TOTEM BODY

EXPLORING A NEW EARTH CONSCIOUSNESS

with artist and author Barry Cottrell

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Totem Body, an online project using the visual arts to explore and celebrate our 'creature consciousness,' the awareness that the human body is also an animal body and as such belongs to the natural world. The inspiration for this project came from my book, The Way Beyond The Shaman–Birthing A New Earth Consciousness (O Books/Moon Books, 2008). The project also evolved into a PhD which I pursued until 2014 through the School of Art at Aberystwyth University in Wales, and my article "Creature Consciousness" was published in issue 81 (Summer 2011) of Caduceus Magazine.

Totem Body explores the human body as a ritual space in which our animal selves can be rediscovered. For as psychologist Peter Levine points out: "most of us have become separated from our natural instinctual selves - in particular, the part of us that can proudly, not disparagingly, be called animal."

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