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About Ecstatic Body Postures
Specific body postures reappear in the art and artifacts of world cultures,
even those widely separated by time and distance. What are these images of
unusual postures telling us? Medicine people, shamans, priests, and
priestesses of indigenous cultures have passed on this sacred body of
knowledge for thousands of years. Anthropologist Felicita Goodman discovered
that people who assume these postures report strikingly similar meditative
experiences. The results from this research are inspiring, proving that
certain body gestures and movements allow us to access higher states of
consciousness. With clear instructions and illustrations, Belinda Gore
demonstrates these shamanic postures and how to work with them. Ecstatic
Body Postures is a "must read" for anyone interested in meditation,
shamanic practice, yoga, or body work.
About the Author(s) of Ecstatic Body Postures
Belinda Gore has been teaching workshops on ecstatic trance for over eight years. She is vice-president of the Cuyamungue Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the principles of ecstatic trance and ritual body postures are studied and taught under the tutelage of renowned anthropologist Felicitas Goodman. A psychologist in private practice in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Gore earned her Ph. D. in counseling from Ohio State University.
Praise for Ecstatic Body Postures
". . . this book summarizes the results of hundreds of workshops and introduces the reader to the rich resources of information found in the alternative reality. . . . I highly recommend this book to all who want to explore their inner reality."
Ruth-Inge Heinze, author of Shamans of the 20th Century
"I have integrated the practice of Ecstatic Body Postures into all my workouts, to great benefit, and recommend this book highly to anyone wishing to get physically fit while exploring other dimensions of their being."
Thor the Barbarian, Quest for Might, July 2007