The Shaman Within: A Physicist's Guide to the Deeper Dimensions of Your Life, the Universe, and Everything Paperback – 15 Jul 2014
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Claude Poncelet s impressive account of his own deeply rich shamanic life is an inspiration for anyone practicing shamanism today. Tom Cowan, author of "Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life"
"As a physicist who has taught at the university level, Poncelet incorporates his knowledge of cosmology, nuclear physics, and astrophysics into his explanations of shamanic principles. Among other things, he ties Einstein's theories of relativity to ancient spiritual beliefs about the malleability of time, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle to the traditional mystical concept of the Void, and the discoveries of quantum physics to the principles of nonduality and interconnectedness." "Spirituality and Health" "Claude Poncelet's impressive account of his own deeply rich shamanic life is an inspiration for anyone practicing shamanism today." Tom Cowan, author of"Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life""
"A wealth of information. Through his visionary teachings, Poncelet provides new insights into shamanic practice and invites you to deepen your own practice of shamanism with easy-to-understand instructions. A wonderful book." Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of "Soul Retrieval" and "Shamanic Journeying" Claude Poncelet gives a much higher meaning to the modern term shamanism by encouraging readers to seek and find their own spiritual roots. And his work is generous: he writes with a deeply compassionate voice, helping those who are hungry of spirit. As a good Elder, he offers readers wisdom to develop a life that is spiritually sourced. Arkan Lushwala, author of "The Time of the Black Jaguar" "The Shaman Within" affirms how we each possess the natural ability to experience our interconnected wholeness with all of nature, even as we engage in our everyday lives and the technological activities of this modern world, which too often keep us feeling separate and isolated behind the screens of our computers and smartphones. Poncelet shows us the way. Richard Miller, PhD, author of"Yoga Nidra" " "With a physicist s clarity and a shaman s awareness, Dr. Poncelet makes accessible the sacred interconnectedness of all life and the exploration of reality s deeper dimensions. Whether one is an experienced spiritual traveler or a pragmatic cognitive learner, this book will awaken within you higher levels of insights. Rev. Deborah L. Johnson, author of"The Sacred Yes"and"Your Deepest Intent" A doorway into the magic of shamanism, a spiritual practice that offers the practitioner an adventurous and powerful inner life. An inspiring book! Gay Luce"
About the Author
Claude Poncelet, PhD is a physicist specializing in nuclear physics, astrophysics, and cosmology who taught at the university level. Dr. Poncelet is involved in many environmental initiatives, and served as chief staff liaison on President Clinton s Council on Sustainable Development. He has taught shamanism in Europe and North America for more than 25 years along with his wife, Noelle. He resides in Mill Valley, California."
Top Customer Reviews
The book is a carefully considered balance between what many consider to be the oldest spiritual tradition known to mankind and new explorations into the cutting edge of science, physics and astronomy.
It is a delightfully written book that flows and draws its reader into a fascinating glimpse of a twilight world based around the authors vast experience as a physicist and practising Shaman.It contains personal anecdotal references as well as practical exercises on how to engage with the Metaverse on a more meaningful and personal level.
The author argues most convincingly that Shamanism rather than being an archaic form of metaphysics may well hold the key to restoring the nature balance to our personal as well as professional lives her on this planet.
This is a book that I would recommend to any one looking for something a little different from our more traditional and established world view. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in the future by its author and his ideas for 21st century Shamanism.
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It is remarkable how his physicist perspective sheds light on the frontier between our rational account of the ordinary reality and our experience of the non-ordinary one. The result is a clear, coherent and inspiring guide that enriches the reader's spiritual and intellectual life. Thanks to the connection with his wife Noëlle Poncelet, the link with psychotherapeutic techniques is discussed in many occasions, which makes the book an important read for psychotherapists willing to reflect on the spiritual dimension of their practice.
Finally, the very personal and candid account of Claude's own shamanic journeys is a gift that provides a rare glimpse into the personal experiences of spiritual masters.
His message is again and again about the interconnectedness of being and of the necessity of being impeccable in one's actions (to the best of one's abilities). I found both of those concepts to be powerful in that they are immediately and always applicable for all of us. His examples of ways in which he has moved through the different worlds and have worked for the greater good are particularly poignant (I especially liked the section on the NSA and the ways in which he was able to work from within industry to do good work).
Claude's integrity and commitment to his work shines through this book on every page. It is not only an inspiring book in terms of the capacity one might have to be able to become as skilled as a shaman as he has become, but simply in being a committed person who recognizes the way in which we are all interconnected and treats that with a combination of wonder and profound respect which is simply inspiring, too.