White Stones, Bones, and Mist: Authentic Movement and Living Prayer by Jan Sandman, describes the practice and process of Authentic Movement. The form and practice of this healing modality accesses the intrinsic wisdom of the body and fosters deep trust in its innate knowing, which often predates conscious memory. This awareness is collective and universal as well as personal, connected as we all are in an invisible golden web.
White Stones, Bones, and Mist would be of practical interest for anyone interested in the connection between mind, body and spirit for support in developing a more authentic and intuitive way of living. Anyone who is engaged in embodiment practices of any kind, in consciousness and spiritual development would find themselves in these pages.
The book is both detailed in its description of the form and expansive in an outward sweep of what happens when the intelligence and consciousness of the body is given a real place at the table. The book is part photographic essay using beautiful images taken during an actual movement session to ground the description and explanation of the nuances of the form.
White Stones, Bones, and Mist: Authentic Movement and Living Prayer by Jan Sandman can be purchased on Amazon.com
Jan Sandman’s description of the Authentic Movement practice gives the reader the opportunity to understand and virtually participate in the experience. It is a way to access one own rhythms, and natural path, a way to access support and inner guidance, a way to return from deep places knowing how to use and integrate what you have found. She writes with wisdom about many aspects of a journey that is unique for each of us: creating conscious patterns, choosing what feels right rather what feels merely happy, holding inner stillness, following the inner threads, finding helpers in the unseen worlds. Jan reveals herself in these pages in many aspects: lyrical writer, penetrating observer, grief traveler, pancake maker, mother/sister/daughter, healer, artist, visionary, and quiet, wise guide.
The photographs are informative, perfectly matched with text, beautifully printed and stunning—the ones of the colored silks used in the session are so vibrant and alive it is hard to resist the urge to taste them.
There are several threads in this book that can be taken separately as themes but are woven together. My favorites were several short personal narratives that described the origins of the author’s healing impulse and orientation from her own subjective awareness and family context; clear and unique descriptions of aspects of Authentic Movement that both practitioners and non-practitioners would find useful, including the development of the “inner witness,” tracking one’s experience, and her thoughts on the ceremonial nature of the form and its relationship to other forms of ceremony; and her unique and passionately described exploration of the subtle energies of colors.