Dear Art and France!
It was great talking to you Art! Listening to your
voice brought up so many memories. How much impact you had in my life.
Many years back I was a client of yours in LA and later a therapist in
Paris. I want to thank you for all those years. Once in LA 1976 I felt
you saved my life.
And you did! Later you took me in as one of your
therapist in Paris. We were more, 12 of us and I used to joke that we
were the 12 disciples of yours.
Being Jewish I loved that joke and so
I am really so grateful to you giving me an
opportunity to mentally and intellectually expand the way we did in
Paris. The time in LA and in Paris have been one
of the best time in my
life. I have so many memories when you made my life worth living when I
was in despair in LA. You stood up for me and encouraged me like
did before. I was at the end of the rope. You made me climb back! I
never thanked you enough for that. I am sorry for that. And later you
took me in as your
therapist in Paris. France was such a support.
France I am so sorry you did not get appreciations for that. You know I
was young and stupid. Now being old but still going strong I can see
The rest of our Primal group are spread out I can
see so much clearer and so value what I got from you and France. I tried
to get in touch with you many years back
over and over but I failed.
Dear Art and France.
By the way I am doing good have a
great career, teaching Psychology at the university and doing therapy
with my (3rd) husband since 18 years.
Life has been good to me in many
ways. And I think you have a big part in that!
H.E - July 2016
Art, thank you for listening. I can't imagine my life without Primal Therapy.
have helped so many people... Maybe one day even some of the deaf will
be able to hear. I felt like a mute and I learned to talk...thanks to Primal Therapy.
J.T - June 2016
Dear France and dear Arthur
have received your post 3-week intensive letter and I wanted to express
my sincere gratitude for what I have experienced the last 3 weeks.
has been such a truthful, painful, amazing journey that I longed for
for a long time in my Life. When I am writing these lines I simply feel
this wonderful warmth around my
heart and my tears are very close to
because of how touched I am by your work, your staff, the level of
contribution as well as that place that I found to come to. That safe
place, where I am finally being listened to,
cared for, and really
have so much appreciation and gratitude for my primal therapist, David,
who has shown me nothing but being a rock solid therapist that is being
very clean in holding space for all
of my act-outs and projections.
This is what makes me trust so much since really there are not many
leaders/coaches/therapist etc. who are able to do that - exactly because
bring in their own feelings. As a matter of fact I haven't
experienced that anywhere else. Quite the opposite. The level of care
and expertise is beyond. I can say the same things about Morey
as well. She is so so wonderful. They both
give such good positive imprints of mummy and daddy. I just love them
and I wish they would stay with me forever!!!
YOU for your legacy. Thank you for your care and your interest in the
field. You truly change the world one human at a time. I wish for
everyone to experience that.
With all my Love,
A.R - June 2016
have done the Three Week Intensive, followed by 21 individual
therapies, and in the past 1,5 years I have cried spontaneously many
can confirm the effectiveness of the Primal Therapy though it has not
brought me money and a girl friend yet, as I originally hoped.
am deeply moved by the Legacy program. When I found the texts, I
thought it was a mistake. But then I watched the Trailer and I
understood it has been done by purpose.
Incredible. For the first time
in history, yes.
The best therapy moreover.
It is a pity I have not had a chance to meet the Janovs. I have had the chance to work with David and Morey, and read Dr. Janov's books. And it is more than enough.
My infinite thanks.
Czek Republic, 05/2016
I love [your] blog, therapy and research !!!
I just watched the trailer
for part 1 of Legacy Program and am sooo excited about the learning
potential. I just asked myself that question , " How do you know Primal
Therapy works? " . My answer is it cured me of claustrophobia,
alcoholism, muteness and anxiety. It gave me confidence to try things
that were not possible before, for example talking on a microphone and
singing in front of an audience. Most of all it gave me my relationship
back with my Mother.
Before feeling through my birth , I was holding
onto hatred about my Mother that prevented me from being with her ( in
K. May 2016
20 years, you escaped one madhouse, rescued by "the evolution" and this
experience helped you through next madhouse, WW2. Your superiors in the
US military, the Navy, had the good taste
to try out / discover your
obvious talent and you were offered academic studies in psychology.
Strengthened by the new knowledge did you get to the cuckoo's nests,
number three and four,
Hackers Psychiatric Clinic and Brent Woods
1967, you found out of evidence of how repressed memories and feelings,
under the right conditions, can be re-lived. More than one of us owe
our lives to this paradigm shift in psychotherapy
in which you have
spent 50 years acting out your early pain.
