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Ecstatic Trance: New Ritual Body Postures

Ecstatic Trance contains in-depth information on 60 ritual body postures and describes them in precise, accurate detail, with clear illustrations. The first complete manual on this subject, presented here are age-old postures (one dates back 32,000 years and was inspired by a cave painting) along with newly-researched postures, published here for the first time. Learn these postures and access, energize, and integrate your creative potential. Practicing these postures also leads to new insights into healing, inner development, and rebirth. And combined with appropriate rhythmic stimulation–music and dance, for example–the postures can engender a profound change in consciousness, leading the participant to experience altered states of reality including visions and ecstatic trance states. The postures themselves do not promote any one belief system or dogma but are elements in an overall shamanic worldview.

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  1. J. Adkins "J" says

    Not impressed I bought this book thinking that I would learn body postures that like mudras, would be valuable for meditation. As someone who does sculpt, I do not believe that the author’s hypothesis of the clay sculptures shown in this book are a valid way to learn that. It sounded great in print until I got the book and saw the sculptures used. Some are clearly, to my minds eye, in the positions they are in to give the item balance so it wouldn’t fall over. With that in mind, make your own decision. It made mine although I would have liked to believe differently.

  2. Rowan says

    Ecstatic Postures As a person with a Maya archaeological backround, using the maya statues and pictures out of context was annoying. The writing was so easy that I wondered who the targeted audience was. Other than that, it’s an interesting book, many postures to try. So far, I haven’t had any luck with the postures that my age and arthritis will allow, but I haven’t stopped trying.

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