The Soul of Shamanism: Western Fantasies, Imaginal Realities

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Continuum, 1999 - Religion - 252 pages
This sophisticated book, which reads like a good story, gives a shamanic dimension to psychology and the best psychological analysis to the notion of shamanism....Before reading anything else on shamans or 'spirituality, ' read this book." -- Thomas Moore "In this masterful account, Daniel Noel illumines the rising tide of shamanism. Tracking the primal practices f the religious life through literary as well as anthropological sources, he manages to extricate the sham from the shamanic while extending our vision of what it is to live in a larger reality." -- Jean Houston "A startling, ground-breaking work that offers great hope for synthesizing the many religious traditions into one comprehensive vision of the nature of our lives." Vine Deloria, Jr., author, God is Red and Red Earth, White Lies "Noel...presents an innovative and startling path that will enable Western seekers to become sorcerers." -- Values & Visions "Noel provides a model for renewed shamanic seeking. Through dreams and imaginings can come the spirituality of imaginal healing, and the loss of imagination equates to the loss of the soul. He draws from two decades of work with shamanic imagining, relating in anecdotal fashion psychological assumptions of renewed shamanic healing."

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A resurgence in alternative spiritual practices has led to the proliferation of writings; these two examples share a common link to Jungian psychology. Gillette (The Magician Within, Morrow, 1993 ... Read full review


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