The Memory Palace of Bones – exploring embodiment through the skeletal system is an unprecedented exploration of the anatomy of the bones of the body, and a unique set of reflections on the role each individual bone plays in our lives, looking at both its physical and energetic contributions.
The book began as a proposal from Dr Rockwell who wanted to write a work focused on the bones of the body, in a manner similar to Lauterstein’s earlier book Putting the Soul Back in the Body, which focused on the major muscles of the body, looking at their role in our structure and movement, and more generally in our lives. In discussion together they decided to write the book as an exchange of “letters” on each bone, partly inspired by John Berger and John Christie’s beautiful correspondence, I Send You This Cadmium Red. There is no other book quite like this one. No-one else has explored the existential significance of each of the bones of our body. The field of mind-body medicine and healthcare is growing, yet there are few “enlightened” anatomy books.
In The Memory Palace of Bones, the authors offer an inspiring, beautifully written book on this deeper layer of the body-mind. Those who read the book will enjoy a deeper insight into the essence of the core layer of their body and lives. The authors’ intention has been to look at the skeletal system in a similar way to that in which the author Deane Juhan, in his book Job’s Body, looks at the muscles and the nervous system. Written and presented in an imaginative and highly readable style the book describes the specific bones and, where appropriate, the joints as well. It combines the anatomical expertise of the authors with their appreciation for the beauty of the body and uniquely arises from two lifetimes involving extensive clinical expertise as well as valuing imagination as a source of wisdom and depth. Seeing and discussing bones as a wisdom source is a topic that until now has never been systematically covered.
“As we explored our own bodies, our memories, and our clinical experiences, we asked ourselves, “Could the body itself be a memory palace?” After all, within us live all our memories, all our learning, all our lives. Do we not walk through this memory palace every time we lay our hands on the human body? And if so, what memories–ancient or recent – are carried within and reflected in our bones? When we say, “I just know it in my bones,” is that merely a figure of speech? What might our bones tell us – of ancient lives on the plain, of the evolution from walking on all fours to two-legged locomotion, about the role bones play in the balancing of human structure and energy? ”
The authors guide us on a rich and intimate journey to the heart and meaning of our bony skeleton. Somatic practitioners of all kinds can benefit from taking this journey and making it their own–so as to feel the breadth and depth of what the bones have to tell us, physiologically and psycho-emotionally. An impressive achievement. — Kevin Frank and Caryn McHose, authors of How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness
A source of wisdom that offers readers an opportunity to manifest a personal transformation, one that can restore health and reignite one’s passion for life. — Bruce H. Lipton, PhD, author of The Biology of Belief
The Memory Palace of Bones celebrates the musicality of cellular communication emanating from the resonant marrow of our being. Poetry and prose illuminate unexpected associations, evoking marvels of motion, sensuality of touch and delighted satisfaction. When the sirens of trans humanism scramble subtle signals of deep wisdom and artificial intelligence disturbs the delicacy of complex living systems, recalibrate, and attune with the experience of this book. — Elizabeth Larkam author, Fascia in Motion
Who reads anything any more? You do, with this one. These days, I need to read a lot quickly to even appear to keep up, and a lot of it is papers or articles online. This is pure pleasure reading, with your favorite beverage nearby. Just relax into the unique situation of being led, gently and mellifluously, into new (and, for me, clinically useful) views of the memory palace written into our skeleton and all that surrounds it. Thank you, David and Jeff! – Tom Myers, Anatomy Trains