The Foundation is pleased to announce that in February 2016, Kirkus Reviews named Michael Harner’s Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality, as the Nonfiction Indie Book of the Month. The Kirkus Review states: “Harner’s rich compendium gives many ways to consider and explore a powerful and inspiring view of the cosmos. His recommendation to develop one’s own spiritual authority rather than depend on ‘the cosmological dogmas of organized religion’ may resonate with readers, and the diversity of accounts allows for inclusion of traditional religious figures (St. Francis, the Virgin Mary, etc.). While the amount of detail is at times overwhelming, this work offers a welcome message of universal healing.” Read more…
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GATHERING OF THE COUNCIL
The Annual Gathering of the Council by Live Video Conference was held on Saturday at the end of January. Council members from the USA, Canada, Europe, Argentina, and Thailand were present and could see and hear each other for the four-hour meeting. Using the latest technology, we were also able to break into smaller groups and have face-to-face video discussions, giving us a real ability to connect more personally.
- Michael Harner spoke about the history and evolution of the Foundation.
- Kevin Turner read an excerpt from his just published book Sky Shamans of Mongolia, available now in bookstores and soon to be offered on the FSS website bookstore.
- Alicia Luengas Gates and Gerardo Roemer discussed how it is going in Argentina and in Spain, including a 3rd Latin American Three Year program beginning in April. Michael Hasslinger updated us on FSS Europe progress, and Kevin Turner shared about the workshops in Asia, including the 1st Asia Three Year program that began in November 2015 in Bali.
- Kevin Turner gave a fascinating video presentation, with questions and answers, showing a powerful Balinese shaman Ibu Gambuh performing shamanic healing, including extraction. (Look for more about this in this year’s annual journal Shamanism.)
- Roland Urban, Director of FSS Europe, and Susan Mokelke, President of the FSS, talked about the need for core shamanism in helping to solve some of the crucial issues facing our world: climate change, influx of refugees, etc. It was noted that it is important to work locally on issues that most concern you, accessing the wisdom of the spirits to make a real difference. Small group discussion followed, focused on how we could contribute to the well-being of human and other beings with our shamanic work.
- The meeting culminated in a journey to live drumming, with participants seeking wisdom from the spirits on how they might help alleviate a real situation they cared deeply about. To close, each person who wished to share, offered a bit of the wisdom received in the journey.
Afterwards, participants noted how well this video format seemed to work, that it seemed to have come of age. The small “breakout” group discussions were especially popular and effective. We plan to have more time for this kind of intimate discussion in further video gatherings.
CAVE AND COSMOS NAMED KIRKUS BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY 2016
SKY SHAMANS OF MONGOLIA
FSS Director for Asia, Kevin Turner’s new book Sky Shamans of Mongolia will be released April 12. This fascinating book, based on Kevin’s adventures with shamans in Mongolia as a representative of the FSS, was excerpted in the December 2015 issue of the annual journal Shamanism. It will be available soon through the FSS bookstore.
CAVE AND COSMOS RELEASED IN CHINESE
The complex Chinese edition of Cave and Cosmos was released in January 2016. A Russian version is now underway and an Estonian edition is planned. The Spanish version of Cave and Cosmos (La cueva y el cosmos: Encuentros chamânicos con otra realidad) was released in January 2015, joining other translations, which include the Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovenian, Turkish, French, and German editions. Cave and Cosmos is available in paperback directly through the Foundation, as well as online and in local bookstores. Paperback and e-book editions may be obtained online from Random House and Amazon.com. At Michael Harner’s request, all royalties from Cave and Cosmos go to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in support of its work.
The new December 2015 issue of Shamanism (Annual) is now available. This print journal contains articles practical articles that support your interest in shamanism, including information about indigenous shamanism. (Cover image and table of contents below.) Shamanism is available as one of the many benefits of membership. Not a member? Join the Circle of the Foundation.
Wishing you a happy holiday and a joyous New Year!
We are deeply saddened to announce that Nancy Friedrich, our friend and FSS faculty member for Hawaii, passed in the early morning of October 16 after a struggle with cancer.
Nancy’s daughter Celia Doss posted this on Nancy’s Facebook site:
“My beautiful mom Nancy Friedrich [link to Nancy’s Facebook site] rallied for a family visit Tuesday afternoon. She passed away peacefully this morning at 2:40 am with my dad Jimmy and me comforting her. She was the best mom, wife, sister and healer to all of us blessed to know her. Sunny Ananda [daughter] arrives Monday. We appreciate all the love from friends and family.”
