So, back when rocks were still soft and the internet was young, Scarecrow (aka Lorax, aka Gordon Cooper, current Grand Archdruid of the AODA) wrote an essay that was published in Converging Paths, 1987 Fall Equinox issue, called "SHAMANISM: Agony Before the Ecstasy". As rocks have cooled, dinosaurs been killed off and such, bodies have moved and the like, he no longer has a complete copy of it, and I have a need of it.
I've been scouring the dark alleys of Google seeking it, as it had been posted to the old PODSNet file system, as well as having been posted to Usenet in a few places. I've tracked down as many of those as I can, and in every instance, text is missing, or garbled. In fact, there are two versions at the Skeptic Tank, both of which have different errors and gaps, as well as two instances in soc.religion.shamanism which at first look seems to be a duplicate of the one in alt.pagan, except they have different garbles as well ...
In short, we have all of these, none of them are complete:
By any chance, do any of Ye Old Timers have in their mildewing files in the box in the crawlspace or basement, copies of this particular issue of Converging Paths, and if so, could you be enticed to scan the pages of this article and email them to me, so that I can clean up the scans and get them to Gordon? Sadly, my own copies of that belated magazine were eaten by vermin about 25 years back and seven moves ago.
For any assistance, many thanks, feel free to contact me at Moondancer @ NemedCuculatii (dot) org with "SHAMANISM: Agony Before the Ecstasy" as the subject if you can assist!
PS - Permission to share this in appropriate Craft/Metaphysical Groups is granted, lease just let me know where it's been shared, so that I can attempt to keep track.