11/30/2013 § Leave a comment
A commentator has asked me to elaborate on my reference to shamanism, so here is a writing about it. The story as described here seems quite unbelievable and fantastic as I write it, but it is in fact 100% true xcept for the name changes to protect innocent and guilty alike.
In the 1990s, I volunteered to work at a crisis clinic that trained non-professionals to assist the clinic’s psychologists. My work buddy in the class they offered for credit was a Civil Engineer named Don, who was not quite as straight-laced as he first appeared. We were all given buddies for a 3-month-long project to establish a counseling relationship with each other. As we sorted through how we were going to do this, he told me that he had attended a series of workshops on Core Shamanism with his wife. I was interested in this. And so he agreed to perform a shamanistic ritual to fulfill our course requirements.
Core Shamanism is a program initially developed by Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman Harner for the Anthropology Department at MIT. « Read the rest of this entry »