Michael Harner quotes

  • He (the Shaman) is a self-reliant explorer of the endless mansions of a magnificent hidden universe.
    -- Michael Harner

    #Self #Endless #Magnificent

  • You are human, whether your ancestors come from Europe, Asia, Africa, or wherever, shamanism once existed there. We are just attempting to go home to our spiritual roots before the state religions, the agrarian centralized religions rose up with autocratic government and said, 'This is what you're going to believe, these are the official revelations, take it from us, you can trust us, we got it.'
    -- Michael Harner

    #Spiritual #Believe #Home

  • Shamanism is a path of knowledge, not of faith, and that knowledge cannot come from me or anyone else in this reality. To acquire that knowledge, including the knowledge of the reality of the spirits, it is necessary to step through the shaman's doorway and acquire empirical evidence.
    -- Michael Harner

    #Reality #Doorways #Path

  • Shamanism is a great metal and emotional adventure, one in which the patient as well as the shaman-healer are involved
    -- Michael Harner

    #Adventure #Emotional #Patient

  • What's really important about shamanism is that there is another reality that you can personally discover...we are not alone.
    -- Michael Harner

    #Reality #Important #Shamanism

  • Shamanism is being reinvented in the West precisely because it is needed
    -- Michael Harner

    #West #Shamanism #Needed

  • Most of the sacrifices involved tearing out the heart, offering it to the sun and, with some blood, also to the idols
    -- Michael Harner

    #Heart #Sacrifice #Blood

  • If a state political organization is founded in part upon a state religion with a dogma based on one or a few 'official' prophets, then shamanism, where every shaman is her or his own prophet, is dangerous to the state. [...] Shamanism, as I said, is not a religion. The spiritual experience usually becomes a religion after politics has entered into it.
    -- Michael Harner

    #Spiritual #Organization #Political

  • Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed. Having once experienced the mystery, plenitude, contradiction, and composure of a work of art, we afterward have a built-in resistance to the slogans and propaganda of oversimplification that have often contributed to the destruction of human life. Poetry is a verbal means to a nonverbal source. It is a motion to no-motion, to the still point of contemplation and deep realization.

  • The principles of logic and mathematics are true universally simply because we never allow them to be anything else. And the reason for this is that we cannot abandon them without contradicting ourselves, without sinning against the rules which govern the use of language, and so making our utterances self-stultifying. In other words, the truths of logic and mathematics are analytic propositions or tautologies.

  • Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.

  • Birth is a shadow. Courage, self-sustained, outlords succession's phlegm, and needs no ancestors.

  • Invest in a feather duster - the possibilities are endless.

  • People say they want shorter, but really want something that rivets them. They've got endless time for great.

  • how absurd human beings are and how magnificent.

  • It may have been quixotic, but it was magnificent.

  • There is something magnificent in having a country to love.

  • The great creator from his work returned Magnificent, his six days' work, a world.