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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Given my own experience with meditation and dreams I shamann it would be quite easy for me to crack into this realm, it has not proven to be so. In his world view, if a living being can be controlled by man then it is weak and therefore not valuable as a spiritual helper.

Michael Harner

This was a really interesting book for me, it provides the basics for shamanistic “journeying” and a lot of description of the experience of others. He has a non-profit dedicated to protecting Shamanism in indigenous cultures, and spreading Shamanism throughout the Western world.

Read a chronology of Michael’s pioneering work in core shamanism. Create your thw ways and methods, those that work for you. Jul 23, Sara rated it really liked it. Michael Harner received his anthropology Ph.

What I intend to do with this book is take only what is useful. Michael James Harner April 27, — February 3, was an anthropologist, educator and author. The concepts of cross cultural uniformity are intriguing and the variations of consciousness have consistencies with the near death experience and new wave hallucinogen therapy literature in such a way that there is something here that is difficult to dismiss.

If you are seeking an experiential glimpse of shamanism or a more instructional text, this book is not it. I am currently reading Eliade’s book on shamanism he is supposed to have had “fascist” ties but I see no evidence of this yet, shqman seems shama me simply an academic work and he appears respectful towards the things he describes and believe in the idea of a collective consciousness.


Reiki Shamanismso there are a lot of parallels to the information presented.

Michael Harner Biography

Harner pioneered the introduction of shamanism and the shamanic drum journey to contemporary life and is recognized as the world leader in this movement. My conclusions about him are shamwn on reading his work, and seeing what their work has spawned in the decades since they first published.

Anthropologist Joan Townsend has distinguished Harner’s core shamanism from neoshamanism. Wallis, I believe Harner’s teachings are based on cultural appropriation and Western fantasies.

Also there’s a fine line between new age enlightenment and cultural appropriation Originated, researched and developed over nearly 50 years by anthropologist Michael Harner, the pioneer of contemporary shamanism, the Foundation’s training offers students the opportunity to learn and practice authentic, powerful, and effective shamanic healing methods to high ethical standards.

Michael Harner and The Way of the Shaman

How big a fraud is this man? There are seven chapters. I was pf disappointed in Harner’s belief that domesticated animals and plants were lacking in power. A vital reference in the pursuit of this healing discipline. Look to the living cultures – the folk practices, songs, prayers, poems and beliefs that still live in the languages of the individual Celtic or Germanic cultures.

I suspect that what they do might have some placebo effects but that it is no more effective than that.

Thr shamanism across cultural boundaries: By introducing these methods to the West, he started the movement that is returning shamanism and shamanic healing to the spiritual life of peoples throughout the planet.

I can understand why this is the classic in the field. I did not think this book could disappoint me, as I did not have particularly high expectations of it.

Ten years after it was first published, this is still the leading resource and reference for all those interested in cross-cultural and current forms of shamanism: Read Michael Harner’s personal account: Michael Harner is not just an anthropologist who has studied shamanism; he is an authentic white shaman, observes the distinguished transpersonal psychologist Stanislav Grof.

The Hopi believe that all life, animals birds, insects, trees an plants appear only in masquerade during ordinary experience, that they surely have a human-like experience in another world.


Other the first chapter, the part of the book I find most intriguing is Appendix B. You might want to search from the main page on “spiritual tourism”.

As for ancillary material, there are line drawn illustrations, annotations, a bibliography, and two appendices. Mar 28, Andrea Marley rated it really liked it.

But in the end, practical experience beats any book. After all, if it is just his journeying methods that work well for me, it immediately becomes something of value does it not? I was just wondering if any of you had read the book and could tell me if there was anything worthwhile in there especially for someone who is new to this. Dec 01, S. Perhaps this perception sounds a little too non-rational for most people but after a shamanic experience snaman truisms become more and more real.

At any rate, the book gets a bit wilder as it goes along. 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.

It started out interesting, with an anthropological discussion of shamans in tribal groups and how similar their practices are all over the world. What I mean by practical information is information that is practically applicable and shamwn. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.

Shamanism represents the most widespread and ancient methodological system of mind-body healing known to humanity. I didn’t really buy how he kept preaching that hallucinogens weren’t needed for successful shamanic practices yet he said over and over again that he does use them on himself.