Shamans Through Time by Jeremy Narby

By Jeremy Narby

A survey of 5 centuries of writings at the world's nice shamans-the tricksters, sorcerers, conjurers, and healers who've interested observers for centuries.

This number of essays strains Western civilization's fight to interpret and comprehend the traditional wisdom of cultures that revere magic males and women-individuals with the facility to summon spirits. As written via clergymen, explorers, adventurers, usual historians, and anthropologists, the items exhibit the beauty of strangers in new worlds. Who have been those outstanding magic-makers who imitated the sounds of animals within the evening, or drank tobacco juice via funnels, or wore collars full of stinging ants?

Shamans via Time is an extraordinary chronicle of fixing attitudes towards that that is unusual and surprising. With essays by means of such acclaimed thinkers as Claude Lévi-Strauss, Black Elk, Carlos Castaneda, and Frank Boas, it offers an amazing glimpse into the marvelous shamanic practices of cultures all over the world.

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Reality takes place through a brain hologram projecting out its implied view toward a whole, the whole toward its parts, and so on. Pribram thinks each organism represents in some manner the universe, and, conversely, each portion of the universe represents the organisms within it. Perception can't be understood without an understanding of the nature of the physical universe and the nature of that universe can't be understood without an underst~nding of the observing perceptual process. The brain of any organism constructs its reality as an explicate set of organized and clarified frequencies from the implied order.

When my pianist friend perceived the entire sonata, he had experienced it as a kind of musical grace, an insight arriving full-blown in the brain, perhaps as originally conceived by Mozart, enfolded within the implicate order awaiting its unfolding in time. The difficult part of Bohm's theory for us Westerners, and its direct correspondence with Eastern thought, is that the implicate order is consciousness. The energy out of which anything and everything is made is conscious energy, which, of course, calls for a redefinition of consciousness.

This lightning bolt proved a point of no return. " As a sufficiently persistent fool, I had at least the wisdom to suspend my folly long enough to go check out this man. If he could, apparently, wreak such happy havoc on my nervous system from a distance, what might direct contact hold in store? 11 The Genesis of Genius I approached the Indian "holy man" with an openness that would have been difficult had my own inexplicable "power experiences" and three years of meditation not prepared the way.

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