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Thursday, September 18, 2003
New Marketing Breakthrough!
So there I was in the acid lab last week, whipping up a little something special. I had set myself the challenge of creating a psychedelic that instilled an unquenchable desire to come to my blog, especially to the page where I proclaim my prowess wit de womens. I decided to test the first batch at a local conference that had drawn an inordinate number of IBM executives, among which I counted a lesser number of pretty hot babes. Yeah, the business attire is a turnoff, but I have found this is easily removed -- in fact the whole purpose of my chemical experimentation was to facilitate said removal. However, I discovered, to my considerable chagrin, that the elixir I had concocted at such high cost in time and patient attention to detail (so I thought), worked only on men. But on them, it worked fabulously. Thus are advances in the science of marketing produced. I have patented my invention and am currently in the process of looking for licensees. An entire year of access to my newest intellectual property, including full procedures for its formulation, can now be had starting at less than one million dollars. Write for detailed pricing.

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Sunday, September 14, 2003
Bruner, You Pig!
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The Return of Stavros

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This transmutation (heh) of the term psychopomp is a placeholder for a whole string of ideas that were careening through my head last night. If I can remember what they were, I'll post more later. Something about Jung creating a ready-made ontology to replace the dead Christian God (Nietzscheanly speaking). Did it work? Yes. Only too well. [The following interview excerpt is taken from the C.G. Jung Page.]
J.W.: Dan, your new book begins with the figure of Merlin, your ancestral psychopomp. You speak of "Merlin's disappearance and subsequent forest cries," then his reappearance in the "imaginal," which, in turn,"draws us" to what you call "neoshamanism." Why this reconsideration of shamanism--in which, until recently, only anthropologists were interested--as an actual spiritual practice?

D.N.: Merlin doesn't signal the adoption by Westerners of some form of shamanism as a spiritual practice--at least not obviously. I make the connection myself between a resurgence of interest in Merlin and the POTENTIAL for a more deliberately, mindfully Western version of shamanism than we have had thus far. I employ Merlin as an archetypal role model (given the shamanic characteristics he displays in some variants of his legend) or patron of the sort of Western neoshamanism I'd like to see and try to describe.

What we have had thus far--the reconsideration you speak of--was initiated by the confluence of Carlos Castaneda's writings in the late sixties and early seventies with the hallucinogenic experimentation of the "counter culture." His works seemed to provide a mythic container, a structure of shamanic lore and practice, to give meaning to the drug tripping of those days. Michael Harner, Joan Halifax, and other neoshamanist writers and workshop leaders then came along in the eighties to provide means of emulating shamanic rituals and experiences during a later period when an "earth-based spirituality" like indigenous shamanism was an ecologically appealing option.

On a deeper level, as I show in the book, the neoshamanism movement as these figures conjured it, with references to the authority of Mircea Eliade's big book on shamanism as a phenomenon of the history of religions, translated into English in 1964, was an unconscious cross-cultural fantasy drawing on the power and process of imagining. Castaneda's writings were fiction marketed as fact, Harner's "core shamanism" was a Western imaginative construction, Joan Halifax contributes her own syncretic blendings that exist in no single traditional culture, and even Eliade's scholarly text is skewed by his preoccupation with centering and ascensional flights to the relative exclusion of underworld journeys. So the neoshamanism we have had is all about fantasizing around certain insistent and evocative themes of late-twentieth-century Western culture; the longings are sincere but the spiritual practices that are followed to fulfill them are simulated, with the danger of neo-colonialist misappropriation of indigenous cultural property and delusions of "direct access" to such indigenous wisdom.

That's the bad news about this Western "reconsideration." The good news is that a mindful approach to the fantasy and imagining process itself is possible which can make for a more honest and viable neoshamanism in the future.

I've just given you the headlines of my assessment of how this movement got started and my critique of its limitations. The second half of my book proceeds to lay out the resources for the "imaginal shamanism" I believe the West can validly develop. [etc...]

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NOTES: I find it more than a little interesting that the first definition of "pompous" in The American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition, reads: "Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; pretentious." [emphasis {duh} added]

Not to mention this, taken off the Amazon page for the book quoted above.

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