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Jack Heggie, Feldenkrais Assistant Trainer. His Last Letter

The link to the letter below by Jack Heggie was originally posted on SomaSimple.com. It was sent to me by a reader. Thank you. Jack Heggie passed away, reportedly by suicide. Ryan Nagy talks about the apparent suicide (years apart) of Jack Heggie and Martin Weiner in this blog post (click). Jack's letter below gets to the abuse of power in the Feldenkrais Guild community that I believe ultimately led to the culture of sexual harassment and bullying that we see today. JACK HEGGIE'S LAST LETTER Dear Fellow Practitioners and Students of the Feldenkrais Method: I am taking the time and going to considerable expense to send this letter to each and every practitioner member of FGNA because I believe that our Method is in the midst of a crisis so severe that, if action is not taken...

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Moshe Feldenkrais: “Meditation is for Idiots”

Here is the great Moshe Feldenkrais doing what he does best attacking and criticizing other methods. Feldenkrais is better than everything you see...including meditation. Feldenkrais: Meditation is a drug for idiots "...doing, moving, and acting is better than meditating. If you meditate, it is only if you act wrongly that the meditation does something. If you act wrongly, and then correct it with meditation, or with any other drug, then what happens? You live so poorly that you need the drug or the meditation. If you need the relief, it means that you use yourself wrongly, in the state of relief, in the state of meditation; that is how you should live. And if you live like that, why meditate? Why take drugs? Can you see that it is very simple and very idiotic? It is so idiotic that

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Moshe Feldenkrais: “it is you who is a nasty idiot”

Toxic Feldenkrais Quotes: Moshe and his use of the word, “idiot” and “idiotic.” "...it is you who is a nasty idiot." - June, 22nd 1977, SF Training Could you imagine being in training program with Moshe Feldenkrais and having him scream at you and kick you and repeatedly call you and your fellow students "idiots" and "idiotic"? That is the way Moshe Feldenkrais taught and perhaps goes a long way to understanding why so many of his students became abusive and also engage in name-calling and personal attacks against their students and colleagues. Lift it until you feel pain. As you know that is idiotic. - June 30, 1977. Your head and leg begin approaching one another when the internal voice of the idiot truly stops pushing you to do more than you can. - Alexander Yanai #3...

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The Incoherence of Jeff Haller

Jeff Haller, has a YouTube video called, "Moving Towards Emotional Dignity." I like Jeff as a Feldenkrais teacher and have experienced one of his advanced workshops. It was brilliant. However, listening to the video below, gave me the creeps. Jeff simply repeats - adnauseam - buzzwords from the popular culture. https://youtu.be/5eqALkuHwWs Feldenkrais helps you move towards emotional dignity?? How is that? Take a look at the abuse and harassment allegations listed on the current site. Many of the alleged harassers and rapists are Jeff's colleagues and friends. I wonder why he has not denounced them publically? Why does he continue to work with them? Why has he not spoken out? Does he have too much emotional dignity? And if the Feldenkrais Method is a powerful as Jeff suggests,

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Feldenkrais Via Negativa: What Feldenkrais is NOT

Rather than talking about what Feldenkrais IS, let's talk about what it is NOT. If the allegations of rape, harassment, and bullying by Feldenkrais trainers in the Feldenkrais Guild are true, we can say that Feldenkrais is: - not a cure for being a rapist. - not a cure for being a bully. - not a cure for sexual harassment. Apparently, you can be a Feldenkrais practitioner and still be a monkey. Given that there have been mentions of the sexual harassment allegation on both the FeldyForum and Feldenkrais Practitioners Around the World (a Facebook group) and not a single person (other than me) have spoken out publicly about the matter, we can also say that being a Feldenkrais Practitioner is: - not about protecting the public (otherwise someone would speak and warn potential...

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What’s “good” for the guild is bad for Feldenkrais students and practitioners

Something that has been written by several Feldenkrais practitioners from the Amherst training when talking about the alleged abuse is that, "I knew about Frank (or Ned or Dennis etc) twenty years ago, but I did not say anything because I wanted to protect the method." The method (or more accurately, "The Guild system") was protected in the short term. But in the longer term the abuses continued and they continued while being hidden from the public, students and other practitioners. In essence, a system was created in which abusers could continue to abuse, knowing that no one would speak out. So while the integrity of the Feldenkrais Guild system was maintained, so was the ability of people (mainly Feldenkrais trainers) to harass, bully and rape.

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FGNA Officers and Feldenkrais Trainers Urge Practitioners Not To Speak Out Publicly About Abuse

"The official position is that this is not a public matter." - Feldenkrais Guild Board Member. "I just wanted to echo what the board [of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America] has been saying. ... In the case of the process for addressing these [sexual harrasment] concerns, I see that an incredible amount of care has been taken to follow due process and do the best possible to prevent future harms and increase clarity around the issue. The official position is that this is not a public matter. *I* don't even know what happened in the proceedings and I will not push to find out. This is completely legal, and certainly conforms to my own ethics." [From a 3/22/18 FeldyForum Post. The FeldyForum is a private YahooGroups forum] The Swiss Feldenkrais Guild Ask Members Not To Tal...

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Historical document from a San Francisco graduate.

The post below was originally posted online by one of Moshe Feldenkrais' longtime confidants and students who graduated from the San Francisco Feldenkrais training. We are posting it without his permission and after the website it was posted on was deleted. Historical document from a San Francisco graduate. This is the "true history“ VII presented on May 4’08 the birthday of Moshé Feldenkrais My “Affidavit” I, [name redacted], make this “Affidavit”, knowing full well this is a legal document where-by I cannot make a false statement knowingly. This is the same as swearing, to tell the truth in a court of law. So on that note I write this “Affidavit”, under the penalty of perjury. Meaning that if I lie, knowing that I’m making a false statement, I can be prosecuted in a co

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Is this Feldenkrais Training Organizer An Abuser?

Sascha Krausneker, Feldenkrais Training Organizer There are multiple accusations against Sascha Krausneker. Multiple, detailed accusations against him, accusing him of sexual coercion, violence and harassment towards a Feldenkrais student and a Feldenkrais practitioner. There are multiple, credible second-person accounts of the abuse. There was a police report filed against Sascha. And we have multiple credible reports of him having sexual relationships with – and harassing – a student in a training program that he organized. We have reason to believe there are more.

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Repost: Dennis Leri, Feldenkrais Trainer, Buddhist and Sexual Harasser?

Denis Leri, Feldenkrais Trainer Denis Leri. We were sent multiple messages that he and Frank Wildman were engaged in a contest to see who could "fuck" the most number of students. And there was a report that at one time he was not allowed to be alone with female students during a particular training. Denis reportedly has been against certifying more female Feldenkrais trainers: "In a lengthy conversation with Dennis Leri, some years ago, I raised several questions, about why some highly competent women were rejected as “trainers”, by Frank Wildmann and Dennis Leri. They had no justifiable reason except as Dennis said, he just did not like [trainer candidate name] who Dennis told me, was just as bad as Anat Baniel, who Dennis clearly disliked intensely."

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