Phil has visited many of the remaining cultures whose beliefs encourage a spiritual communion with the environment. He began to interview and photograph many of the people in these cultures and their spiritual mediators, the Shamans. The vast majority of the shamans he met were identified then nurtured to become healers or seers after they suffered what we in our culture refer to as a psychotic break from reality. This ‘break’ typically occurred in their adolescent or teen years. Most were taken aside by an older shaman or elder and told they had a special gift and could serve their community. Fascinated by this difference in framing (psychosis vs gift) Phil has started exploring these cultural differences with respect to non-ordinary states of consciousness and the relevance of traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world.