The Eagle's Quest: A Physicist Finds the Scientific Truth at the Heart of the Shamanic World

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Journeying through the shamanistic world, from the Himalayas to the jungles of Peru, Fred Alan Wolf encountered strange phenomena--natural healing, firewalking, shape-shifting, near-death and out-of-body experiences, visions of the past and future, time traveling, and lucid dreaming-that seemingly could not be reconciled with his training as a theoretical physicist.

Wolf shows how the concepts of the New Physics--the "observer effect," parallel universes, the uncertainty ...

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Overview

Journeying through the shamanistic world, from the Himalayas to the jungles of Peru, Fred Alan Wolf encountered strange phenomena--natural healing, firewalking, shape-shifting, near-death and out-of-body experiences, visions of the past and future, time traveling, and lucid dreaming-that seemingly could not be reconciled with his training as a theoretical physicist.

Wolf shows how the concepts of the New Physics--the "observer effect," parallel universes, the uncertainty principle, and the "holographic universe"--can illuminate the mysteries of shamanism, and vice versa. A surprising exploration of the links between the natural and the supernatural, The Eagle's Quest is an inspiring intellectual and spiritual odyssey.

An acclaimed physicist takes us on a fascinating journey as he examines shamanism in the light of modern science. "Breaks down barriers between modern science and a mystical worldview."--Publishers Weekly. Wolf is the author of the American Book Award-winning Taking the Quantum Leap.

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Personal odysseys through shamanic rites lead Wolf to posit links between the Shaman's experience and the ``new physics.'' A captivating, lucid quest for awareness. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671792916
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 365,761
  • Product dimensions: 0.72 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Cast of Principal Characters 13
Preface 17
What Does the Word Shaman Mean? 19
1. An Intuitive Physicist's Quest 22
Shamanic Physics: Nine Hypotheses 23
Shamanic Physics and Mythic Reality 24
Altered Consciousness 25
The Sham of the Shaman 26
The Physics of Meaningfulness 26
Parallel Shamanic Worlds Are Real 27
A Sense of a Higher Power 28
Sexuality, Love, and Healing 29
The Test of Death 29
A Recap: Shamanic Physics Hypotheses 30
2. The Winds of Ayahuasca 32
Science Hints 37
3. The Power of Words and Sounds 38
In the Beginning Was the Word and the Word Was: "Satan" 41
The "Shaman" in the Gray Flannel Suit 45
The Sound of Wyrd 51
Shamanic Poetry 52
Words and Wyrd 53
4. Rituals and Initiations 57
A Journey into the Unconscious 60
A Family Firewalk 71
A Physicist's Shamanic Initiation 77
The Eagle's Initiation 78
The Sweat of the Questing Eagle 79
The Trickster-Shaman from Rosebud 84
The Shaman with the Flashing Lights 87
5. Sacred Places and Plants 98
Where Does Shamanism Work Best? 99
Norse Runes Don't Work in Mexico 101
Places of Power 103
Curious Anomalies at Sacred Sites 106
Drugs and Evolution 108
Ayahuasca History 110
Functions of Ayahuasca 111
Ayahuasca Rules 113
The Shamanic Planet 114
6. Sexuality, Magic, and Potency 117
Male and Female Medicine 122
Wave and Particle Action 123
A Sexual Flight on the Winds of Ayahuasca 124
Wilfredo and the Sexual Potion 127
No No, Nonoy 130
The Singing Jungle 132
Raw Fish in the Morning 133
Night Winds of Ayahuasca 134
A Sexual Dream Under Ayahuasca 138
Dusk in a Different World 138
7. Shamanic Healing 143
Least-Action Paths and the Unconscious Mind 150
Nothing But Vibrations 158
Nothing But a Dream 161
Chumash X-Ray 162
The Ten Senses 163
A New Principle of Life 164
The Vibration of the Ayahuasca Master 165
Sacrificial Action 166
The Spirits of the Ayahuasca 168
I Was Mistaken 168
A Growing Rage Inside of Me 169
Lessons from the Jungle Mother 170
Lying in the Jungle Mother's Womb 172
8. Other World Experiences 177
My Dream Journey to a Shamanic World 179
Out-of-Body Experience 183
Drifting in Illness 186
Dream Flights of the Indian Medicine People 187
Chumash Telekineses 188
Shape-Shifting and Animism 189
The Berserkers and the Shapeshifters 190
Caught as a Raven 190
The Birds of Death 191
The Animal Guardians 191
Sending Spirits to Guard the Land 192
Recovering Out Lost Senses 193
How to Enter a Parallel World 195
9. Time Traveling and Visions of Past and Future 198
Journeys of an Ayahuasquero 200
Time-Slips and Sacred Places 206
The Rails of Time 208
Time Traveling to the Past 208
Setting Your Mind Spinning 209
How to Be an Angel in the Past 210
A Universal Principle of Support 211
Eagle-Man-Oglala-Sioux 216
The Past and the Present Are the Parents of the Future 218
Intent and a Beam of Light 220
Seeing into Mythic Time 221
Subjective Antedating 222
Description of an Ayahuasquero 224
The Two Levels of Time 226
Visions, Time Travel, and the Unconscious 227
10. Death 230
Absalom 236
The Vision of Michael and the Holographic Universe 237
The Pendragon and the Movie Reel of Death 238
The Moment of Death 240
Conductors of the Dead 244
Death and Birth Are One 245
The Shamans from Thunderhouse 246
A Map of the Middle World 247
The Edge of Heaven 251
The Death Dream 252
Shamans, Death, and the Jell-O Mind 252
The Middle Realm 253
11. Shamanic Consciousness 257
The Sleeper Awakens 257
The "Real" Reality 258
The Drop of Consciousness 260
Shamanic Sensitivity 262
The Materialization of Consciousness 265
Act Cleaning 267
Cancelado 271
The Whole-Mind Illumination 272
What Does the Body-Mind Do When Death Approaches? 273
Pulling Off the Scab of the Unconscious 274
The Dogs of Sacrifice 275
Dancing with an Open Heart 275
Escape from Iquitos 276
The Cabinet of Dr. Cabieses 276
The Model of Dr. Cabieses 278
What Is Your Consciousness, and Where Is God? 279
Finale: It's Just a Movie, Fred 282
Bibliography 301
Index 305
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2000

    A classic book on shamanism -- a real page-turner!

    This book stands out as one of the best books on shamanism I've ever seen. The Eagle's Quest is remarkable because it maps concepts from modern physics into the ancient shamanistic world... all the while following the Wolf's very personal true story of his quest for deeper understanding. Because Wolf really wishes to know what's going on in the universe, his book is thorough in its investigations of old world shamanism. This is one of the best books I've ever read combining spirituality and physics: it's full of useful information and well-written. I love all of Fred Alan Wolf's books, and this one is especially enjoyable to me, because it was truly written from his heart. This book is a classic.

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