The Story About Autogenics
We’ve begun to learn from the East. It would seem we could also learn from the West. Mind-training programs have been the key to enhanced health and superperformance for hundreds of thousands of Soviets and Europeans.
Without drugs and with the help of Autogenics, people are learning to control their own physiology. Aside from athletics and the performing arts, modified Autogenic training is widely used to heal the body, and also the mind, in Europe, being second only to conventional psychotherapy.
By the mid 1970’s there were more than 2,500 scientific publications on Autogenic training and its myriad benefits, yet only a handful of them were in English. Dr. Georgi Lozanov, help prove something he suspected: The human ability to learn, remember and perform is virtually limitless. Loznov and his colleagues in Bulgaria and the Soviet Union call this “tapping the reserves of the mind.” To the people who’ve tried, it’s more like suddenly coming into a large legacy. They see themselves differently. Possibilities open up. They begin to grow into a larger notion of who they are and what they can do.
This sort of rapid-learning system can be used to learn any kind of factual information. It is left-brain learning. How can the logical mind suddenly perform with almost stupefying ability? It can soar because the body and right-brain abilities are in harmony, are lending their support, are playing in concert. In all the learning methods in this book, no matter which part of the whole is featured left-brain, body, right-brain-the others are there, harmonizing and supporting. That’s why they are holistic learning systems. These systems can be used to learn chemistry, languages, or history. They can also be use to learn to shine at a business meeting or to give one’s best performance on the tennis court.
In Dr. Hannes Lindemann’s case, all he wanted to do was put his feet on stable ground, on the Western shore. A decade before the Bulgarians were coming to the unsettling realization that they could all perform like “geniuses,” Hannes Lindemann, a German medical doctor, embarked on a different kind of feat. Launching his one-man sailing canoe from the Canary Islands, he swung the bow of the canvas boat west; he was going to the new world. “West,” Lindemann told himself, “West.” The command even echoed and took from in his dreams.
For seventy-two days and nights, he sailed on, sitting upright, like a lonely pea in his canvas shell. He could sleep only in snatches; there was almost no room to move about. On the fifty-seventh night, he got a break in routine. He capsized and lay on the slippery bottom of his canoe until dawn. Over a hundred other men had tried this type of crossing. All had failed. But Hannes Lindemann stepped onto the western shore at St. Martin in the West Indies and wound up smiling from the cover of life. Not only did he survive, he did so in robust shape.
He had learned, for instance, how to control circulation to protect parts of his body; he didn’t even develop the saltwater sores that invariably fester under such conditions. “ I succeeded, “ Lindemann says, “thanks to Autogenic training.” He’d been taught this holistic method by its originator, Dr. Johannes H. Schultz, and believes, understandably, that he proved its soundness under the most overpowering circumstances. Autogenics and its many current adaptations are concerned with harmonizing all the forces of mind and body so the body can perform at its best.
It also can help heal body and mind and give the kind of all around, bounding health that few enjoy or even expect anymore. Not many people are going to wager their lives on a learning system as Dr. Lindemann did. But tens of thousands have proved these superlearning systems to be successful through their own experience. Plenty of scientific tests back these methods, but in the last few years things have begun to happen that don’t really need any abstruse test to interpret.
As you’ll see, there’s a lot of proof in flesh and blood performance. In the USSR thousands of adults learned Autogenics.
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