7 days retreat with nepali shamans (tamang jankhri)

Please check my French website: www.psychoasis.net Dupuis, J. (2011, Janvier-Février). Initiation au Chamanisme Himalayen. Exposé & court-métrage présentés au Séminaire d'ethnopsychiatrie, Centre Chapelle-aux-champs, SSM : Département adultes, Faculté de médecine, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Bruxelles Dupuis, J. (2009, Avril). Himalayan shamanism: A nepalese jungle retreat. Court-métrage commenté en live & présenté au 2ième Colloque International organisé par l'Association pour la Recherche Transdisciplinaire sur les Hallucinations et autres Etats Modifiés de Conscience dans la Philosophie et les Sciences Cognitives (ARTHEMOC), Paris This was a 7 days retreat with nepali (tamang) shamans including 2 of my gurus. During this week, we barely slept because night was totally dedicated to practice (prayer, dancing, singing, etc.). Day time, villagers came for blessings and guidance. It is at that time, that I started to understand what "seeing" meant after a 2 years stay in Nepal. Exhaustion did not allow for any more rational-linear thinking but because of the sacred set and setting, bursts of spiritual understanding ("right brain w-holy systemic glimpses") could naturally come through. These traditions are still connected to the roots of Earth and Sky. The Big Bang is actualised through the trance itself for Creation is an ever going process. Contrary to religion, if the ritual is quiet strict and protocolarized, what is being experienced inside is quiet open, if not totally, according to the "merits" of the practitioner and allowing for the unexpected to happen. At the end you can clearly see a skull on the altar but it is actually just pure illusion ! What is particular is that there are quiet a few that can be seen on the altar at different moment in the long version of the video (not yet posted). But may be these illusions are not that deceptive because my shaman teacher explained that it was "normal" for them to appear for we were practicing in a place were dead bodies were burnt. The spirits of the dead then quiet typically challenge the dedication of the practitioners. But we were well protected, said my teacher! At the personal/professional level, I am still trying to merge Shamanism into Buddhism into Psychological Sciences and vice versa. Any constructive comments are most welcome...