From in the old Olmec settlement area, the Tattooed Jaguar posture, dating from circa 1400 BC, was found by the combination of two examples. Exhibited in two different museums, one is the above human face representation and the other has a jaguar mask holding the same posture. This posture is considered a metamorphosis “shapeshifting” posture that gives us a view of reality from an alternate perspective. In the words of Dr. Goodman, “Despite the fact that nothing in this posture suggests metamorphosis, it reliably leads to a change of shape. Without the Jaguar Spirit, as would be the case in an Olmec ritual, the transformation is not always into its likeness, although it does occur occasionally, especially if the practioneer has seen both the two figures together”
Tattooed Jaguar – Kneel with legs spread so knees form a ‘V’ and cross your right big toe over the left big toe. Rest your buttocks on your heels and bend forward slightly at the waist. Curl your hands the amount needed to hold an imaginary medium-sized candle. Place curled left hand palm down on left knee and your right hand on your right knee, tilted upwards slightly (so if you were actually holding a candle, it would point at 45 degrees towards your other leg). Keep your elbows relaxed and slightly bow your arms. Face forward with eyes closed.