The Fruits of Consciousness: Shamanism and the Initiatory Journey
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Enrolment (credit/debit card): 020 7269 6000 or on-line via: www.marywardcentre.ac.uk - Course No. 445
An age-old way of changing consciousness, particularly for healing purposes, has been shamanism. Focussing on the initiatory journey made by shamans, with reference to classic commentators on the subject such as Carlos Castaneda, Michael Harner and Mircea Eliade. We will look at both traditional and revived forms of shamanism from a range of cultures, critically examining its methods, activities and outcomes; plus the role of its practitioners in acting as ‘technicians of the sacred’ and ‘travellers between the worlds’.
We will visit Africa, Siberia, the Americas and Europe to gain a cross-cultural appreciation of what traditional shamanism was and, in some places, still is. We look at its survival/revival in modern times and evaluate its contribution to society and to the individual.
A little light experiential work may be undertaken (e.g. meditation, visualisation or path-working) alongside the application of relevant anthropological and psychological perspectives to analyse and appraise the value of shamanism for today.
Tutor: Ken Rees