Books by Bruce Fertman
Where This Path Begins
Renderings Of The Tao Te Ching
Where This Path Begins is Bruce Fertman’s interpretation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. The Tao Te Ching is the most widely translated book in world literature, after the Bible. Though many translations are available, this book is a clear departure from the others in that it takes us, through contemporary images, one step further; into our bodies, and into the very real problems we face. This is a version of the Tao Te Ching unlike any other.
Bruce Fertman understands the workings of Lao Tzu’s heart, how taking Lao Tzu to heart expresses itself somatically, socially, and politically within our day-to-day lives. His approach to Lao Tzu’s ideas are at once philosophical and poetic, but most of all practical. This book gives us an experience of what it is like to become peaceful within ourselves and in relation to others.
Bruce Fertman’s book is immediately available as an e-book for $5.00.
All of the photos in this first edition are originals by Bruce Fertman.
Here are several links from where to buy/download the book.
You’ll need iTunes for a Mac or PC (download link provided), or you can read it with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Teaching By Hand/Learning By Heart
Delving Into The Work Of F.M. Alexander
Letter to the Editor:
This makes me nervous, but I now send you my finished manuscript.
It is complete. Nothing missing. Nothing extra.
This is what I think the book does.
Part One communicates to people, no matter their level, from beginners to teachers, what AT is about in ways contemporary, understandable, relevant, and meaningful. Broadly and specifically. In Part One a lot of time is spent on primary movement/pattern/control, on inhibition and direction, on freedom and choice, though often not in that language. Now, with the two pieces added this month to Part One, it also speaks at length about sensory appreciation, and it includes some thoughts on breathing that relay Alexander’s unique orientation toward the subject. Part One now makes sense to me. A person should finish reading Part One and should be clear as to what AT is about. If the reader is an AT teacher he or she should come away with a lot of new and useful language, metaphors, images, and ideas and perhaps with more courage and desire to teach the work in groups.
Part Two then gives the reader an animated, heartfelt idea of what it looks like and feels like when I work with people on all the material introduced in Part One. The reader gets to see, and almost experience, what happens when a person sticks to principle. “Stick to principle and it will all open up like a great cauliflower,” as A.R. so aptly put it. Part One is about the principles. Part Two is about the cauliflower! Yes, plain, healthy, natural beauty.
The book as a whole also introduces me to the readers, not just my ideas, but who I am as a person and as an Alexander teacher, the two inseparably intertwined. In this way it is very much autobiographical, spanning a 55 year career. It is my hope the book may be, in part, inspirational to some younger AT teachers.
It is satisfying to have completed it. It’s a bit like finishing a long, good novel, having read the last page and closed the book. There’s a gentle sadness and a deep joy. Yes I did it. I finished it. I like it. Now it’s forward into a free future with open arms and an open heart.
Jean, thank you for your continual support. The ball is now in your court. Obviously, it takes a village to write a book, and you are the Mayor!