In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself by John J. Prendergast PhD (Author)

Your body has a natural sense of truth. We can feel authenticity in ourselves and in others. However, this innate wisdom is obscured by our conditioning-the core limiting beliefs, reactive feelings, and somatic contractions that fuel our sense of struggle and veil who we really are.

In Touch is a groundbreaking, experiential guide to the felt-sense of our “inner knowing”-the deep intelligence available through our bodies. Each chapter presents moving stories, helpful insights from spirituality, psychology, and science, and simple yet potent experiments for integrating the gifts of inner knowing into every aspect of daily life. Join pioneering psychotherapist and teacher Dr. John J. Prendergast to explore:

  • The phenomenon of “attunement”-how we accurately sense and resonate with ourselves and others-including an introduction to attachment theory, mirror neurons, and interoception (the ability to sense into the interior of your body)
  • Felt-sensing and the subtle body-our ability to have a whole-body sense of reality and how the seven major energy centers relate to common psycho-spiritual issues
  • “Shadows as portals”-how our dark and painful feelings and sensations can point us toward an essential radiance within
  • The art of identifying and undoing our core limiting beliefs
  • The four somatic qualities of inner knowing-relaxed groundedness, inner alignment, open-heartedness, and spaciousness-and how these subtle signals, once recognized, can guide our choices and help us to navigate life’s challenges
  • The fruits of inner knowing-the realization of who we are in our depths and the great intimacy with life we can all enjoy

“As we tune into our deepest nature, our body relaxes, grounds, lines up, opens up, and lights up,” writes Prendergast. “So far this extraordinarily useful subtle feedback has been largely overlooked; almost nothing has been written about it. We need to both sense and decode these signals if we are to benefit from them. These bodily markers are here to be seen and used as guides to enable us to more gracefully navigate life and to awaken. They are part of our birthright, available to anyone.”

Here is his invitation to start listening in a profound new way, deeply in touch with reality and our shared journey of awakening.


John J. Prendergast (1950 – ) was born and raised in Silicon Valley before there was any silicon. Instead, Santa Clara valley was full of orchards – plum and cherry – and wild mustard in the spring. He attended UC Santa Cruz when it was still small and experimental. There his spiritual search began in earnest. He attended a series of long meditation retreats in his twenties, before beginning his graduate studies in psychology.

He met his first teacher, the European Advaita master Jean Klein, in 1983 and studied with him until his death in 1998. He began studying with this second teacher, Adyashanti, in 2001.

He was a professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco for twenty-three years where he taught and supervised masters level counseling students. He has had a private psychotherapy practice since 1985.

He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology. For more, see:

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John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., is a retired professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and a psychotherapist in private practice. He spent many years studying with the European Advaita master Jean Klein as well as with Adyashanti. He was invited to share the dharma by Dorothy Hunt in 2012.

He is the author of In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself, newly available from Sounds True. He is the senior editor of two anthologies of original essays about nondual wisdom and psychology entitled The Sacred Mirror and Listening from the Heart of Silence. He is also the founder and editor of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology.


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