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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He completely disregards symbolism, which doesn’t sound much in tune with the nature of “non-ordinary reality”.

The second is a detailed description of a game played by the Flathead Indians. I’d like to check out the newer edition to see how it compares.

Fo pioneered the introduction of shamanism and the shamanic drum journey to contemporary life and is recognized as the world leader in this movement. So I removed the other shaman book by this author from my reading list bc that one is about hallucinogens used in shamanism, but I’m not going anywhere near ayahuasca or datura and I’m marking this as read even tho I only read about half.

Michael Harner

Harner gives a brief biography of his own beginning experiences, then a very short history of shamanism, what it is, and how the experiences during the shaman vision walks compare to ordinary reality. He also says that everyone has the ability to become a shaman, just with varying degrees of skill and power. When I picked this book I expected to get a bit more research on the subject, not the author’s interpretation hharner what shamanism is to him.

For those of us with an understanding of ecology and selective breeding, we know that no living being is more deserving of respect, or more powerful, than the one that gives us sustenance. He then goes on to provide a basic definition of shamanism, describe altered states of consciousness, journeys in detail, how to obtain a power animal, how to practice shamanism, and what it is like to extract harmful intrusions.


Academics zhaman use his work. I’ve been researching Shamanism for a while, but really I realise I should have just read this book earlier and I could have saved a lot of time.

The Way of the Shaman Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism

I would stick to Rorschach anyway, of course, but I guess it’s way cheaper staring into some random rock instead of paying an expert to have you tested. Harner was traditionally initiated into shamanism by a South American tradition. Are there at least some useful things to be found in his book?

To the author’s further credit, he encourages people to make full use of modern medicine, with shamanic healing being an addition rather than a replacement. After traveling to the Amazon where he ingested the hallucinogen ayahuascaHarner began experimenting with monotonous drumming. If you are interested in generic shamanism, and are capable of critical thinking, I recommend reading this book because it still influences what most Westerners think of shamanism.

It still interests me greatly as a way to process perception and to deal with life. What Yogananda did for Hinduism and D. Jallan, if you’re trying to connect with the ways of the Celtic and Germanic ancestors, you won’t find your way there shamam Harner’s fantasies about Native Americans. Interpretations of ethnographic studies have been muddled because of misunderstanding these two states of experience.

I want to make sure I’m not just wasting money, paper and energy here. Life in an indigenous society is painted as quite idyllic in The Way of the Shaman, for example the Macaebos tthe guayasa instead of coffee all day.


The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner

Collecting information on shamanism as practiced in dozens of indigenous traditions Harner presents non-pharmacologic practices that westerners can take part in that may introduce them into the consciousness states utilized by shamans in their craft.

If one is at all curious about shamanism, this is a great place to get started.

It was filled with amazing creatures and impossible actions, like flying, shape shifting, and jumping higher than humanly possible. In his half century of anthropological fieldwork, cross-cultural studies, experimental research, and firsthand experience, Michael Harner arrived at the core methods of shamans worldwide.

You can’t just pick and choose what is useful. Of course, at a tight level of granularity there are differences, and Harner gives examples of such differences here and there — harnner using examples of the Shamanic practices he has studied in South and Central America. Chapter four describes the concept of power animals and the role that they have in health and illness.

Collecting information on shamanism as practiced in dozens of indigenous traditions Harner presents non-pharmacologic practices that westerners can take part in that may introduce them into the consciousness states uti Michael Harner is the founder of a movement called “contemporary shamanism”. This being said, contemporary shamanism appears to have come quite some way as a practice. State University of New York Press. This simply isn’t true. Michael Harner can be legitimately credited with launching the Western neo-shaman movement.