3. Heroic and Shamanic Initiations

Personality and Its TransformationsJun 17, 2022

In this lecture, 04 and 05 combined, I discuss the relationship between the initiatory structure characteristic of shamanism and the process of radical personality transformation, self- or therapy-induced. The basic structure is order/paradise, chaos/the fall, re-establishment of order/paradise. Since all paradises fall, however, the true paradise is identification with the process of transformation itself.

3. Heroic and Shamanic Initiations