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Entering The Circle

Ancient Secrets of Siberian Wisdom Discovered by a Russian Psychiatrist
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Publisher: 
HarperCollins
 | 
August, 1997
ISBN:
9780062514172
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“Castaneda à la Russe” [Michael Harner], and soon to be a movie, Entering the Circle is a vivid account of this young psychiatrist’s soul-altering journey into the previously uncharted territory of Siberian shamanism. Joining a friend on a spur-of-the-moment trip into Siberia’s remote Altai Mountains, Kharitidi found her worldview coming apart and being recast when an enigmatic shaman and healer anointed the young doctor as her successor. Among the wintry villages and pine forests of Siberia, Olga was caught up in a rather wild adventure that changed her view of healing, science, consciousness—and human life itself—permanently.

Guided through bizarre, magical, and sometimes terrifying experiences by her shaman-teacher Umai—and by a radical Soviet physicist whose studies challenge the very nature of reality—the young doctor unlocked a storehouse of spiritual learning that has lain hidden in Siberia for centuries. Entering the Circle shares these powerful teachings with the world.

Deep in Siberia, Kharitidi learned, exists a fabled land called Belovodia, a community of highly evolved human beings who have spread their knowledge for millennia through the world’s great faiths, including Vedic Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, and Christian mysticism. She discovered that our waking reality is only the near shore of the “Spirit Lake,” the sea of transcendent consciousness—a source of untapped wells of possibility within the human spirit. Through Dr. Kharitidi, readers are introduced to the Spirit Twin that dwells in every soul, the gentle teacher and guide that can help us create our true selves, break the bonds of outworn beliefs, and discover the deep spiritual principles that enable us to evolve into an awakened, fully human life beyond what we can imagine now.

There have always been people within each of these different traditions who were directly in touch with Belovodia. From time to time, knowledge from there has been opened up to your own civilization. This has happened at moments of real threat to humanity, such as the world wars. It is becoming open to you again now, because the power and energy you have accumulated are capable of causing many different kinds of catastrophes. Belovodia is becoming accessible to your consciousness to protect you by showing you other ways to live.

This flower is now ready to become fully open, and to be seen and understood as the blossom of all knowledge. This will happen very soon. You may respond to it in any way that you wish. You may choose to fight against it, or you may choose instead to welcome its divine essence and living beauty.

“As with Castaneda and Redfield, Kharitidi grounds the ancient spiritual teachings of the shamanic tradition as she encountered them. Firmly set within an intriguing, factual contemporary personal narrative, Entering the Circle is one of the very few [such] narratives that provides true insight. It is one account that all true spiritual seekers will want to know.” —Paula Gunn Allen, author of Grandmothers of the Light

There is also a CD available, called Entering the Circle, which is “a tribute that remains true to the trance experience of the shamans of Siberia.”

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Olga Kharitidi's debut book is a remarkable account of her spiritual adventure in snowbound Siberia.Joining an ailing friend on a spontaneous trip to the Atai Mountains, Dr. Kharitidi is taken into apprenticeship by a native Shaman who guides her through bizarre, magical, and often terrifying experiences that open her eyes to a wellspring of deeper learning.On the road to Belovedia, a fabled civilization of highly evolved beings, she encounters revolutionary mystical teachings while discovering ancient secrets of magic and healing. At once a modern odyssey and a timeless dreamscape, Entering the Circle is an inspiring story of personal growth and an insightful work about the limitless potential of human spirit.

Olga Kharitidi’s debut book is a remarkable account of her spiritual adventure in snowbound Siberia. Joining an ailing friend on a spontaneous trip to the Atai Mountains, Dr. Kharitidi is taken into apprenticeship by a native Shaman who guides her through bizarre, magical, and often terrifying experiences that open her eyes to a wellspring of deeper learning. On the road to Belovedia, a fabled civilization of highly evolved beings, she encounters revolutionary mystical teachings while discovering ancient secrets of magic and healing. At once a modern odyssey and a timeless dreamscape, Entering the Circle is an inspiring story of personal growth and an insightful work about the limitless potential of human spirit.

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