THE CUYAMUNGUE INSTITUTE
Ecstatic Trance Postures

The Cuyamungue Institute is the international headquarters 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 five decades.

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 — and decoded selected artifacts as “ritual instructions”.

     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..

It is all about the experiences…

A Compilation of Journal Notes from the CI Community
Dr Goodman instructing how to hold a Ecstatic Posture position

It Works

 The reports of thousands of participants have confirmed that ordinary people can have quite extraordinary visionary experiences. Mystical experiences are not for mystics only, but for all of us! The Cuyamungue Method of Ecstatic Trance Postures is a technique with a 40,000 year track record, handed down through time from our earliest ancestors, who recorded ritual instructions in selected artworks the world over. We invite you to join us, and see for yourself!

We may ask, just how ETP works as readily and profoundly as it does? Do we bend our limbs to a specific configuration as we bend an antennae to amplify a specific frequency? Do we activate meridians, chakras, organs or neuronal pathways by placing our hands just so?  What and where is the “Alternate Reality” we enter — is it just between our ears, or are we for a brief spell crossing a magical threshold into a realm where the Universe may speak with us directly? Its dialects are many:  direct knowing, visions, gestures, symbols, downloads of energy, emotional resolution, deep insights… all in a spirit journey writ large with meaning and wonder. Why does it feel like a territory we know? As though, having answered its call… we’ve been here before. Our soul knows this language, this place, the beings we meet. And they know us, better than we know ourselves.

Ultimately, while each of us must answer this for ourself, it’s certainly more fun to share our journeys with one another, to ponder it all together. We invite you to the CI Circle! 

“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 belief system or dogma. Mystical states are not for mystics only — they are for all of us, and have been for the entirety of human existence. This our ancestors knew well, and handed us the keys.”

Laura Lee

Practitioners enjoy many benefits
  • Feelings of strength
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • The opening of inner portals for continued communication with the greater Universe
  • Increase in positivity and synchronicities
  • Sense of well-being lasting for hours
  • Sense of oneness with all things, the Universe
  • Sense of acceptance and belonging
  • Awakened creativity
  • Aid in memory and concentration
  • Have positive immune system responses
  • Enhance communication – better understanding and relationship with people in your life
  • Support peace of mind
  • feelings of comfort, and release of anxiety.
  • feelings of expansion – greater intuitive insights into ones life
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Sound Induction for Ecstatic Trance Postures

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