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Engaging the Body as Your Source of Infinite Knowing

Most of us sense that our bodies contain uncommon intelligence - we "feel it in our bones" or notice it in our "gut instincts". But is there something far vaster here waiting to be experienced? With Somatic Descent, you are invited to tune in to the natural wisdom of your body, refine and amplify it, and explore it fully.

In this program pioneering teacher Dr. Reggie Ray presents a fascinating audio program on this rich dimension of Tibetan Buddhism: how to go beyond the veil of the thinking mind to tap the wondrous yet wholly trustworthy domain of your body.

Beyond Basic Mindfulness and into the Empowering Realms of the Soma

For those who've worked with basic breath- and body-based meditations, this course will be a revelation: step-by-step guidance into some of the most transformative and powerful experiences charted by Buddhism's vast maps of consciousness.

Drawing on decades of teaching and scholarship, Reggie Ray shares a curriculum of practices and insights to access the deepest knowing enfolded in the soma, the landscape of your physical body and the source of immediate and greatest fulfillment.

With him you will learn how your body is a field of infinite wisdom, the origins of somatic descent practices and how they transform us on both the neurological and nonphysical levels, many meditations for connecting with and embracing the soma, and how to integrate these profound changes into your daily life.

Highlights include:

  • Your body as the field of infinite knowing
  • How to explore the wisdom of the soma
  • Yin breathing, connecting with the earth, and many other guided practices
  • Over 13 hours of investigation into the somatic dimensions of awakening

©2016 Reginal A. Ray (P)2016 Sounds True

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another amazing work by Reggie. thank you

Have every audio of Reggie Ray. Was scared this was going to just be a repeat of his other work. I was pleasantly surprised. The wisdom that he shares is so enlightening.

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love these meditations

Would you consider the audio edition of Somatic Descent to be better than the print version?

I enjoy the audio because I believe it helps with the meditation process in the beginning.

What did you like best about this story?

The guided meditations.

Which character – as performed by Reginald A. Ray – was your favorite?

Reginald A. Ray

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Matt C
  • Pagosa Spings, CO
  • 04-13-18

Reconnect with the wisdom of the body

What did you like about this audiobook?

I listen to this program often as the practices are of great benefit to my sitting practice of meditation

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The lessons build on each other and culminate in a clear practice that can be used both in long or short sessions

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Reggie tells many amazing and personal stories throughout the book to keep the program fresh and authentic

Do you have any additional comments?

This is a great program to become more in touch with the ever present wisdom within, and especially tailored to modern day living

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A gift to humanity

I have just met my sacred self in my body. Such an amazing practice by an amazing teacher.

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  • Gabriel
  • Medford, MA, United States
  • 04-25-17

solid teachings

got enlightenment? after this book you will ;) no but really this is some good sh*t

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Buddhism Recreated

I am flabbergasted that you have chosen to disrespect traditional Buddhism to this extent. You imply that the body is not properly recognized in Buddhism, which you must know is an untruth. You mention Tibetan Buddhism and it's focus on the mind but most of Asia practices Theravada Buddhism which is focused on the body; body and mind. And a vast aspect of Theravada Buddhism is Vipassana Buddhism which is again body focused. As much of your book as I could bear to listen to has you creating a body focused spiritual system, totally ignoring the dharma of Lord Buddha. This is unacceptable.
To continue to harp on the experiences written by one individual who has suffered a stroke and hold the information as gospel is an insult to those of us who have worked in science, research ,and health. As is the mention of eating behind your dog.
I will return your book.
Sharon Caulder PhD
American Buddhist Yogi in Myanmar

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rumbling rambling

The pitch and pace of the narrator's voice was the only thing i liked about this audiobook. Content is full of bullsh*t imho.

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the guys voice sounds like a butcher.

it's difficult to relax with. butcher's voice who actually sounds as he is not sincere. wish I could get you money back

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  • BRizzleBen
  • 10-25-17

Authentic, profound, valuable

Reginald Ray sets out a journey with profoundly transformative potential. There are many in this field and few I trust and feel are authentic teachers rather than seekers of attention. There is very little of what I'd call speudo-science in this sequence of discussion and guided meditations (there is a bit) and a great deal of wisdom is passed on from a lifetime's study and practice, including learning from (by his own admission) his own mistakes. Not all of this works for me: there are steps I struggle with (some of the out of body visualisation was a step too far) and as it's set out as a sequence I found myself uncertain as to whether it was worth pursuing or if, having 'failed' (to my mind) to do what I felt was being asked, the rest of the journey was futile. I believe not and that there is value to be found in doing what one can and observing and not judging what one can't. The ideas put forward by Reginald Ray do not disparage other religions, or secular beliefs but explore every-day experiences of our existence and values and the way our minds work. Accessible. Wise. Worthy of close attention and reflection.

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  • D. J. Johnson
  • 03-29-17

Great meditation guide

I love Reggie Ray. He has a pretty unique approach which speaks to me a lot. I highly recommend this book is you're dabbling in meditation or if you've tried other approaches and want a fresh view. He has the perfect audio book voice too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-17

This NOT an audio book! I can't comment further!

Would you try another book written by Reginald A. Ray or narrated by Reginald A. Ray?

I haven't heard this one yet!

What was most disappointing about Reginald A. Ray’s story?

It isn't an audio book!

How could the performance have been better?

It could have been an audio book!

What character would you cut from Somatic Descent?

Don't know, I can't listen to it!

Any additional comments?

Please refund my credit, I don't wish to have a set of pdf files on my iPad that are only accessible with Internet connection!

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