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MessaggioOggetto: Olga Kharitidi and works on Trauma Spirits   Mer 9 Dic 2009 - 14:56

Olga Kharitidi and works on Trauma Spirits


Olga Kharitidi, M.D.
Dr Kharitidi is a Board Certified psychiatrist with a general practice of psychiatry and a specialty in working with and treating trauma. She has written many books on ancient and non-traditional methods of healing and personal growth and uses her extensive knowledge of alternative teachings and traditions in her practice of traditional western psychiatry. Regarding the nature of trauma as transformation and development, she has written, ?Ancient cultures understood that human life is a journey with inherent transitions that are innately traumatic, and need to be managed.?
She earned her medical degree at the Novosibirsk State Medical Institute in Russia and performed her psychiatric residency at the HCMC-Regions Psychiatry Training Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While practicing psychiatry in a number of traditional inpatient and outpatient settings in Russia and the United States, she has lectured and consulted internationally on a broad range of subjects, including the evolution of the human mind, the nature of subjective experiences, the reality of personal choice and its effect on the environment, and the healing of trauma and its aftermath. In addition to her practice of psychiatry and her many related interests, she is the founder of Cliffhouse Publications.

Entering the Circle by Olga Kharitidi.

Nearly 40 years ago, Carlos Castaneda introduced a particular genre of
popular non-fiction which continues to evolve and draw our interest. In his series
of books about Don Juan, a charismatic Native American shaman who lived in
a remote part of Mexico, Castaneda played the role of a Western urbanized
seeker of truth who, through a series of seemingly fated experiences and
encounters, enters the strange spiritual, psychological, and ecological world of
shamanism. At first skeptical, and even slightly patronizing to the materially
impoverished indigenous teacher, Castaneda (and those who have followed in
his footsteps, including Dr. Kharitidi) is shown the superior internal world
available to members of this "primitive" culture, through a series of powerful
and transformative experiences mediated by the shaman. The authorinvestigator-
outsider suspends disbelief long enough to experience a sense of
wonder, power, and knowledge previously unimaginable by means of his
participation in the shamanic world. He then returns to his previous life,
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effectively applies the new-found wisdom, continues his search with a new sense
of purpose, and begins to teach us what he has learned.
Important variables in determining our interest in following the journey of an
author of this type of book are his or her similarity to us, as well as his or her
differences from the shamanic benefactor. The more we can identify with the
author, either with respect to his or her own background, or through appreciating
the gap between the two competing world views, the more compelling we find
such accounts-accounts which are part travelogue, part spiritual text, and part
journey of self-discovery.
In the case of Entering the Circle, there are familiar as well as unique
elements to the story: Olga Kharitidi is a woman; a Siberian-born but quite
Westernized psychiatrist; her subject matter, Central Asian shamanism, is littleknown
in the lay press.
Prone to intensely vivid daydreams or visions before she begins her shamanic
apprenticeship, Dr. Kharitidi paints a clear and engaging picture of her life in
Novosibirsk, where she works as a psychiatrist in a huge psychiatric hospital.
Friends, patients, colleagues, and mysteriously enigmatic strangers all seem to
be inexorably pulling and pushing her to expand her views of health and healing,
spiritual development, and visionary experience. This she does by meeting and
learning from an elderly female shaman in the remote Altai Mountain region
straddling Siberia, Mongolia, and China.
The shamanic teachings she encounters through the guidance of her mentor,
flavored and colored as they are by the unique culture, history, geography, and
ecology of the region, are familiar to students of shamanism: the relatively
arbitrary nature of our experiences of self and the outer world, the importance of
the teacher-apprentice relationship, and the crucial role of nature and naturebased
symbolism. As well, there are references to an apocalyptic quantum leap
in the evolution of consciousness, related to our finding or manifesting a quasimythical
kingdom called Belovodia.
Finally, there is the normative shamanic proposition of multiple levels of
intermingling co-existing realities which are accessible through various
"psycho-technologies" such as drumming; stress; sleep-deprivation; and, in
