The Office of Shaman

The  Office of Shaman:  A Hermeneutic Rationale for the Inclusion of a Soul Concept in the Genesis of Human Thought

What the Book is About

For thousands of years, there have been individuals who demonstrated uncanny insight into how and why others think the way they do, who could identify and resolve the sources of other people’s pain and frustration, and who helped individuals, families and communities see and forge solutions to all manner of problems. In some cultures this role or Office was held by someone who others referred to as a Shaman.

We now live in a world where shamans may seem quaint and out of step with modern times. We have vast scientific knowledge about brain waves, artificial intelligence, social psychology, thought, quantum physics, and so forth. And yet people still suffer from frustrations and misunderstandings that require insight into both the physical and energetic components of human thought. What would the Office of Shaman look like in the current day and age, with what we know, and the new tools we have? Who are those who would fill it?

These questions are at the heart of The Office of Shaman by John Worthington, first published in 2007 and now available in print and kindle version at

A Unique Approach to History, Consciousness, and Even the experience of reading

The Office of Shaman is not a treatise on the philosophy of thought. Instead it is concerned with the practicalities of how thought works. As Worthington says, “This book is most specifically about awareness, the awareness of self, soul, mind and actions. It provides a framework you can use to understand why you do what you do and how you can make choices with applied insight, rather than blind reactivity.” Such awareness is critical to success in any endeavor, whether or not anyone has ever considered such awareness to be shamanic in nature.

The book builds on the model of thought developed by consciousness researcher and float tank inventor, Dr. John C. Lilly, the non-Aristotelian logic and language pioneered by Alfred Korzybski, and shamanic concepts in the work of Carlos Castenada. It interweaves history, a narrative story, and questions for consideration so that the reader does not merely “think about” the concepts, but has an experience.

The book offers a way to observe and describe the components of thought that is useful for anyone who is serious about understanding his or her own thinking and the dynamic functions of the soul. The book is especially illuminating for those who are compelled to cultivate a deep awareness of  “self, soul, mind and actions” in order to fulfill their own office, whether within their specific profession or art, or in their wider community. It is also a resource for anyone who is working in a float center or is serious about using floating as a tool to understand thought.


What People are Saying About The Office of Shaman…

Based on the title this book was not what I expected. This book is full of information on the way that we think and the tools to change your way of thinking. I have since shared this book with others who also have found it helpful.  

— Stacey Malloy


…provides a foundation for understanding the implications of living in an energetic universe, but moreover, provides practical concepts that I now use to tap into the energy that guides my life so that I can better express who I am.

— Ken Kaplan


The Office of Shaman has helped me understand why, despite all the yoga, meditation and self-help books, I was still struggling with stress. The format of introducing concepts and then watching how they play out in a story line is great and makes the material accessible….This book is a wealth of information for anyone interested in personal growth and self-development.

— Anne

For more reviews, click here.