Way of the Shaman

Way of the Shaman

by Michael Harner
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Way of the Shaman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book I thought that it was the greatest thing I had ever found. Not only did it describe experiences that I thought were unique to myself, but I found that there was actually a name for such things- shamanism. I had never even heard the name before. Yet, I knew exactly what was being described. That's just it, though, this book's importance to me was in its validation of the path that I had already traveled- alone. When I see people claiming that they are shamans, or "neo-shamans", based on reading a few books or attending a workshop or two, I can only shake my head. I mean, I see nothing wrong with such things, no more than I see anything wrong with dabblers in Wicca, it is just that I don't personally believe that it is shamanism. I don't say this out of arrogance, self-righteousness, or a sense of superiority- it is just that I have found that the transition involved in crossing over to the spirit world is absolutely life shattering and soul transforming. There is a good chance that it may kill you. Actually, in a sense, it does kill you, for to be a shaman means to die and be reborn. It is not the sort of thing that a bored yuppy can do on a weekend to demonstrate his "spiritual sensitivity." Personally, I think shamans are either born, or they result from a certain type of near death experience. As much as I respect Native American medicine people, I do not think that they have any sort of inside track or "secret knowlege." Their advantage lies in being outside of the artificial hell of the modern world- and perhaps in having more of an "opportunity" to hit bottom and reflect on it. They also have open minds- they KNOW the realities of spirits and of a world beyond. These are the advantages of any outsider....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Learned about the book through a review recommendation. I found it to be a good way of thinking. A different way of looking at soul healing and spiritualism. I highly recommend this book.
MountainGirls More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for any wannabe Shaman. Michael's experiences keep you wanting more. For anyone serious about becoming a Shaman I recommend learning from Michael Harner or finding a teacher that has studied under Micheal Harner.
blucky64 More than 1 year ago
very informative easy reading and understandable a need to read book
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I've had many extremely lucid dreams all my life. However, I've never been able to get there on my own. It seems to me that I can only get there, when someone on the otherside wants me there or I just find myself there. I also find that I have limited control over where I can go and what I can do. -WMK