Opening doors for others to altered states of consciousness.

Susan Josephson and I met at La Chatelaine in Worthington, Friday, December 15.


Now in retirement as a professional philosopher, Susan taught for 31 years at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD). Now she devotes her time to serving as a shaman to help sensitize people to open themselves to alternate realities, states of consciousness. Another way to describe her is as an intuitive coach, to help folks find their center.

Born in Germany before the end of World War Two, her parents were confined in Germany at the service of the Reich, as Susan’s mother, Felicitas Goodman, was a linguist fluent in 13 languages, while her father taught German, but was eventually considered an enemy of the state and confined to a labor camp. Soon after liberation the family emigrated to Columbus and her father taught at The Ohio State University. During this period, Felicitas returned to college studies in linguistics and cultural anthropology, to earn her doctorate and teach at Denison University.

As she described her CORE VALUES, Susan stated that she follows Buddhism, and to “live an examined life.” As a college professor, having earned a doctorate in philosophy at OSU, she emphasized the discipline of “critical thinking” to her art students, adding that language is another tool to help us manipulate our world. Her MISSION is to “show people a way to seek the spiritual,” but she stresses that there is not just one belief system, “everyone needs to find their own way.”

My experience with Susan is within her practice of offering ritual trances in the form of body postures, the positions Professor Goodman discovered among various indigenous cultures, used as a means to transform consciousness. As her research grew, she founded The Cuyamungue Institute in New Mexico, where her mission to explore Ecstatic Ritual Postures continues.


When Susan facilitates a trance, she continuously shakes a native-made rattle, “holding the door, calling the spirits.” As a participant, I have experienced several trances and will continue. And she is publishing a book, CALLING THE TRANCES, due February, 2018.


We often hear about the “BOX” we are encouraged to think outside of…Susan identifies her BOX as her background in academia and the conceptual structure our culture maintains, limited to empiracle experience. She prefers to “see the sacred.”

Asked about her view of the SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE spectrum, she points out that when we suffer, when anyone suffers, then everyone suffers.

On UNCERTAINTY, Susan will throw I Ching, to “empty her mind.” She believes our important ideas arise from our collective consciousness.

5-YEARS FROM NOW, 2022?  She believes a new age is already in process, and we must get over nationalistic tribalism. For her effort, she will continue to “move out of the BOX.”

Thank you Susan, for your time today and your mission towards guidance.

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About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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