Circle of Shaman: Healing Through Ecstasy, Rhythm, and Myth

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A unique look at the healing and transformational powers that are at the heart of the shamanic ecstatic experience.

Circle of Shaman focuses on the shamanic flight of ecstasy-- the core experience that distinguishes shamanism from other spiritual and healing practices--and how it enables the psyche to heal itself of dysfunctional patterns, allowing the Self to evolve. Based on her own experiences, Karen Berggren explores the development of rhythmic empathy to engage the ecstatic experience. Through this power the shaman seeks to maintain the community's connection between the ordinary world and the realm of the sacred. By healing themselves of dysfunctional, outworn, or egocentric patterns and beliefs shamans provide the model for the greater community to heal and transform itself. Integration of the ecstatic experience into modern culture is crucial to humanity's continued survival and unfolding destiny as partner with the earth.

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In 1989, while working in the field of mediumship and spiritual healing, Karen Berggren unexpectedly found herself summoned into the world of the shaman by spirit teachers who hailed from a group called the Circle of Shaman. She began receiving teachings from the group through a series of visionary encounteres, all the while struggling through a strange psychological turbulence which she later recognized as an initiation crisis. This book tells her story, showing how contemporary individuals can reclaim the role shamans have held for millenia, while at the same time exploring the shamanic use of ecstasy, an ancient way of healing through the transforming power of the drum, the dance, and the rhythmical nature of creation.

Shamans seek to maintain their community's connection between the ordinary world and the realm of the sacred, and by healing themselves provide a model for the greater community to heal and transform itself. Distilling this wisdom and integrating the ecstatic experience into modern culture is crucial to humanity's continued survival and our unfolding destiny as partners with the Earth.

About the Author:

Karen Berggren is a writer, musician, and performer who has been involved in spirit work and mediumship since 1975. In 1989 she was unexpectedly initiated into the path of shamanism. She gives lectures and workshops on shamanism and the healing power of drumming, dance, and rhythm. She is also cofounder of Theater of the Spirit, an experimental theater company that explores mythic and shamanic themes. She currently lives in Acton, Massachusetts.

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