Spirit Talkers

Since the beginnings of American anthropology in the 19th century, field ethnographers and ethnologists have remained silent with regards to American Indian medicine powers. To date, there has not been one book written by a professional anthropologist that addresses this subject. That is about to change.

Spirit Talkers by William Lyon

Spirit Talkers by William Lyon

William S. Lyon received his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1970. He has spent the last four decades doing field research with many different American Indian medicine men, with an emphasis on the Lakota culture. In Spirit Talkers: North American Indian Medicine Powers, he ignores the long-standing academic assumption to view medicine powers as simply the superstitious beliefs of primitive people. Not only has he personally witnessed such powers and come to believe in their efficacy, he provides the long-missing ingredient to our acceptance of them–namely, an explanation of how they work.

Armed with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and an ability to understand the findings of modern physics, Lyon gleans from the latest findings in quantum mechanics the basic rules that shamans follow to become successful at what they do. In addition, he includes many historical accounts of their proven abilities that support his findings that real shamans can do what they say they can do.

For the first time ever you will read of the great extent and variation in the medicine powers that were used by the American Indians to achieve success in their daily activities. Virtually no aspect of their lives went untouched by the use of such powers, be it for warfare, hunting, crop growing, material success or healing. In fact, the acquisition of “good luck” in any venture of life was a primary concern to them, and for this reason they readily resorted to the use of medicine powers.

This book will not only forever alter your perception of American Indians, it will also alter your concept of the potential of any human being. It is a long overdue tribute to traditional Native medicine people that is designed to unlock them from our past prejudices.

William Lyon’s book, Spirit Talkers, is available in ebook, pdf and paperback editiions, and can be purchased here.

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Spirit Talkers — 34 Comments

  1. Congratulations on a most powerful read that shines a light on the Quantum entanglement we all live in. The accounts of the past only confirms what is in our lives now and will always be. My grandfather put it this way, “Man will never make up all the words or all the paper needed to write down the blessings that just happened while I told you this.”

  2. An important book combining American Indian medicine beliefs with quantum physics theory. The author is experienced and has spent a great deal of time with various Native American tribes. This book opens up new avenues that future scholars will hopefully explore. Definitely worth the read!

  3. As a passionate elegy to Indian religion and way of life, this beautifully written book is, at once, superb, astonishing and overwhelming. Based upon decades of first-hand fieldwork and extensive historical and ethnographic literature, the author ranges boldly through North America to present an explanatory interpretation of the medical/spiritual powers of native Indians. Yet, the author goes far beyond this to explore and touch upon a wealth of topics that no review could do justice to.

    Unconventional in form, this daunting scholarly apparatus consists of 402 pages of text, 1,225 citations, with a 75-page bibliography. Far reaching in the subjects it treats, reading Spirit Talkers is like wandering through the stacks of a very fine library, browsing in the sections devoted to medicine powers, shamans, divination, healing ceremonies, vision quests, quantum mechanics, consciousness, intentionality, dreams, breath training, sorcerers, spirit helpers, alien abductions, and many more.

    The main focus to the book is the possible effect that ritual action has on material reality. Utilizing trance-induction techniques Indian shamans tap into the quantum level of reality with their consciousness. Verifying the Kantian notion that perception is reality, subatomic physics has shown that material reality is shaped in fundamental ways by the structure of consciousness, This has radical implications, one of which being that “mind” and “matter” are aspects of a single system. The author utilizes quantum reality to elucidate an explanation for the efficacy of Indian medicine powers. Quantum mechanics aside, reading this book will fundamentally change your understanding of North American Indians and their medicine powers.

    Frank J. Lipp, anthropologist with specialization in Mesoamerian ethnography and ethnobotany, and expertise in Mixe shamanism.

  4. In Spirit Talkers an anthropologist Doctor William Lyon provides an unusual “marriage”—quantum physics and Native American medicine powers. Lyon gives us a simple to understand version of the world view shattering implications of quantum mechanics—the indisputable and unfathomable implications that consciousness has for understanding of the material world. The confirmation of classic quantum mechanics’ notions that our consciousness can intervene in the material world allows us to move from disbelief to belief when encountering the extraordinary claims of medicine men and shamans. Lyon then draws on his many years of experience with Native Americans to evaluate many of the incredible accounts in terms of the possibilities offered by quantum mechanics, which gives us reason to assume that many of these events should be taken as real. Lyon’s conclusions take us into explorations of the nature of human evolution. But along the way he shows us that evolution was not just about our heads, but also about our hearts, the default mode of human functioning that gives us more powerful forms of knowing and power to our beliefs. Never again should we treat accounts of Native American shamans and healing as “just so” stories for entertainment.
    Michael WInkelman

  5. I obtained a copy of Spirit Talkers and very much I appreciate this contribution to the study of First Nations spirituality and healing. I found the book to be a valuable compilation of accounts of ceremonies and important insights as to how they work. As a First Nations scholar at the First Nations University of Canada, I work with many elders who have been talking about the need to research, write and teach more openly about spirituality. They strongly emphasize the notion of the reality of spirit, and that our true nature is that we are spirit beings. They feel that in this current time it is urgent that scholars assist in bringing their spiritual knowledge into the classroom.
    In my efforts to further understand the reality of spirit I have become interested in the work on reincarnation that Dr. Ian Stevenson pioneered at the University of Virginia. Many of his earliest cases were on First Nations, and Dr. Antonia Mills, whom I know, has carried on his work. At the University of Virginia, I also met Dr. Bruce Greyson who is one of the leading researchers on near death experiences.
    The reason I mention this is because of their empirical research which strongly supports the notion that there is something to consciousness at a spirit level. I have personally had unexplainable experiences in ceremonies and so have no difficulty accepting the idea that there is some form of higher intelligence at work. Your book has clarified a lot of things about how ceremonies work and ceremonialists operate. I plan to introduce your book into my class on First Nations spirituality.
    Blair Stonechild, Ph.D., member of the Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan

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