Stopping the World: A Shamanic Perspective on Margaret Atwood's Surfacing
by Vincent Casspriano, Jr.
The experience of "stopping the world," of freeing ourselves from all limiting definitions of self and world, in a sense destroys both – the self and world we knew and believed all-encompassing fall away, never to return. Once we sample those deeper layers of reality for ourselves, we can never again accept limitation. The person we were has died. In his place stands a newly initiated shaman...