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Appendix: Some Practical Points

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

—If you would like to try any of the postures I have described, you will need rhythmic stimulation. With some practice, you can record a tape for yourself, using either a drum or a rattle. The beat should be even and rather fast. Mine is timed at 200–210 beats per minute, and one session should last about fifteen minutes.

—Familiarize yourself with the posture first, then do a breathing exercise. It consists of fifty light, normal, complete breaths, with inhaling, exhaling, and pause constituting one breath unit. At the conclusion of this exercise, assume the posture once more, close your eyes, and start listening to the beat of the instrument. After a while, you may no longer hear the soundtrack. Do not worry about it. Your nervous system registers it anyway, although out of awareness. If you try to get back to the sound, you may interrupt your vision.

—As soon as the soundtrack stops, and provided you are clinically healthy, you will return to ordinary consciousness. Once in a great while a person does not manage this transition well. For this reason, a beginner should always have a companion. If the companion notices that the trancer does not come to right away, the first thing to do is to call his/her name. Gently releasing the trancer’s posture is also a good strategy, and providing a glass of water will help, too. As the group leader, you will occasionally go into a light trance yourself. One of my participants told that as she was rattling, her Indian spirit friend appeared before her and rattled along with her.

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The Desktop

Preston Gralla O'Reilly Media PDF
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8. Creativity, Instinctual Fantasy, and Ideal Images

Michael Eigen Karnac Books ePub


Creative activity is profoundly rooted in a fundamental ambiguity of human experience: the fact that we can experience ourselves as both embodied and disembodied at the same time. The basic tension between two worlds or dimensions of experience has been recognized by psychoanalytic thinkers in such concepts as body ego and observing ego (Freud 1923, Greenson 1967), somatic ego feeling and psychic ego feeling (Federn 1952), body self and mind self (Kohut 1971), and body ego and transcendental ego (Elkin 1972). We move within and between these two poles, now immersed in thought, now in body experience. In extreme states of dissociation the observing function becomes split off from immediate experiencing (Federn 1952). More generally the flow of interest flexibly shifts in emphasis as cathexes fluctuate in characteristic ways. In optimal instances the ego’s double experience of itself reflects a natural division or differentiated unity. At such moments one may take oneself for granted or experience oneself as “whole” in harmonious well being. Creative activity frequently appears to be motivated by the intention to reconcile these two primary poles of human experience. It may be prompted by the wish to reduce the tension between them or represent an expressive overflow of their felt harmony.

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"A" Words: GMAT Advanced Vocabulary

Ace Academics Ace Academics ePub
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14 - A Participant Observation with a Boy Suffering from a Chronic Illness

Simonetta MG Adamo Karnac Books ePub

Anne-Marie Fayolle

Tom was born on 29 March 2005; he is now 4½ years old. He is the third child in the family. His older sister is 11, and his brother is 8. His father is a technician, and his mother is a secretary. The family get on well together. The extended family lives in a neighbouring département.

Two days after Tom's birth he was diagnosed with a mega-colon. Tom had not evacuated the meconium, and he was regurgitating his feed. After X-rays he was transferred to the University Hospital with his mother. He was suffering from Hirschsprung's disease. He was operated on when he was 4 days old. He could not feed, because he lacked the cells that normally line the walls of the intestines, so he was fed through a parenteral line.

He stayed in the regional university hospital from April to September—that is, until he was 6 months old. During this time his mother went to see him every weekday. His father went on Saturday and Sunday with his sister and brother and members of the extended family.

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