Shamanism for the Age of Science

A practical guide to understanding and awakening the human energy body • Shows how the energy body forms our reality from the infinite possibilities presented by our thoughts, feelings, and those around us • Illustrates the anatomy of ...

Author: Kenneth Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1591439779

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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A practical guide to understanding and awakening the human energy body • Shows how the energy body forms our reality from the infinite possibilities presented by our thoughts, feelings, and those around us • Illustrates the anatomy of the energy body, including its connections to the nervous system, chakras, and meridians • Provides step-by-step exercises to awaken the energy body, expand awareness, and begin consciously creating your own reality At a time when consciousness and other aspects of our energetic anatomy are finding their way into modern science, Kenneth Smith blends traditional shamanism with cutting-edge research in bioenergetics and neuroscience to offer this user’s guide to the energy body--explaining what it is, what its capabilities are, and how to harness it as a vehicle for higher consciousness and heightened awareness. For more than 5,000 years, shamans of the Toltec tradition have worked with the energy body, learning its structure and perceptual capacities as well as mapping it as an objective, measurable part of our anatomy. Drawing from his decades-long involvement in this tradition and his work in the field of bioenergetics, Smith explains how the energy body shapes our perceptions, determines our state of consciousness, and forms our reality from the infinite possibilities presented by our thoughts, feelings, and those around us. Illustrating our energetic anatomy and its connections to the nervous system, chakras, and meridians, he provides step-by-step exercises to awaken the energy body, expand awareness, and begin consciously creating your own reality.

Psychedelic Information Theory

Written by James L. Kent, this text was researched for over 20 years and includes over 200 references and 31 images related to the latest science in the diverse fields of pharmacology, shamanism, and perception.

Author: James L. Kent

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781453760178

Category: Science

Page: 204

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Psychedelic Information Theory is a formal analysis of the physical mechanisms underlying hallucination, shamanic ritual, and expanded states of consciousness. Written by James L. Kent, this text was researched for over 20 years and includes over 200 references and 31 images related to the latest science in the diverse fields of pharmacology, shamanism, and perception. As a succinct yet comprehensive formal analysis of the nonlinear dynamics of hallucination and shamanic ritual, Psychedelic Information Theory is destined to become the modern textbook on psychedelic phenomena. Chapters include information on the physiology of perception, types of visual hallucination, psychedelic pharmacology, psychedelic neuroplasticity, chaos theory, shamanic therapy, shamanic sorcery, and group mind phenomena related to psychedelic consciousness. "Psychedelic Information Theory will prove, no doubt, to be an important work primarily because it provides researchers, in both the sciences and humanities, with numerous new avenues down which to investigate. PIT provides us with a serious, and in many respects successful, recalibration of the different psychedelic knowledge bases. In great respect to the author, I believe PIT will attract both plaudits and criticism with equal fervour and, in doing so, help proliferate serious psychedelic research for some time to come." - Rob Dickens, PsyPressUK.com Review, December 2010 "In his new book, Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, James Kent has attempted to describe both the experience and underlying mechanisms of consciousness, in the language of classical wave mechanics, with terms like neural oscillators, periodic drivers, wave entrainment, resonance and coherence. His book offers the first steps in developing a more refined and quantifiable theory and terminology of psychedelic action. It suggests many rich opportunities for further research that are bound to reveal some pragmatic and novel applications. Not since "The Invisible Landscape," by the McKenna brothers, have I found a book so original and propitious." - Jedi Mind Traveler, Evolver.net Interview, January 2011 "James L. Kent has proven himself to be the 'Mythbuster' of the New Psychedelic Age. His book, Psychedelic Information Theory is the everyman's guide to inner consciousness, unraveling the scientific foundations of altered states. PIT challenged my views on the psychedelic experience: I might not agree with some of the conclusions, but I have a firmer grip on the basics because of it. Kent helps outline the mechanics of the mind, but his reductionist approach also leaves room for further mysteries to grow." - Rak Razam, author of Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey, November 2010 "Kent's clear trail through volumes of research gave me a solid understanding of how rod and cone vision, phosphenes, the visual information processing rate, and the brain's pattern-recognition function all come together or come apart to modulate hallucinatory states. Kent deserves a place next to Grof on the psychonaut's, scientist's, and psychologist's bookshelf." - Sheldon Norberg, author of Healing Houses, Erowid.org Review, October 2010

The Way of the Shaman

These children of the Age of Science, myself included, prefer to arrive first-hand,
experimentally, at their own conclusions as to the nature and limits of reality.
Shamanism provides a way to conduct these personal experiments, for it is a ...

Author: Michael Harner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062038125

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

View: 299

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.

Wayward Shamans

Wayward Shamans tells the story of an idea that humanity’s first expression of art, religion and creativity found form in the figure of a proto-priest known as a shaman.

