Sharing the wisdom of shamanic healing, Nicholas Brink creates an accessible link between psychotherapy and the ritualized use of ecstatic trance postures. He explains how ecstatic trance triggers the imagery that allows us to override negative beliefs and retrieve the lost innocence of the soul. He shows us how to broaden healing beyond the resolution of individual emotional and behavioral issues to create harmony in family, community, society, and the world around us. Integrating cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and dream analysis, the author provides a unique model for tapping into the universal mind in a way that feels familiar and safe. He illustrates five ecstatic postures for emotional and spiritual growth, moving from finding a place of relaxation in which to strengthen your sense of self to the soul retrieval experience, which leads to the death of dysfunctional beliefs and restoration of your original innocence. The author shows how spirit guides can support us as we achieve the spiritual consciousness of the shaman and recognize the interdependence of all cultures and all living things on the planet.
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 several books, including The Power of Ecstatic Trance and Baldr's Magic. He lives in Coburn, Pennsylvania.
Foreword by Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. Acknowledgments 1 Introduction to Ecstatic Trance in the Therapeutic Setting 2 Adapting Ecstatic Trance to Psychotherapy 3 Finding Fulfillment Within A Case Study of Panic Attacks and Dissociation 4 Transforming Anger to Transform Relationships A Case Study of Control Issues and Insecurity 5 Balancing Freedom and Responsibility A Case Study of Infidelity and Feeling Empty Epilogue Appendix About Ecstatic Trance Notes Bibliography Index