The Shaman's Doorway: Opening Imagination to Power and Myth [NOOK Book]

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SHAMANISM / INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS

“Shamanism represents a body of knowledge that is pertinent to the ailments of contemporary society. Dr. Larsen guides us through this legacy with skill and ease, teaching us how the shaman’s vision can expand our own awareness.”
--Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., author of Personal Mythology and Broken Images, ...
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The Shaman's Doorway: Opening Imagination to Power and Myth

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Overview

SHAMANISM / INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS

“Shamanism represents a body of knowledge that is pertinent to the ailments of contemporary society. Dr. Larsen guides us through this legacy with skill and ease, teaching us how the shaman’s vision can expand our own awareness.”
--Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., author of Personal Mythology and Broken Images, Broken Selves

The Shaman’s Doorway is one of the most significant and inspiring works on the relationship of shamanism to both the psyche and society. Drawing on his experience as a psychotherapist and his understanding of primordial shamanic traditions, Stephen Larsen shows the relevance of this path to the modern world and how it can lead to a creative and affirmative relationship with life. “Life dismembers us,” Larsen says, and a new grasp of these ancient techniques for altering consciousness is required to escape from the alienation and confusion caused by our demythologized and industrialized environment. Defining the task of the shaman as one of bringing meaning and healing into life, Larsen clearly shows how the shaman, all too often perceived as belonging to the world’s past, holds the key to our future.

STEPHEN LARSEN is a practicing psychotherapist and director of the Stone Mountain Counseling Center. Codirector of the Center for Symbolic Studies, he is the author of The Mythic Imagination and coauthor of Fire in the Mind, the biography of his friend and mentor Joseph Campbell.

Here is an expanded edition of the first book to interpret the ancient practice of the Shaman from a distinctly modern, psychological perspective, building on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell.

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Editorial Reviews

Independent Publisher
This book remains a solid introduction to the subject for shamanism neophytes, and even those with an existing shamanic library will want to add it to their shelves—if it's not there already. Congratulations to Inner Traditions for returning this classic work to print.
Stanley Krippner
"Shamanism represents a body of knowledge that is pertinent to the ailments of contemporary society. Dr. Larsen guides us through this legacy with skill and ease, teaching us how the shaman's visions can expand our own awareness."
Joseph Campbell
"An excellent analytical and harmonizing survey of this very complex field."
From the Publisher
"An excellent analytical and harmonizing survey of this very complex field."

"Shamanism represents a body of knowledge that is pertinent to the ailments of contemporary society. Dr. Larsen guides us through this legacy with skill and ease, teaching us how the shaman's visions can expand our own awareness."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620550564
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., LMHC, BCIA-eeg, is professor emeritus of psychology at SUNY Ulster, board-certified in EEG biofeedback, and the author of several books, including The Healing Power of Neurofeedback and The Fundamentalist Mind. He is the founder and director of Stone Mountain Center, offering biofeedback, neurofeedback, and psychotherapy treatments. He lives in New Paltz, New York.
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Table of Contents


Foreword

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface

Introduction


1 The Mythic Imagination

2 The Enactment of Vision

3 Priests, Scientists, Yogis

4 Myths of Relationship and Integration

Epilogue

Source Notes

Bibliography

Index
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