The Silent Pulse: A Search for the Perfect Rhythm that Exists in Each of Us

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"At the heart of each of us there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, made up of wave forms and resonances, which is absolutely individual and yet connects us to the universe." - George Leonard

From how the rich vibrations of music touch us emotionally to how the body and mind are made up of rhythmic waves, The Silent Pulse takes readers on a journey of self-discovery into the limitless possibilities of individual potential.

"George Leonard's writings on human potential have an ecstatic quality that turns ...

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Overview

"At the heart of each of us there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, made up of wave forms and resonances, which is absolutely individual and yet connects us to the universe." - George Leonard

From how the rich vibrations of music touch us emotionally to how the body and mind are made up of rhythmic waves, The Silent Pulse takes readers on a journey of self-discovery into the limitless possibilities of individual potential.

"George Leonard's writings on human potential have an ecstatic quality that turns the body toward its deepest intuition; an artful balance between the integrity of the individual and the mystery of the physical universe. Leonard captures that delicate dance-the silent pulse-between the mystical as literally cosmic and the ethical as truly personal."
- Jeffrey J. Kripal, Chair of Religious Studies at Rice University and author of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion

"Leonard's synthesis on leading-edge research about consciousness, rhythms, light, perception, and alternative realities has the accuracy you'd expect from a long-time magazine editor and journalist. But he transcends all categories in this book: it is poetry, science writing, and adventure. It is hard to imagine that anyone could read it without being changed by it." - Marilyn Ferguson, author of The Aquarian Conspiracy

Drawn from scientific theory, particularly modern quantum physics, The Silent Pulse details the experiences of ordinary and extraordinary people who have uncovered remarkable truths about human capabilities. The exercises in this book, based on Leonard's workshops, will lead you to experience your own silent pulse of perfect rhythm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423601227
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/9/2006
  • Edition description: Revised & Updated
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 987,809
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of Georgia, Leonard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina and Doctor of Humanities degrees from Lewis and Clark College and John F. Kennedy University. He served with the U.S. Air Force as a combat pilot in the South Pacific during World War II and as an intelligence officer and magazine editor during the Korean War. He describes his adventures along the human frontier of the 1960s in his 1988 memoir, Walking on the Edge of the World. His latest books include The Life We Are Given, and The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei.

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Some years ago, I sat in a New York apartment and phoned friends in London and San Francisco, one after the other. In the background, during both calls, I could hear the Beatles’ recently released Abbey Road playing—which is exactly what happened to have been playing in the next room there in New York. For a moment I had the feeling that I could go on phoning people on every continent and keep hearing the same music. A world in harmony!

But whether we make music in concord or diversity, in the jungle or the concert hall, we do make music. We make music because we are human. Seeing pyramids and cathedrals, factories and skyscrapers, cities and empires, we might be led to agree with the opinion that “man was born a builder,” and that men will go on building until every meadow sprouts high-rise buildings and every river runs in its own concrete channel. This opinion finds no support in the anthropological record. The truth of the matter is, the human animal was born a singer and dancer. Rich and complex cultures existed for at least a million and a half years without pyramids and cathedrals, and we can perhaps conceive of a future without high-rises. But a humanity without music is not just inconceivable; it is impossible.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Preface: The Way of Rhythm and Harmony . . . . . . 10

ONE Vibrato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

TWO The Rhythms of Relationship . . . . . . . . . . 23

THREE Flesh, Spirit, and Emptiness . . . . . . . . . 37

FOUR What the Senses Say . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

FIVE Personal Identity and the Inner Pulse . . . . 55

SIX “Holonomy”: the Web of Existence . . . . . . 65

SEVEN The Playground of Reality . . . . . . . . . . 83

EIGHT Perfect Rhythm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

NINE Intentionality and Power . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

TEN The Intention of the Universe . . . . . . . . 137

ELEVEN “Life Cannot Be Fooled” . . . . . . . . . 143

Revised and Updated for the 21st Century:

A Gift of Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155

Appendix:

Toward the Experience of Perfect Rhythm . . . . . . 175

About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194

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