The Cuyamungue Institute
The Cuyamungue Institute is the international head -quarters for the practice of Ecstatic Trance Postures, established by anthropologist Dr. Felicitas D. Goodman and has provided the home for the discovery and experiences of Ecstatic Trance Postures for over four decades.
Ecstatic Trance Postures – Rx for Difficult Times
Virtual Posture Gatherings
Wednesday June 10
Wednesday June 17
Wednesday June 24 __________________________
Advanced participants join together to further one’s own experience and to support the ongoing research of the Cuyamungue Institute.
Together we will go deeper into the understanding and experiences of the Ecstatic Trance Postures.
Different posture each week.
Virtual via Zoom
Saturday June 6
Saturday June 13
Saturday June 20
Saturday June 27
Ecstatic Trance Postures — Open Session for all Participants, from Introductory to Advanced – everyone is welcome! This is the revival of an ancient practice of consciousness expanding, spirit journey experiences using Ecstatic Trance Postures, derived from ancient artwork the world over. A simple, safe method with over forty years of verified use; based on artifacts, some over thirty-thousand years old. Different posture each week.
Virtual via Zoom
About This Work
Ecstatic Trance Postures (ETP): Ancient Technique for Safe, Natural Physiological Shift into Direct Experience of the Eternal Now and Ancestral Wisdom.”
Our mission at the Cuyamungue Institute is to introduce, sustain, and support the practice and research of trance states we believe were once widely enjoyed by our early, indigenous ancestors worldwide. A tradition lost through the millennia on our march to our modern day, it was the daring and insightful work of anthropologist Felicitas D. Goodman who revived the practice. She looked to some of the oldest, most authentic records we have, the world’s collection of early and indigenous art, decoding selected artifact as “ritual instructions” and adding that to universal
For over fifty years, students of the Cuyamungue Institute have employed the simple “access codes” Goodman rediscovered for a natural, easy, drug-free physiological shift into ecstatic states. The term “ecstatic” is an appropriate description for both the experience of blissful oneness with the Universe at large, as well as the dramatic surge of beta-endorphins, the body’s internally manufactured biochemicals support states of well-being and joy, that we see in lab tests of this process. If you have ever had a daydream, you can easily slip into this trance state. “Waking dream” is also an apt term for this state, characterized in EEG tests by the highly unusual combination of Beta plus Theta Waves. Unusual in that Theta Waves, the brain waves of that delicious mystical dream state, are not ordinarily simultaneously present with Beta Waves, the dominant brain waves of daily waking life. So we know something out of the ordinary is happening with this trance state — out of the ordinary, yes, but within the realm of normal and natural. This is a unique, specific physiological shift, surprisingly easily achieved, and once known, enjoyed, valued and held sacred by early societies. While today the general consensus is that only mystics can achieve this mystical state, early societies held that everyone had equal access, and those who could not were the exception, not the norm.
What does one experience in Ecstatic Trance Postures? Click here for first-hand reports.
The reports of hundreds of research subjects and thousands of workshop participants have confirmed that ordinary people can have quite extraordinary experiences. The Cuyamungue Method of Ecstatic Ritual Postures is a very safe technique, which also stimulates ones own healing abilities.
To enter repeatedly and purposefully into a state of trance and to tune in to a different field of consciousness produces changes due not only to biochemical processes within the body. The experience of these feelings does have an effect on the unfolding of one’s own being without being connected to conditions, demands, and dependency. In the state of trance, which is a higher awareness of the inner world, one is able to connect oneself with a different information field of consciousness that constantly creates itself and always leads to new insights and points of view.
Practitioners enjoy these benefits:
"Mystical experiences are achievable via a normal and natural physiological shift, easily accessible to everyone with a healthy nervous system. Such states are our birthright, independent of any one belief system or dogma."