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Entrances and Exits
Caves as Portals
Rock Art
Descent and Ascent
Consciousness
Alterations in Consciousness
Emotion
The Sufis: Qalb and Himma
Western Occultism and Esoteric Spirituality
Mandalas and Visual Symbols
The Shaman’s Inner Eye
Buddhism
Western Esotericism
Islam and the Sufis
Religious and Cultural Context
To See and Be Seen
Generic Symbols
Entoptic Phenomena
Discussion
Portals of Sound
The Pentecostals
The Halveti-Jerrahi Order of Dervishes
Drumming
Following the Heartbeat in Australia
Vibrations and Binaural Beat
Dance and Movement
The Christian Hymn of the Dance
The Sufi Dance: Meditation in Movement
Comparisons
Pentecostals
To Dance or Not to Dance
The !Kung and !Kia
Aboriginal Australians
Portals of Pain
Modern Primitives and Sadomasochism
Tactile Bodies: Body to Body, and Flesh to Flesh
Engagement and Abstention
The Power of the Erotic
Sexual Abstention and Tactile Deprivation
Olfactory and Gustatory Portals
The Sweet Odour of Sanctity
The Foul and the Fragrant
Scents to Open up Boundaries
The Breath
Entheogens as Portals
Drug, Medicine or Entheogen?
Ayahuasca/Yagé
Experimentation in the West
‘Set’ and ‘Setting’
A Strong Desire for a Spiritual Experience
Emotions, Absorption and ‘Flow’
Clubbing, Raves, Technoshamans and Doofs10
What Lies Dormant?
Spiritual Tourism
Entheotourism
An Anatomy of Reality
Revisiting the Technologies
What Is the Nature of Reality?
Other Ways of Knowing
The Autonomous Imagination
Mental Illness, Shamans and Spirituality
Madman or Mystic?
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