Being Beside Oneself, Sharing, and Shamanic Ecstasy

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I have suggested on more than a few occasions that the boundaries of the self, which we take as a given today – boundaries that serve to delimit me as independent of the world I inhabit – were not always so stable or so inflexibly fixed (and perhaps for some, they are still not).  It seems that such boundaries were more fluid, even malleable, for our pre-civilized ancestors. In recognition of this fluidity or openness, I have often used the phrase: “my flesh, the flesh of the world.” By this, I refer to that permeability, which to-us now appears as a rigid and impervious self/world barrier.

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About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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