Even at age 90, and
thereafter, evolution has made you able to demethylate, re-live and feel
your primal madhouse-traumas.
own "madhouse" had no asphalt. It was an agricultural university
dominated by repressed, well-educated professors, researchers,
instructors, and administrators. Most families, for at least
their members, had regular contacts with the asylums of those days.
Instead of being insane, I, fortunately, developed epilepsy at 20, which
resulted in that I developed an inner obsession
everything in my life to know why I had epilepsy. Your discovery became
eventually my way.
my first primal 1980, turning a grand mal seizure into re-living my
birth trauma, I developed excellent qualities for a crisis consultant
and business leader and I was asked to take on more jobs
than I could
handle. Those were fascinating years and I managed to make a living,
become sane and healthy and can look back on life with satisfaction and
gratitude. Lots of pain to re-live,
but what a gain to finally feel and
understand how my life was put together / changed.
I was very moved by articles by Art Janov relating his
personal life experiences. I think we can feel more empathy and liking
for someone when they speak personally than when they express themselves
through theory. The point of the theory of course is not to
necessarily generate empathy for its author, but considering the depth
and humanity of that Primal theory I personally still have always felt
an immense respect for
Janov despite not knowing much about him.
always wonders what travails exceptional innovators have gone through to
create something apparently constructive for humanity despite all the
crushing negative forces at work in the (in)human world.
M. April 2016
Dear Art and France,
are amazing. I wonder if harsh conditions sometimes yield the
greatest inspirations? Or is it that the core reality, the optimistic
survival core of human beings is inspired to act when challenged and not
much overwhelmed? Where do you think your strength came from?
Generations past perhaps? I am trying to feel my helplessness the
depths of it seem devastating with lots of compounding.
Yet, because of
your efforts and writings and influences I have some small hope. Thank
you for that!
Hugs and live forever you guys,
From your admirer, the parasympath in Wylie TX, :) - April 2016
was one of the addicts that you cured with primal therapy, real primal
therapy, at the primal institute. I thank my lucky stars… that I went
through primal therapy so long ago… every thing you say is true…
treatment is a racket…. it makes the corporate health care system
billions… and doesn't offer real hope for anyone. My own father was a
drug addict, and i watched him die from cirrhosis..
The same thing
would have happened to me if it wasn't for you… thank you.
J. April 2016
Dear Art, I have known since the age of 5 years old that your therapy
works, and transforms people's lives because that's how old I was when
Mother started Primal Therapy and started to turn our lives around.
Mother ended being a medical secretary for a leading Pediatrician and
Obstetrician, who by the way endorsed and used your work to the best of
his ability. However my point is that if not for your work my Mother
would not have survived the stress of a childhood of sexual abuse,living
in orphanages, and a physically abusive marriage prior to Primal
Therapy. Primal Therapy saved my Mothers life. How can I ever thank
Well as a matter of fact I'm working on doing a Psychology
degree and doing Therapy and training at your centre before you go.
Can't wait to watch the Legacy videos.
K. April 2016
You wrote: "I feel like a failure". How do you feel today?
For what my five cent wisdom is worth, you are great wonderful and a human being I love and respect.
You gave me the key to a door, a door I know exists somewhere, but couldn't find in my ever present pain.
You not only gave me the key, you showed me the reason why I must open this door
– it is the door to consciousness.
I'm forever grateful to you.
ask: "So now if you ask if I started out to change the world? I would
say "No, I just never wanted the world to change me. I never wanted to
join their world.
That would have been the end of me".
I'm so glad
that you never joined their world, because you would have changed and
never written any of your books the world so desperately need.
BTW, I think the same way. I never liked to be someone else.
S. April 2016
Reliving a primal pain may only last for a matter of hours, but it
literally takes away decades of pain.
The most painful part is carrying
all that hurt and tension around year after year, and not feeling it at
the level that gets rid of it. Feeling freaked out, anxious, angry,
frustrated, despair, tired, exhausted, driven, obsessed, hatred,
unlovable, etc... on a daily basis is far more painful and exhausting
than having a Primal Therapy session that gets rid of it, in a matter of
hours, once and for all!
Yes one has to chip away at it, to get to the
core feelings that are causing all the problems , however at every
little step along the primal road to recovery, there are rewards of
relief. You can't imagine how great it feels to finally
get free of
Primal Therapy is life changing and life saving! It is criminal that there is an answer to human suffering and no one talks about it.
K. March 2016
It is so hard, so hard to live, so hard to get what I want, so hard to know what I want.
Life is dark and not worth living.
I don't know what to do, I need help, I don't know how to live and how to get what I want. I don't even know what I want.
As a child I was not wanted and I was not supposed to want. Life was dark and empty.
