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Shaking Medicine


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Pronunciation Guide

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

The First People Speak about Shaking Medicine




About 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.


"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." * Kenneth Cohen, author of The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing *
"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." * Malidoma Some, Ph.D., elder, teacher, and author of Healing Wisdom of Africa and Of Water and t *
"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. Robert Fulford, author of Dr. Fulford's Touch of Life: Aligning Body, Mind, and Spirit to *
"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?" * Stephen and Robin Larsen, authors of A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Joseph Campbell *
"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." * Don Wright, former teacher of Ericksonian hypnotherapy at the Esalen Institute *
"The experience I had in Brad Keeney's ceremony was very important--his hands irradiated light in my head." * Dr. Pierre Weil, author of The Art of Living in Peace: Towards a New Peace Consciousness, founder of *
"Another way to open the self to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual flow is through movement. . . . However it comes, one is forever changed . . . " * ForeWord Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008 *

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