Olga Kharitidi, a Russian-born author, has written a fascinating book about her experiences in Siberia where she came into contact with shamanism through a “chance” meeting with a patient. The book not only gives an insight into old shamanic wisdom but also into life in Russia during the Soviet era, which in itself is quite interesting.
About the book and the author
The author of this book is a trained psychiatrist who grew up during the Soviet era and worked at a mental institution in Novosibirsk in the northern part of the country. After meeting a man who came to her worrying that he was going insane, she followed him to his village in the Altai mountains where she had her own spiritual experiences that forever changed her life and this is the story she tells in the book. It is not fiction but her own story and she does not claim to be a shaman, only that she has had very lucid dreams in which she met shamans and things were explained to her that have later helped her in her work. She has since moved to the United States and currently lives in Minneapolis.
I am fascinated by Entering the Circle: Ancient Secrets of Siberian Wisdom Discovered by a Russian Psychiatrist. It is easy to read and not overly dramatic, which makes it feel more realistic than it might otherwise have done. Although the dreams and the events she describes are strange and fantastic they line up perfectly with the teachings of other writers and speakers from other parts of the world in so many ways. The way she talks about the spirals of time coming together seem to fit what is going on today quite well, even though this book was published in the 1990:s. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in spirituality and especially shamanism.
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