Waking Up

The Work of Charlotte Selver

by William C. Littlewood & With Mary Alice Roche



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/31/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 144
ISBN : 9781418493752

About the Book

Although the practice of Sensory Awareness, the rediscovery of experiencing, is nonverbal, its essence can be distilled from the tape-recorded words of its seminal teacher, Charlotte Selver, in response to her students’ actions and questions during her classes. This book is a lovingly selected and skillfully edited compilation of excerpts of more than two decades of Charlotte Selver’s profound teachings, colorful sayings, and rich insights, arranged topically. They represent the heart of her teaching. Using only her own words, the text of each experiment feels like Charlotte Selver herself speaking not only to her class but to the reader. The reader is invited to try out some of the suggested experiments.

About the Author

The teachings of Charlotte Selver, the founder in the U.S. of Sensory Awareness, are preserved almost exclusively as audio tapes of her many classes. In the late 1970s she entrusted William C. Littlewood with the monumental task of turning those tapes into a book of her classroom interactions. It is her “voice” that speaks to the reader from these pages.

William C. Littlewood studied for years with Charlotte Selver and served as editor of the Bulletin of the Sensory Awareness Foundation. For shepherding to completion the first book about Sensory Awareness, he received the highest praise and deepest gratitude from its author, Charles Brooks, “for tempering the alloy from which this instrument was forged.”

Mary Alice Roche, a long-time student of Charlotte Selver, writes extensively on Sensory Awareness and other topics. She helped found the Sensory Awareness Foundation in 1971, became its first archivist, and edited most of its Bulletins.