The native shaman learns to interact with the spirits of the underworld and the higher worlds in order to intercede in behalf of humans in the "middle world." Michael Harner, Ph.D., has authored The Jivaro, Hallucinogens and Shamanism and The Way of the Shaman. He is currently actively involved in training westerners throughout the world to become shamanic healers.
"The person who's doing this work is drawing upon an experience of power far beyond himself or herself. There's a thing called shamanic ecstasy, where you're having ineffable experiences, difficult to describe, which make living very, very worthwhile. They're experiences connected with helping others too, and working in harmony. This power comes from harmony -- some people might say God, some people might say love. But this power has tremendous strength, and so when you draw upon it, particularly for good purposes, then this energy is there."
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