You will instead experience the mystery of life in the body. As a teacher, I often reference his work.
Elyse Shafarman, Alexander Technique teacher, MA. M.AmSat teacher
“ I can’t thank Larry enough for the inspiration his lessons have given me. I have been trying to resolve the contradiction between doing and non-doing for years, ever since my earliest workshop with Marjorie Barstow more than 30 years ago. The shift of verbal emphasis Larry teaches in the words “let the universe do it” just dissolves the problem. A miracle really. And what is even more fantastic is that in lessons Larry stays with the sensitivity of touch that allows ‘it’ to do itself. Wow.”
Marion Miller, Alexander Technique Teacher
“Larry was my teacher at the San Francisco Alexander teacher's training school. Today he is my mentor. Larry's work opens a corridor of enlightenment that can only be found when one truly surrenders to the energy and balance of natural things.”
Alan Bolton, Alexander Technique teacher AmSAT.
“My lessons with Larry have been deeply healing and revealing for me and I've appreciated them enormously.”
" As I write this I feel the echo of working with Larry just a few hours ago. And I feel re-opened in a new way - to my self and to my surroundings. Better not to say too much. Only to know that the direct experience is what matters and the quality of the vibration is much subtler than my ordinary materialistic experience. Right now I feel l like a buoy in calm gentle waters. This is in large part of just having worked with Larry."
David Page, Alexander Technique Teacher, AmSat