Neo-shamanism as an Alternative Contemporary Worldview
This chapter is twofold in that it (1) explores the lifeworlds of the Neo-shamanic practitioners participating in the 2017 study and (2) discusses the benefits they reportedly experienced as a result of their Neo-shamanic practice. It examines the worldviews of the six study participants based on their responses to the questionnaires and the verbatim transcript of their interviews and recorded journeys. These provide an intimate look at the Dasein and personal identities of the participants, and how their personal histories, beliefs, and spiritual orientations are integrated and reflected in their Neo-shamanic practice and journey experiences. The chapter proceeds to examine the beneficial effects of Neo-shamanic practice reported by the participants, specifically elevated well-being, enhanced identity and Dasein, expanded consciousness, and integration of the mystic and the mundane realms of being.
KeywordsLifeworlds Neo-shamanic practice Well-being Identity Dasein Expanded consciousness Shamanic journeys
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