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A step-by-step guide to optimize health, reconnect with Nature, and access the vast knowledge of the universe through autogenic training
• Provides step-by-step instructions for 40 autogenic and primal mind techniques
• Explains how to add healing affirmations and visualizations to autogenic practice as well as work with colors and chakras
• Includes techniques to restore our primal connection to the world of Nature through practices such as Forest Bathing, Nature’s Breath, and Feeling in the Dark
Developed by German doctor Johannes Schultz in the early 20th century, autogenic training teaches you how to use the mind-body connection to influence and regulate the body’s normally involuntary autonomic functions by passively tapping into your central and peripheral nervous systems. Often used for stress relief, autogenic training can also be used for asthma, chronic pain, migraines, constipation, anxiety, panic attacks, and a host of other conditions. In this book, James Endredy takes autogenic training to a new level, revealing how to use AT practices to optimize health as well as reawaken your senses, reconnect with Nature and tap into the vast knowledge and power of the universe.
Beginning with the 7 standard formulas of AT, the author provides step-by-step instructions for 40 AT and primal mind techniques. He explains how to add specific healing affirmations and visualizations to your AT practice as well as how to work with colors and the chakras. He offers advanced trainings to rekindle your primal touch sensitivity, experience enhanced sight and hearing, and awaken your primal sense of smell. He reveals how to use AT to restore our primal connection to the world of Nature through practices such as Forest Bathing, Nature’s Breath, and Primal Fire Connection.
Drawing on more than 25 years of experience living and working with indigenous cultures, including the Huichol, Iroquois, Sioux, Maya, and Hopi, Endredy shows how, much like a vision quest, this unique combination of AT and primal mind awareness offers rites of passage sorely missing from modern life. It gives you the tools to go deeper into your physiological being, to directly experience how we relate to the world, and to reconnect with the ancient wisdom within each of us.
James Endredy leads workshops throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada and is actively involved in preserving the world’s indigenous cultures and sacred sites. The award-winning author of several books, including Ecoshamanism, The Flying Witches of Veracruz, Teachings of the Peyote Shamans, and Earthwalks for Body and Spirit, he lives in Vermont.
Table of Contents
What Is the Goal of This Book?
Part One Introduction to Autogenic Training and Primal Mind Awareness
1 What Is Autogenic Training?
2 What Is Primal Mind?
3 Combining Autogenic Training and Primal Mind Awareness Part Two
Autogenic Training Techniques
4 Preparing for Autogenic Training
5 The Seven Standard Formulas
Training #1: Breathing--The I Breathe Me Experience
Training #2: Neuromuscular System--The Heaviness Experience
Training #3: Heaviness and Relaxation of the Neck and Back
Training #4: Vascular Dilation--The Experience of Warmth
Training #5: Regulation of the Heart
Training #6: Solar Plexus--Warmth in the Abdomen
Training #7: Cooling the Forehead
6 Autogenic Training with Positive Affirmations Training #8: Adding Affirmations Formulas
7 Autogenic Training and Medical/Psychosomatic/ Psychiatric Disorders
Training #9: Adding Healing Formulas
Advanced Autogenic Training Techniques 8 Visualization and Autogenic Training
Training #10: Spontaneous Evocation of Colors
Training #11: Evocation of Colors on Demand
Training #12: Visualization of Objects
Training #13: Visualization of People
Training #14: Visualization of Abstract Concepts
Training #15: Self-Participation and Selected States of Feeling
Training #16: Using Self-Directed Questions
9 Applying Autogenic Training to Meditation and to the Subtle-Energy Centers
Training #17: First Tunnel--Red
Training #18: Second Tunnel--Orange
Training #19: Third Tunnel--Yellow
Training #20: Fourth Tunnel--Green
Training #21: Fifth Tunnel--Blue
Training #22: Sixth Tunnel--Indigo
Training #23: Seventh Tunnel--Violet
Techniques of Primal Mind, Autogenic Training, Our Senses, and the Natural World
10 Primal Connection with the Sense of Touch
Training #24: Primal Touch Sensitivity
Training #25: Touching Nature with Your Hands and Subtle Body
Training #26: Touch the Earth--Barefoot Walking in Nature
11 Primal Connection with the Senses of Sight and Hearing
Training #27: Experiencing Sight, Sound, and Rhythm with Heightened Awareness
Training #28: Advanced Heightened Sensory Awareness and Nature
12 Primal Connection with the Sense of Smell
Training #29: Waking Up Our Primal Sense of Smell
Training #30: Herbal Body Butter
13 Primal Connection with the World of Nature
Training #31: Forest Bathing and the Nature Bed
Training #32: The Multidimensional Primal Relationship--Predator and Prey
Training #33: Nature’s Breath
Training #34: Temporary Shelter
Training #35: Feeling in the Dark
Training #36: The Magic of Water
Training #37: Primal Fire Connection
14 Going Deeper into Primal Rites of Passage in Nature
Training #38: Primal Mind and the Quest for Vision
Training #39: Primal Connection--The Earth-Body Rite of Passage