The book weaves two stories into one; the incredible visions and investigations into altered states of consciousness while being taught how to commune with the spirits of plants, and the emotional 20 year quest for his daughter, to have her in his life and to be recognized as her father. As well as providing a comprehensive scientific and phenomenological treatment of the visions and ceremonies, including 25 personal testimonies of San Pedro, the book also explores the nature of consciousness, the cosmos of the shaman, the Tao, and the quantum theories of wholeness of David Bohm.
"The Shaman and Snow White describes a unique odyssey through the many worlds of shamanism, filled with telling and important details of their healing paths. The author has had a wealth of personal experience, and, even more importantly, he has thought deeply about what those experiences mean, both for him and for us."
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By Andrew Dunham
Sep 27, 2011
Having been unable in the past few months to pay full attention to a book, it was a great relief to me to be able to find a story that was unputdownable. I genuinely looked forward to creating opportunities to follow Simon's adventures in shamanland. In an honest and open portrayal of his own state of mind and his intimate anxieties, he was able to lay bare the true reasons behind a seeker's journey into the healing plants of the Amazon. These concerns and considerations are, of course, common to everybody, albeit in a variety of manifestations, and Simon manages to sweep through the circumstances with a narrative that is informing, good-humoured and easy-going. This is not a complicated book. He has gone to some lengths to make it accessible, which is, in my experience, the essence of both Ayahuasca and San Pedro. The plants give one an opportunity to access ones self. It is a book which is extremely important for the exploration of shamanistic modalities, as it prepares the way for... More > a real human experience. Graphic passages of vomiting and disorientation, exhaustion and surprise are all part of the hands-on value which Simon has brought to the field. He makes a relevant, sound case for both the benefits and the pitfalls of embarking on a journey such as his own. I am very glad to have read this book and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to prepare themselves from the HEART, instead of just the head.< Less