Cave and Cosmos

Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality
Narrated by: Amanda Foulger
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The pioneering author of The Way of the Shaman continues his exploration of universal shamanism in this “wonderful, fascinating” guide (Carlos Castaneda).

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 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, indicating that the heavens and spirits they’ve encountered do indeed exist. He also provides instructions on his innovative core-shamanism techniques, so that listeners, too, can ascend to heavenly realms, seek spirit teachers, and return later at will for additional healing and advice.

Written by the leading authority on shamanism, Cave and Cosmos is a must-have, 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.

©2018 Michael Harner (P)2018 Random House Audio

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"Listen to drumming."

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this is a bad book. It isn't. But if you're looking for specific techniques, which the description claims this book includes it really doesn't. The only advice I really took away from it was: "listen to drumming." The drumming is helpful. I do find it relaxing while not too relaxing (no drumming is included in this audio, but mp3 files are available for cheap from the author's website). As far as specific, step by step instructions on what to do... you won't really find them here. You will hear lots of stories of others experiences as well as a lot of information about interpreting those experiences. That is what this book is really about and later toward the end, Mr. Harner explains that it is deliberate. He is not trying to make a religion full of rituals, he is trying to create an experiential guide. The problem with that is, his instructions really aren't very clear and you're basically left with a lot of other peoples stories despite his claim that isn't his intention. So objective failed. Sorry. For that reason, I would recommend reading a few books on lucid dreaming and meditation. Otherwise I did enjoy this book. I loved it for what it was, but I feel the description was misleading. This is not a step by step guide on achieving a naturally induced altered state of consciousness for the purpose of spiritual journeying. It's a book about how to interpret those experiences when you do have them. Do read this. It is good. It just isn't what it is advertised as. Keeping this in mind I think you will go into it with the proper mindset. Good luck.

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This could have saved me decades of searching!

I've studied Shamanism in many forms for over thirty years. I love the vernacular of core shamanism. For those that want to do the work. Many guidelines are presented that respect everyones background and will not interfere with personal process. Enjoy fellow travelers.

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informative beyond comprehension

Exactly what I needed. A detailed explanation from an experienced source. Thank you for sharing.

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An important book

I loved this book. I've read many books on Shamanism/core Shamanism and this one is my favourite. Much gratitude and respect to the author and his wife for their amazing work.

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Excellent!!

I’ve been practicing core shamanism for many years now. I was taught by Sandra Harner and Sandra Ingerman and others. Listening to this recording has re-inspired me that this is my best spiritual pathway. Amanda Foulger was an excellent narrator.

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Loved this book!!

I am so excited! So thorough, insightful and full of interesting material. I am ready to start my journeying.

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Interesting, but very dull read

I do not think I would have completed this book if I had to read alone as there is much info that is more of a reporting nature of peoples experiences. I enjoyed the info on shamanism within the different cultures, but otherwise much info just seemed to repeat itself. I am glad that I have listened to the book since this author is considered the authority on shamanism practices.

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So much excellent information

Volumes and volumes of direct experiences, this book really delivers! For anyone seeking the path of a healer or on the path, this is a most invaluable resource.

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A compelling explanation of modern shamanism

The father of modern shamanism has written an inspiring and encyclopedic how-to. Amazing, in depth view of the ancient practice for our times.

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Insightful

Such a valuable and insightful book. So many powerful experiences from a wide variety of shamanic practitioners and people who are exploring this healing path. The appendixes rounded off this book to make it a reference manual that pairs well with his earlier work “The Way of the Shaman”. Both books provide access to Harner’s teaching and practices. A must have for both the new explorer and the well travelled shamanic worker.