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Stopping the World: A Shamanic Perspective on Margaret Atwood's "Surfacing"

Stopping the World: A Shamanic Perspective on Margaret Atwood's "Surfacing" [Kindle Edition]

Vincent Casspriano Jr.
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The act of breaking free is called "stopping the world." While we partake of surface-only existence, we define reality, ourselves and what is possible for us as individuals according to human consensus reality, accepting the limitations and definitions imposed on us by family, cultural and religious conditioning (among other factors.) The experience of "stopping the world," of freeing ourselves, even momentarily, from all limiting definitions of self and world in a sense destroys both ? the self and world we once knew and believed all-encompassing fall away, never to return. Once we have experientially sampled those deeper layers of reality, verifying their existence for ourselves and putting the lie to our previously cherished illusions, we can never again accept limitation. We can never return to who we once were; that person has died. In his place stands a newly initiated shaman...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 262 KB
  • Print Length: 14 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher:; 1st edition (9 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012JQZN4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ok 17 Jun 2014
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I gave it four stars because I couldnt be bothered to read it but it downloaded very quickly. Hey ho.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shamanic Perspective on Margareth Atwood's "Surfacing" 27 Aug 2012
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Of course, having read "Surfacing" would have been even better, but this review urges you, compels you to do just that.
Its message has been heard before, told by Thoreau, Emerson, Greek philosophers and Indian American shamans: there is more than meet the eye, and only communing with Nature will bring us back to our true nature. Silence speaks volumes to the eager soul ready to change its human life. Strength is found in every day details proving us what we are made of.
The quest of "Surfacing" happens in the wilderness of Canada and its ruthless cold, it could have happened on an island, in the desert, anywhere removed from shopping malls, Starbucks and civilization. The Journey within is worth the read...we then become self-fulfilling, self-made, self-reliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 5 Dec 2012
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A fine translation of modern myth. Inviting awareness of self. Enlightening experience can be found in this short but sweet read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stopping the World: A Samanic Perspective on Margaret Atwood's Surfacing. 10 Feb 2013
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Mr. Casspriano delivered an informative, intelligent discussion that led me to read Ms. Atwood's Surfacing--and I continue to read more of Ms. Atwood. I am never disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of those books you want to love 20 Dec 2012
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Although well-written with a fascinating hook, without reading Atwood's Surface first, there's not much for me to connect with in this book. Bad on me - as it should be evident that reading Surface first was a must to get the most from this book. I gave it 4 stars because I felt it was incredibly well-done, well-written and thought-provoking. Now I just have to go back and read Atwood's book to get the most from this read.
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read. 6 July 2014
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Very cool.
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