Man's Supreme Inheritance
Conscious Guidance and Control in Relation to Human Evolution in Civilization
Fourth edition, hardback, bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine and upper board. 20.5 × 13cm, xxi + 214pp.
This is the first book on Alexander's technique. Our ‘supreme inheritance’ is our potential to develop conscious use of ourselves in all activities of living. With reference to and examples from his experience of teaching the Technique, Alexander argues for the development and evolution of consciousness, in keeping with the increased pace of civilization. He exposes the dangers of the subconscious approach in suggested remedies like faith-healing, ‘concentration’ and physical exercises. Though some of the contemporary concerns which he addresses may appear dated, the underlying issues are still the same: our health and well-being are being undermined by too much tension, unconscious attitudes, and lack of physical and mental coordination.
This copy is in very good condition. There are a few small marks to the upper board, and some tanning to the pages. It appears a second publisher took over distribution after printing and there is a sticker to title page stating Re-Educational Publications.