Shaking Medicine: The Healing Power of Ecstatic Movement

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A revolutionary call to reawaken our bodies and minds to powerful healing through ecstatic movement

• Shows how shaking medicine is one of the oldest healing modalities—practiced by Quakers, Shakers, Bushmen, Japanese, and others

• Teaches readers how to shake for physical as well as spiritual therapeutic benefit

• Includes 40-minute CD of ecstatic drumming music to use while shaking

Shaking Medicine reintroduces the oldest medicine on earth—the ecstatic shaking of the human ...

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Overview

A revolutionary call to reawaken our bodies and minds to powerful healing through ecstatic movement

• Shows how shaking medicine is one of the oldest healing modalities—practiced by Quakers, Shakers, Bushmen, Japanese, and others

• Teaches readers how to shake for physical as well as spiritual therapeutic benefit

• Includes 40-minute CD of ecstatic drumming music to use while shaking

Shaking Medicine reintroduces the oldest medicine on earth—the ecstatic shaking of the human body. Most people’s worst fear is losing control—of their circumstances, of their emotions, and especially of their bodies. Yet in order to achieve the transcendent state necessary to experience deep healing, we must surrender control. Examining cultural traditions from around the world where shaking has been used as a form of healing—from the Shakers and Quakers of New England to the shaking medicine of Japan, India, the Caribbean, the Kalahari, and the Indian Shakers of the Pacific Northwest—Bradford Keeney shows how shaking can bring forth profound therapeutic benefits.

Keeney investigates the full spectrum of the healing cycle that occurs when moving from ecstatic arousal to deep trance relaxation. He explains how the alternating movement produced while shaking brings all the body’s energetic systems into balance. He includes practical exercises in how to shake for physical therapeutic benefit, and he shows how these techniques lead ultimately to the shaking medicine that both enables and enhances spiritual attunement. The book also includes a 40-minute CD of ecstatic drumming music to use while shaking.

