Dick learned from several indigenous healers including
American Indian shamans and he was a guide for many powerful journeys
for people. The Shamanic work was being written up under the title,
"The affects of indigenous, disassociative therapies on a
white middle class population." Fantasies, dreams, images,
and struggles in stuck places would turn into heroic journeys
for clients. He also did soul retrievals, searches for power animals
to help a client, and dismemberments (ego deaths). Dick trusted
the path that came out of the client and journeyed with the client.
This following of the image (not leading) is a method
that ties in with the state of hyponoia in Eidetic Imagery. The
following comes from an interview with the Green People Productions.
Q: What is the relationship between Self Acceptance Training and the Shamanic practices or Shamanic tradition?
Dick: The Shamanic tradition
as I understand it consists of going on journeys. By that we mean
going on journeys into altered states of consciousness or into
alternative realities for the sake of discovering helpful useful
information or for effecting healing. I exist, I am I, no matter
what state of consciousness I'm in, no matter what reality I'm
in. So entering an altered state of consciousness going on a Shamanic
journey, is another way of experiencing myself more fully.
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