Kharitidi's case, an unusual device developed by a physicist at a local scientific
laboratory. Missing from Kharitidi's book, among the usual methods of inducing
an altered state of consciousness, is the use of plants that contain mind-altering
substances. This seems anomalous, and I could not help but wonder if she
expunged any account of using such plants or mushrooms.
It is worth mentioning in this context the divide within the "contemporary shamanic"
community between those eschewing and those promulgating the use of
psychoactive substances, either natural or synthetic. The former espouse a "purer"
form of shamanism than the latter, while the latter point to the great reliability and
millennia of use of these substances in eliciting novel mental states. However, I
believe the presence of endogenous hallucinogens in our own brains make such
distinctions moot, because the same or similar biochemistry is occurring in our
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brains regardless of the origin of these chemical modifiers of consciousness.
Drumming or sleep deprivation may elevate levels of endogenous hallucinogens in
an identical manner as that occurring by consuming the same chemicals from an
outside source. This important overlap between endogenously and exogenously
a1 tered brain chemistry changes should sharpen our focus on the equally important
factors of "set" and "setting"-the internallpsychological and externallsociocultural
matrices within which any unusual psychological experiences occur.
This generation's interest in shamanism I find fascinating and, at the same
time, somewhat troubling. Kharitidi's book does not address these concerns, but
then again, it is not really intended to do so. However, I think it is important to
raise these issues whenever approaching a book of this nature.
Our interest in shamanism is similar to the turn towards Eastern religions that
many others have made. In both cases, adherence to and participation in these new
faiths very often occur before one seriously investigates his or her own culture's
religious and spiritual traditions in an attempt to fulfill the same spiritual impulses.
While there is much to criticize within mainstream Western religions, there is no
lack of the same within Eastern religious, or shamanic, traditions. While perhaps
shamanism suffers less from institutional maladies, it not infrequently degenerates
into a free-for-all with interpersonal dynamics and feuds taking the place of larger
scale organizational conflicts and turf wars. The checks and balances, or peerreview,
that may be applied beneficially in larger organized traditions also is often
lacking in the lone-wolf world of the shaman. The lack of a personally relevant,
culturally resonant tradition informing and supporting the context out of which
many newly initiated teachers of shamanism emerge may encourage them to make
things up as they go along. At best, this dilutes the teachings into a "shamanismlite"
that barely rattles anyone's ontological cages or, at worst, subjects students to
all sorts of abuses at the hands of the teacher.
I raise these issues not because I see no differences between organized Western
religions and Easternlshamanic traditions, but because I wish to warn those who
might spend time pursuing a course that ultimately will lead to the same
difficulties, albeit dressed in more exotic garb. Perhaps we can find answers closer
to home. For example, most of the mystical branches of the major Western
religions are replete with practices, teachings, and descriptions of mental states
similar to those found in non-Western traditions. They are, in addition, more
familiar, and do not necessarily require wholesale rejection of one's background
and upbringing. In this case, there will be greater applicability and less dissonance.
I also raise these issues relative to Kharitidi's book. It is an engaging story,
well-written, and brimming with fascinating encounters at many levels of
reality. She introduces us to a "flavor" of shamanism that is unique and not wellknown.
The author is self-disclosing in a modest and insightful manner,
allowing us to be privy to her own doubts, anxieties, and sense of revelation.
Nevertheless, while reading her book I found myself asking, "What is this
about?" "What is truly new here?"
Thus, rather than finding in Entering the Circle novel approaches to concerns
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about the nature of reality, and one's role in it, I see it more as a validation from
another culture of "non-traditional truths" that have become nearly mainstream
within a certain segment of our society. As such, it is important confirmation of
the universal nature of a particular world view, but does not break new conceptual
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University qf New Mexico School of Medicine
Talpa, New Mexico



Ancient Secrets of
Siberian Wisdom

by Olga Kharitidi, MD, Harper, SF, 1996.

