Christian Shamanism

with Thomas Patrick Lavin, PhD

This episode is the first session of the series Christian Shamanism: Visions of Nikolas of Flue.

A shaman is a person who has been forced by fate to take an inner, awe-filled journey which ultimately gives a new form to the person and to the culture. This journey demands sacrifice, isolation from the collective’s expectations, and a particular form of courage which is able to accept new forms of awareness and new forms of the divine.

Every religious tradition has stories of persons who have walked the “shamanic path.” Some religious traditions have called shamans by different names: sage, saint, and Bodhisattva are but a few of these names. There is also the little-discussed Christian shamanic tradition in which C.G. Jung stands, both as a visionary and as a healer of souls. This course uses the writings of C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz as a basis for discussing the role of the shaman in general and the Christian shaman in particular. It was recorded in 1994.

Thomas Patrick Lavin, PhD is a Zürich-trained Jungian analyst who holds a PhD in clinical psychology and a PhD in theology. He was formerly chief clinical psychologist for the U.S. Army in Europe and is a founding member of the CG Jung Institute of Chicago. He is in private practice in Wilmette, Illinois, and consults internationally on typology, spirituality and addictions.

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Music by Michael Chapman
Edited and produced by Benjamin Law

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  1. I died and returned in an Air Force Hospital 4/12/09. Ever since I have an unnatural fascination with medicine, healing, herbs, and have even become a mycologist and research agronomist to further my understandings. I healed a man misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s who only shook because the medicine he took for his “non” disease with something called velvet bean, a plant I never heard of but instinctively found. I saved A woman who was 3 days unconscious and over 100* fever Feb `19 with what appeared to be aspirating pneumonia, I gave her the leaf of a tree from India called Gurmar, and GABA and she was up and talking within 12 hours.

    I do not understand how in the hell I know how to do these things, but I do. Am I just a wounded healer, or is this something more?

    1. Mucuna pruriens (velvet bean) naturally contains Levodopa (or L-DOPA) which is commonly prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It sounds like he was diagnosed correctly, but it is incredible that you instinctively thought the plant might work for him with no prior knowledge.

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