The Shaman Within: A Physicist's Guide to the Deeper Dimensions of Your Life, the Universe, and Everything

The Shaman Within: A Physicist's Guide to the Deeper Dimensions of Your Life, the Universe, and Everything

by Claude Poncelet


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The Shaman Within: A Physicist's Guide to the Deeper Dimensions of Your Life, the Universe, and Everything by Claude Poncelet

Within every person—as well as every animal, rock, machine, particle, or planet—is a spirit that seeks to connect and communicate with the rest of the universe. Dr. Claude Poncelet calls this “the shaman within.” In his visionary new book, this scientist and shamanic teacher offers a compendium of practices and wisdom for connecting to the power of the spiritual forces in our lives. Filled with accessible instruction, insights from a lifetime of deep inquiry, and guidance for transformative journeys into non-ordinary reality, The Shaman Within explores:

  • Modern shamanism—an ever-changing practice that welcomes both scientific discoveries and our personal experience
  • Shapeshifting—a powerful method for building empathy, gathering insight, and experiencing our fundamental relation to every part of reality
  • Combining indigenous wisdom and contemporary physics to revolutionize your understanding of time, space, and your authentic self
  • Spiritual adventures to unexpected places—from the edge of the cosmos to the subatomic realm
  • Using shamanism to enhance your work and family life, reveal novel solutions to life challenges, heal the environment, and more

“As both scientist and shamanic practitioner, I see no inconsistency between science and spiritual knowledge,” says Dr. Poncelet. “In fact, when shamanism and science inform each other, we gain a far greater access to the wonder and possibility of reality.” In The Shaman Within, this extraordinary teacher invites you to discover the 21st-century evolution of shamanic practice—one that will delight you, empower you, and open your eyes to new dimensions of our strange and marvelous universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622031979
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 792,936
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Claude Poncelet

Claude Poncelet, PhD (1937–2018) was a physicist specializing in nuclear physics, astrophysics, and cosmology who taught at the university level. Dr. Poncelet was involved in many environmental initiatives, and served as chief staff liaison on President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. He taught shamanism in Europe and North America for more than 25 years along with his wife, Noelle.

Table of Contents

List of Journeys, Rituals, and Inquiries xi

Preface xiii

Introduction xix

Why Shamanism Now?

The Consistency between Scientific and Shamanic Knowledge What

This Book Often

Part I The Shaman Within

Chapter 1 What Is Shamanism? 3

Shamanic Trance and Nonordinary Reality

Who Is a Shaman?

The Shamanic Journey and State of Consciousness

Journeying in the Upper, Middle, and Lower Worlds

The Shaman's Relationship with Spirits

Ways to Contact Spirits Other than the Classic Shamanic Journey

Shamanism Is Experiential

What Does the Shaman Do?

The Diversity of Shamanic Traditions and Core Shamanism

A Word about Ethics

Chapter 2 Shamanism as a Spiritual Path 21

Spiritual Dimensions of Shamanic Practice

Connection with Western European Shamanic Traditions

Chapter 3 Impeccability and the Art of Living 33

The Art of Living


Impeccability in Shamanic Practice, Shamanic Journeys, and the Relationship with Spirits

The Mind's Role in Shamanic Journeying

Chapter 4 The Art of Dying 55

The Cycle of Birth, Life, Death, and Rebirth

Preparing for Out Own Death through Shamanic Practices

Resolving Unfinished Business

Dying to "Who We Are Not"


Helping People Who Are Dying and Their Survivors

Loss and Grief

Chapter 5 The Art of Healing 69

Traditional Shamanic Healing Methods

The Nature of Shamanic Healing

An Experience as Patient

The Roles of, and Relationship between, Healer and Patient

An Essential Ingredient: Audience Participation

Ethics and Potential Dangers in Shamanic Healing

Chapter 6 The Art of Shopeshifting 83

What Is Shapeshifting?

The Purposes of Shapeshifting

Shapeshifting into an Ally through Subtle Energy Work

Shapeshifting into Other Entities

Multiple Shapeshifting

Shapeshifting as a Spiritual Path

Part II Shamanism in the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 7 Shamanism in Family and Daily Life 111

The Challenges of Modern Life

Shamanism in Family Life

Shamanism in Daily Life

Chapter 8 Shamanism in Professional Life 127

Shamanic Practices for the Work Environment

Principles, Ethics, and Guidelines for Shamanic Practice in Professional Life

Shamanism in Other Kinds of Professional Work

Chapter 9 Shamanism and Modern Scientific Discovery 145

Science Is a Magnificent Creation of the Human Mind

The Reciprocity and Synchronicity between

Scientific and Shamanic Knowledge

Chapter 10 Journeys to the Spirits of the Cosmos 159

The Cosmos at Our Natural Environment

A Brief History of Our Awareness of the Heavens

Why Communicate with Spirits of the Cosmos?

Working Shamanically with Spirits of the Cosmos

The Life Cycle of a Star

Journeys to the Spirits of the Cosmos

Chapter 11 The Big Bong: Cosmic Background Radiation and the Creation Myth 187

Creation Myths and the Universe Story

The Big Bang and Its Aftermath

Journeying to the Spirit of the Cosmic Background Radiation co Recover a Creation Myth

Frequent Themes in Creation Myth Journeys

Chapter 12 Shamanic World Work: Healing the Planet and Its Communities 199

The Nature of World Work

Ethics and Impeccability in World Work

Examples of World Work

Chapter 15 is Healing Our Relationship with Nature: Creating a Hew Mythos for the Modem World 213

Transforming the Modern World's Attitude Toward Nature: Science and Shamanism Come Together

The Transformation Must Begin Within Us

Collaborating with All of Nature: A Vision for a New World

Epilogue 237

Notes 241

Recommended Reading 249

Additional Resources 253

Acknowledgments 255

Index 257

About the Author 275

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