The Spartans, The Stoics, and Harry Potter

by Celia Coates My mind was on a ramble the other day with my thoughts wandering from the question of what makes a good person, to what values are in fashion in this 21st Century, and then on to the story of the young Spartan who chose to die rather than face discovery. That’s a…

Meeting Elmer Green

By Gilah Yelin Hirsch I was thrilled and terrified when I arrived at my first Council Grove conference in 1982. I had been invited by the convenors of that year’s conference, Ed and Melinda Wortz, to show the evolution of my paintings as they reflected my psychological philosophy. I was prompted to venture further and…

Inner Coherence: More Lessons from Jack

By Celia Coates Inner coherence is a phrase I first heard Jack Stucki use many years ago, and he mentioned it again last month as his quiet zone.  (www.winnpost.org/2021/11/05/elmer-electricity-and-thought-form-photography/ ) It has to do with a state of body-mind awareness that might be described as calm, cool, and collected. This kind of coherence is about a…

Elmer, Electricity, and Thought-Form Photography

By Jack Stucki I first met Elmer in 1992 at the ISSSEEM* Conference and it was just very brief – no glue to it. Then, after his wife Alyce died in 1994, the first presentation he agreed to give was at the Colorado Biofeedback Conference. We got a little closer but the real contact came…

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

By Brian Luke Seaward The next time you glance at the digital watch on your wrist, the one connected to an App that can monitor your heart rate, respiration, or blood pressure, give a nod of thanks to Elmer Green. Known as a pioneer in the study of biofeedback, Green popularized its use for the…

To Introduce Elmer Green

By Bill Hale, Jeff Nichols, and Celia Coates My attention was caught years ago by a friend’s explanation of the purpose for introducing speakers before they address an audience. He said an introduction was more than an opening ritual of praise, it was about offering information that allows us to decide whether the speaker is…

Alan Arkin’s Mind

By Celia Coates March 26th is Alan Arkin’s birthday and this year he will turn 87. It’s a wonderful chance to celebrate the book he published in 2018: OUT OF MY MIND (Not Quite a Memoir). He has lived a life filled with creativity as an actor and director. It is easy to remember the…

Lessons for Hard Times

By Celia Coates This question arrived in a recent e-mail: “As a healing professional, have you noticed your clients growing more stressed and anxious in recent years? If so, the numbers back up your observation. According to a report released by the American Psychiatric Association in May 2018, levels of anxiety among American adults have…

How To Send (and Receive) Love

By Celia Coates At the end of last week’s post, Love, Healing, and Dr. Gladys, I said I’d publish a post about how to send healing love to another person. Then, as I sat down to write, the title quickly changed to include receiving as well as sending love. They are two sides of the…

What About The Infinite?

By Celia Coates At a conference in 2008 Elmer Green said, “There is only one really important question: What is our relationship to the Infinite?” If you already know about Elmer Green and why someone might want to pay attention to his views, skip this next paragraph – Elmer was born on October 10, 1917…

Tough Hope

By Celia Coates When people think about hope they often remember Emily Dickinson’s lines about  “the thing with feathers.”  Our times demand a kind of hope that is stronger and more active than,“ the little Bird that kept so many warm.” I’d call this more forceful form, Tough Hope – like the Tough Love that is…

From Abundance to Selfishness

By Celia Coates In 1998 an Ann Landers column mentioned a cycle of rise and fall in history. It really caught my attention and I mentioned it to Elmer Green who thought it was entertaining. That’s a word he often used in response to something that he thought was useful, intriguing, and not foolish. I…