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Awakening to the Spirit World by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman

In Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman bring together a circle of renowned Western shamanic elders to present a comprehensive manual on the oldest and most reliable human technology for accessing the realms of spirit – Shamanism.

The Shamanic Elder contributors are: Tom Cowan, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar, José Stevens, and Alberto Villoldo.

Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman

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Awakening to the Spirit World discusses:

  • How the original practice of shamanism shaped the world’s spiritual traditions and why it is still relevant today.
  • The art of the shamanic journey–a time-tested meditative method for experiencing important spiritual lessons and truths.
  • Guidance for avoiding common pitfalls of shamanic practice. Instruction for working with your dreams, connecting to your spirit guides, healing yourself and your environment.

Table of Comtents

Take a looksee at the Table of Contents:

  • Preface from Sandra Ingerman
  • Preface from Hank Wesselman
  • Introduction What Is Shamanism?
  • The Shamanic Journey
  • Reconnecting with Nature
  • Visionary Work with Weather and Environmental Changes
  • The Power of Ceremony and Ritual Dreams
  • Creative Art As a Bridge
  • Working with Sound and Light
  • Death As a Rite of Passage
  • Experiential Work with Death and Dying
  • All Change Involves a Death
  • Our Children Are Our Future
  • Working in Community
  • The Transformational Community
  • The Return of the Shaman
  • Further Resources
  • About The Society for Shamanic Practitioners
  • About the Authors
  • About the Contributors

Shamanism & Shamanic Practice

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Recommended Reading and Audio in Shamanism

Following are my Recommended Reading and Audio in Shamanism.

I have read the books and listened to the audio listed.

Shamananism has been practiced worldwide for some 10,000 years although the names of the practice, and the practitioners, is specific to the culture in which it is found.

Recommended Reading and Audio in Shamanism

My shamanic practice in my daily life is based on Core Shamanism, Celtic Shamanism, and shamanic practices from my teachers from other cultures including Mexico, Zimbabwe, Canada, the UK, and the USA, that they have shared with me either directly or through the books and audios listed on this page.

Celtic Shamanism in particular resonated with me as my ancestral background is Scottish, Welsh, English, Russian, and Finnish.

Core Shamanism

As my shamanic practice is based on Core Shamanism I recommend beginning with two books by Michael Harner the founder of the The Foundation for Shamanic Studies:

  1. The Way of the Shaman, and his follow-up
  2. Cave and Cosmos.

These two books will give you a solid insight into the history of shamanism and Core Shamanism as well as providing you with instructions on how to begin to add shamanic practice to your life.

Shamanism & Shamanic Practice Related Pages

Martha Lucier

Martha Lucier is co-founder of Northern Edge Algonquin Retreat Centre along with her husband Todd Lucier.

It was a wonderful experience studying with Martha at The Northern Edge. What a beautiful place.

A practitioner of Core Shamanism based on the work of Michael Harner, founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Martha has completed the F.S.S. 3 year program as well as shamanic teacher training with Sandra Ingerman and is a board member of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners.

Shamans and Shamanic Practitioners

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My Teachers, Guides, and Mentors

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Sandra Ingerman

Sandra Ingerman - Shaman

Sandra Ingerman she has been teaching and practicing shamanism for over 35 years and today is one of the most highly regarded teachers of shamanism.

Sandra founded an international alliance of Medicine for the Earth teachers and shamanic teachers.

One of those teachers Jeannette McCullough became my teacher and dear friend.

Medicine for the Earth and Me

My first work with Jeannette was after a heart attack in 2004 and involved a weekend workshop of Medicine for the Earth. This work continued for many years in a monthly Sunday afternoon healing circle where we often did a dismemberment journey.

While I have never met or spoken with Sandra she did request that I be included in a study that she was doing in partnership with University of Michigan Integrative Medicine conducted a pilot research study.

Medicine for the Earth by Sandra Ingerman book cover

The study shows how the Medicine for the Earth practices that Sandra developed to benefit people who have suffered a heart attack.

While I was accepted into the study I did not participate as the UoM wanted to include me in one of the control groups that did not use the Medicine for the Earth shamanic healing practices. The decision of which participants went into which group was based on a random draw.

