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. I wholeheartedly recommend Spirit Talkers. Dr. Lyon’s book represents a lifetime’s work and is of the finest achievements in the field of traditional American Indian sacred ways. If true study is an art as much as a science, a complex interplay between subject and observer, few subjects present a more demanding challenge than human consciousness – especially in shamanism.

    Dr. Lyon has immersed himself in the field with rational analysis and direct participation for over forty years. His multidisciplinary research – anthropology, history, contemporary discoveries in quantum mechanics – is extensive, well-cited, lucid and appropriate. His firsthand knowledge is irreplaceable: not confined to academic circles, he has personally and respectfully experienced many ceremonies, and has had far-ranging discussions and long-term friendships with some of the greatest American Indian shamans and medicine men of the twentieth century.

    To understand realities that are not commonly understood in our culture Dr. Lyon has rightly used all of the human ways of knowing. He has documented events, principles, phenomena, dialogues, participants, outcomes and the reality of Indian medicine powers with clarity, humility and immense depth.

    The book is breathtaking, an unparalleled privilege to read, and offers many riches to consider for a long time to come.

  2. Thank you so much Bill for this most wonderful book!!! Talking about vector vortex collapse!

    All the years with the Chips family and walking the Red Road path to the best of my abilities and always struggling, and always seeing something and totally not ‘getting it’ and messing up – super nova – you caught me, all of a sudden it makes sense, i am humbled

    Thank you so much for your incredible work and standing up. Your book changed my life. Curious about what i didn’t get to read

    Love, WillemWout de Klerk

  3. There are very few works on Native American spirituality written by individuals who cut their teeth in the field, working with traditional shamans in their indigenous settings. Bill Lyon has apprenticed and trained with the finest medicine people on their own turf, giving his voice an authority few can claim. I am so happy to see this book finally in print, and the wisdom within that will offer us a vision into the inner workings of Spirit.
    Alberto Villoldo PhD Author of Shaman, Healer, Sage

  4. Dear Dr. Lyon,

    Thank you for the production of this book. This has opened up my eyes to a way of life and a spirituality that was all so alien and incomplete to me. Living in a mostly Christian and mechanical world has covered my eyes and dampened my views of who I am and where I come from as a First Nations person. I have learned of the meaning and validity of medicine power and why we would use it when needed. I now see why Shamans and medicine people were so revered in our culture. I now understand what it means to use my heart instead of my head when determining that which is real and what is possible. I feel that I am too entrenched with this society’s way of thinking and have some deep inner journey I have to take on my own. There have been events in my life and feelings I have felt that go past my understanding, which your book has been able to fill gaps and explain what could be happening. Many of our reserves have lost the connection you speak of. The people do not believe in the spirit anymore, but I now see that we have to talk about this, we have to start telling the people. If I am ever so lucky to meet a Shaman or person of great medicine power, I shall believe and observe what I have been shown from your book.

    Thank you for giving me the tools to take back my cultural beliefs. I hope to some day pass this on so that the connection of the people and the spirit world is strong again.

    Aaron Burns, Student, First Nations University, Canada

  5. Bill, there are so many thoughtful and wonderful reviews here that it seems everyone has already said what I might have said … if I’d thought of it. For me personally, there was one word that came to mind when I read your book and that word is JOY.

    Why Joy? Because there is no joy like reading an extremely well-written and well-organized book that pulls you in and won’t let you go! I could say that the content pulled me in too, but content doesn’t come alive for me unless it is partnered with a skilled story-teller! Luckily for your readers, you gave us both great writing and great content, and Frank Lipp, has already talked about this beautifully.

    Thanks for writing this book and sharing it with the world. What a fun day it will be when more people begin to explore their own non-ordinary states of reality.

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