The struggle to be born, so exhausting, I am so tired, I feel like my body will break in two.
a mother, as soon as I gave birth to my second daughter I felt like I
was being torn in two because I could not give to them both equally. I
always felt as if I was being torn into two.
In my feeling, my primal, I writhe and writhe, so hard, my body breaking, it's so hard, I can't breathe, I feel rage.
Finally, peace, I breathe deep delicious breaths of air, my body feels relaxed and I am at peace.
I survived, I made it, I am born.
H.J. February 2016
man has so much wisdom and understanding! One day in the distant future
the booga boogas and the cognitives and behaviourists might try their
mindfulness trips & discover a little of What Dr Janov knows.
I guess if you're in pain he talks your language. I know he is right & I have 'suffered' most of my 62 years, but the knowledge he has conveyed in his books has actually saved me from giving up on 'life' in pain but
understanding why, thanks to him, makes it bearable.
P. February 2016
I would like to thank you both for being a light in my darkness, a guide
to a higher virtue of love, and steadfast promoters of what is the
wonderful potential of humanity to heal and give and survive, with a
dance in their steps, and a flicker
of optimism in their darkest hours.
Thank you Art and France, from the bottom of my heart.
D.S. December 2015
Just so glad your still here and still working for a feeling humanity!
Glad for all your readers and bloggers , you bring hope to my humanity.
K. December 2015
My book will be including reference to Dr. Janov's work, principally in
the form of quotations, but also in reference to my delight in
discovering such groundbreaking work and how it assisted me in
understanding certain personality traits.
am doing really well.
As of this date I have lost almost 50 pounds. I
am walking 10000 steps a day, most days. Exercise class with a mixture
of aerobics, strengthening and some yoga.
And I do line dancing once a
week and a polka Club once a month.
volunteer at a horse barn once a week and as needed, we give riding
lessons to special needs kids. I am mostly a side walker to make sure
they don't fall off
as I don't know that much about handling horses. And I am dating a really, really nice man as,well.
My life has so changed because of my therapy, I am amazed sometimes!
G.W, USA - 10/2015
I am back home for a week now. And I feel changed a lot. I do not react like before, am not triggered, not depressed anymore.
Today I went shopping and usually I always get bummed out but not anymore.
I feel must stronger, not have fear to brake down. I feel sane. Don't have thought running around my mind etc...
can say I had a good day today. Thank you so much to David, Claudia, Mr
and Miss Janov for allowing me to come back to Primal center.
It just works. I have been crying on my own too.
I can finally get into feeling somehow, could not do it before and really cry about it.
R. S., Slovenia, 10/ 2015
On a note of
affirmation for what your process has done for me I simply rely on my
senses to tell me I am feeling something and embrace that discomfort in a
place I am free to feel it in. Usually by gazing into the rushing
waterfall just outside my apartment. Almost always I get to the
experience. Thank you Doctor Art Janov....in our own hands, once we
learn to feel, the Primal process prevails.
W.W. PAGE 10/2015
I just wanted to share that I finally enrolled for the degree I've wanted to do for many years. I'm also now engaged to be married and thinking about starting a family.
These are massive, enormous steps to improve my life and do the things I really want to do.
really believe I would not have been able to do either without Primal
Therapy. I may not even have still been alive to do them.
first "phase" of therapy ten years ago helped me to be able to take
responsibility for my life and money, and enabled me to take control of
my work and life,
get out of debt and progress significantly with my
The knock-on effect of that change, coupled
with the insights from this second phase of therapy (the last couple of
years) has now enabled me to make these further
changes and decisions.
I truly cannot thank you all
enough for the critical part you have played in this personal evolution.
It is the gift of simply being able to live my life.
There is nothing
in the world more precious than this. Thank you so much.
Lots of love,
A. S., UK 09/2015
All you write about used to be me. I sought out the gurus - genuflected
before them. It was pathetic, but there was no motivation to get out
I was searching for the meaning of life. It was an elusive
venture as I could never seem to find it.
Then one day, through one of
your previous patients, I began to employ your techniques and I can
attest to the fact that once one feels the pain again
and works through
it effectively, they will discover that there is no meaning to life,
other than what one gives it.
Your work has saved my life. I am now
sound and am now giving meaning to my own life. I am forever grateful
to you and what you do.
Thank you so much!
I am sending you this message through the Primal Center, I will tell
you again what I have said before in person, that you really changed my
life - saved my life.
My life is now so rich with deep love and a calm
center that I could never have felt before Primal Therapy.
As you know, I
could have been married to my darling Tom for 23 years and never have
really been able to feel it - not tolerate the intimacy and not really
because of all my repression. And I could have parented our daughter without ever being able to separate what is my stuff from what
is her. Or I might never have had
the feeling to want to parent at all.
