Shamanism is a dimension of human experience that can be found in every culture in any age. It can be observed in a variety of forms, ranging from a fundamental spontaneous experience, derivative culturally shared practices, or as veiled motifs of spiritual, medical, artistic, scientific, and psychotherapeutic interventions.

Paradoxically, as shamanism becomes more culturally shared, it may become less authentic—less culturally challenging—and degenerative. Provoked by an experience of everyday life as a sort of “half-truth,” shamanism is a method that focuses on the erroneous belief in a separation of human life from nature. Shamanism focuses specifically on remaining alert to the creatural dimensions of human life that can be overridden by cultural, socio-psychological dimensions of everyday life.

Shamanism is an expression of an enduring wild state to remain alert to the changing conditions of existence and integrate into the natural world that continues to design and express human life across the long run.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Shamanic Apprentice Training





            Preface          Awakening From A Dream     viii

            Chapter 1      The Modern Encounter With Shamanism     1    

            Chapter 2      Describing Shamanism     23       

            Chapter 3      Revisioning Landscape and Imagination     61      

            Chapter 4      Shamanic Deep Imagination     77

            Chapter 5      Toward An Indigenous Modern Shamanism     96

            Chapter 6      Ensoulment Work     118

            Chapter 7      Totemic Work      140   

            Chapter 8      Recovering A Wild State     162    

                                 References Cited     189    

                                 Appendix 1     Selected Critical Elements     192   

                                 Appendix 2     Modern Provocations, A Sampler     199

                                          Appendix 3     Twenty General Study Questions     206

Total: 216 pages/104,427 words
Title, Notes, Contents, Dedication, Preface: 2216 words/9 pages
Chapters 1-9 + appendices: 102,211 words/207 single-spaced pages

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