Using the altered state of ecstatic trance to access the memories of the Universal Mind, Nicholas Brink takes us back to ancient Scandinavia, to the time of the epic of Beowulf, the oldest piece of literature written in the English language. Sharing his ecstatic trance techniques along the way, his journey allows us to re-experience the life and shamanic practices of Queen Wealhtheow, the wife of King Hrothgar, the king rescued by Beowulf from the torment of the monster Grendel.
Revealing a hidden side to the epic of Beowulf, Brink details how Grendel respected and would not harm Queen Wealhtheow and her teacher Vanadisdottir, a priestess of the goddess Freyja, for they practiced the ancient magic of the earlier hunter-gatherer era when the Great Mother Earth was worshipped.
Nicholas Brink reveals how the original magic of our ancestors, as practiced by Queen Wealhtheow, provides a blueprint for our emergence from the warlike nature of the past into a time of peace and compassion for our Great Mother Earth.
Nicholas E. Brink, Ph.D., is a psychologist and a certified teacher of ecstatic trance with the Cuyamungue Institute. Board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, he is the author of The Power of Ecstatic Trance and Baldr's Magic. He lives in Coburn, Pennsylvania.
Foreword by Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. Acknowledgments Prologue A Shift on Our Planet Introduction The Paradise of Hunters and Gatherers 1 The Visiting Merchant 2 Wealhtheow's Brother 3 The Visit from Healfdene 4 Vanadisdottir's Journey to Freyja's Pool 5 Vanadisdottir's Return Journey 6 The Autumn Trip to Denmark 7 Healfdene's Return and Signy's Visit 8 The Raid 9 News from England 10 The Promise of Marriage 11 The Wedding 12 The Nightwalker 13 Skald Bragason 14 Forsetason's Travels with the Skald 15 King Athils's Attack 16 Hrothgar Becomes King 17 Healfdene's Last Days and the Sighting of Grendel 18 The Early Years of Hrothgar's Reign 19 Grendel Disturbs the Peace 20 The Silver Lining 21 Violence against Women 22 Forsetason Reaches Vanadisdottir 23 A Visit from Beowulf 24 The Eleventh Year 25 The End of Grendel 26 The Mother of Grendel Conclusion Hope for the Future Notes Glossary Bibliography Index