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.

The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom

In this “masterwork of an authentic spirit person” (Thomas Berry), Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Joan Halifax Roshi delves into “the fruitful darkness”—the shadow side of being, found in the root truths of Native religions, the fecundity of nature, and the stillness of meditation.

Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions

Near-death experiences are known around the world and throughout human history.

Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks 1960–1969

Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies, but he’s also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas—and lifestyle—of the 1960s counterculture.


Shamanic Healing