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"What Yogananda did for Hinduism and D.T. Suzuki did for Zen, Michael Harner has done for shamanism, namely bring the tradition and its richness to Western awareness," say Roger Walsh and Charles S. Grob, in their recent book, Higher Wisdom. "Michael Harner is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost authority on shamanism and has had an enormous influence on both the academic and lay worlds."

The founder and president of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Dr. Harner pioneered the introduction of shamanism to contemporary life and is recognized as the world leader in this movement.

In his half century of anthropological fieldwork, cross-cultural studies, experimental research, and firsthand experience, Michael Harner arrived at the core methods of shamans worldwide. The applicability of this "core shamanism" to contemporary Westerners has been substantiated by the experiences of his thousands of students. The experiential methods are simple, safe, and have been used successfully by them with positive life-changing results.

Honoring the oral tradition of indigenous shamans, for the last quarter of a century Dr. Harner has conveyed his shamanic knowledge first-hand through teaching and experiential work rather than through writing. Today he and his staff annually teach some 5,000 students internationally who, in turn, introduce thousands more to shamanism.

Perhaps Dr. Harner's greatest contribution has been his pivotal role in bridging the worlds of indigenous shamanism and the contemporary West - through his fieldwork and research, experimentation, writings, and original development of the core methods of shamanism. By introducing these methods to the West, he started the movement that is returning shamanism and shamanic healing to the spiritual life of peoples throughout the Planet.

His books include The Way of the Shaman (Harper & Row); Hallucinogens and Shamanism (Oxford University Press); The Jivaro (University of California Press); a novel, Cannibal, which he co-authored; and his 2013 release Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality (North Atlantic Books). He developed the FSS shamanic training workshops and courses now taught worldwide.

Audio

  • "Shamanism and Reality" with Michael Harner

    In this teleseminar, host Marilyn Schlitz talks with Michael Harner, widely acknowledged as the world's foremost authority on shamanism. Dr. Harner discusses his decades of research into the shamanic practices of tribes around the world and the common elements he discovered.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2008-03-19
    • 01:02:29

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