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Editorial Reviews

Kenneth Cohen
“I had a personal experience of Brad’s shaking power. . . . He placed one of his hands on my upper back and the other opposite on my upper chest. He began to shake vigorously, and apparently involuntarily, throughout his entire body. His face, shoulders, torso, and feet were vibrating with some invisible power, like a wave that was continuously cresting in his body and crashing and rippling in his fingertips. I felt the trembling power pass through me. . . . While receiving this beautiful ‘gift,’ I was transported to the Kalahari. I saw the tribal people with whom he had danced; I viewed their villages and landscape. I was in Africa as truly as if I had opened my eyes and found myself physically there.”
Doctor - Robert Fulford
"Dr. Keeney’s work marks the beginning of an awakening of the universal life force that is accessible to everyone. I have personally experienced his method of moving the life force in my own body—circulating it up and down my spine, passing it through my fingertips, and feeling it tingling the tips of my toes. It is time for each of us to become acquainted with this energizing force."
Stephen and Robin Larsen
“Bradford Keeney is an authentic shaman who, in his ceremonial practice, answers the question: What would happen if you gave a university professor a kind heart and a limitless infusion of spiritual power?”
Don Wright
“I felt like I was floating and wanted to move my body with speed and precision. All of my senses were intensified. I recognized this condition as being similar to the ki activation that I had learned to utilize in aikido training. The difference was that the intensity of this energy was magnitudes beyond what I had previously experienced; it was beyond what I’d ever imagined.”
Doctor - Pierre Weil
"The experience I had in Brad Keeney’s ceremony was very important—his hands irradiated light in my head."
ForeWord Magazine
"Another way to open the self to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual flow is through movement. . . . However it comes, one is forever changed . . ."
Malidoma Some
"Indigenous wisdom knows that ‘to live is to move.’ To awaken from our deep slumber means our bones will be rattled, and we’ll be shaken to the core. In this invitation into very ancient medicine, we hear the voices of the elders issuing a timely wake-up call, accessible to the modern world through Bradford Keeney, their brother and representative in the West."
ForeWordMagazine
"Another way to open the self to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual flow is through movement. . . . However it comes, one is forever changed . . . "
Malidoma Somé
“Indigenous wisdom knows that ‘to live is to move.’ To awaken from our deep slumber means our bones will be rattled, and we’ll be shaken to the core. In this invitation into very ancient medicine, we hear the voices of the elders issuing a timely wake-up call, accessible to the modern world through Bradford Keeney, their brother and representative in the West.”
Dr. Robert Fulford
“Dr. Keeney’s work marks the beginning of an awakening of the universal life force that is accessible to everyone. I have personally experienced his method of moving the life force in my own body—circulating it up and down my spine, passing it through my fingertips, and feeling it tingling the tips of my toes. It is time for each of us to become acquainted with this energizing force.”
Dr. Pierre Weil
“The experience I had in Brad Keeney’s ceremony was very important—his hands irradiated light in my head.”
Malidoma Somé
“Indigenous wisdom knows that ‘to live is to move.’ To awaken from our deep slumber means our bones will be rattled, and we’ll be shaken to the core. In this invitation into very ancient medicine, we hear the voices of the elders issuing a timely wake-up call, accessible to the modern world through Bradford Keeney, their brother and representative in the West.”
author of The Way of Qigong: The Art and Scien Kenneth Cohen
“I had a personal experience of Brad’s shaking power. . . . He placed one of his hands on my upper back and the other opposite on my upper chest. He began to shake vigorously, and apparently involuntarily, throughout his entire body. His face, shoulders, torso, and feet were vibrating with some invisible power, like a wave that was continuously cresting in his body and crashing and rippling in his fingertips. I felt the trembling power pass through me. . . . While receiving this beautiful ‘gift,’ I was transported to the Kalahari. I saw the tribal people with whom he had danced; I viewed their villages and landscape. I was in Africa as truly as if I had opened my eyes and found myself physically there.”
authors of A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Jos Stephen and Robin Larsen
“Bradford Keeney is an authentic shaman who, in his ceremonial practice, answers the question: What would happen if you gave a university professor a kind heart and a limitless infusion of spiritual power?”
former teacher of Ericksonian hypnotherapy at the Don Wright
“I felt like I was floating and wanted to move my body with speed and precision. All of my senses were intensified. I recognized this condition as being similar to the ki activation that I had learned to utilize in aikido training. The difference was that the intensity of this energy was magnitudes beyond what I had previously experienced; it was beyond what I’d ever imagined.”
author of The Art of Living in Peace: Towards Dr. Pierre Weil
“The experience I had in Brad Keeney’s ceremony was very important—his hands irradiated light in my head.”
Jan/Feb 2008 ForeWord Magazine
"Another way to open the self to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual flow is through movement. . . . However it comes, one is forever changed . . . "
author of The Way of Qigong: The Art and Scien Kenneth Cohen
“I had a personal experience of Brad’s shaking power. . . . He placed one of his hands on my upper back and the other opposite on my upper chest. He began to shake vigorously, and apparently involuntarily, throughout his entire body. His face, shoulders, torso, and feet were vibrating with some invisible power, like a wave that was continuously cresting in his body and crashing and rippling in his fingertips. I felt the trembling power pass through me. . . . While receiving this beautiful ‘gift,’ I was transported to the Kalahari. I saw the tribal people with whom he had danced; I viewed their villages and landscape. I was in Africa as truly as if I had opened my eyes and found myself physically there.”
From the Publisher
"Another way to open the self to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual flow is through movement. . . . However it comes, one is forever changed . . . "

“Bradford Keeney is an authentic shaman who, in his ceremonial practice, answers the question: What would happen if you gave a university professor a kind heart and a limitless infusion of spiritual power?”

