|SIGN LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL
©2003 by Dale H. Schusterman, D.C.
Published by The Writers'
Collective, Cranston, RI
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from Meru Foundation eTORUS Newsletter #18
Most of the books reviewed so far in eTORUS have been works of
biography, mathematics, or history -- all of which have an objective
approach. In contrast, "Sign Language of the Soul: A Handbook for
Healing," by chiropractor Dale Schusterman, is an example of
responsible presentation of subjective material. Dr. Schusterman
presents a method for encouraging healing developed empirically through
years of experience as a practitioner. He bases this method on
hand-gestures developed from his inner practice, within a structure
based on his own understanding of the Tree of Life. For him and for his
patients, this method works, and Dr. Schusterman's examples drawn from
case histories enliven and personalize this book.
"Sign Language of the Soul" is written as a working handbook for
chiropractors and other hands-on healers. It is beautifully
illustrated; the hand-gestures are clear and easy to learn.
Schusterman's approach is practical, with exercises and detailed
explanations. It is not peer-reviewed research -- Schusterman himself
is clear about this, explaining on his website that "there have been no
blind, randomized control studies performed. These methods are based on
empirical observations, trial, and error performed over many years."
Because "Sign Language of the Soul" is so honestly, carefully, and
clearly presented, this is the sort of learning from personal
experience that can be valuable and helpful to others. Dr.
Schusterman's empirically-developed "Sign Language of the Soul" is not
the same as the Hebrew alphabet hand-gestures discovered in Meru
Foundation research. But the observation that how we hold and use our
hands is directly related to our feelings, underlies both. In fact, Dr.
Schusterman's chapter on the relationship of hand motion to brain
function relies on many of the same references we also use in our
discussions of language and gesture, such as Dr. Frank Wilson's book,
"The Hand,"(1) or Prof. Ullin Place's paper, "The Role of the Hand in
the Evolution of Language."(2) This is why we want to refer eTORUS
readers to Dr. Schusterman's work, and why we are offering it on
(1) "The Hand: How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human
Culture," (c)1998 by Frank R. Wilson, M.D.,
paper edition published by Vintage Books, ISBN 0-679-74047-3
(2) Place, Ullin T. (2000) "The Role of the Hand in the Evolution of
Language." Psycoloquy: 11(007) Language Gesture (1)
This paper is available HERE
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