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THE LITERATURE IN osteopathy is of two gross categories: one that is basic and scienti c biomechanical principles in nature and written in a narrative for the novice (such as Foundations of Osteopathy and An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment); and the other, which is written in more philosophical and perhaps even mystical narratives by the masters, physicians of great accord such as Dr. Still, Dr. Fulford, Dr. Sutherland, and Dr. Becker. The rst perspective is written in “solid” facts and is designed to provide a foundation for the logical mind. The second perspective seems often cryptic and mystical as the masters try to relay “greater truths” than what can be described by current scienti c principles and metrics. There is an active role of observation in osteopathy, which can only fully be known by rsthand experience. As such, it can never be fully communicated, only fully realized. These greater truths cannot be shown even by a master, but one can paint around and point towards these truths. As a student, then resident, and practicing physician I searched for a description, a narrative of this transitional experience from novice or even expert to master osteopath, but it was not to be found. What follows in Subtle Motion: Journey and Journal of a Cranial Osteopath are my rsthand experiences as I transitioned from a novice/ expert into a master, a journey which undoubtedly never quite ends. My perspective is unique in large part due the traumas experienced throughout my life.

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