When Eric Berne’s truly seminal text “Games People Play” was released in 1964, it was the first fully developed theory of personality to confront Freudian concepts. Although “in touch” is somewhat more synthetic and derivative (those familiar with yoga nidra will recognize familiar themes), it is the collection, organization and presentation of observations, concepts and brand-new exercises that places this book in that category, too. This is not to say that Dr. Prendergast does not add perspectives; but the perspectives he adds are not "his," they are perceptions, exercises, discoveries and examples of breakthroughs that fundamentally become yours. Although Welwood’s “Toward a Psychology of Awakening” (1990) may be the first book to formally merge conventional analysis with Advaita, Prendergast has vastly expanded on that blend by adding very empirical activities of the mind and heart, client accounts and a sprinkling of unpretentious personal experiences and reflections of 30 years of study and practice. The result is powerfully rewarding to all readers, from laypersons to trained practitioners.
I first met John in 2009 at the first Science and Nonduality Conference and have enjoyed his distant friendship since. I saw his careful personality on display there, and also his wisdom in the numerous panels and presentations where he appeared. “in touch” contains a set of progressive forms of introspective yoga powerfully demonstrating that our body can be another portal to the transcendent, perhaps permanent discovery of non-mental Pure Awareness, and encouraging a fundamental transformation of identity. Yes, there are some "concepts" in there also..."verticality" and "openheartedness" are both presented with fresh examples and insights. This book is a “must read” by anyone who is serious about exploring human consciousness….thank you John!!!
A person is not a thing or a process, but an opening through which the universe manifests. - Martin Heidegger
There is not past, no future; everything flows in an eternal present. - James Joyce