The Ecstatic Experience

However, psychotherapy and most modern religious practices generally do not
include ecstatic experience or rely on direct communication with the spirits as
their primary source of guidance and wisdom. In fact, if contemporary priests, ...

The Ecstatic Experience

Trance-inducing postures for shamanic journeying, initiation, healing, divination, and transformation of the soul • Provides practices from Mayan, Egyptian, African, Native American, Sumerian, and other ancient and indigenous traditions • Shows how these practices can detoxify the energy body 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.

The Ecstatic Poetic Tradition

Scholars working in the field of mysticism studies have argued for decades over
how to define the mystical state, a religious variety of the ecstatic experience.
Ecstasy has myriad psychological implications, and psychological theories can
thus ...

The Ecstatic Poetic Tradition

This work is not only a general inquiry into ecstatic states of consciousness and an historical outline of the ecstatic poetic tradition but also an intensive study of five representative poets--Rumi, Wordsworth, Whitman, Dickinson, and Tagore. In a refreshingly original, wide-ranging engagement with concepts in psychology, religion, philosophy, aesthetics, sociology and history, this book demonstrates that the poetics and aesthetics of ecstasy represent an ancient, ubiquitous theory of poetry that continues to influence writers in the current century.

The Power of Ecstatic Trance

responsibility of determining the direction of the experience. Whereas, with
ecstatic posture work the posture provides the direction, and the ecstatic trance
experiences map the progress of change in overcoming problems and provide
the ...

The Power of Ecstatic Trance

A guide to ecstatic trance for spiritual and emotional development, spirit journeying, and connection to the collective unconscious • Describes more than 20 ecstatic trance postures for healing, divination, spirit journeys, shape-shifting, past-life recovery, and connecting to the Akashic field • Explores the physiology and psychology of ecstatic trance journeying • Provides guidance for those with little or no experience as well as methods to deepen practice Over the millennia shamanic trance journeying has been used as a way of healing, of providing answers to questions, and of offering solutions to individual, family, and community problems. Though traditionally it was the shaman of the community who went on such journeys, the revolutionary work of the late anthropologist Felicitas Goodman shows that we all have these shamanic powers. Her research on the body postures found in ancient primitive art and in the practices of contemporary shamans offers each of us the ability to experience ecstatic trance journeys firsthand. A student of Felicitas Goodman and Belinda Gore, psychologist Nicholas Brink examines more than 20 traditional trance postures for divination, decision making, letting go of guilt and grief, healing of illness and emotional pain, spirit journeys, shape-shifting, interacting with animal spirits and the dead, and discovering past lives. Exploring the physiology and psychology of ecstatic journeying, he offers guidance for those with little or no experience as well as methods for longtime practitioners to deepen their practice and reclaim the extrasensory power of our ancient ancestors. Offering solid theories of how ecstatic trance triggers healing and spiritual development, Brink explains how trance journeying allows us to tap in to the collective unconscious, or Universal Mind, and access the information matrix of the Akashic field.

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

Other prophets accept the term nab? (Is. 8:3) and find a place for ecstatic
experiences (cf. Is. 6). Yet the role of ecstasy is reduced, and no effort is made to
induce it. Visions may be deceptive; what counts is the moral will of God, and the
word is ...

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

A comprehensive reference that provides information on the Greek background, meaning, and significance of terms found in the New Testament

Gershom Scholem s Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism 50 Years After

Forms of Visionary Ascent as Ecstatic Experience in the Zoharic Literature by
Elliot R . WOLFSON New York University In a recently published volume , The
Foundations of Mysticism , Bernard McGinn has noted that in the history of
scholarship ...

Gershom Scholem s Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism 50 Years After

Sponsored by the Gershom Scholem Center for the Study of Jewish Mysticism.

The Ecstatic Quotidian

A proto-ecstatic latency underlying everyday experience is not merely the re-
gion of literary phenomena but also belongs to the structure of childhood
experience. Maurice Merleau-Ponty declared that all his philosophical endeavors
 ...