Author: Silvia Tomášková

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520955315

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 697

Wayward Shamans tells the story of an idea that humanity’s first expression of art, religion and creativity found form in the figure of a proto-priest known as a shaman. Tracing this classic category of the history of anthropology back to the emergence of the term in Siberia, the work follows the trajectory of European knowledge about the continent’s eastern frontier. The ethnographic record left by German natural historians engaged in the Russian colonial expansion project in the 18th century includes a range of shamanic practitioners, varied by gender and age. Later accounts by exiled Russian revolutionaries noted transgendered shamans. This variation vanished, however, in the translation of shamanism into archaeology theory, where a male sorcerer emerged as the key agent of prehistoric art. More recent efforts to provide a universal shamanic explanation for rock art via South Africa and neurobiology likewise gloss over historical evidence of diversity. By contrast this book argues for recognizing indeterminacy in the categories we use, and reopening them by recalling their complex history.

Space Age Science and Stone Age Politics

Shamanism,5 which is found both in Asia and the ... such as music, art, or
science, takes the place of religion 5A shaman is a special member of a hunting
society who, while in a trance, is thought to be able pass between the upper
world, the ...

Author: John Scales Avery

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1326557726

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 322

View: 437

Space-age science and stone-age politics make an extraordinarily dangerous mixture. It seems probable that in the future, the rapidity of scientificand technological change will produce ethical dilemmas and social tensions even more acute than those we experience today. It is likely that the fate of our species (and the fate of the biosphere) will be made precarious by the astonishing speed of scientific and technological change unless this progress is matched by the achievement of far greater ethical and political maturity than we have yet attained.

Religion Supernaturalism the Paranormal and Pseudoscience

Haunted by the Archaic Shaman: Himalayan Jhakris and the Discourse on
Shamanism. Lanham, MD: Lexington ... Review of Science and Spirituality:
Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science, by Michael Ruse. Science and
Education 21: ...

Author: Homayun Sidky

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1785271644

Category: Social Science

Page: 518

View: 354

"Religion, Supernaturalism, the Paranormal, and Pseudoscience" provides a comprehensive rejoinder to the challenges posed to science, scientific anthropology, evolutionary theory and rationality by the advocates of supernatural, paranormal, and pseudoscientific perspectives and modes of thought associated with the current rise of irrationalism, antiintellectualism, and emboldened religious fundamentalism and violence. Drawing upon H. Sidky’s scientific anthropological background and ethnographic field research of supernatural and paranormal beliefs and practices in several cultures over three decades, the book answers several important questions: Why do humans have a proclivity for the supernatural and paranormal thinking? Why has humanity remained shackled to sets of ideas inherited from a violent past that have no basis in reality and which bestow an illusionary solace, promote bloodshed, endless cruelties and fervent hatreds, and have come at a high cost? Why have ancient superstitions been held as sacred, inviolate truths while other aspects of the archaic belief systems of which they were a part have long been discarded? Why have not humans outgrown religion and paranormal beliefs?

Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternate Modes of Healing

Science and the Emerging Age In Descartes ' time , there was still the sense that
the scientific explanation of matter was only a partial explanation of being .
According to Descartes , consciousness was a separate kind of being and could
not ...

Author: Ruth-Inge Heinze

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 354

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Shamanism in North America

Neo - shamanism focusses attention on contemporary issues , and as such can
distort the views of more traditional adherents ... statements about the powers
possessed by their ancestors , shamanic skills are still in demand in a scientific
age .

Author: Norman Bancroft-Hunt

Publisher:

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Category: Indians of North America

Page: 232

View: 999

Native Americans believed that it was their responsibility to maintain harmony in the natural world on which they depended by performing a variety of rituals. Shamans were credited with exceptional powers to act on behalf of the community. They claimed to be capable of separating their spirits from their bodies and interceding with those spirits that controlled the many forces of nature. Having studied the subject at first hand during his many visits to American tribes, Dr. Norman Bancroft Hunt sets out the richly rewarding results of his research in this survey of shamanic traditions and practices in various Native American groups. Shamanism in North America is profusely illustrated with the most remarkable masks, effigies, and implements used by shamans and includes evocative images of the often harsh wilderness inhabited by the tribes under discussion, as well as some revealing historical photographs of shamans.

Northern Religions and Shamanism

age. of. fourteen . After. the. age. of. fourteen. beliefs. about. the. world. assumed.
a. scientific. nature and appeared to remain relatively permanent throughout the
rest of adolescence . At school young people learn both a religious and a ...

Author: International Association for the History of Religions

Publisher:

ISBN: 9789517177238

Category: Arctic peoples

Page: 214

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Religion Philosophy and Science

There is no unique definition of Shamanism that applies to all peoples who
profess Shamanism and practice Shamanistic activities . ... It is a very ancient
religious creed , emerged perhaps before the Neolithic period and the Bronze
Age .

