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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It still interests me greatly as a way to process perception and to deal with life. Michael Harner received his anthropology Ph.

Michael Harner

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. I really enjoyed it and it was an easy read.

Sadly, I did not, but like any good book, it opened my mind to new ways of thinking and healing. Oct 13, Maria rated it it was amazing.

Michael Harner Biography

Our experienced, Harner-trained faculty ensure a high-quality, rich, and transformative learning experience. He subsequently returned to the Shuar for additional practical training in shamanism. Whether you hrner looking to improve your life or to practice shamanic healing in your community, we look forward to assisting you on your shamanic path.

Kathryn on January 05, Dec 20, Yvonne rated it liked it. 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. This book has been used as a resource for newer books i. He left academia in in order to devote himself fulltime to shamanism. I have to say that I was not a big fan of the book.

I will not give my opinion on that. Absolutely necessary jarner development of a knowledge base in this area.


It describes the “hand game” practiced by several American Indian tribes. Additionally, the focus on healing shamanism is an appropriate topic but neglects to fully recognize the prevalence of shama wars which are outside of the noble savage archetype that Harner bolsters. Three organizations of the AAA joined together to recognize him for wayy “pioneering work” in shamanism “as an academic and advocate” and for his role during the last forty years in the “exponential growth in anthropological studies of the importance and significance” of shamanism.

On shamanism across cultural boundaries: In the early s he started giving training workshops to small groups in Connecticut.

The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner

The Way of the Shaman is his beliefs UPG regarding shamanism, and indeed are not how things really are. There’s a lot of good information, but I feel that it’s a better resource for an intermediate or experienced shamanic practitioner. I should note that I read the 3rd edition of this shmaan.

I will proceed further with Harner’s more recent book “Cave and Cosmos” Harner was born in Washington in It’s so general and generic as to be useless. Mar 17, Christine rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. New York and London: Suzuki did for ZenMichael Harner has done for shamanism, namely bring the tradition and its richness to Western awareness.

One of Harner’s reasons for writing this book is to encourage everyone to deeper self knowledge: I don’t remember how I found it, but I do know that I didn’t go looking for it in particular or the subject in general. Chapters two and beyond were aimed at teaching people how to become shama and do shamanic healing.

Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. While I admire Harner’s efforts to create a cross-cultural understanding of shamanic techniques, shamn cultural context those techniques are meaningless. You may only be dancing a memory. Be a healer by reminding people that they have the power to heal themselves. Sadly, I did not, but like any good book, it opened my m 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!


Harner has conveyed his shamanic knowledge first-hand through teaching and experiential work rather than through writing. 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.

Perhaps this perception sounds a little too non-rational for most people but after a shamanic experience these truisms become more and more real. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in Shamanism, beginners or masters harndr. Harner’s mistake was to think these things can be wrenched out of cultural harnre, outside of a traditional system of training and the necessary checks and balances needed to keep people sane.

Interpretations of ethnographic studies have been muddled because of misunderstanding these two states of experience. You might want to search from the main page on “spiritual tourism”. I found an interesting corner being turned in this book. It is only a source of power; it has no aggressive intentions.

Thus, if you were to listen to a Jivaro shaman talk, you wah hear in his everyday conversation accounts of experiences and deeds which could seem to you, as a Westerner, to be patently absurd harnrr impossible.

Michael Harner and The Way of the Shaman

Harner gives background and history as well as techniques to begin your journey into becoming a shaman. InHarner published The Way of the Shaman: I judge that he believes what he says. Harrner and try again.

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