Harner provides a study of interest to both the anthropologist and the theologian. The development of initiatory rites has a profound reflection upon the development of the human mind. There is sufficient evidence here to suggest a direct link between the adrenal surge which accompanies such initiatory experiences of native Americans with those that suggest a death and rebirth in the Khemetic mysteries. Read this in conjunction with the work of Leary, Hancock and of Strassman on DMT and the potential for a link between such experience and the surge of DMT in the mind to alter consciousness is tangible.
Harner's style is informative and entertaining. A great work and significant too.
This is a very important book, required reading for any student of consciousness. Harner is the shaman's shaman who is responsible for the revival and rediscovery of these taproots into spirit. This book has broad sweep and extraordinary stories, ranging from plant medicine in the Amazon basin when he was a young anthropologist to his mapping of the upper world through sonic driving with his students. This book is fruit of a lifelong exploration.
Western society with it emphasis on materialism has all but lost its connection with spirit. Our planetary home is no longer regarded as sacred, merely a resource to be exploited. Modern humanity needs to rediscover the lost wisdom of its past and integrate that with the genuine advances we have made. Michael has made the wisdom and practices of indigenous people once again available to twenty first century westerners. Well done, a great and enthralling read.
Amazing book! And fast shipping! I just start reading and like it very very much! Very fascinating and interesting! I would recomend it to all people who is interesting about shamanism and Spirit world. Thank you M.Harner!
Bought this book (kindle version) as it is the sequel to Way of the shaman, will be going on some upper world visits asap.Many personnel experiences from ordinary people. Buy it if you have any interest in shamanism.