Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner

Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality by Michael Harner

"Finally on an evening in 1982 I approached the entrance of the cave alone, silently calling upon the spirits to have compassion for me and to confer greater power for my work in healing others. I used a flashlight to descend to a remote recess deep inside the cavern, which took about a quarter of an hour. There I extinguished the light. The darkness was thick and silent. Next, according to what I had learned, I was supposed to sleep until the middle of the night, wake up, eat a small amount of food, and not go back to sleep until something happened."

—Michael Harner
Cave and Cosmos, From Chapter 1: Spirit Power and the Cave

In 1980, Michael Harner blazed the trail for the worldwide revival of shamanism with his seminal classic The Way of the Shaman. In this long-awaited sequel, he provides new evidence of the reality of spirits and heavens. Drawing from a lifetime of personal shamanic experiences and more than 2,500 reports of Westerners' experiences during shamanic ascension, Harner highlights the striking similarities between their discoveries and the reports by non-Western shamans in other societies, including heavenly choirs and celestial music, indicating that the heavens they've encountered do indeed exist. He also provides instructions on his innovative core-shamanism techniques, so that readers too can ascend to heavenly realms, seek spirit teachers, and return later at will for additional healing, knowledge, and to compare their own experiences to those in the book. Written by the leading authority on shamanism, Cave and Cosmos is a must-read not only for those interested in shamanism, but also for those interested in spirituality, comparative religion, near-death experiences, healing, consciousness, anthropology, and the nature of reality.

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What people are saying:
"Cave and Cosmos is a treasure trove of information on core shamanism and is bound to become a classic in the global renaissance of shamanism that Michael Harner initiated with his earlier The Way of the Shaman."
—Stanislav Grof, MD, author of Psychology of the Future and When the Impossible Happens

"Not since Eliade's Shamanism and Harner's The Way of the Shaman has there been a more valuable contribution to the field than Cave and Cosmos. Definitely a classic for all time."
—Angeles Arrien, PhD, anthropologist and president of the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research

Book reviews:

"Michael Harner, more so than Carlos Castaneda, Gordon Wasson, Terence McKenna, Alan Watts, Abbie Hoffman or Timothy Leary, has perhaps done more than any other to enlighten the west on the truly global nature of shamanism — a cultural and spiritual heritage that seems to unify every archaic and indigenous culture around the world."
—Marc Star, New Dawn magazine (July - August 2013)

"The book works on many levels. It makes a great introduction to shamanism, and yet at the same time it contains depths that made me draw in my breath with wonder. It is an exciting book, an inspiring book, and a book that stands as testament to Michael’s work. It is without doubt essential reading and destined to be a classic on the subject — just as much as his ground breaking Way of the Shaman, written all those years ago."
—Nickolas Breeze Wood, Sacred Hoop magazine

"Harner calls shamanism 'a path of independence leading toward spiritual freedom … freedom to know, not just believe.' In Cave and Cosmos, readers will find experiential stories and practices, leading from a 'belief' in spirits to be replaced by 'knowledge:' Spirits are as real as family and friends in ordinary reality."
—Bobbye Middendorf, ForeWord Reviews

At Michael Harner's request, all royalties from Cave and Cosmos will go to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in support of its work.

Michael Harner is the author of The Way of the Shaman, the classic on shamanism that pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance.