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Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives
Joan Halifax, Ph.D.
"A sensitively structured collection of narratives in which shamans speak for themselves about their experiences. An introduction to shamanism and, at the same time, a cross-cultural document of great value." Claudio Naranjo, M.D.

1 "The word disappears, the poetry is gone, but the imaginal form persists within the mind and works on the soul."

2 "The human spirit is oriented toward the cosmos, the ground of being is the universe."

3 "In the course of a traditional vision quest associated with a rite of passage, such as we find among many Native American peoples, the neophyte learns that the life he or she is to follow is that of the Holy One."

4 "Human beings need not fear death….all life, all consciousness is for all times preserved and is in all ways replenished."

5 "As the holy man and visionary Black Elk stood on the summit of Harney Peak, he had a mystical perception of the universe, a cosmos of harmony and balance transcending all polarities: 'Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world and while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw, for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes, as they must live together like one being.'"

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite