With Beowulf’s Ecstatic Trance Magic, Nick Brink has taken one more (big) step in his ‘walk between the worlds’ of contemporary consciousness psychology and ancient Norse lore. He has emerged as an authoritative and influential voice in this under-appreciated but extremely powerful area of esoteric studies. We can all learn from his soul-awakening explorations.”
Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., author of The Neurofeedback Solution, The Shaman’s Doorway, The mythic Imagination, and with his wife, Robin Larsen, A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Joseph Campbell
Here Brink returns with his lively combination of ancestral imagination, mythology, and historical reality, applying it this time to the oldest known epic poem written in the English language. Again referring to a series of ecstatic trance postures that have been identified elsewhere as having ancient use for facilitating a variety of meditative inquiries, the book becomes a detailed, novel-length account of the author’s own ecstatic trance journeys into the story of Beowulf. The author, as he should, leaves the reader to form his or her own opinion as to the degree to which the amplifications of the story can be taken literally or as metaphor, as reality or imaginal fantasy, as personal or collective. As James Hillman suggested, imagination and soul are fundamentally the same thing, and in that sense this book is another soul-focused journey into some of the long ago roots of modern civilization.
Raymond Hillis, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Counseling, California State University, Los Angeles
Brink presents an interesting system of inducing trance by means of ritual postures and uses it to present an imaginative look at an Anglo-Saxon legend.
Alice Karlsdóttir, Author of Norse Goddess Magic