Shamanism: The Neural Ecology of Consciousness and Healing
Cross-cultural and neuropsychological perspectives on shamanism reveal that it produces an adaptive integrative mode of consciousness. Shamanic altered states of consciousness (ASC) are related to brain organization and processes, showing shamanism's concern with socioemotional and self functions of the paleomammalian brain and cognitive capacities based in presentational symbolism, metaphor, analogy, and mimesis. Integration of cross-cultural and neurological perspectives illustrates homologies which reveal the psychobiological basis of shamanism and soul journeys, guardian spirits, death and rebirth, and other universal forms of shamanic cognition.
Shamanic contributions to sociocultural and cognitive evolution are examined. The integrative mode of consciousness produced by shamanic ASC is related to general brain functions. Specific psychophysiological functions of ASC and their variations cross-culturally are illustrated. Shamanic soul journey, possession, and meditative forms of consciousness are examined from phenomenological, neurological, and epistemological perspectives which reveal them to be innate forms of cognition and practices for manipulating perception, attention, cognition, emotion, self, and identity. Shamanistic healing involves physically and culturally mediated forms of adaptation to stress which are reinforced by procedures eliciting opioid release. Therapeutic effectiveness of shamanistic practices are illustrated by clinical research. Shamanistic healing includes procedures for altering physiological, psychological, and emotional responses. Contemporary spontaneous religious experiences and illness characterized as spiritual emergencies have shamanic roots and illustrate the continued relevance of shamanic paradigms.
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It was presumed that shamanism and its practices, like other aspects of religious
thought and behavior, would disappear with the spread of modern rationality.
Just as it seemed shamanism might slip into its final demise with the expansion of
These integrative processes are manifested in analogical thought and in a variety
of topics of concern to the anthropology of consciousness — animism,
anthropomorphism, totemism, and mimetic thinking. These integrative processes
Linguistic analyses indicate that consciousness includes a wide range of
meanings: conditions of being awake and having awareness; feelings and
thoughts; self-awareness; internal knowledge and conviction; communal
knowledge and ...
2. Non-perceptual Intentional States (e.g., world-directed desires and thoughts) 3.
Self-Consciousness a. Non-reflective Self-Consciousness, i.e., Nonconscious
Meta-psycho- logical Thought Awareness b. Momentary Focused Introspection c.
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A NEUROPHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH TO CONSCIOUSNESS
THE TRIUNE BRAIN
PRESENTATIONAL AND REPRESENTATIONAL MODALITIES
The Nature and Basis of Shamanism CrossCultural and Neurophenomenological Perspectives
Physiological Bases of Shamanistic Therapies
GENERAL PHYSIOLOGICAL BASES FOR SHAMANISTIC THERAPIES
RITUAL EFFECTS ON THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF HALLUCINOGENS
NEUROTRANSMITTERS PSYCHOINTEGRATORS AND ORGAN1SMIC FUNCTIONING
MEDITATION AS THERAPY
THE PHENOMENA OF SHAMANISM
THE SHAMAN AS AN ETIC PHENOMENON
THE SHAMANS INITIATORY CRISIS
SOUL FLIGHT AND THE GUARDIAN SPIRIT QUEST
SHAMANIC SPIRIT RELATIONS AND SELFTRANSFORMATION
SHAMANISM AND PSYCHOCOGNITIVE INTEGRATION
Physiological and Phenomenological Bases of Altered States of Consciousness
CULTURAL AND ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
MODES STATES PHASES AND WARPS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
DIFFERENT ASCs IN THE INTEGRATIVE MODE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF THE INTEGRATIVE MODE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY OF THE SHAMANS ASC
THE MEDIUMS AND POSSESSION ASC
Psychophysiological Dynamics of Shamanistic Healing
FORMS AND FUNCTIONS
MEDICINES SYMBOLIC REALITY
NEUROGNOSIS BIOSOCIALIZATION AND SYMBOLIC PENETRATION
PSYCHOSOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF SHAMANISTIC AND RELIGIOUS HEALING
SHAMANIC ILLNESS AND SPIRITUAL EMERGENCY
POSSESSION ILLNESS AND THERAPY
MEDITATIVE EFFECTS ON SELF AND EMOTIONS
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