The Way of the Shaman Topics for Discussion

Michael Harner
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Discuss ordinary states of consciousness (OSC) and shamanic states of consciousness (SSC). Does Harner make a convincing case for their interrelationship? Does his case break down at any points and become less convincing?

Under what conditions should a journey to the SSC be attempted? What are the dangers to a shaman of altered states of consciousness?

Are the results heightened or diminished under the influence of hallucinogenic substances? Can as deep a state be obtained without them?

Discuss Harner's contention that Westerners do better without the ordinary reality manifestation of sucking out an illness. Why do you think this might be so, or why do you disagree with Harner?

Why does Harner concentrate on journeys to the Lowerworld instead of journeys skyward in this book?

Explain why Harner emphasizes the worldwide similarities of shamanic experiences. Does that similarity make the experiences and his reports more credible? What...

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