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A guide to using ecstatic trance to connect with your ancestors, rediscover your extrasensory powers, and reclaim the peaceful nature of humanity
• Illustrates ecstatic trance postures to connect with the ancient Nordic people, to journey to exact points in time, and to access powers such as seeing into our future
• Explains how the coming new age of peace and veneration for Mother Earth was predicted in Norse mythology as the rebirth of the compassionate god Baldr
• Expands on the stories of the early Nordic gods and goddesses from the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda
Connecting Norse mythology, ecstatic trance, the Universal Mind, and the dawn of a new age of peace and veneration for Mother Earth, Nicholas Brink reveals how we can use ecstatic and hypnotic trance to learn more directly and deeply from our distant ancestors, rediscover our extrasensory powers, and reclaim the original magical nature of humanity. The imminent rebirth of a peaceful, balanced, connected world was predicted in Norse mythology as the return of Baldr, the gentle and compassionate Nordic god of truth, healing, and rune work.
Illustrating ecstatic trance postures to connect with the ancient Nordic people and their beliefs, to journey to exact points in time, and to access specific powers, such as seeing into our future, Brink explores humanity’s evolving cycle of consciousness from the era when the Great Mother goddess was the center of life through the transition to the worship of power and physical strength in the Bronze Age and the world of the Vikings. He explores the coming return of Baldr and the imminent new age of peace and respect for the earth. Through hypnotic divination, the author expands the stories of the early Nordic gods and goddesses from the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda, in particular the fertility deities of the Vanir, such as Freyr, Freyja, and Idunn, who came before the warrior deities of the Æsir, such as Odin, Thor, and Loki. He details the epic battle of Ragnarǫk and the birth, life, death, and rebirth of Baldr.
Brink shows how these ancient stories happen outside of time, in the past, present, and future, thus Baldr’s return is replayed in our death-rebirth experiences of life, in each dawn, with each spring, and now with the birth of a new age that we see happening all around us. Through the power of trance at this time of rebirth, we move full circle to reclaim the magic of the earliest times, the times of the Garden of Idunn.
Nicholas E. Brink, Ph.D., is a psychologist and a certified teacher of ecstatic trance with the Felicitas Goodman Institute. Board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, he is the author of The Power of Ecstatic Trance and lives in Coburn, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Reverend James Lawer
Prologue: Our Relationship to the Great Mother
Part One The Universal Mind Understanding Trance
1 The Lost Powers of the Nordic People 2 The Powers of Ecstatic and Hypnotic Trance 3 Nordic Postures
Part Two The Lives of the Ancient Ones Using Ecstatic Trance to Access Nordic Ancestors
4 Communing with Ancestors: An Overview 5 The Era of the Mother Goddess 6 The Transition 7 The Warrior and His Family 8 Baldr’s Rebirth
Part Three The Myths and Beliefs of the Ancient Ones Learning from the Nordic Gods through Hypnotic Trance
9 The Origins of the Gods
10 The Lost Edda of the Vanir The Lay of Freyja’s Audience with Odin The Lay of Freyja’s Cats The Lay of the Fish’s Breath The Lay of the Spittle of a Bird The Lay of the Roots of a Mountain The Lay of the Sinew of a Bear The Lay of the Beard of a Woman The Origin of the Vanir and the Power of Naming The Attack on the Vanir and the Power of Seiðr The Power of Idunn’s Plants The Power of Bragi’s Songs Idunn Is Accepted Kvasir’s Mead The Lay of Gullveig Ullr and His Inventions Óðr’s Journey and Freyja’s Pursuit Calling on Moðir Freyr’s Power of Illusion Freyr’s Journeys to Midgard Freyr’s Journeys to Jötunheimr The Power of Shape-Shifting The Lay of Gefjon and the Kings of Denmark The Lay of King Healfdene Why Baldr Didn’t Go to Griðbustaðr The Lay of Freyja and Her Daughters Idunn’s Travels to Midgard The Goddesses’ Power of Intuition Ullr’s Travels In Memory of Moðir Baldr Visits Moðir Baldr Meets Nanna The Lay of Borr and Moðir’s Dream The Lay of Borr’s Son Odin Forseti’s Blessing and Loki’s Silence Forseti’s Justice The Lay of Sloegr The Lay of Heimdallr The Lay of Ullr’s Drawings Idunn, Freyr, and the Giants Baldr Grieves Hrungnir’s Death The Lay of the Giants The Survival of the Vanir