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Cornu Tension is real.
Yes, you. Last time I started out Dear Holly and caused confusion. Nevertheless, it seemed the words still got read because I got the following feedback from a subscriber since 2013 who over that time period had opened 175 of my emails and was now unsubscribing:
"As a Pilates professional who does my best to further a vision, I find it offensive to then be denigrated because I haven't trained with/paid Miller."
It makes me sad to read such words, especially when they make no sense, to me anyway. Let me explain.
The first thing that sticks out is the assertion that you are less because you haven't paid me. That makes my eyes swirl around because my passion for Pilates has me giving everything away without needing to be paid.
I paid $40 to be able to send that email in the hopes of furthering my vision to my subscribers, which they receive for free. I've broadcast my vision live on most weekdays over the last 584 days. It was free for me to do, which is why broadcasting is more preferable to me, but more importantly to you-it's free for you as well.
My web site www.hermit.com holds a vast amount of documentation of the original work, all free. My blog that goes back years expressing my vision of Pilates-free.
In my last email, the one that the subscriber unsubscribed on, I promoted my convention on the summer solstice at Lost Gulch Overlook, again free. It's true that somebody asked for a certificate of attendance which I told them would cost a couple hundred bucks, but went on to explain they didn't need a certificate to show up and honor my vision of the man, his method, and, oh by the way, my personal contribution-Cornu tension.
So, I can't see how I denigrated you because you haven't paid me any money.
On the assertion that I have denigrated you because you haven't trained with Miller, that's me, I don't' see how that's possible, because to be a subscriber, to read my words is to train with me, don't you see?
So, in my effort to look past the words to what is really being expressed here, I can only guess. I guess it has to do with vision. And what it means to further a vision.
The way I look at things, every human creates a simulation of what it's like out there, in reality. They place themselves in a projection of the future and then try to make the future match up with their projection. Some would call that consciousness. If you were still a subscriber, I would ask what vision are you doing your best to further? Pilates professional means to me that you are getting paid for what you do. And you do your best to further a vision. What vision? Surely, you mean your vision, but you might be saying that you are doing your best to further Joe's vision. Okay. Each of us, you, me, every reader, and anybody who extends themselves as a Pilates professional does their best to further a vision that may be inspired by Joe but becomes very personal in the projection.
In the Pilates culture, it seems that the ubiquitous assumption is that Pilates has no essence of its own so that everyone is free to further Joe's vision in whatever way they please. So, I can feel where the affront is coming from if you assume you can further a vision in whatever manner you choose.
By now it would seem that you would know that my vision is much different than the assumption that everyone is free to further a vision any way they want. That it goes beyond the hearsay of somebody who knows or knew Joe as to what Joe's vision is.
I'm drawn to compare Joe to Einstein. In Einstein's early days there were lots of his contemporaries who criticized and dismissed his vision. What ended up distinguishing Einstein's vision was its correlation to reality. It was (and still is) about more than vision. It is how well vision matches up with reality.
Seems the affront that caused you to unsubscribe is notion that your vision of a vision is all that matters. And in much of the Pilates culture, that's assumed to be true. The thing is, in Michael Miller Pilates the assumption is that the vision has to line up with reality. And that the quality of the vision can be evaluated by how much the vision matches what is real. Doing your best to further a vision is one thing. Doing your best to further a vision that lines up with reality is another. Now, I know, that there's that whole trend of attitude that everyone creates their own reality, but that can be confusing. I see it that everyone creates their own reaction to reality, because reality just is what it is.
MMP assumes a vision of Pilates within the context of Joe's original work and the reality of physics and biology. I know that's a very narrow and limiting context in which to further a vision of Pilates, but it has been the MMP context all along. So, if you dismiss that context, or find it too constrictive there are millions of Pilates professionals who go way beyond the stated context of the MMP vision.
Now, Einstein turned out to be Einstein because his vision took physics someplace new. Just like Copernicus took astronomy someplace new, and Bruce Lee took martial arts someplace new. Their visions were closer to reality than their contemporaries. Bruce is a good comparison in what we are talking about because millions practice martial arts who never heard of Bruce Lee. Well, maybe not millions. And even those that have heard of Bruce are into furthering a vision of martial arts that doesn't include Bruce's vision. Similarly, lots of Pilates professionals do their best to further a vision of Pilates that has nothing to do with Michael Miller. Still, Copernicus, Einstein, Lee and Miller have all taken their fields of interest someplace new.
If you feel denigrated because I stand up and say my vision of Pilates goes beyond the colloquial vision, I can understand that, but it doesn't change the MMP vision, and it doesn't change the correlation of the vision to reality.
Just think of all those contemporaries of Einstein who felt denigrated by him. It wasn't he or his vision that did the denigration. It was the reluctance, resistance and downright refusal to accept a vision that matched up with reality more than theirs did.
So, in conclusion, I'm sorry you feel that way. I'm sorry you feel denigrated because you haven't trained with me or paid me. That's not my fault; that's yours. The training has been out there for years, for free. The opportunity to train with me personally is dwindling by the day. The opportunity to pay me, or MMP after I'm gone will always be available.
I'd suggest you pull up your little rubber panties and evaluate the vision you're promoting and why. If you're a real Pilates professional don't you owe your students the best vision of Pilates that's out there?
PS: You can always go to my website and re-subscribe.