The Journey Technique as a Method for Consciousness Studies
This chapter examines the manner in which using recorded Neo-shamanic journeys as part of a formal research setting could provide a relatively clean phenomenological and replicable data-gathering device for psychologists studying consciousness and anomalous phenomena. The unique neuropsychology of the shamanic journey enables someone in the journey state to perceive anomalous phenomena while simultaneously retaining focus and relative control of the journey and narrate the journey out loud into a recording device as the journey unfolds. The recording provides a phenomenological account of journey phenomena and experiences usually imperceptible in normal waking consciousness prior to the data being compromised by the interpretative and meaning-making processes of the participants. This chapter presents a possible research protocol that utilizes recorded shamanic journeys in a research environment.
KeywordsNeo-shamanic journey Research protocol Phenomenology Data gathering Consciousness studies Parapsychology
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