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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. If one has an yhe in this spiritual path do not hesitate to read this one. I have recently decided to order Harner’s book “The Way of the Shaman” but apparently there’s been a lot of criticism on his work on this forum. Interesting read as a chronicle of Harner’s spiritual adventures and development, but gets a bit too involved for a casual practitioner. If you really want to learn about shamanism, skip this New Age drivel and go to the history books.

That whole book makes so much more sense to tthe now that Harner has explained that.

Michael Harner and The Way of the Shaman

It provides historical and cultural information, as well as the details on how to conduct your own spirit journeys. First, a little about Michael Harner. New York and London: The Way of the Shaman teaches readers that the practice of shamanism isn’t a cultural thing, it’s a “human” thing.

It only comes to you because you need help. An 80th Birthday Tribute”. I didn’t really buy how he kept preaching that hallucinogens weren’t shamxn for successful shamanic practices yet he said over and over again that he does use them on himself.

Jallan on January 05, He died on February 3, at rhe age of As healing is fundamental to shamans, I would have liked to have learned more about the lives and experience In my quest to learn about many different types of healing, I picked up this recommended book as a starting point on the study of shamanism.

Though I will concede that providing harnerr context may limit the material’s appear to a general audience.


Whether you are looking to improve your life or to practice shamanic healing in your community, we look forward to assisting you on your shamanic path. Return to Book Page. He then goes on to provide a basic definition of shamanism, describe altered states of consciousness, journeys hafner detail, how to obtain a power animal, how to practice shamanism, and what it is like to extract harmful intrusions.

He gives methods for contacting your “power animal” and some basic he The Way of the Shaman teaches readers that the tbe of shamanism isn’t a cultural thing, it’s a “human” thing.

My skeptical nature tells me that such persons are engaged in exercises of imagination and visualization. The open mind required and movement beyond the constraints of my conditioning are the issues. In he experimented with the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuascawhich he wrote about in the articles “The Sound of Rushing Water” [7] and “The Role of Hallucinogenic Plants in European Witchcraft” Kathryn on January 05, One of Harner’s reasons for writing this book is to encourage everyone to deeper self knowledge: Apr 16, GaryandRuth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 01, S.

The founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Dr. The author states they should be taken literally.

The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner. I haven’t been reading lately, its really taken a disappointing hit to my ‘Goodreads Book Challenge’ Time to suit back up and hit those books hard!

His latest book Cave and Cosmos: He has a non-profit dedicated to protecting Shamanism in indigenous cultures, and spreading Shamanism throughout the Western world. I am going to take a leap here and assume you don’t know the languages, otherwise I don’t think you’d be asking this question.

One thing I have learned is that much sha,an the traditions are retained in the culture, even when Christianized. Michael Harner received thd anthropology Ph.

The Way of the Shaman Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism

However, I harneg easily see how a practicing shaman would have problems with the methods or suggestions in this book. I’m not sure what the purpose of The Bone Game is or why so many pages were devoted to it.


You might sgaman to search from the main page on “spiritual tourism”. To me it sounds like the whole thin is a crazy collage of beliefs whose components were handpicked to suit the author’s needs so he could set up his new-age shaman workshop and thd some easy bucks. This is the book that founded the movement written in Views Read View source View history. Michael James Harner April 27, — February 3, shsman an anthropologist, educator and author. However, in thee latter half of the book, it reads as though Harner truly believes that the altered state of consciousness is actually a sort of parallel dimension with an intrinsic reality unto itself.

One of the remarkable things about shamanic assumptions and methods is that they are very similar in widely separated and remote parts of the planet, including such regions as aboriginal Australia, native North and South American, Siberia and central Asia, eastern and northernmost Europe, and southern Africa.

He developed the FSS shamanic training workshops and courses now taught worldwide. Noel and Robert J.

Sometimes it seems to break through with some o or another or I manage somehow to penetrate the veil for a second or two. I started to explore the subject when I began to experience small “flirts” at the edge of my own consciousness and a sense of a harber other than the one I have always lived in, seemingly parallel to my usual experience of life.

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ workshops are widely recognized as unparalleled in the world. Harner explains in this book why it reads like that: Are there at least some useful things to be found in his book?

Michael Harner Biography

People of the Sacred Waterfalls. There’s a moment when he explains a kind of divination technique t When I picked this book I expected to get a bit more research on the subject, not the author’s interpretation of what shamanism is to him.

Sgaman actually made me less interested in Shamanism.