If there was something in the air,
If there was something in the wind,
If there was something in the trees or bushes,
That could be pronouned and once was overheard by animals,
Let this Sacred Knowledge be returned to us again.
Atharvaveda (VII 66)
When the young Russian psychiatrist Olga Kharitidi set out on an
impetous journey into the snowbound Altai Mountains of Siberia,
she never dreamed that her experience there would shatter and
rebuild her view of reality. Among the wintry villages and pine
forests of Siberia, guided by mysterious native sages, Kharitidi
unearthed the wellspring of the world's mystical traditions,
discovered deep secrets of healing and magic, and encountered
revolutionary teachings about the true nature of the human soul.
Entering the Circle shares her thrilling adventure and her stunning
discoveries with the world.
In Altai, Siberia, Kharitidi's path of knowledge led her ever closer
to unlocking the secrets of Belovodia, also known as Shambhala, a
fabled civilization of highly evolved humans who have for eons
spread their sacred knowledge through the world's great faiths,
including Buddhism, Christian mysticism, Sufism and Vedic
Hinduism. Altai is one of the most mysterious and unusual regions
of the world in its geography, geology, history and multiculturism.
The Altai language is related to Mongolian, which is spoken in
northern China, Afghanistan and eastern Siberia, and to the
Tungus language spoken in other parts of Siberia. The ancient
Turkic languages that sweep through Asia and Turkey also belong
to the same Altai language family. Altai's cultural significance in
human history has not yet been fully understood; yet, the author
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brings some of this to light in her unique spiritual journey found
Some of her learnings include:
1. We have the task of building two things while we are
in our physical lives. Our first task is to construct the
physical reality in which we live. The second task is the
creation of ourselves. Both tasks require equal attention.
Keeping the balance between them is a very sacred and
and demanding art.
2. Our waking reality--the fabric of our daily lives--is only
the near shore of our "Spirit Lake", the home of our inner
being. At the centre of our being, we can control reality,
changing it through our own will.
3. Shamans, in this country, are called "kams" and the kam
comes from a line of heritage that gives each one a unique
power belonging to that specific lineage. Shamans are people
of action that can restore chula. "Chula" is the live spirit
force; each thing in the world has its own chula.
4. The one and only thing everyone is doing all the time is
trying to make their Self. People have three main processes
for doing this: they speak inside their heads about the past,
reconstructing it be changing or erasing things that don't
fit the being they are trying to create; they think of the
future, imagining what they will do; and they connect with
the present by being aware of other people's perceptions
and reacting to that.
5. We each have a Spirit Twin, or Spirit Guide--a heart self,
who is our gentle teacher and guide who helps us create our
true self, because they are intimately connected with our
own ultimate purpose given to each of us at birth. There are
seven different kinds of spirit twins and no more. They are
Healer, Magus, Teacher, Messenger, Protector, Warrior, and
Executor. Understand that the last is not a person who kills,
but one who makes things happen. One of our most
important tasks is to learn the identity of our Spirit Twin
and then to integrate ourselves fully with it.
6. We have learned in physics that elementary particles
have a dual nature. They can exist as discrete particles, or
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they can simultaneously be a wave. Human beings have the
same duality. We are separate particles and waves at the
same time; it depends on the position of the observer inside
us. Because we believe we are independent individuals, we
perceive ourselves as particles. But at the same time, we are
always waves, with no boundaries at all.
7. The First Rule of living wisely is that every choice you
make in your life, from the most important ones to the
smallest everyday decisions, must be tested by conscious
questioning. For each decision, you must ask yourself if the
choice you make will satisfy five necessary attributes. If one
of them is absent, you must look in a different direction. In
this way, you will always find the right path. These five
attributes are truth, beauty, health, happiness, and light.
8. Diseases of the mind have only two causes, and they are
totally opposite each other. One way people can become
crazy is if their soul, or part of their soul, has been lost. The
second way is if they are overwhelmed and occupied by a
foreign power.
9. Everything in existence is alive, has its own spirit, and can
be communicated with.
10. We all have our own individual road to Shambhala, our
own search for knowledge and Self. This search for
understanding follows a series of circles joined together to
form an ascending spiral. As soon as we have completed
each turn and it has become a whole within us, forming an
integral part of our experience, we are immediately exposed
to the outer boundary of the next circle. Then we are ready
to take the spiral path leading to the next level.
These teachings give us power---power we must balance in our
life. To do that, remember this story:
Hold a snake in your hand. It is a power. Feel it and
remember the sensation of holding it. It squirms. You
must find the balance between yourself and this power
you hold. If you squeeze it too tightly, you will hurt the
snake and it may bite you. If you do not hold it tightly
enough, it will escape and you will lose it. you must
find the correct balance and keep it.
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MessaggioOggetto: Re: Olga Kharitidi and works on Trauma Spirits   Gio 20 Set 2012 - 22:44

o ho letto il suo libro sugli sciamani del sogno di samarcanda, splendido!!
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