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Grace of Sense – Part I – Where Our Inner World and Outer World Meet – An Online Course with Bruce Fertman

Grace of Sense – Part I – Where Our Inner World and Outer World Meet – An Online Course with Bruce Fertman

A Grace of Sense  Part I Where Our Inner World and Outer World Meet with  Bruce Fertman   The seat of the soul exists where the inner world and the outer world meet.  Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap. Novalis However, if the seat of our soul, (psyche, heart/mind, animating spirit, breath), exists where our inner world and the outer...

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KOREA

KOREA

My kids are Korean. When they were babies, I stared into their eyes and gazed at their faces as they stared into my eyes and gazed at my face. So, I feel I look like them, and they feel they look like me. When I first landed in Korea to teach, some 20 years ago, I felt right at home. I felt like everyone looked like me. I still feel that way. Here are two...

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No Idea

No Idea

Why am I so motivated, full of energy, and productive these days? No idea. Most people are winding down at 73. That said, all of my teachers seemed to be just getting going round about the age I am now. Maybe it has something to do with having had good role models. Maybe it has something to do with that famous Tea Ceremony story that goes like this: How...

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And the Sun Will Rise from the West

And the Sun Will Rise from the West

It was a great pleasure to meet, listen to, and befriend Rafaat Ludin. Yesterday, I spent several hours walking within the great silence of Plaza Blanca, a natural sanctuary which is part of the 5,000 acres of beauty upon which Dar al Islam is blessed to dwell within. Rafaat, along with his colleague, Windham Loopesko, wrote a book entitled, ...and the Sun...

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What the Little Dipper Can Tell Us

What the Little Dipper Can Tell Us

Spring nears. At night, when gazing up into the stars, I see the Big Dipper about to pour rain onto our land, something we pray for here in New Mexico.    Right now, 34 of us are registered and will be partaking in the Walking Way Gatherings this year. The guest house is full in June and August. One place remains in September and one in October in the...

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Built Upon a Poetic Impulse

Built Upon a Poetic Impulse

    A Japanese Teahouse does not need to be a Japanese Teahouse to be a Japanese Teahouse. Let me explain by way of Kakuzo Okakura, author of the classic work, The Book of Tea. Originally, the Sukiya, the tea-room, was not in its own Teahouse. It was simply a portion of the drawing room partitioned off by screens. At most, it could accommodate 5...

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A Free Class – Walking as a Way of Life

A Free Class – Walking as a Way of Life

I am inviting you to attend for free my Walking as a Way of Life class on September 29th. I will teach you practical ways of thinking that will create a positive shift in how you walk. I will approach walking from multiple perspectives: physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, socially, ecologically, politically, and spiritually. Yes, I will do...

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Summer/Fall Gatherings in New Mexico 2024

Summer/Fall Gatherings in New Mexico 2024

  WALKING AS A WAY OF LIFE Summer/Fall Gatherings in the Walking Way Four 9-Day Gatherings June 14-22 Aug 23-August 31 Sept 20-28 Oct 18-26 2024  Schedule Here’s the plan. Classes will begin on the morning of the first day. The day before, we will pick you up at the ABQ airport. Classes will end in the evening on the last day. On the day after the...

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What Makes Me a “Physiologian”?

What Makes Me a “Physiologian”?

My work never has and still does not fit into any of the conventional fields of study one finds in higher education. I don't feel like a physical education teacher, nor a psychologist, nor a philosopher, nor a theologian. I feel like I am either all of these or none of these. So what am I, professionally speaking? For a while, I thought of myself as a...

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Under the Pale Half Moon

Under the Pale Half Moon

At sunrise, no matter how cold, I put on my robe and head out to my little hot tub and sit. These days my sitting meditation entails internalizing, kinesthetically and physically, characteristics of certan animals. First, I internalize the largeness and roundness and softness of the bear. Then, I internalize the large and powerful back of the Silverback...

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The Tearoom is Everywhere

The Tearoom is Everywhere

In memory of Brother Joe Keenan who taught me how to fold a fukusa. A man in my neighborhood, who knew I taught bi-annually in Japan, invited me to be his guest. He told me he was studying Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony, at LaSalle University. I had seen this in Japan, and was drawn to it, but was simply too busy teaching while in Japan to have the time to...

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On a Trail of Beauty, Lively, May I Walk

On a Trail of Beauty, Lively, May I Walk

On a Trail of Beauty Look into the photo above these words and in the distance you will see a road. For hours I walked, everyday, for one week, upon that road. I saw no one. Not a soul. This road leads to the Valley of the Gods inside Navajo Country. Now, I am not Navajo but there is a Navajo prayer, used within the Night Chant Ceremony, that I have loved...

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Good to Know

Good to Know

Often, I have told my students that we can change the body more through the heart than we can through the mind. But only now am I attempting to work out a methodology for profoundly changing the body through the workings of the heart. In Grace of Sense Continues to Continue, a weekly class for my Grace of Sense apprentices, I told them I was going to carry...

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Life Line

Life Line

A philosophy professor at Hampshire College studied with me each year for several years. That was 35 years ago. Annually, I was invited to Hamphire College to teach the Alexander Technique for the Five College Dance Department. One day after class, she came up to me and declared with utter certainty that my work was firmly rooted in the American tradition...

