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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It started out interesting, with an anthropological discussion of shamans in tribal groups and how similar their practices are all over the world. Wandering in the other worlds willy-nilly is very dangerous. Feb harmer, Aeron rated it really liked it.

The open mind required and movement beyond the constraints of my conditioning are the issues.

I found an interesting corner being turned in this book. Despite that assertion, the cosmology presented in his core shamanism is very Abrahamic and most definitely culturally influenced. From the early s onward, he invited a few of his students to join an international faculty to reach an ever-wider market. The Way of the Shaman teaches readers that the practice of shamanism isn’t a cultural thing, it’s a “human” thing.

The direct quotations from traditional shamans are the best parts. View all 5 comments. You may only be dancing a memory. If by practical you mean can it help you find a spiritual path, again, how could an inaccurate work possibly do that?

The Way of the Shaman : The Definitive Handbook

Really amazing book on the practice and theory of shamanism. Ot is different, so please don’t judge this book based on my opinion. In the beginning, the reader might think the book a discussion of how a powerful placebo effect is achieved, but by the latter chapters it seems one is considering how malevolent spirits can be trapped or extracted from a patient.


I would suggest The Way of the Shaman as a guidebook to gain an initial understanding of other realities and as a spark to begin a few initial adventures into them through the haener practices detailed within.

The first appendix is about drumming and gives details about what kind of drums and rattles the would-be Shaman should seek. Additionally, shamanic work provides an ecological framework in the time of a renewed distress over our disconnection from nature, a shaman does not distinguish between the environment and family. He died on February 3, at the age of The author states they should be taken literally.

I particularly enjoyed the information on drum beat frequencies pp. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Michael Harner – Wikipedia

The techniques that Harner shares in this book are not equivalent to shamanic journeying, they are guided and shared visualisations. He completely disregards symbolism, which doesn’t sound much in tune with the nature of “non-ordinary reality”.

The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner. A successful experience does suggest, however, that you may have at least had such a guardian spirit in the past, if not now. I was just wy if any of you had read the book and could tell me if there was anything worthwhile thr there especially for someone who is new to this. The most important aspects of this book are the discussions of cognicentrism, how the people most prejudiced against a concept of non-ordinary reality are those who have never experienced it, a point I can confirm with gusto.


Michael Harner and The Way of the Shaman

And if you do read this book, get it from the library or buy it second hand Seeking to distance themselves from the earthly authority of the spirit world as exemplified through churches, this generation has yet to find an adequate substitute in any other religion. A vital reference in the pursuit of this healing discipline.

Dec 20, Yvonne rated it liked it.

The Foundation’s programs are based on decades of practical experience. I suppose the best thing to do is to simply read the book and make my own judgment. It looks like it could be a fun, and possibly enlightening, game of psychology for a moderate-size group. I expect no book will be able to match practical experience here, and of course studying with an indigenous shaman, for which I will be spending some time in the mountains of Nepal this coming summer.

However, this book is more the high altitude over pass of the landscape. The Way of the Shaman is his beliefs UPG regarding shamanism, and indeed are not how things really are. The original was published in