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Shamanism



Shamanism is a traditional religious practice of interacting with the spirit world, usually through a state of altered consciousness, for the purposes of directing spiritual energies toward the physical world, usually for healing, divining, or seeking wisdom. Shamans usually train their whole lives to learn their practice from one or more experienced shamans in their tradition, and pass on their learning in turn. Contemporary interpretations of Indigenous shamanistic traditions are referred to as neoshamanism.

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The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner

The story of Michael and Sandra Harner in the history and development of core shamanism, the universal, near universal, and common practices of shamanism worldwide.

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The Way of the Shaman

This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. It is the foremost resource and reference on shamanism.

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The Shamanic View of Mental Illness

In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.

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FindCenterThe shaman is a self-realized person. She discovers the ways of Spirit through her inner awakening.

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Shamans and Their World with Stanley Krippner

Here he discusses the common features that he has observed in his studies of shamans around the world. He describes their rituals in terms of drumming, dancing, sensory deprivation, drugs, diet, and dreaming.

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Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

First published in 1951, Shamanism soon became the standard work in the study of this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon.

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Faith Healers: Shamanism Is Alive and Well

There sometimes arrives a shaman who has been initiated by a Goddess or some other higher being. One such person is Aama.

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Video Nugget: The Shaman as Master Trickster with Stanley Krippner

This New Thinking Allowed "Video Nugget" has been excerpted from a longer conversation with Stanley Krippner and Jeffrey Mishlove titled "Shamans and Their World".

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Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

While undertaking anthropological fieldwork in the Pichis Valley of the Peruvian Amazon, Narby became intrigued by the local community’s claim that they received their phenomenal biochemical knowledge under the influence of hallucinogens.

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The World of Shamanism: New Views of an Ancient Tradition

Fascinating, comprehensive, and eminently readable, this guide explores shamanism―the world's most enduring healing and religious tradition―in the light of modern medicine, psychology, neuroscience, consciousness disciplines, and religious studies.

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