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Rushing Waters

Rushing Waters

It seems logical to assume that time moves from the past into the present and then forward into the future. But what if it is not time but we who move from the past to the present and then into the future. Perhaps time itself does not move in the same way we do. I see a person, alone, walking from his past toward his future. The longer he walks, the larger...

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What Grace of Sense is Really About

What Grace of Sense is Really About

When Covid struck, I decided to travel inwards. I wrote two books, as yet unpublished. One is entitled, In Good Company - The End of Living Alone, the other, Robes of the Desert - What It Means to Live a Non-Egocentric Life. Not knowing if anyone would resonate with my ideas, I decided to offer a 10-week online course on the material. I called the course -...

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Resonance

Resonance

  Hartmut Rosa is a sociologist and author of a very big and good book entitled, Resonance. He also wrote a book entitled, Acceleration. Acceleration he sees as one of the major problems of our time, and Resonance he sees as the solution. The more I read Rosa, the more I think I have been a teacher of Resonance for a half century. And I think Rosa is...

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Glimpse into Inlets to the Soul with Bruce Fertman

Glimpse into Inlets to the Soul with Bruce Fertman

Clive Salzer did a beautiful job making a trailer for my free live online class entitled, Inlets to the Soul. It really captures my way as a teacher and in 10 minutes gives you something simple and profound to practice. Please share this link with your friends and colleagues whom you feel might be interested. Thanks very much.Next online classes: Saturday,...

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The Narrow Road

The Narrow Road

Here in Japan, the cherry blossoms appear, and with their arrival it is impossible not to think about the transience of one's own life. Now that I am old, I find myself turning to "old age art", art composed by people as they neared their end, Matisse's strong, joyful cut outs, Beethoven's richly complex late string quartets. And to Basho's Narrow Road to...

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How Mr. Rogers Taught Us to Meet Life’s Challenges

How Mr. Rogers Taught Us to Meet Life’s Challenges

A fellow AT teacher and I were wondering together about the overlap between teaching and healing. Clearly, we were teachers, educators, but might we also be healers? And, if we were healers, was not harboring that idea forbidden within our profession? “I’m going to have to give this a good bit more thought,” I said. That night at 4am I had to get up and...

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What’s Love Got to Do with It

What’s Love Got to Do with It

Existence is co-existence, so writes Abraham Heschel. Hermits living in caves do so in relation to others who don’t. It is their way of socially participating. All of us live with people, and if not around us, certainly within us. We think about people. We dream about people. We worry about people. We judge people. We admire people. We avoid people. We...

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The Tonal Body

The Tonal Body

The Tonal Body This is a broad category, a necessarily ill-defined category, yet a vitally important one. It somehow includes all the other ways of seeing. It is as if up until now we have been seeing people in prose, and now it is as if we are going to be seeing people poetically.  What is tone? Musically, so many words come to mind when we think of tone:...

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Writ in Water

Writ in Water

Writ in Water In delivering the Lekha Sutta, Buddha said it like this. If we are like rock and something cuts into us, it will leave its mark, perhaps for generations to come.  If we become like sand and something cuts into us, it will leave its mark, but soon that mark will be gone. And, if we become like water, and something cuts into us, as soon as the...

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About Bruce Fertman

About Bruce Fertman

In Bruce’s class you feel as if you are sitting by a deep, soft lake. His pace and patience, his quiet confidence allows people to unfold and open layer by layer. The superfluous falls away leaving only life’s inner vitality effortlessly expressing itself through you. He is the embodiment of his work. His touch is like a butterfly settling down on the very...

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The Tale of Three Tails – Part I

The Tale of Three Tails – Part I

THE TALE OF THE THREE TAILS The Relational Body Nothing exists in isolation, at least not from what I can see when I look around me. Look around. Isn’t everything in relation to something else? Aren’t the stars in relation, one to the other? Isn’t that how we figure out where we are?  So too with our own bodies. We have a constellation within us. It is a...

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The Thread

The Thread

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain to them about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get...

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Questions? I am Always Here!

Questions? I am Always Here!

I am always here. As a teacher, it helps me very much to learn something about you, about your life, your aspirations, your issues, your longings, what you really want to learn, what you really want to change. I do my best to be available for my students. I encourage my students to write to me when they have questions, or to share their progress and...

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Why It Is Good to Receive Our Newsletter

Why It Is Good to Receive Our Newsletter

For the past 40 years, I have been part of a loving community-school called the Alexander Alliance. Finding your field of study and finding your teachers are critical. But having a supportive community-school in which to grow is also critical. It is hard going it alone. We need kindred spirits, like minded friends. By receiving our newsletter, you will...

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The Sensuous and the Sacred

The Sensuous and the Sacred

One day years ago, wondering around Rome I happened upon a small church. There she lay. Immediately, though knowing nothing about her, I felt I knew her. I gazed at her, I do not know for how long. Suddenly, I remembered I had my camera. I began to photograph her from close, from far, from every angle. Every part of her. How was it possible that she be...

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What Students Have to Say about Grace of Sense

What Students Have to Say about Grace of Sense

Student Voices A Composite of Impressions by students who partook in A Grace of Sense – Part I "Bruce’s honest, affectionate regard for his students promotes learning. He has a deep trust in people. He gives us the tools, the space, and then encourages us to explore and find our own way. This has given me permission, both in myself and in my teaching, to...

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