THE SHAMAN'S DOORWAY: Opening the Mythic Imagination to Contemporary Consciousness by Stephen Larsen

THE SHAMAN'S DOORWAY: Opening the Mythic Imagination to Contemporary Consciousness

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Like Theodore Roszak and many others, Larsen's convinced that we've reached a critical juncture in human history--that a new religious era may be dawning. But don't write him off as just another barker on the Aquarian Age circuit. For this is a perceptive and engaging introduction to the mythic imagination. Larsen relates our current religious quandry to earlier religious turning points. The dream time of primitive rituals, in which myth and reality were identical, is now irretrievably remote. Both the Western scientist and Eastern yogi miss too much of life's infinite possibilities. He argues that we now must look to our own creative shamans, the contemporary technicians of the sacred--artists, analysts, poets, psychic voyagers--who can reawaken our mythic consciousness and guide us to a new understanding of the sacred and the profane, imagination and common sense, the feminine and the masculine principles. The Shaman Doorway ranks with the more popular work of Mircea Eliade and Joseph Campbell, and their voices, together with C. G. Jung's, reverberate throughout. A fine book--informed, intelligent, suggestive.

Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 1976
Publisher: Harper & Row