Monday, 26 March 2018

Cave and Cosmos

Circle Network Book Review: Cave and Cosmos - Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality by Michael Harner, paperback 301 pages £15.58, Kindle £10.50 published by North Atlantic Books.

The late Prof Harner was one of the earliest pioneers, advocates and investigators of indigenous cultures and he repackaged them for Western consumption making shamanism a popular healing method. His followers describe him as a 'shamans' shaman' on account of his vast travelling and study of this subject matter as both an academic and a practitioner. The advantages of sharing his personal experiences is that he provides a glimpse into the nature of indigenous shamanism. Shamanism was his life long passion and this book is the sequel to his classic book The Way of the Shaman, upon which he made his name as a dedicated researcher. 

Michael Harner was the founder of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies which is a non profit educational organisation. Shamanism is an oral tradition but this book is urgently written to pass on the knowledge gathered by the author over the past 50 years. It is an academic book but it includes a 'how to' style with practical information, with the author's own perspectives and techniques of a personal journey of contacting spirit and animal teachers. Visiting the upper world through the rainbow or the lower world through the cave are detailed as well as the middle world. I found this book inspirational and recommend it for anyone wishing to make a study of the subject by its foremost leading light, whether they be a beginner or an experienced seeker.

Other books by this author include:

The Way of the Shaman - A Guide to Power and Healing
Hallucinogenics and Shamanism (edited by Michael Harner)
The Jivaro People of the Sacred Waterfalls
And with Robin M Wright as co author: Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans of Northwest Amazon

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