The Ecstatic Experience:
Healing Postures for Spirit Journeys [With CD (Audio)]
By Gore, Belinda (Author), Josephson, Susan (Illustrator)
Paperback. 149 pages
Following up on her groundbreaking book, "Ecstatic Body Postures," Gore provides a new series of 20 trance-inducing postures for shamanic journeying, initiation, healing, divination, and transformation of the soul. Includes 60-minute CD of trance rhythms.
Like opening a medicine bundle that has been hidden for thousands of years, reading The Ecstatic Experience gives you direct access to powerful ancient consciousness codes. It is a riveting and concise presentation of 20 new sacred body Postures, with simple and easy-to-use methods for accessing nonordinary states of consciousness. Essential reading for those already familiar with the ecstatic body postures, it is also the ideal introduction for beginners." --Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Mayan Code: Time Acceleration and Awakening the World Mind The human need for ecstasy--the ability to be free of the limitations of ordinary consciousness--is as imperative as the need for food. Renowned anthropologist Felicitas Goodman claimed that being deprived of ecstasy was the fundamental cause of all forms of addiction. Indigenous cultures and the civilizations of antiquity were aware of this and developed specific rituals to induce and channel trance energies to detoxify and nourish the subtle body in order to experience the ecstatic reality that gives life to matter. The body postures seen in ancient art from Mayan, Egyptian, African, Native American, Sumerian, and other ancient and indigenous traditions are a doorway to inducing this kind of ecstatic trance. People who assume these postures in a ritual context are able to experience expanded and transformative states of consciousness. Following up on the groundbreaking introduction of this practice in her first book, Ecstatic Body Postures, Belinda Gore provides a new series of 20 sacred postures and exercises that allow for a deeper understanding and utilization of these shamanic practices. She shows how to use the energy awakened by these practices for healing, shapeshifting, initiations into the mysteries of death and rebirth, divination, spirit journeying, and restoring balance to the cosmic patterns disrupted by destructive human activity. To help reach these deep, ecstatic trance states, the author also provides a 60-minute CD of shamanic trance rhythms to accompany the journeys.
Belinda Gore, who holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, has been teaching workshops on ecstatic trance throughout the world since 1987. She is the president of the Cuyamungue Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she carries on the lifework of her mentor, Felicitas Goodman. Author of "Ecstatic Body Postures: An Alternate Reality Workbook" and "The Ecstatic Experience", she lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Stories selected and retold by Ali Keyhani. Keyhani has a Ph.D. in Energy Resources and Power Systems from Purdue University. He has taught at Amir Kabir University (Tehran Poly Technic) and The Ohio State University. He has written over hundred Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Transaction articles about power systems, energy conversions and renewable energy sources. His books include Design of Smart Power Grid Renewable Energy Systems, John Wiley & Son, Inc. (2011), Integration of Green and Renewable Energy in Electric Power Systems, Wiley (2010) co-authored with Mohammad N. Marwali and Min Dai, and Smart Power Grids, Springiner (2011), co-authored with Muhammad N. Marwali. Illustrations by Susan Josephson. Josephson has a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Ohio State University and was a professor of philosophy at Columbus College of Art and Design until she retired in 2011. She has written books and articles on artificial intelligence and on art. She has illustrated several books, including My Last Forty Days, A Visionary Journey among the Pueblo Spirits, by Felicitas D. Goodman, Indiana University Press, The Ecstatic Experience, Healing Postures for Spirit Journeys by Belinda Gore, Bear and Company press, and Flowering Bruno by Charlene Fix, XOXOX press.