* The author reports on commonalities between the world's shamanic spiritual belief systems.
* Harner lives among tribal people and learns shamanic ways firsthand from them.
* He describes his own spiritual experiences involving water.
* He writes about his experience of "flying" inside a mountain.
* The author writes about experiencing demons as reptiles and carrying a balsa stick for protection.
* Not every tribe uses drugs in shamanic rituals.
* Lakota Sioux and Coast Salish tribes are two examples of groups that achieve altered states of consciousness without drugs.
* Harner emphasizes that Westerners don't need to take drugs to access shamanism.
* The author meets a Jivaro shaman named Akachu.
* Akachu helps Harner acquire spirit helpers called tsentak, which cause or cure illness.
* These helpers are activated when swallowed by a shaman.
* Under the influence of a hallucinogen, these spirit helpers appear as animals such as jaguars or monkeys.
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