Below is the outline shell of a web site created with Trellix long ago for my wife.

To see the current version in its full splendor, visit

Now I am remodeling this page to be a crude front end for my own website of memories. A click H E R E should jump to a sample slideshow with relatively high interactive display values as long as the MemoryMiner display program continues to work.

My overeager, overly-complete techie resume from 20 years ago and more can be viewed at R E S U M E

A subsite with sequenced screenshots of current optimizations and tech fixes for a Mac user can be reached via help UR self

Books on Himalayan Shamanism

now available
World Shaman
Encountering Ancient Himalayan Spirits
in Our Time

most recent
Thoughts in the Mind of God
An American Woman's Spiritual Quest
Among the Himalayan Shamans

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World Shaman
Supporting three wives, twelve children and assorted relatives, Mohan Rai is a thoroughly modern man, convinced he's escaped an outmoded duty to follow his father as shaman to his Bhutanese village. But the gods and spirits, ancient protectors of the tribe, have other ideas. Dishonored and vengeful, they enter his dreams and haunt his days, destroying his business, his health, his sanity, and finally, his freedom. Based on Mohan's letters from prison, this true account by his first Western initiate will transform your worldview.

"Ellen's retelling of Mohan Rai's first-hand account of his shamanic apprenticeship in Bhutan is a valuable contribution to the preservation of this ancient knowledge."
            —Michael Harner, Ph.D., author, The Way of the
Shaman, Founder, Foundation for Shamanic Studies

"I was fascinated. Like Autobiography of a Yogi, Mohan Rai's story shares much wisdom. Portraying his training from childhood in the ancient, mystical traditions of the shaman, this book brings a hopeful vision I will carry into my everyday life forever . . . a reminder of the mysteries that sustain our lives and how little we know of them. The message runs deep."
                —Hal Zina Bennett, Ph.D., author, Spirit Animals and the Wheel of Life: Earth-Centered Practices for Everyday Living
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Thoughts in the Mind of God
A true and absorbing story of one woman's training in Himalayan shamanism with an astonishing message: that even doubt, relentlessly pursued, will lead the seeker home.

The skeptical child of scientists, Ellen decides early on there is no God. In her teens she has a vision of One Consciousness, and after thinking about it long and hard, concludes that she must be that One—and therefore to blame for all the suffering world. Living as a wife and working mother Ellen leaps at the chance to study with tribal shamans in Nepal, learning their secrets and states of ecstasy—in vain. Only when she faces her own powerlessness does she finally discover the miraculous secret of reality.

Scenes from the everyday lives of Himalayan shamans, revelations of secret practices, tales of ghosts and spirits, and ancient myths are set in a framework of contemporary Nepal and the United States, as the author meets and learns from Mohan Rai, son of a famous Bhutanese shaman.

"An exciting story of a contemporary American woman's shamanic path. I enjoyed every word."
—Michael Harner, founder, Foundation for Shamanic Studies,
author, The Way of the Shaman

"Ellen Winner has written an engaging account of her spiritual journey through personal pain, doubt, and loss to discover the comfort and support that the spiritworld can offer. Her story will inspire others who seek ways to balance the visible and invisible realities that make up our lives."
—Tom Cowan, author, Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit

"The first time I read this manuscript I spent three days in retreat, rethinking my own life and recalling lessons from my own study of shamanism. This book is an amazing adventure, true and real, taking us deep into the mystery of everyday life and reminding us of the magic we all possess for creating a better world. A wonderful read!"
—Hal Zina Bennett, Ph.D., author, Spirit Animals and The Wheel of Life

"Shamanic initiations—even those of contemporary practitioners—involve a powerful, sometimes wrenching dissolution of the initiate's old way of perceiving the world. With both honesty and humility, Ellen Winner offers us a glimpse of her own transformative journey into partnership with the Spirits."
—Evelyn Rysdyk, author, Modern Shamanic Living: New Explorations of an Ancient Path

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