literatur1Michael Harner (1972) – The Jivaro: People of the Sacred Waterfalls

Michael Harners anthropological study on the Shuar of the Upper Amazon offers in-depth impression about nature, culture and spirituality of an indigenous tradition in the classical sense of the word.

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A classic ethnographic account of this freedom-loving people of South America, written for the scholar and layperson alike. The Jívaro (Shuar) are unusual among many shamanic peoples in the degree to which they focus on Middle World spirit helpers. The Middle World cross-culturally is complex in terms of the kinds of spirit helpers that can be found there; almost all can both help and cause trouble. In the Foundation’s programs, spirit helpers are primarily sought in the Upper and Lower Worlds, where there are – as far as has been discovered – only compassionate helping spirits. That being said, the Jivaro provide a fascinating look at a shamanic people who work with Middle World spirit helpers in complex ways, with both healing and harmful results.

272 pages, Soft cover
ISBN: 978-0520050655, University of California Press, € 30,80

hallucMichael Harner (ed.) (1973)
Hallucinogens and Shamanism

In this unusual collection, ten original studies explore the use of hallucinogens in shamanism: the ancient and widespread practice of invoking an altered state to perceive and work with supernatural powers.

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Anthropologists have long been fascinated by the worldview and religious beliefs of indigenous peoples. Only recently, however, with the surge of interest in hallucinogenic agents in our own culture, have researchers begun to acknowledge the essential role of such substances in the cosmology of some shamanic societies. In this unusual collection, ten original studies explore the use of hallucinogens in shamanism: the ancient and widespread practice of invoking a trance state to perceive and utilize supernatural forces.
216 pages, hard cover
ISBN: 978-0195016505, Oxford University Press, € 24,26

Michael Harner (1990; first edition 1980)
The Way of the Shaman

This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. Originally published in 1980 it is the foremost resource and reference on understanding shamanism.

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This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. It is the foremost resource and reference on understanding shamanism. Now, with a new introduction and a guide to current resources, anthropologist and shamanic practitioner Michael Harner provides the first handbook on practical shamanism—what it is, where it came from, how you can participate.

256 pages, soft cover,
ISBN: 978-0062503732, Harper One, € 14,99

Michael Harner (2013)
CAVE & COSMOS: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality.

Michael Harner, one of the leading shamanologists of our time, presents with ´Cave and Cosmos´ the essence of 50 years of studying and practicing shamanism. The founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies convincingly deducts the existence of spirits and significantly contributes to the epistomology of shamanism by presenting a cartography of non-ordinary reality.

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In 1980, Michael Harner blazed the trail for the worldwide revival of shamanism with his seminal classic The Way of the Shaman. In this long-awaited sequel, he provides new evidence of the reality of spirits and heavens. Drawing from a lifetime of personal shamanic experiences and more than 2,500 reports of Westerners’ experiences during shamanic ascension, Harner highlights the striking similarities between their discoveries and the reports by non-Western shamans in other societies, including heavenly choirs and celestial music, indicating that the heavens they’ve encountered do indeed exist. He also provides instructions on his innovative core-shamanism techniques, so that readers too can ascend to heavenly realms, seek spirit teachers, and return later at will for additional healing, knowledge, and to compare their own experiences to those in the book. Written by the leading authority on shamanism, Cave and Cosmos is a must-read not only for those interested in shamanism, but also for those interested in spirituality, comparative religion, near-death experiences, healing, consciousness, anthropology, and the nature of reality.

312 pages, soft cover.
ISBN 978-1583945469, North Atlantic Books, € 14,99

Roland Urban, Andreas J. Hirsch (eds.) (2016)

Shamanism and science appear to be diametral disciplines and incompatible only at first glance. If you look at them from a different perspective, however, they are like two sides of the same coin.

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For a long time, shamanism and modern science stood in a difficult and conflictual relationship to each other. Now, the realization is spreading that those two paths of human knowledge can complement each other in a meaningful and useful way. The contributions in this publication from disciplines such as anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, mathematics and futurology as well as the practice of a medical-shamanic outpatient clinic and of artistic work illustrate the inspiringly broad range of world interpretations and the encouraging potential for constructive solutions flowing from a collaboration of shamanism and science.

128 pages, 27 illustrations and images, soft cover. In German and English.
FSSE, € 12,80.

Roland Urban, Laurent Huguelit (eds.) (2018)

Shamanism and ecology meet in the idea that everything that is, is connected and thereby one. The articles in this book formulate scenarios for a sustainable management of the reciprocal relationships between the natural elements. 

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Extract – Susan Mokelke “Shamanism as spiritual ecology”, p. 16:

And so, the practice of shamanism gifted me with the spiritual underpinnings of ecology. Once you have personally experienced what it is like to be one with nature beings and Earth forms, you are changed in a fundamental way. Your orientation toward them shifts from object to subject. There are no strangers in nature, everything is of the tribe. There is only us, all of us, the family of Earth. As “subjects,” all beings merit respect. They are entitled to share in the fruits of the planet necessary to their needs and deserve the opportunity to realize the purpose of their existence.

With this knowing, one’s own subjective caring nature is awakened and the desire to see all beings flourish grows. Harm to any one of our Earth family is harm to all and to oneself, and is intolerable and painful. When you see as the shaman sees, with the heart, your daily actions flow from a deep well of harmony, kindness, awe, and gratitude. Informed by science and by the wisdom of the fully compassionate spirits, as well as your own personal relationships with our Earth family, what you begin to create in the world reflects compassion, unity, and balance. Ultimately, it is this that will preserve and transform each of us—and our precious Earth as well.

128 pages, 37 images, soft cover. In German and French.
FSSE, € 12,80.

Roland Urban (ed.) (2020)

Are there spirits in the Digital Realities? How can we cooperate safely as well as efficiently with them? This book is pioneering the field, raises hitherto unasked questions and includes fundamental research on the interconnections between technology and spirituality. 

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Shamanism is an ancient information technology, tested over time and space, through its application in countless cultures. The phenomenon of Digitalisation, the use of modern and digital technologies, represents the predominant information technology of our time.

The contributions in this publication from science and technology, the arts as well as shamanism reveal interconnections between digital and spiritual realms, address questions hitherto unasked, and lead to the conclusion that, at the end of the day, it will be as important to develop even smarter machines as to carve out a new ethics.
Both shamanism and digitalisation will be crucial technologies for successfully managing the challenges ahead, to ensure the survival of the human species as well as of all lifeforms involved. Community, so it seems, is at the bottomline.

88 pages, 22 images, 1 graph, online publication. In English. Publisher: FSSE.
Availabe online for € 9 – see link.