Quote of the Day – Alan T. Campbell

On the arrogance and ignorance of an uninformed academic declaration of what is “superstitious,” anthropological theorist and student of the Amazonian Wayapí tribe says most succinctly and in a direct manner that warms my rebel heart:

Who gets to draw the line between what is a ‘coherent set of beliefs giving moral shape to a world’ and ‘scrambled relics’ (superstitions)? Radio, televisions, and public debate all around me are flooded with God-talk. The three monotheisms that encircle the world (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) appear in ever more strident and intolerant forms. Presidents and Prime Ministers, judges and police chiefs, journalists and media pundits are all up to their ears in God-talk. In rites and incantations –heaps of scrambled relics – and yet their kind of behavior and their kind of talk are considered respectable. It’s only the vulnerable and the oppressed that get tagged ‘superstitious’ and ‘unreasonable.’

Campbell, Alan T. “Submitting.” In Shamanism: A Reader, edited by Graham Harvey. London: Routledge, 2003.53-54.

Potential Chapters

Ok I’m at the wrangling stage of this monster and here are my chapters as I have proposed them.  It seems that I desire to cover quite a bit of ground. My committee chair Mara Keller has told me that maybe I oughta combine some of these chapters so that I can get through more efficiently.

I think that this part of the process is like making a good poem. It is economic, no filler, no gratuitous words, although there are tons of repetitions in academic writing that makes the poet and journalist in me bored. I would say to be true to my Indigenous Ontology that I am striving for practical efficacy. However, here we go. I am working on laying the mental crystal egg and refining and consolidating my thoughts so I birth a mental, emotional and spiritual baby. Righteous.

1. Retrieving Women’s Voices and their Contributions to European History
      a. Soul Retrieval as a Personal and Collective Journey
      b. Mythology as a Metaphysical Template and Guide to Spiritual Realities
      c. Ritual as Engagement of Deep Relation
      d. What in the World is a Witch
2. The Mysteries of the Goddess: Self-Replication as Natural Law
      a. The Primordial Goddess of Indigenous Europe
      b. The Sexual Creative Power of European Goddesses
      c. The Original Creation Myths
      d. Parthenogenesis: The Power of Two
      e. Abundance and the Myth of the Greek Demeter
3. Ancient Science and the New Sciences
      a. Quantum Physics, Consciousness Studies, and the New Biology
      b. The Neurobiology of Trance and ASCs
      c. Memory and the Holographic Model
      d. Paleolithic and Neolithic Art as Tools of Entrainment
      e. Indigenous Female States of Consciousness
      f. Invocation of Ecstasy and Joy as a State of Consciousness
4. Shamanic Initiation: Being Eaten by the Bear
      a. Initiation as a Historic Tool of Transformation
      b. Personal Initiations into the Priestess Mysteries
      c. Personal Initiation into Faerie Witchcraft
      d. Descent and the Myth of the Greek Goddess Persephone
5. Journeys to the Spirit Worlds
      a. Trance and ASCs
      b. Techniques of Shamanic Flight
      c. Techniques of Healing
      d. Techniques of Battle
6. The Patriarchal Transformation of Europe
      a. From the Goddess to the God
      b. The Christianization of Pagan Europe
      c. The Falling of Women
7. The Perpetuation of Trauma
      a. The biology of Trauma and Stress
      b. Disassociation and Cultural Amnesia
      c. Myths that address Susto and Battle
8. The Great Reversal: Widdershins
      a. Othering: the Making of Enemies
      b. The Inquisition
      c. Maleficium, Witches & Demons
      d. The Appropriation of Female Sexual Power
      e. The Loss of the Collective European Soul
      f. The Seven Deadly Sins:
9. Retrieving the Wisdom of our Mothers
      a. Reversing the Reversal Shamanically
      b. The Open Heart & Active Spirit
      c. Reestablishing Relations with our Ancestors
      d. The Resurrection and the Myth of Greek Maiden Kore

Methodology & Ontology for the Dissertation

This is what I turned in this semester for my dissertation. It is my methodology, which is Feminist, Metaphysical and Multidisciplinary, and my ontology, which describes an Indigenous model. Caveat: this is part of a much larger work, obviously.  I am not saying I am indigenous and I am not usurping, appropriating, or essentializing wisdom from those cultures that are. Also I use the term Persons as described in

Harvey, Graham. Shamanism: A Reader. London: Routledge, 2003. xvii.

Methodology & Ontology (pdf)

From a class I took with Physicist F. David Peat during my classwork in PhD

Ode to thee Electron

Thee path of thee electron is acausal
Leaping from the unstruck realm
To some where – seen only
Mathematically, as probability
Dancing silently with her silent sister
Mirrored unseen, but chorded
In love, to her, rhythmically

Such Joy! To make manifest a path
From the seeming sphere of angels
Such Lust! To take on life linearly

What to make of such a Goddess?
Whose song sings our cells emergent
What prayers will entice her, will allow us
a sacred sip from her quantum Communal cup
so filled with the dark liquid of empty space
to ecstatically imbibe of her field of living
love that has birthed our own field of mind

we make love and art to find her
we make equations to catch a glimpse of
where she might have been
we gaze at the broken symmetry of our own hearts
we ponder the ancestral patterns of our own hands
we ache in our incompleteness, long for holistic home
& so we make religion

with our brushes and our bodies
with our music and incantations
with our science and our despair
& passions painfully pulsing
the signals – so urgent! – to re-unite
we make the rites we hope will reconnect us

in our dreams we dream her roundness
in our visions we are obsessed with the elliptical
with gravity, with her secret numbered order
in our blood we scream to be free like her
to jump effortlessly through time to appear


or here

Acting from sacred desire, from some unknowable chaotic whim
Footprints in the cold virgin snow.

More Gunn Allen Greatness Feeding the Ontology Section of my Dissertation

“But the oral tradition has prevented the complete destruction of the web, the ultimate disruption of tribal ways. The oral tradition is vital: it heals itself and the tribal web by adapting to the flow of the present while never relinquishing its connection tot he past. Its adaptability has always been required, as many generations have experienced.” 45