Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Body Antenna - Ritual Body Postures

Chapter 1 of The Sage Age - Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom covers aspects of the human body as a sophisticated, multi-faceted antenna system. To encourage discussion, the entire chapter has been divided into topic sections and presented as excerpts for download.

This is the first excerpt in the Body Antenna series and covers the effects of ritual body postures. The dimensions and posturing of the physical body allow it to work like a broadcast antenna that both transmits and receives, or transceives, multiple frequencies. Beginning in the 1960s, anthropologist Dr. Felicitas Goodman investigated the effects of ritual body postures among many cultures and traditions. She documented at least seventy that produced either subtle effects or full blown altered states of consciousness. Her work is carried on by the Cuyamungue Institute.

Ritual body postures come in two basic flavors, which are those that are held for a length of time, as in Yoga, and those that are fluid movements and held momentarily, as in Tai Chi. These postures allow the body to become two different types of antenna systems. Yoga postures are akin to a static antenna of fixed length that is tuned to transceive a specific frequency and its associated harmonics. They work like the rabbit ears on a television set. Tai Chi postures are akin to a radio scanner that transceives a variety of signals in serial fashion, meaning one after the other.

Download the full excerpt to discover how these two types of postures, combined with meditation, tune the body’s antenna system and increase the bandwidth of frequencies it can transceive.

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