- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Anniversary edition (January 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062503731
- ISBN-13: 978-0062503732
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 202 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Way of the Shaman Anniversary Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime.
If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you increase your sales. We invite you to learn more about Fulfillment by Amazon .
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Wonderful, fascinating...Harner really knows what he’s talking about.” (Carlos Castaneda)
“An intimate and practical guide to the art of shamanic healing and the technology of the sacred. Michael Harner is not just an anthropologist who has studied shamanism; he is an authentic white shaman.” (Stanislav Grof, author of The Adventure of Self-Discovery)
“Harner has impeccable credentials, both as an academic and as a practicing shaman. Without doubt (since the death of Mircea Eliade) the world’s leading authority on shamanism.” (Nevill Drury, author of The Elements of Shamanism)
What Yogananda did for Hinduism and D.T. Suzuki did for Zen, Michael harner has done for shamanism. (Roger Walsh and Charles S. Grob, authors of Higher Wisdom)
About the Author
Michael Harner, Ph.D., has taught anthropology at various institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Yale University, and the New School in New York, and has practiced shamanism and shamanic healing since 1961 when he was initiated into Upper Amazonian shamanism. He is the founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in Mill Valley, California.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 67%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I want to be upfront and say at the recommendation of a friend took the FSS core shamanic workshop in Phoenix, AZ. Knowing very little about shamanism and not having read the book before the workshop I had no clue what I was about to experience and in retrospect it was a gift I didn't have any preconceived notions about what I "should" be experiencing. During the workshop my hands and feet began to pulse and I also felt heat in my hands during a shamanic exercise. Since I had no preconceived notions I know what happened was a "pure" experience. I also had some intuitive experiences during the divination exercise that were on the money that I can't explain. This is not a recommendation for Harner's workshops. I only want to convey my experience made me a believer in shamanic ways and altered states of consciousness. I know after the workshop shamanic practices are not all psychological bunk, drugs, or placebo effect. In fact I would recommend not taking any drugs as the experience will be totally pure.
Regarding Way of the Shaman, it is well written, not too long, and easy to read. I enjoyed reading Harner's account of his ayahuasca journey. You get a sense of how extremely heightened the senses become on ayahuasca and also how risky it can be to drink ayahuasca without the assistance of an experienced ayahuasca shaman. You can feel his panic when finding himself lost in the jungle. The age of the book shows when Harner refers to tape cassettes, but the centuries old information is still useful. Harner was one of the first to put together the common threads from many shamanic cultures into a core practice. He explains where the word shaman comes from and that it was selected for use because it was relatively new term not colored by connotations by words such as witch doctor and sorcerer. While this work may well fall into what has come to be termed neo-shamanism, I make a distinction between this work and blended or new age shamanism such as Reiki-shamanism, shamanism and chakras, etc. Harner bases his work on the actual shamanic practice and as he uses it himself he stays true to the basics of shamanic practices. I also don't feel he enhanced or exaggerated anything like some authors to make it enticing, exciting or add commercial value. He gives straightforward basic information on states of consciousness/altered states of consciousness, the shamanic journey and how to journey, extraction, power or totem animals, drumming and rattling. I would recommend this book as a good primer for the novice.
There are seven chapters. The first couple of chapters both set up the book and hook the reader with a detailed discussion of Harner’s Ayuhuasca -- and other mind / mood altering substance – experience. It should be pointed out that not all Shaman use psychedelics and Harner describes in detail alternative approaches to achieve altered states of conscious that involve a combination of drumming and meditative practices.
Chapter three discusses altered states of consciousness, and what Harner calls the “Shamanic State of Consciousness” (SSC) which is the altered state that is pursued by medicine men in their practice. Chapter four describes the concept of power animals and the role that they have in health and illness. (i.e. from the Shaman’s view, an illness might be seen as the result of lacking such a “spirit animal.”) The final three chapters discuss practices such as how the Shaman can acquire a power animal for the patient or how he / she might extract a malevolent influence.
I found an interesting corner being turned in this book. In the opening chapters it reads much like an anthropologist’s scholarly account. Even talking about tripping on psychedelic substances, it’s all with the grounded feel of a scientific mind. However, in the latter half of the book, it reads as though Harner truly believes that the altered state of consciousness is actually a sort of parallel dimension with an intrinsic reality unto itself. I don’t know whether this is a tactic to feather it in for skeptical readers or if it reflects Harner’s own internal journey. (It’s definitely a hard line to walk when writing a book that one hopes to be read by both scientific rational skeptics and religious true believers.) At any rate, the book gets a bit wilder as it goes along. In the beginning, the reader might think the book a discussion of how a powerful placebo effect is achieved, but by the latter chapters it seems one is considering how malevolent spirits can be trapped or extracted from a patient.
As for ancillary material, there are line drawn illustrations, annotations, a bibliography, and two appendices. The first appendix is about drumming and gives details about what kind of drums and rattles the would-be Shaman should seek. (Drumming plays a major role in achieving the proper state of mind.) The second is a detailed description of a game played by the Flathead Indians. I should note that I read the 3rd edition of this book. The original was published in 1980.
I found the book intriguing as one interested in how people of various cultures achieve altered states of consciousness, how they experience such states, and why they pursue them in the first place. I’d recommend it for a reader who is curious about Shamanic practices – even one who, like me, is a complete neophyte to the subject.
Most recent customer reviews
I can see, based on all the cultural appropriation, pseudo-psychology, and the...Read more
One, he draws heavily from the procedures and superstitions of the Jivaro people, which...Read more