Type of publication: Research Article
cross-cultural, healing, hypnosis, shamanism, violence, cultural healing, hypnotic-like, indigenous practices, mediumship, self
This presentation focuses on the role played by ritual and altered states of consciousness in both shamanism and psychotherapy and its implications for individual and cultural healing. Recent brain research supports my contention that shamanic practices as well as certain psychotherapeutic approaches promote healing by integrating the emotional and cognitive parts of the human brain. This integration promotes life potentiating processes that restore and maintain psychological health. These healing processes will be discussed in relation to cultural affirmation and decolonization. In conclusion, I will explore several potentials for improving health, psychological well-being and supporting cultural renewal. Shamans used rituals and altered states of consciousness to activate these potentials. These rituals are especially important when the traditional understanding of self and culture are challenged and when the environment is in crisis.
Kremer, J. W. 2011. Shamanic Healing, Psychotherapy, and the Affirmation of Indigenous Approaches to Healing. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 3: 40-52
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