Dressage in the Fourth Dimension

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New World Library, Sep 7, 2010 - Pets - 152 pages
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Dressage is often seen as the most formal and controlled of the equine sports, following an ancient, standardized training progression. For philosopher and dressage instructor Dr. Sherry Ackerman, dressage is much more. It — along with riding in general — can be a transformational art and an avenue for reflection, exploration, and self-knowledge through which a rider can experience liberation from the individual, egoistic self. This second, revised edition of Dressage in the Fourth Dimension is a pioneer work in awakening “dressage consciousness.” Drawing on such diverse sources as sacred geometry, ancient Western and Eastern philosophies, and esoteric spirituality, Ackerman seeks to heal humanity’s alienation from nature through riding. She points us toward the liberation from societal conditioning and normative thinking, and, ultimately, from our own egos. Her concept of the fourth dimension requires us to leave the analytic, objective mind behind and enter into the mystery of inspiration. A short, unique, thought-provoking work that has enjoyed a word-of-mouth reputation among horse people for years, Dressage in the Fourth Dimension will challenge riders’ assumptions about their horses and themselves.
 

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Contents

Body
7
Acknowledgments
101
Notes
105
Bibliography
113
Index
121
About the Author
129
Dressage back flappdf
135
Dressage back coverpdf
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About the author (2010)

Sherry L. Ackerman, PhD, is a professor of philosophy at the College of the Siskiyous, in Weed, California, as well as an internationally acclaimed dressage clinician. She sees dressage as transformational, as an avenue to reflection, exploration, and self-knowledge through which riders can experience liberation from their narrowly individual, egoistic I-ness. Dr. Ackerman is one of the American dressage industry’s leading proponents of dressage as a philosophical, spiritual, and artistic practice. Dressage in the Fourth Dimension has been a pioneer work in awakening dressage consciousness, a finger pointing at the moon. Now in its second edition, its message is right on time. It requires readers to deconstruct every assumption they have ever held, to ask “Why?” and become okay with not-knowing. Humanity’s alienation from nature can no longer be ignored. The enormity and immediacy of the crisis is evident. Dr. Ackerman’s work during the last few years has been concerned with the theme of liberation. She points readers toward a consideration of humanity’s liberation from societal conditioning, from externally legislated morality and normative thinking, and ultimately, from the egoistic self. She believes that getting beyond one’s own ideas, and discovering the context of one’s own thinking, is liberating. Identifying the differences between what we think that we think, and the conditioned, enculturated patterns of thought handed down to us, opens interesting avenues for growth and transformation. Dr. Ackerman’s concept of the fourth dimension requires readers to leave the analytic, objective mind behind and enter into the mystery of inspiration. Dr. Ackerman lives at the foot of Mount Shasta, in California, and attempts in the silence of the woods to practice what Dressage in the Fourth Dimension teaches. Living quietly with her horses, she seeks transformation. For more information, see www.sherryackerman.com.

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