“Dr. Keeney’s work marks the beginning of an awakening of the universal life force that is accessible to everyone. I have personally experienced his method of moving the life force in my own body—circulating it up and down my spine, passing it through my fingertips, and feeling it tingling the tips of my toes. It is time for each of us to become acquainted with this energizing force.”

“I felt like I was floating and wanted to move my body with speed and precision. All of my senses were intensified. I recognized this condition as being similar to the ki activation that I had learned to utilize in aikido training. The difference was that the intensity of this energy was magnitudes beyond what I had previously experienced; it was beyond what I’d ever imagined.”

“I had a personal experience of Brad’s shaking power. . . . He placed one of his hands on my upper back and the other opposite on my upper chest. He began to shake vigorously, and apparently involuntarily, throughout his entire body. His face, shoulders, torso, and feet were vibrating with some invisible power, like a wave that was continuously cresting in his body and crashing and rippling in his fingertips. I felt the trembling power pass through me. . . . While receiving this beautiful ‘gift,’ I was transported to the Kalahari. I saw the tribal people with whom he had danced; I viewed their villages and landscape. I was in Africa as truly as if I had opened my eyes and found myself physically there.”

“Indigenous wisdom knows that ‘to live is to move.’ To awaken from our deep slumber means our bones will be rattled, and we’ll be shaken to the core. In this invitation into very ancient medicine, we hear the voices of the elders issuing a timely wake-up call, accessible to the modern world through Bradford Keeney, their brother and representative in the West.”

“The experience I had in Brad Keeney’s ceremony was very important—his hands irradiated light in my head.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594771491
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 983,632
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned scholar, therapist, and shaman who has led expeditions throughout the world to study cultural healing practices. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Rock Art Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and is the author of Bushman Shaman: Awakening the Spirit through Ecstatic Dance, Shamanic Christianity: The Direct Experience of Mystical Communion, and the editor of the Profiles of Healing series.

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FACING THE LAST TABOO: WHY DID THE QUAKERS STOP QUAKING AND THE SHAKERS STOP SHAKING?

Why did the Quakers stop quaking and the Shakers stop shaking? Is it related to why the majority of technologically developed cultures all but eliminated shaking bodies from public performance, worship, and healing encounters? I believe that ecstatic shaking is the last great taboo for the technologically developed (but spiritually underdeveloped) world. Studying what happened to the shake and quake in Europe and North America shows that the greatest fear about the body does not necessarily concern sexual expression, but liberation of the body into full-flight ecstatic expression.

Seeing shaking, quaking, and sometimes convulsing bodies calls forth the social labels of “madness,” “neurological disorder,” “psychological dissociation,” and “possession by evil spirits.” Most of us, along with the quieted Shakers and Quakers, have stopped shaking because what we fear most is being out of control or being seen by others as sick, bad, or mad. Yet the paradox of human experience is that we seek the transcendent experience that requires us to surrender control. Examining what happened to the Quakers and Shakers may help us understand how to overcome this fear and taboo, opening the door for shaking medicine to return in a good way.

There was tremendous religious and political upheaval in England during the middle of the seventeenth century. It was a time of horrible imprisonment, irrational cruelty, and great social tension. In that time of suffering, people, particularly those among the poor, began proclaiming miracles, prophecies, and shaking ecstasy. One of the main spiritual figures to arise was George Fox, credited with the formation of the Quaker religion.

Originally called “The Children of the Light,” Fox’s followers were later called Quakers because of the violent trembling that came upon them when they worshipped. As people experienced the “inner light of the spirit,” they realized and professed that all human beings, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, were equal. Furthermore, they asserted that the true Christian had an “indwelling life of Christ” that was more important than the scriptures. It was the inner spirit that could reveal the truth of the Bible, not a socially anointed religious authority.