Many friends and family have posted comments on Nancy’s Facebook site. The FSS posted:
FSS for Nancy Friedrich
Dear friends and family of Nancy Friedrich,
An amazing soul has transitioned. Nancy was such a fine person: gentle, wise, kind, ethical, and giving. It was a privilege working with her as part of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies faculty and being her friend. She carried a quiet peace within that touched us all. We send our deepest sympathies for your personal loss. We, too, will greatly miss her.
Michael Harner, Sandra Harner, and Susan Mokelke
Nancy was a wonderful healer, teacher, mother, grandmother and friend.
In an exciting development, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released its Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023, with a focus on complementing Western medicine with traditional approaches, including strategies to improve safety and quality. The Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan of WHO wrote the foreword (excerpted below) and notes that “much has changed…” and that “governments and consumers are interested in more than herbal medicines….” This is great news not only for indigenous shamans and healers, but for contemporary shamanic healers as well.
Excerpts of the Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 Foreword:
Across the world, traditional medicine (TM) is either the mainstay of health care delivery or serves as a complement to it. In some countries, traditional medicine or non-conventional medicine may be termed complementary medicine (CM).
The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 sets out the course for TM and CM (T&CM) in the next decade.
T&CM is an important and often underestimated part of health care. T&CM is found in almost every country in the world and the demand for its services is increasing. TM, of proven quality, safety, and efficacy, contributes to the goal of ensuring that all people have access to care. Many countries now recognize the need to develop a cohesive and integrative approach to health care that allows governments, health care practitioners and, most importantly, those who use health care services, to access T&CM in a safe, respectful, cost-efficient and effective manner. A global strategy to foster its appropriate integration, regulation and supervision will be useful to countries wishing to develop a proactive policy towards this important – and often vibrant and expanding – part of health care.
Much has changed since the previous global strategy was published in 2002. More countries have gradually come to accept the contribution that T&CM can make to the health and well-being of individuals and to the comprehensiveness of their health-care systems. Governments and consumers are interested in more than herbal medicines, and are now beginning to consider aspects of T&CM practices and practitioners and whether they should be integrated into health service delivery.
The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 will help health care leaders to develop solutions that contribute to a broader vision of improved health and patient autonomy. The strategy has two key goals: to support Member States in harnessing the potential contribution of T&CM to health, wellness and people-centered health care and to promote the safe and effective use of T&CM through the regulation of products, practices and practitioners. These goals will be reached by implementing three strategic objectives: 1) building the knowledge base and formulating national policies; 2) strengthening safety, quality and effectiveness through regulation; and, 3) promoting universal health coverage by integrating T&CM services and self-health care into national health systems.
I am very pleased to introduce the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023. It is my conviction that it will be a valuable tool for governments, system planners and health practitioners and – most crucially – will benefit individuals seeking the right care, from the right practitioner, at the right time.
Dr. Margaret Chan
Complete report WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/92455/1/9789241506090_eng.pdf?ua=1
The March 2015 FSS E-newsletter is now available. Read about the latest Foundation happenings: Council meeting summary; new Asia Three Year program; Cave and Cosmos released in Spanish; links to articles like the friendship between a bear and a wolf, healing words, and much more.
Check the FSS E-newsletter archives for more news about shamanism.
The December 2014 FSS Enewsletter is now available: highlights of 2014 Foundation news; information about the just released issue of the FSS scholarly journal Shamanism — with an emphasis on miracles; and a toast to kindhearted people. Visit the FSS Enewsletter archives for more FSS news, articles, and shamanic information.
DECEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF SHAMANISM AVAILABLE
“For the shaman who is intimately interacting with helping spirits, miracles are almost routine events in healing work. In fact, spirit-produced miracles of healing are probably shamans’ most celebrated feature in indigenous societies. Separate from helping shamans carry out healing activities, spirits often attempt to communicate their reality through miracles and ‘micro-miracles.’ These ‘wake-up calls’ that the spirits send, often with the help of a shaman or shamanic practitioner, are perhaps best understood as attempts to educate people about their existence.” From Michael Harner, Cave and Cosmos, Chapter 12
The new issue of the Foundation’s scholarly journal Shamanism Annual is now available. This journal has a focus on miracles from the spirits, with three articles approaching the subject from different viewpoints: teaching, shamanic healing, and personal transformation. Contents include:
- The Shaman Unbound: A Teaching Miracle
- An Ongoing Miracle: A Firsthand Report of Personal Experiences
- With Love From the Moon Bears
- Shamanic Healing Reports
- Shamanism in Bali: Balinese Master Shaman and Shaman Priestess of Bali
- The Reawakening of Shamanism in the West (classic Shamanism reprint)
- Circle of the Foundation Telephone Directory (Voluntary), Foundation news, and more.
The journal is a benefit of membership in the Circle of the Foundation. Members will receive the issue in the mail this month. Not a member? Join the Circle by December 31, 2014 and you will be sent the December 2014 issue.