Holding Hands There is a profound wisdom in the body, in the pulsing of the blood, the rhythm of the breath, the turning of the joints. Once we are aware of its subtle power, the body becomes a sensitive antenna for tuning into nature and other people. It can serve as a metaphor for every human thought, emotion and action. It is the royal road to the unconscious. It is a small, handy model of the universe. It is a master teacher. All the books, computers, and electronic networks in the world contain only a miniscule fraction of the information it takes to create one human body. —Leonard & Murphy,
 The Life We Are Given

George Leonard

George Leonard


George Leonard, co-founder of Integral Transformative Practiceregister_mark.png, 368B and a pioneer in the field of human potentialities, is author of twelve books, including The Transformation, Education and Ecstasy, The Silent Pulse, the Ultimate Athlete and Mastery.

During his seventeen years as senior editor for Look Magazine, he covered the Civil Rights Movement, politics, foreign affairs and social change, while winning an unprecedented number of national awards for education writing. Later, he produced annual Ultimate Fitness sections for Esquire as well as numerous articles on a wide variety of subjects in such magazines as Esquire, Harper's, The Atlantic, New York, Saturday Review and The Nation.

George Leonard holds a fifth-degree black belt in aikido and is co-founder of a martial arts school. He is founder of Leonard Energy Training (LET), a transformative practice inspired by aikido, which he has introduced to some 50,000 people in the U.S. and abroad. He is past-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, president emeritus of Esalen Institute and ITP International.

A native of Georgia, Leonard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina and Doctor of Humanities degrees from John F. Kennedy University, Lewis and Clark College and Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. His adventures along the human frontiers of the 1960s are described in a memoir, Walking on the Edge of the World.