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The Way of the Shaman

This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. It is the foremost resource and reference on shamanism. Now, with a new introduction and a guide to current resources, anthropologist Michael Harner provides the definitive handbook on practical shamanism – what it is, where it came from, how you can participate.

“Wonderful, fascinating… Harner really knows what he’s talking about.”
CARLOS CASTANEDA

“An intimate and practical guide to the art of shamanic healing and the technology of the sacred. Michael Harner is not just an anthropologist who has studied shamanism; he is an authentic white shaman.”
STANILAV GROF, author of ‘The Adventure Of Self Discovery’

“Harner has impeccable credentials, both as an academic and as a practising shaman. Without doubt (since the recent death of Mircea Eliade) the world‘s leading authority on shamanism.”
NEVILL DRURY, author of ‘The Elements of Shamanism

Michael Harner, Ph.D., has practised shamanism and shamanic healing for more than a quarter of a century. He is the founder and director of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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  1. David Aquarius says

    Shamanism defined in an understandable way Mr. Harner has taken a misunderstood and often misinterpreted subject and has written a very good book for those who have little to no experience with cultural shamanism. He has extensive experience with native shamen and tells of his adventures in a way that allows the reader to grasp the ecstatic methods of these priests. His is not the sum of all knowledge on shamanism and it can be seen as a condensed version, but this is still a very good book to begin with. His techniques are good enough to allow one to develop a shamanic connection from within themselves and their own culture. This book is NOT a rip-off of native practices. No one culture can claim to be the first shamen, everyone’s ancestors practiced it at some point. For those who wish to journey, this book will guide you to your path and from there, you can fly.

  2. wolf woman says

    Read it if you must-but take it from where it comes. I have been teaching Shamanic workshops, and practicing Shamanic healing for many years ( never charging a penny for my services).I have been enraged by Harner”s book, and his money making workshops since I 1st read his book. I am an indigeneous person to the US but that is not how or why, I became a Shaman. All cultures, from all over the planet have had Shaman, who unfortunately dissapearedfor a reason I don’t know. Shamans do not need outside stimuli to journey into Spirit World. It is used as an aid to help people relax so they can achieve a trance like state and let go of their fear of the unknown. ( One does not have to be A SHAMAN journey ).The definition of a Shaman is ” One who walks between the worlds( or realities), an experienced Shaman can do this while doing something else. Harner, in this book makes a lot of statements concerning evil you might meet on a journey, such as beware of spidersand insects. I have journeyed many hundreds of times and have never been harmed by any being I encountered, how could I be? I am in Spirit World, Spirit is not going to harm you no matter what form you see. I have NEVER used a mind altering substance to journey, some, especially the South American Shaman do, and again not all. Not all Shaman are alike, we do different tasksassigned to us by Spirit. I do hands on healing, others do soul retrieval and so on. I know I’m jumping around I feel like I have so much to tell you. Here are my last 3 comments: after I had read this book by Harner I asked the Shaman I had apprenticed with for 4 years about the spider and insect and fanged being warnings he gives and her reply was simply: ” Who is Michael Harner to limit Spirit”. # 2, Shamanism never was, and is not now a Religion. Thirdly, don’t believe something because it’s in a book, research it to find what is real.

  3. kaioatey says

    aseptic In this book one gets a series of exercises which guide one to accomplish such tasks as “finding one’s power animal”, “spirit extraction” and so on. TWS has a lot to recommend it and since the good stuff has been pointed out in other reviews, i myself will ignore it here. Harner has, almost single handedly, ushered in the era of “neo-shamanism”. As i understand it, the basic idea behind neoshamism is to find a way to enter the “altered state of consciousness (ASC)” without having to use medicine plants. These plants are illegal, may be diffult to prepare correctly and are altogether too unpleasant to deal with. So, in comes the drum. And the rattle. The premise is that, somehow, using the same utensils as, say, Siberian shamans, one is going to enter the same ASC. Nothing could be further from truth. In the absence of the mythological and spiritual context, the neoshamanic drums and rattles are toys for children.

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