Pre-publication announcement

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This is a book with both personal and transpersonal dimensions. It is also an adventure in consciousness, an exploration of healing, and a heart-warming love story. In between these woven narratives there is genuine education waiting for the reader. It is education in neurobiology, how people persevere in the face of illness and tragedy, and how spirituality can transform us, and lead us on ever widening soul-journeys.

Marty Wuttke is one of the most respected pioneers in the field called “neurofeedback,” which is really “biofeedback for the brain.” It is an evolving form of self-regulation with a fifty-year history, for which Marty has been around for about thirty-five—since the 1980’s. While he was teaching neurofeedback at the legendary Menninger Foundation, he met Susan as a student and learner. Some years later, Susan faced a life-threatening illness, which had her wheelchair-bound, and a fragile shadow of her former vibrant self. A friend recommended that Susan, as almost a last recourse, see Marty for therapy. The therapy, lasting a couple of months, was successful, and it revealed the underlying cause of her illness—extreme stress from PTSD, and trauma to her children.

A few years after her remarkable healing, Susan was back to her vibrant, pre-illness normalcy, when she realized that she had fallen in love with her healer. The wonderful part of this story is that the love was passionately returned, and led to a new kind of marriage, a second marriage for each; but one that my wife Robin and I have called “partnership as spiritual practice,” in a previous book.

This book offers the reader, as I have said, deep and profound learning in what it means to be human, which means the proud possessor of a body, a brain and a soul. The task, and it is a challenging one for our time, is how to integrate these seemingly separate portions of our humanity. It is probably a different one for each gender, but when it comes together it is not only profoundly instructive for us all, it forms that most compelling and perennial of narratives: the human love story.

This book, by author-psychologist, Stephen Larsen, himself a neurofeedback clinician and researcher, will be published early in 2014. It contains history, useful instruction and description in how neurofeedback can transform lives and heal intransigent illnesses, and a fascinating history of how this latest contributor to the fields of holistic health and energy medicine evolved. About 200-250 pages, with photos, and brain map illustrations.

Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., BCN, LMHC, is Psychology Professor Emeritus, SUNY, and director of Stone Mountain Center in the Hudson Valley of New York. He is the author of ten books in print, including, The Healing Power of Neurofeedback, The Neurofeedback Solution, The Fashioning of Angels, Partnership as Spiritual Practice, and A Fire in the Mind, the Life of Joseph Campbell.