Why would I stop doing something that was a benefit to me and saving my life?

Sandra teaches workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods.

Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture addressing the needs of our times.

Sandra Ingerman Website

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Jeannette McCullough

Jeannette McCullough was a healer, teacher, Shaman, gifted human being and a dear friend. I spent many hours receiving healing from Jeannette and studying with her. What a blessing.

Jeannette McCullough with World Drum

I had met a number of shamans over the years when they had come to give workshops in the store I had co-owned, The Reiki Store, but I had never really spent much time with them or attended their workshops.

Jeannette McCullough came into my life a few months after I had a heart attack. The heart attack was in September 2004.

As I was recuperating from the heart attack it came to me that I needed more than the support of my medical team. I began trying to connect with a Reiki Master and Shaman that a customer of The Reiki Store had talked about. Not sure why he came to mind. However, I did manage to connect with Bernie Morin.

Soul Retrieval with Bernie

Bernie introduced me directly to shamanic practice by doing a long distance Soul Retrieval session with me. He was in Peterborough, Ontario and I was in Toronto, Ontario. It was a life-changing event.

As Bernie lived in Peterborough and I was in Toronto working with him and attending his workshops wasn’t going to work as I recovered from the heart attack. Therefore, Bernie Morin introduced me to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and they, in turn, introduced me to Jeannette.

Medicine for the Earth with Jeannette

I’m not going to go into detail here about the work that I have done with Jeannette. However, my work began with her with a Medicine for the Earth Workshop based on Sandra Ingerman’s book “Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins”.

I was one of her students until she died. I have seen profound changes in my life as a result of the work that I have done with her. Sometimes a few words from her can really open up a whole new world. A truly thoughtful and caring human being.

Following are the words that I have lifted directly from Jeannette’s website previous website shamansong.ca. Why re-invent the wheel?

In Jeannette’s Own Words

Jeannette McCullough is a Registered Nurse and Shamanic Practitioner who has experience in many diverse health care settings including medical cardiology, orthopedics and addiction treatment. As an educator, she developed and taught courses in Pharmacology, Human Growth and Behaviour, Psychology, Life Skills and Addictions for George Brown College. Jeannette helped to establish, and successfully managed, a fundraising operation for Bayview Community Hospice.

She started training in 1996 with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, an international organization dedicated to the preservation, study and transmittal of shamanic knowledge and practice. She is a graduate of the Foundation’s Three-Year Program in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing. Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman are her teachers. And she has completed Sandra Ingerman’s Two-Year Teacher Training Program.

Jeannette has been offering approaches to health and healing from a shamanic perspective in her independent practice since 1998. She feels she has found her true home in her shamanic work.

Complementary Therapies Nurses’ Interest Group

Jeannette is also a founding member and served for three years on the executive of the Complementary Therapies Nurses’ Interest Group which represents the growing number of nurses who practice complementary medicine in Ontario. The group was officially recognized, and given special interest group status by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario in September of 2002.

Spirituality in Health-Care Network

As well, she is on the steering committee of the Spirituality in Health-Care Network. The network was founded in December 2000 by Yvonne Kason MD and John Thornton MD and is dedicated to integrating spirituality with psychotherapy and health care.

Integrative Health Care Round Table

Jeannette served for two years on the Integrative Health Care Round Table as a representative of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. The Round Table is an affiliation of conventional and complementary organizations established in 2004 to promote the development of integrative health care in Ontario and beyond.

Friends of Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT)

She is a past board member and a lifetime member of the Friends of Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT), a community of professionals and consumers who provide credible information and education about complementary and alternative medicine. FACT was founded in 1998 by the psychiatrist, Dr. Ted Lo.

Jeannette served to foster community, healing, and empowerment through her work and in her life. And she still does, even though she has died, through her many students.

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My Teachers, Guides & Mentors

Teachers, guides, mentors and coaches appear in many forms and often when least expected.

Many times you never meet them but read their words, listen to an audio or see a video. Or perhaps meet one of their students who introduces you to their work.

I have listened to many teachers over the years and heard absolutely nothing that they said. In one ear and out the other. I wasn’t ready to hear what they had to say or teach me. But years later something will lead me to them and I am ready.

Points of Reference

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