And what a loss it would all have been. For me. And for those around me.
You know how much there is to all this better than anyone. So I hope
you can accept my most heartfelt thanks. There is really nothing I can
say or do that will ever convey
the scope of what it means to me.
work is genius - the book Life Before Birth is my bible and I believe
that credited or not, all your pioneering thinking is reaching the stage where it is considered
"obviously true" instead of "ridiculed" as they say about all breakthroughs in science.
J.C., USA - 2014
Thanks for all the provocative ideas over the years...
J., USA - 2015
I love you all.
Though I have even less money that before coming to LA, I am happy and I feel better and better.
it is tough. My feelings develop. I am now able to lie down and cry. I
cry almost every day, new and new feelings emerge.
When I reflect back,
in the last months I integrated - one by one - the feelings of 1."how
to kill myself", 2."life has no sense for me", 3. "nobody wants me",
4."I am helpless."
It is not the end, unfortunately not, but I feel much better, I know what I want and who I am. Maybe it will be changing, who knows.
The Primal Therapy is just great. I am happy I came to LA last year, with
this year´s devaluation of my currency, it would be almost impossible.
You are doing a great job. You literally saved my life.My life would have been desperate for the rest of it, maybe 20 years. It is great I have found you and again many thanks.
It took one long year to feel the difference. I
originally thought it would be a matter of 3-6 weeks (though my therapists were absolutely clear that it would not be the case).
During the 3 week intensive "not much" happened, deep feelings came later.
more and more feelings were emerging every week, I was not fully aware
of any big improvement until one year into the therapy. I am very happy
I was patient and did not panic.
The reward is huge. I feel different, I speak differently, I behave differently.
is so much pain behind, pain that I was not able to feel during the 3
week intensive, pain that I felt bit by bit, little by little, during Skype sessions, during watching romantic films and later before falling asleep.
And even in buses or metro was I crying
when the pain came.
Almost everybody, whom I told about the therapy I was taking, was making fun of me. That was also hard.
Now I am the winner, I have my life back, life makes sense to me again. The relief cannot be described by words.
also I cannot describe in words the gratitude I feel towards both Drs.Janov, and everyone else at the Primal Center. You have all made a great job.
P. K., Czech Republic - 2015
This morning I cried.
I was exercising in the front room and a thought of the past came to
mind, a poem I had written long ago. I started reflecting on the basis
of the poem – my feelings and circumstances back then.
One thing led to another, and suddenly I was triggered.
The feeling rushed up and poured forth.
For several minutes, I sporadically cried, cried, and cried.
As my tears fell to the carpet, I thought of Primal Therapy, how
fortunate I am for it, how it hit the spot, how badly I needed it, how
it has relieved so much tension and pain, how wonderful it is to be able
to cry. Like the rain, it washes everything clean and new again.
What a wonderful joy it is to cry again and to feel clean, new, and refreshed once more.
Thank you ever so much for having been there for me and helping me so much.
You are forever in my heart and in each healing tear.
D.L., USA -2015
I've finally re-entered
therapy and I'm halfway through four weeks of intensive and it is
wonderful! Back in the mid-seventies when I started therapy the first
time you said the only safety is in coming to feel--you are so right. My
first go-round in therapy saved my life as I was suicidal and my life
was disintegrating, but the Institute on Almond and its successor on
Colby were nowhere near as safe, and the therapy nowhere near as good as
what I'm getting now at the Center. The therapy is light years from
where it was, and this time, after years of self-primaling and not
getting the help I really needed and not actually reliving and resolving
things, my health deteriorated and my life gone awry in so many ways,
my life is getting saved again.
I feel something I haven't felt
for years--indescribably happy to be alive. Thank you and France for
creating the Center, thank you for bringing together and training a
remarkable and wonderful staff, thank you for continuing to develop the
theory and the practice and the science, thank you for your brilliance
and your determination, thank you a thousand times for everything!
bills itself as the happiest place on earth. You should add to your tag
line for the Janov Primal Center: Where Primal Therapy is a Science,
and the Safest Place on Earth.
Lots of love,
P.H., USA - 2014
Messages to Dr. Arthur Janov for his 90th birthday:
Hi Dr Janov:
In case I forget, happy upcoming 90th birthday.
would like to again thank you for all your inspiring and important work
in psychotherapy. These days, I am re-reading one of the major works of
the counter-culture "The Greening of America" by Charles Reich (now
about your age), which came out about the same time as "The Primal
Scream". I am thankful and in awe that you both were able to create such
important works, some clarity and insight within all pervasive neurotic
culture which stifles us. It means a lot to me, especially now that I
too am getting older.