The Ecstatic Quotidian

Fascination with quotidian experience in modern art, literature, and philosophy promotes ecstatic forms of reflection on the very structure of the everyday world. Gosetti-Ferencei examines the ways in which modern art and literature enable a study of how we experience quotidian life. She shows that modernism, while exhibiting many strands of development, can be understood by investigating how its attentions to perception and expectation, to the common quality of things, or to childhood play gives way to experiences of ecstasis&—the stepping outside of the ordinary familiarity of the world. While phenomenology grounds this study (through Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Bachelard), what makes this book more than a treatise on phenomenological aesthetics is the way in which modernity itself is examined in its relation to the quotidian. Through the works of artists and writers such as Benjamin, C&ézanne, Frost, Klee, Newman, Pollock, Ponge, Proust, Rilke, Robbe-Grillet, Rothko, Sartre, and Twombly, the world of quotidian life can be seen to harbor a latent ecstasis. The breakdown of the quotidian through and after modernism then becomes an urgent question for understanding art and literature in its capacity to further human experience, and it points to the limits of phenomenological explications of the everyday.

Exaltation

Based on case studies of a Pentecostal church and a music festival, the author of this book argues that ecstasis occurs in religious and secular settings and is best understood by theistic and non-theistic approaches, working together.

Exaltation

Based on two richly described case studies - a Pentecostal worship service and popular music festival - this book draws on sociology, theology and religious studies in order to understand the significance of ecstatic experience in these contexts. Interviews with performers in both settings, together with detailed first person accounts of worship services and live performances, combine to create a picture of the role of music, performance and space in catalysing ecstasy. Drawing on the work of thinkers as diverse as Michel Foucault, Emile Durkheim, Victor Turner and Friedrich Schleiermacher, this book demonstrates that religious and non-religious disciplines, paradigms and understandings can work in a complementary fashion to help us understand the significance of phenomena such as music and ecstatic experience. <BR> Ultimately, the argument put forward in the book is that ecstatic experience takes place in both religious and secular settings and is best understood by both theistic and non-theistic approaches, working together. The ecstatic experience common to both contexts is theorised as 'proto-religious phenomena' - the kernel from which religion may develop.

Advanced Yoga Practices Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Vol 2

Doing the style of meditation that brought the first experience over the years,
sometimes twice a day, usually once, the ecstatic experience came about two
more times. Not a lot, that's for sure, but I'd never found another way. When I
stumbled ...

Advanced Yoga Practices   Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living  Vol  2

FROM THE BACK COVER OF THE PAPERBACK EDITION: Yoga opens the doorway between our outer and inner reality, leading us to Oneness and Joy in all aspects of life. Our nervous system is the doorway... Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP), Volume 2 refines and enhances the core practices presented in the first volume, and provides plain English instructions for new practices designed to cultivate middle and end stage development on the path of human spiritual transformation. Additional practices include advanced applications of samyama, diet, shatkarmas, amaroli, non-dual self-inquiry, bhakti and karma yoga, and a variety of approaches for building and managing a progressive and stable practice routine. Volume 2 does not stand alone, relying on the first volume as a foundation, and building on it. There are nearly 200 additional lessons here for assisting the serious practitioner to realize a life filled with abiding inner silence, ecstatic bliss, outpouring divine love, and unity. What readers are saying as they make use of the AYP lessons: "It's almost a science. You do the practices and progress as predicted." - MA "As a physician, it is moving to see the effects on medical conditions." - KC "I will be adding AYP to my class offerings to cover the whole of yoga." - MR "Far above and beyond all other yoga writings I have encountered." - KG "A growing inquiry in stillness has taken me to new levels." - CL "Especially useful for stabilizing my kundalini awakening." - SR "The tantra techniques bring great pleasure into our lives." - ZA "This approach includes a deep tolerance of other paths." - AN "Thank you for being the one who said: The guru is in you!" - KK For more reader feedback, see the last section in the book.

Clubbing

Crucially, this experience of identity is perceived as their 'real' identity— how they
really are (and/or want to be). ... Elation and euphoria—experiencing the ecstatic
At their peak, ecstatic experiences can culminate in the temporary loss of a ...

Clubbing

Clubbing explores the cultures and spaces of clubbing. Divided into three sections: Beginnings, The Night Out and Reflections, Clubbing includes first-hand accounts of clubbing experiences, framing these accounts within the relevant research and a review of clubbing in late-1990s Britain. Malbon particularly focuses on: the codes of social interaction among clubbers issues of gender and sexuality the effects of music the role of ecstasy clubbing as a playful act and personal interpretations of clubbing experiences.

The Ecstatic Imagination

Psychedelic Experiences and the Psychoanalysis of Self-Actualization Dan
Merkur. 6. The. Creative. Phenomena. The facilitation of creativity by psychedelic
experience has been considered from a variety of standpoints. By the "creative ...

The Ecstatic Imagination

Presents the first comprehensive survey of the varieties of psychedelic experience since 1975.