The word "shaman" means "one who sees in the dark." Shamans consciously choose to live in two different worlds at the same time. They have one foot here in the everyday world and one foot in the world of the spirits. The fact is, we all live in these two different worlds, but are commonly not aware of the other, less visible one. This world does not exist in some other place, but is right beside us, just outside of our usual perceptions.
Seeing in the Dark is a definitive source for personal shamanism and not only provides the tools and techniques of the shaman, but presents the wisdom tradition, awareness paradigm, and shamanic way of life. The powerful shamanic path has weathered the cataclysmic changes of over 50,000 years of human history and is even more vital and relevant today. In times when stress, tension, and the fast pace of life overwhelm us, this path shows us how to slow down, reconnect to the sacred, and harness our personal power-skills that will be needed for the uncertain days ahead.
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Im very scientific minded, so this was pretty hard to take seriously at times. Its important to remember that the authors didnt just make this shit up, these are ideas that have been around for thousands of years. Sort of. I recognized a mixture of vedic, buddhist, and native american ideas. I would recommend listening to "The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience" as well as having a basic understanding of Jung first. That said, once you get past the fairies and unicorns there is some value here. There are some useful meditation techniques relying heavily on visualization and sound, something not learned so much with transcendental meditation. Remember that its been proven that by using meditation humans can change not only the way that they feel about themselves, but the actual chemical and physical structure of the brain. This coupled with documentation on the placebo effect and psychosomatic illness begs the question of wether our minds are being used to their full healing potential.
- Alex Fontaine
- Heather & Kim