Read Aloud Books #2

‘Pygmies and Dream Giants’ by Kilton Stewart
‘Here They Dug the Gold’ by George F. Willson
‘Witness to Witchcraft’ by Harry B. Wright
While in the trance state the patient is instructed by the shaman to bring back some artistic creation from his spirit helper—a poem, a song, a dance—and Stewart suggests that this practice sheds some light on the old problem of the relationship between neurosis and creativity. For when the shamans requested “that the area of the personality which had formerly expressed itself as conflict, rage, and migraine headache changed itself into music, poetry, and dancing on the spot, . . . they were requesting that the subject transform the pain into that which was socially significant and beautiful”
—Kilton Stewart



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