On shamanic transformation..
The life of the Spirit is not one that shuns death and keeps clear of destruction; it endures death and in death maintains itself. It only wins to its truth when it finds itself utterly torn asunder. It is this mighty power not by being a positive, which turns away from the negative, as when we say of anything it is nothing or it is false and–being done with it–pass on to something else. On the contrary, spirit is this power only by looking the negative in the face and dwelling with it. This dwelling with it is the magic power that converts the negative into being