Native American ShamanismwithWilliam S. Lyon

Books Mentioned In This Interview

william lyon encyclopedia of native american healing william lyon encyclopedia of native american shamanism michael harner the way of the shaman

William S. Lyon, PhD, an anthropologist, is author of the Encyclopedia of Native American Healing, the Encyclopedia of Native American Shamanism, and Spirit Talkers: North American Indian Medicine Powers. He is coauthor, with Wallace Black Elk of Black Elk: The Sacred Ways of a Lakota.

Here he explains the distinction between shamanism and sorcery. He points out that, in modern times, shamanistic rituals and traditions communicate readily across continents. He suggests that shamans use their telepathic abilities to recognize each other. He describes a number of shamanistic powers, including bilocation and teleportation. He emphasizes the importance of heart-centered consciousness.

(Recorded on July 18, 2020)

Published on August 21, 2020


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