About the book
Rhythmic stimulation of the human body combined with ritual body postures can produce a profound change in consciousness, enabling one to experience different areas of the alternate reality.
Ritual body postures found in prehistoric cave paintings and indigenous effigies have their origins with the hunter-gatherer tribes. The oldest posture discovered to date is believed to be approximately 32,000 years old. It was in the horticulturalist societies that followed, however, that the practice of these postures flourished.
Prof. Felicitas D. Goodman, Ph.D, and Nana Nauwald collaborated in researching the effects of close to sixty different ritual body postures. Ecstatic Trance: The Workbook contains in-depth information on shamanic practices, detailed background on recently researched postures and brain research, and instructional photographs, providing a complete manual for the ecstatic trance postures. This extraordinary book gives practical guidance that can help the reader achieve unique experiences through individual experimentation. It also describes how the ritual postures can lead participants to such areas as healing, metamorphosis, death and rebirth, and divination, and presents the latest findings in the field of spiritual archaeology.
The body postures contained herein, when combined with rhythmic stimulation, can lead not only to changes in somatic perceptions but also to visions, i.e., the ecstatic experience. Rather than constituting or promoting a particular belief system, or dogma, the body postures wholly incorporate the shamanic world view.
The ecstatic trance is part of our genetic endowment. Ecstatic Trance: The Workbook provides the guidance and instruction necessary to help us integrate the knowledge and insight gained from the trance experience into our everyday lives. Practicing the ritual body postures can help us to access and energize our own creativity.
© 2003 Nana Nauwald