It didn’t take long for the ecstatic Quakers, or Friends, as they called themselves, to be called witches and heretics. It didn’t matter that the Quakers quoted the Bible to defend their quaking, pointing out that Moses “quaked,” David “roared,” and Jeremiah “trembled.” They were still found guilty of harboring evil ways. Some were dunked, bridled, whipped, bored through the tongue with a hot iron, branded on the forehead with the letter B (for blasphemer), and sent to jail. As persecution continued over the years, the Quakers gave up their ecstatic and prophetic role in society and changed to being calm advocates of education and organized meetings. The quaking stopped along with their persecution. The taboo against quaking and shaking had been maintained.

Today, there are fewer than seventeen thousand Quakers in all of Great Britain. And all Quakers throughout the world have essentially stopped quaking. I believe that the Quakers stopped quaking because they were persecuted, even imprisoned, for their wild ecstatic experiences. When they were obedient to the truth of ecstatic expression, they were unable to stop quaking. Quaker and syndicated columnist David Yount wrote an essay in 2002 asking the question, “Why Did Quakers Stop Quaking?” Yount ended his essay by quoting an elder Quaker in his eighties who gave this response: “I know why I don’t quake. I don’t ask God the hard questions about what he requires me to do with my Why Did the Quakers Stop Quaking and the Shakers Stop Shaking 5 life. I’m afraid that if I ask him, God will tell me something difficult that I’m unwilling to do. But if I was willing to listen to him, and do what he demands, then I’d start quaking.”

The taboo against full ecstatic expression of the human body is nothing mysterious or difficult to understand. When people enter into wild experience, they feel and look out of control. In this space, the socially established laws, rules, mores, and officiating hierarchies have no authority. It should be no surprise that most shaking and quaking has historically been associated with the oppressed, whether they are the sons and daughters of shoe cobblers and blacksmiths, or slaves and sharecroppers. The oppressed find that shaking is a medicine for the suffering of the human spirit. It sets them free and opens the doors to the kingdoms of bliss. When people feel and express their deepest freedom, the surrounding social institutions will do everything they can to suppress the liberating spirit, covering it with an institutional shell and setting up explanations, routines, and monitors to bring everyone back into control.

What we learn from the Shakers and Quakers is that when we remove ourselves from outside constraints, doing so in a structure-free space, anything can happen. If there is a faithful expectation that the spirit will manifest itself, ecstatic body expression is almost certain to follow. As the body and imagination learn to be free in expressing spirited delight, there is a wide array of movements and vocalizations that may be spontaneously performed.

For a while, the Quakers and Shakers quaked and shook forth a spiritual freedom that transformed anyone whose heart was open to receive their ecstatic gifts. In spite of their subsequent shortcomings and the eventual loss of their ecstatic expression, they showed the world that the gods await our being filled with a holy fire that can heal and recast our lives. These quaking and shaking devotees demonstrated that anyone—child, adult, or elder—can be shaken into the ecstasies that inspire and transform. Their very names—Shakers and Quakers—give testimony to the presence of shaking medicine.

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Table of Contents


Pronunciation Guide

Foreword
By the Bushman Elders

1 The Shake
Rediscovering the Oldest and Newest Cure on Earth

2 The Cycle of Healing
Ecstatic Arousal and Deep Relaxation

3 The World’s First Shakers
The Kalahari Bushman Shamans

4 The Last Taboo
Why Did the Quakers Stop Quaking and the Shakers Stop Shaking?

5 Experience versus Ideology
Spiritual Dilemmas in the Northwest

6 Harnessing the Shake
Spiritual Traveling in the Caribbean

7 Singing Down the Spirit
The African American Church

8 Seiki Jutsu
The Japanese Shaking Medicine

9 Coiled Wisdom
Shaking Medicine, Shakti, and Kundalini

10 The Life Force Theatre
Performances and Testimonies

11 The Ultimate Medicine
From Shaken Faith to Shaking Faith

Afterword
The First People Speak about Shaking Medicine

Notes

Bibliography

Index 

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