Neo-shamanism and Mental Health

  • Karel James Bouse

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Karel James Bouse
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  3. Karel James Bouse
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  5. Karel James Bouse
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 149-163

About this book


This book explores the contemporary practice of Neo-shamanism and its relationship to mental health. Chapters cover the practice of Neo-shamanism, how it differs from traditional shamanism, the technology of the shamanic journey, the lifeworlds of some of its practitioners, as well as its benefits and pitfalls. The author’s analysis draws on an in-depth study of existing literature, original qualitative-phenomenological research into the lifeworlds of practitioners, and nearly three decades of observation and experience as a student, teacher and practitioner of Neo-shamanism. She discusses the potential role of Neo-shamanic journey technology as an approach for psychology-based studies of consciousness and anomalous phenomena; its value as a tool for self-exploration as part of a supervised curriculum; as well as the possible therapeutic applications of the journey and shamanic healing protocols for use by mental health professionals. 

This book is a rich and timely resource for students and teachers of psychology, anthropology and sociology, psychotherapists, and anyone who is interested in consciousness and parapsychology.

Karel James Bouse is the Director of the Institute of Esoteric Psychology, USA. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University, USA and her Ph.D. in History/American Studies from the University of Maryland, USA. She has been a student, teacher, and practitioner of Neo-shamanism for nearly 30 years.


Shamanism Integrative Health spirituality paranormal studies Consciousness Studies mysticism Neo-shamanism creativity Jungian psychology mental health meditation Humanistic Psychology Esoteric Psychology

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  • Karel James Bouse
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  1. 1.Institute of Esoteric PsychologyLoudonUSA

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