Transcultural Shamanic Experiences, Sandra Harner, PhD

In this 2017 presentation at the International Transpersonal Conference in Prague, Dr. Sandra Harner offers a rich and inspiring review of transcultural shamanic experiences, with examples drawn from both indigenous and core shamanism. To emphasize the power and clarity of direct experience with the spirits, Dr. Harner compares actual accounts from indigenous shamans gleaned from ethnographic records, with recordings of one modern western core shamanic journeyer who was trained in the method of simultaneous narration. The actual recordings of the practitioner's journeys are played. The juxtaposition of these experiences from shamanic explorers of such vastly different times and cultures is astonishing and inspiring.