Become a Conscious Agent and join Rak Razam, Itzhak Beery, Elizabeth B. Jenkins, and Robert Tindall for October’s Visionary Dialog: What Makes a Shaman Authentic? Starting October 20.

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To be a shaman worthy of the title, what — if any — threshold needs to be reached? And who sets the standards? Some self-professed purists claim that true shamans must have an indigenous lineage, and be raised in a tradition dating back generations. At the same time, we’ve all encountered Brooklyn hipsters who, after a single Peruvian retreat, return to Williamsburg ready to deploy their newly discovered shamanic powers. Between these two extremes lie many shades of gray.

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To discuss the question of shamanic authenticity, we’ve gathered a group of Reality Sandwich authors who each brings a distinct, nuanced and knowledgable perspective to the topic.

[h2]Featured Speakers[/h2] Rak Razam – Self-described “experiential journalist.” Director of “Aya Awakenings,” a documentary about Amazonian shamanism. Author of “Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey” and editor of “The Journeybook: Travels on the Frontiers of Consciousness.”

Itzhak Beery – Author of the upcoming book “The Gift of Shamanism”. Internationally known healer and teacher. Faculty member of the NY Open Center, co-founder of the NY Shamanic Circle (NYSC) and Publisher of www.shamanportal.org.

Robert Tindall – Robert’s work explores the crossing of frontiers into other cultures, time depths, and states of consciousness. He is the author of two books on shamanism: The Jaguar that Roams the Mind and The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience.

Elizabeth B. Jenkins, MA, MFT – International bestselling author of The Return of the Inka, Journey to Q’eros, and The Fourth Level: Nature Wisdom Teachings of the Inka is a contributor to Shaman’s Drum magazine and The Journal of Contemporary Shamanism, as well as the Founder/DIrector of Wiraqocha Foundation for the Preservation of Indigenous Wisdom. Jenkins has led Initiation Journey’s to Peru since 1992.


It all starts on October 20 with a live, interactive video discussion led by our featured authors. You can take part in the conversation, just like a Skype call, able to ask questions and offer observations on camera. Then the discussion moves to a text forum for 4 weeks of dialog and debate by the RS community, led by the featured authors and moderated by the RS team. (Note: unfortunately Hillary Webb, who had been scheduled to take part, will not be able to participate.)

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Reality Sandwich’s Visionary Dialogs bring the RS community together to explore the transformational topics that are shaping the next wave of consciousness culture. Led by popular Reality Sandwich authors, each month sees the launch of a new Visionary Dialog with a live, online event, followed by 4 weeks of in-depth discussion in a text forum.

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