Dancing with Yin and Yang Book Review by Ray Castellino

Dancing coverDancing with Yin & Yang, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Psychotherapy and Randolph Stone’s Polarity Therapy
by John Chitty (2013)
Boulder, CO., Polarity Press, 422 pages, ISBN: 978-0-941732-04-8.

Review by Ray Castellino

John Chitty’s book Dancing with Yin & Yang is not just another book on therapy and psychology. It is a must-read for all practitioners including and especially those who explore into the realms … more

Paul Lezchek & Re-Setting the Amygdala

Paul Lezchek, PhD, (1920-1993) studied neuroscience at the University of Chicago in the late 1940s and 1950s. Far ahead of his time, he identified the amygdalae as the brain areas most central to trauma-generated symptoms such as anxiety/depression, and also a key to PTSD recovery. He was also a musician– I am reminded of Joseph Ledoux, PhD (NYU, author of The Emotional Brain, Synaptic Self and other books) and his rock band the Amygdaloids. With … more

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy: Audio conversation between Sills, Kern and Shea

This 30 minute audio clip provides a reassuring window into the essence of the Biodynamic approach, from three top author/teachers in the BCST field: Franklyn Sills, Michael Kern and Michael Shea.

Click here to listen to the eloquent new commentary.

The Fourth Phase of Water’s Many Puzzlers

As described in the separate post, the book The Fourth Phase of Water offers solutions for many curiosities that have defied explanation for centuries, the most famous being the problem of Brownian motion undertaken by Einstein in 1905.

Just for fun, here is a list of some of the puzzles posed by the science of water, focusing just on simple direct observations that have had no clear and satisfactory explanation. Excluded are another list of … more

Book Review: The Fourth Phase of Water

The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid and Vapor
By Gerald Pollack
Ebner and Sons, Seattle, 2013. 357 pages.

Review by John Chitty

This is a spectacular book, a must-read for all those interested in the science behind “energy medicine” as well as science in general. Pollack gives us a revolutionary theory, solving puzzles that have vexed scientists for centuries. He backs up his speculations with solid, convincing experiments. The … more

Book Review: The Divorce Remedy

The Divorce Remedy, by Michelle Weiner-Davis (Simon & Schuster, 2002) was recently recommended by a colleague and fills a useful niche in a very crowded genre.

What I liked about this book includes:

  • Emphasis on the value of trying to save a marriage or relationship, even if it is in a difficult condition. I think too many counselors steer clients toward divorce, perhaps due to their own unhappy experiences in intimacy. Divorce has a … more

Ancient Wisdom Makes a Comeback

It is great to see the practice of Mindfulness rising in recognition and prominence, as the cover of the above popular science magazine attests. Similarly, the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium last month in Washington, DC had numerous presentations and references to Mindfulness, a further indication that this method is gaining high popularity.

Mindfulness as it is presently developed (by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfeld and others) derives from Zen Buddhist meditation and practices. It also has some … more

How Psychotherapy Networker Symposium Presenters Misunderstand Polyvagal Theory

Psychotherapy Symposium Attending the 2013 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington DC March 22-24, I was very impressed at the number of participants, quality of presentations, and the joyful community spirit that pervaded the event.

I was paying particular attention to how many people were familiar with Polyvagal Theory and its very significant implications for counseling. If I could … more

How Hollywood Could Be Sabotaging Your Relationship

A Polarity Therapy “Three Principles” Perspective on Relationships
By John Chitty, RPP, BCST

In an era when long-lasting marriages are increasingly rare, Polarity Therapy principles offer guidance for strengthening this vital institution.

Three Principles RelationshipDivorce has many negative consequences, including financial loss, emotional distress and one person ending up more wounded or disadvantaged in the process. When … more