The Way of the Shaman has ratings and reviews. Christine said: Harner is the creator of what is called Core Shamanism (the ‘shamanism’ and pr. In , Harner published The Way of the Shaman: a Guide to Power and Healing. Students in the United. This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. It is the foremost resource and reference on shamanism. Now, with a new introduction.
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This is Harner’s “how to” book, intended to introduce Westerners to Shamanic exploration. So I removed the other shaman book by this author from my reading list bc that one is about hallucinogens used in shamanism, but I’m not going anywhere near ayahuasca or datura and I’m marking this as read even tho I only read about half. In he received an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements in shamanic studies. While I admire Harner’s efforts to create a cross-cultural understanding of shamanic techniques, without cultural context those techniques are meaningless.
It starts to unravel as the book goes on. Michael Harner can be legitimately credited with launching the Western neo-shaman movement.
This simply isn’t true.
His focus is very much on using Shamanism for healing purposes. If by practical you mean can it help you find a spiritual path, again, how could an inaccurate work possibly do that? I valued this book most for its discussions of shamanistic consciousness rather than the practices, but I could see both being of value for the proper audience. It’s deceptively simple and the author an anthropologist really, really knows what he is talking about.
I offer you a portion of that strategy and welcome you to the ancient shamanic adventure. Drumming plays a major role in achieving the proper state of mind. Trivia About The Way of the Sh As healing is fundamental to shamans, I would have liked to have learned more about the lives and experiences of well-known North American healers, however only one was mentioned in any detail.
My skeptical nature tells me that such persons are engaged in exercises of imagination and visualization. One of the remarkable things about shamanic assumptions and methods is that they are very similar in widely separated and remote parts of the planet, including such regions as aboriginal Australia, native North and South American, Siberia and central Asia, eastern and northernmost Europe, and southern Africa.
Second editionBerkeley and Los Angeles: Given my own experience with hrner and dreams I thought it would be quite easy for me to crack into this realm, it has not proven to be so. I don’t remember how I found it, but I do know that I didn’t go looking for it in particular or the subject in general.
I was also disappointed in Harner’s belief that domesticated animals and plants were lacking in power. State University of New York Press.
Want to Read saving…. He has resurrected Shamanism with his research, writing, and workshops. The first appendix is about drumming and gives details about what kind of drums and rattles the would-be Shaman should seek. Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics”Michael Harner is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost authority on shamanism and has had an enormous influence on both the academic and lay worlds Harner argues that advances in the medical field have spurred near-death experiences which provide a window into another reality.
Dec 01, S. But disappointing it was. It assumes that there are other practitioners to work with, which is just not a resource available to me. He left academia in in order to devote himself fulltime to shamanism.
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Oct 13, Maria rated it it was amazing. Good research but sometimes crammed into too little space without context. One thing I have learned is that much of the traditions are retained in the culture, even when Christianized. Shamanism represents the most widespread and ancient methodological system of mind-body healing known to humanity.
I read “Way of the Shaman” when it harjer came out, and Eliade’s work around the same time. To ask other readers questions about The Way of the Shamantje sign up.
Retrieved from ” https: Harner’s mistake was to think these things can be wrenched out of cultural context, outside of a traditional system tje training and the necessary checks and balances needed to keep people sane. It was a good choice. James talked about the magical in the same breath that he talked about what he ate for breakfast. He completely disregards symbolism, which doesn’t sound much in tune with the nature of “non-ordinary reality”.
Dec 20, Yvonne rated it liked it. I have seen quite a bit that cannot be explained in the normal terms of the material world. Wya 04, Matty rated it it was ok.