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David Lewis-Williams - Native American Indians - Shoshoni

Identifier

011558

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

The Mind in the Cave – David Lewis-Williams

The dreams in which spirits appear are more vivid than other dreams; the Shoshoni say that they hold your attention and you cannot awake until they are over. 

Visions may be mercurial; for instance, a ‘lightning spirit’ may appear as a body of water, then like a human being, then like an animal.  Often frightening animals come to threaten suppliants, and they must brave them if their power giving spirit animal is to appear.  During visions, questers feel that they leave their bodies – the sensation of out-of-body-travel

The source of the experience

Native American Indians

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Dreaming and lucid dreaming

Commonsteps

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