"Reclaiming the Human Capacity for Ecstasy"
The human need for ecstasy is as imperative as the need for food. For thousands of years, humans incorporated this capacity for expanded states of awareness into their religious rituals but those practices were nearly lost. Anthropologist Felicitas Goodman's research revived a tradition - at least 36,000 years old - that uses the natural capacity of the human nervous system to alter its functioning in order to enter the state of ecstatic spiritual consciousness.
Dr. Goodman coined the term “ecstasy deprivation” to identify a condition that underlies the addictive tendencies prevalent in Western cultures. When we are restricted to the limitations of ordinary ego consciousness, we long for liberation and suffer without it. Healing, in the original definition, means to make whole and to make holy. Without regular contact with the world of spirit, we are not physically or psychologically whole. Some healing rituals using ecstatic postures provide the practitioner with inner adjustments or even advice to remedy an imbalance, while other postures generate energy to be directed outwardly toward others in need of healing.
The Cuyamungue Method teaches us how to adjust our bodies and nervous systems using only a simple ritual, rhythmic sound, and postures discovered through the ancient art of indigenous cultures around the world. In this introduction, you will learn a six-step process for using ritual postures, and will see a series of images from around the world that explore the presence of these ritual postures throughout history.
Co-Sponsored by AHMA & IONS NEO Chapters, Cleveland Center for Conscious Living and Studio-E
Cost: $25 Program / Food $10 / Program Only