Author: Debi Prasad Chattopadhyaya

Publisher:

ISBN: 9788179860649

Category: India

Page: 253

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Science in the New Age

Comparing the various discourses, texts, writers, and groups as cultures, he shows how skeptics, parapsychologists, and New Agers may disagree vehemently with each other, but end up sharing many rhetorical strategies, metaphors, models, ...

Author: David J. Hess

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299138202

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

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In Science in the New Age, David Hess explores ideologies of the paranormal in the United States. He offers a map of the labyrinth of views put forward by parapsychologists and skeptical debunkers, spirit channelers and crystal healers, Hollywood poltergeist scripts, and prophets of the New Age. Adopting a cultural perspective, Hess moves beyond the question of who is right or wrong to the cultural politics of how each group constructs its own boundaries of true and false knowledge. Hess begins by looking at each group's unique version of knowledge, science, and religion and at its story about the other groups. Comparing the various discourses, texts, writers, and groups as cultures, he shows how skeptics, parapsychologists, and New Agers may disagree vehemently with each other, but end up sharing many rhetorical strategies, metaphors, models, values, and cultural categories. Furthermore, he argues, their shared “paraculture” has a great deal in common with the larger culture of the United States. The dialogue on the paranormal, Hess concludes, has as much to do with gender, power, and cultural values as it does with spirits, extrasensory perception, and crystal healing.

Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternate Modes of Healing

In agrement with my proposition that the shaman with his power jettisoned the
design into the Upper World , another ... In the age where natural scientists are in
the process of discovering more and more instances where the line between ...

Author: Ruth-Inge Heinze

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 382

View: 268


The Archaeology of Shamanism

No Australian Aboriginal content.

Author: Neil S. Price

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415252546

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

View: 292

No Australian Aboriginal content.

Social Science Probings

to write their lore using a secret script , e . g . the oracle bones from Bronze Age
China are supposed to be records of shamans ' prognostications . Central to
During Caspers ' hypothesis of the presence of shamanism amongst the
Harappans ...

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Category: Communism

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Planet Medicine

Author: Richard Grossinger

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780394712383

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 436

View: 956

A cross-cultural analysis of the diverse meanings of healing that shows how contemporary alternative healing techniques are reinterpretations of methods used throughout time

Shamans Through Time

There was a great flowering of neoshamanism in the New Age movement,
concentrated in the United States but ... While scientists have tapped shamans for
their knowledge about healing plants to make pharmaceuticals, researchers
have yet ...

Author: Jeremy Narby

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440649774

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

View: 285

A survey of five centuries of writings on the world's great shamans-the tricksters, sorcerers, conjurers, and healers who have fascinated observers for centuries. This collection of essays traces Western civilization's struggle to interpret and understand the ancient knowledge of cultures that revere magic men and women-individuals with the power to summon spirits. As written by priests, explorers, adventurers, natural historians, and anthropologists, the pieces express the wonder of strangers in new worlds. Who were these extraordinary magic-makers who imitated the sounds of animals in the night, or drank tobacco juice through funnels, or wore collars filled with stinging ants? Shamans Through Time is a rare chronicle of changing attitudes toward that which is strange and unfamiliar. With essays by such acclaimed thinkers as Claude Lévi-Strauss, Black Elk, Carlos Castaneda, and Frank Boas, it provides an awesome glimpse into the incredible shamanic practices of cultures around the world.

South African Journal of Science

Shamanism , natural modeling and the rock art of Far Western North American
hunter - gatherers . In Shamanism ... Blackwell Science , Oxford . 10. Manning ...
Stone Age Myth and Magic as Documented in the Rock Paintings of South Africa
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Category: Science

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Science Religion and Society

Modern science is slowly learning more about plants from places like the
Amazon that could harbor many medicines . ... In one ceremony within the
Amazon , a shaman entered into the spirit world accompanied by his companions
, other members ... This may include visions or dreams of special significance at
an early age .

Author: Arri Eisen

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Psychology and religion

Page: 888

View: 523

This unique encyclopedia explores the historical and contemporary controversies between science and religion. It is designed to offer multicultural and multi-religious views, and provide wide-ranging perspectives. Science, Religion, and Society covers all aspects of the religion and science dichotomy, from humanities to social sciences to natural sciences, and includes articles by theologians, religion scholars, physicians, scientists, historians, and psychologists, among others.

The Strong Eye of Shamanism

Contemporary students of shamanism could go far into both the scholarly and mystically instructive side of their studies with this book.

Author: Robert E. Ryan

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 9780892817092

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 308

View: 361

Introduces the mindset of the shaman and presents a view of the patterns of symbolism that underlie all religions

Social Science Review

These have looked at different aspects of shamanism : the connections of
shaman practices to local , regional ... how shamanism in India and Siberia
compare to the global appropriation of the term in so - called ' New Age
Movements ' .

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Category: Social sciences

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