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The Role of Altered States of Consciousness in Native American Healing
Journal of Rural Community Psychology (2010)
  • Timothy Thomason, Northern Arizona University
Abstract

Shamanic and Native American healers have utilized methods to produce altered states of consciousness in themselves and their patients for thousands of years. These methods include sonic driving, photic driving, and other means of changing consciousness. Recent research on non-drug methods to produce altered states has revealed that they probably work by changing the brainwaves of the subjects, so that they enter an alpha state and become more susceptible to suggestion. A reasonable conclusion is that since ancient times Native American healers have developed reliable methods to, in effect, hypnotize their patients so they are more susceptible to suggestions that will help them feel better. This puts Native American healing for psychological disorders on a continuum with modern psychotherapy.

Keywords
  • altered states of consciousness,
  • Native Americans,
  • American Indians,
  • indigenous healing
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Publication Date
2010
Publisher Statement
Copyright 2010 Journal of Rural Community Psychology
Citation Information
Timothy Thomason. "The Role of Altered States of Consciousness in Native American Healing" Journal of Rural Community Psychology Vol. E13 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/timothy_thomason/10/