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Some Shamanic Prayers from Praying with Power

Jose Luis Stevens offers a wonderful number of prayers that I have found to be very helpful in his book Praying With Power: How to Use Ancient Shamanic Techniques to Gain Maximum Spiritual Benefit and Extraordinary Results Through Prayer.

Here are a few of the prayers that I use daily. I hope that you enjoy these prayers and find them helpful.

Jose recommends that we modify the prayers to suit our own personal needs.

Some shamanic prayers from Praying with Power with Richard Edward Ward

The Seven Levels of Shamanic Prayer

From a shamanic point of view there are Seven Levels of Prayer. There are seven states of perception that lead to different forms of prayers and these are at times antagonist it to each other.

These different states of perception account for vastly different beliefs about reality and you will find people in every culture of the world who adhere to one or another of them. The latter ones are usually ascribed to Mystics and are more difficult for the average person to understand. At the risk of vastly oversimplifying seven states of perception corresponding levels of Prayer.

  1. Kill my enemies; be strong over them.
  2. Please don’t punish me! I’ve been bad; save me.
  3. Make me Rich! Give me, give me, give me. You were great as long as you give me.
  4. Life is so hard! Help me, give me strength, help my loved ones. You have the power to help. I am so confused! I know you were there but why don’t you help me help me, damn it?
  5. Thank you for providing for me. I love you! You are wonderful!
  6. Thank you for making me in your image. Allow me to know you more and more. I am your servant. Thy will be done.
  7. You and I are one. I am peace. Make it so. I am that. I am who I am.

The above is taken from Praying With Power: How to Use Ancient Shamanic Techniques to Gain Maximum Spiritual Benefit and Extraordinary Results Through Prayer by Jose Luis Stevens, beginning on page 8.

Some Shamanic Prayer Basics

The Seven Levels of Shamanic Prayer with Richard Edward Ward

Shamanic Prayer

With regard to Shamanic prayer the work of Jose Luis Stevens and Lena Stevens has resonated with me. I highly recommend their book Praying With Power: How to Use Ancient Shamanic Techniques to Gain Maximum Spiritual Benefit and Extraordinary Results Through Prayer.

Praying With Power

In Part One: Powerful Prayer of Praying With Power, Jose and Lena Stevens present useful tools and techniques for praying with power. I have found the following to very helpful:

  1. The Nine Keys To Successful Prayer
  2. The Seven Levels of Prayer
  3. The Powerful and Essential ‘I AM’ Decree

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Awaken the Inner Shaman by Jose Luis Stevens

In Awaken the Inner Shaman: A Guide to the Power Path of the Heart, by Jose Luis Stevens, Jose presents a direct and practical shamanic guide for opening our eyes to the greater wisdom and knowing within―and stepping into the power and responsibility we possess to shape and serve our world.

 Awaken the Inner Shaman: A Guide to the Power Path of the Heart by Jose Luis Stevens

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Jose Stevens writes that “Within you is a greater, wiser self that is not bound by your fears, worries, or perceived limitations.” And he calls this greater, wiser self, the Inner Shaman – the part of you that connects directly to the true source of the universe.

“The shamans of every tradition know that the physical world we can see and touch is a mere shadow of the true spirit world,” writes Dr. Stevens.

In this wonderful book Jose Stevens walks us through a process to discover and connect with our own Inner Shaman.

  • Seeing through the heart – why the heart offers us the most immediate path for accessing the Inner Shaman
  • Illuminating the Inner Shaman through spirituality, quantum physics, medical science, and experiential knowing
  • The Inner Shaman in action – how to stop living from the egoic mind and put your true essence in charge
  • Eight tools to strengthen your connection to the Inner Shaman, and much more

As Dr. Stevens writes: “The Inner Shaman, suppressed and ignored for centuries, can be discovered in the most obvious place possible – within your own heart.”

I really enjoy this book. Awaken the Inner Shaman: A Guide to the Power Path of the Heart has become part of my basic library that helps me as I follow my own shamanic path.

Contents of Awaken the Inner Shaman

Explore the contents. Awaken the Inner Shaman is not a book of many pages but it is chock full of practical information and exercises so that you can begin to work with your Inner Shaman.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • CHAPTER 1 Quantum Physics and the Inner Shaman
  • CHAPTER 2 How the Inner Shaman Works with DNA
  • CHAPTER 3 The Inner Shaman and Its Powerful Task
  • CHAPTER 4 The Benefits of Working with the Inner Shaman
  • CHAPTER 5 How the Inner Shaman Came to Be
  • CHAPTER 6 Locating the Inner Shaman Within You
  • CHAPTER 7 What Shamans Know about the Mind
  • CHAPTER 8 Tearing Down the Retaining Walls of the Mind
  • CHAPTER 9 Interference and Blocks to Experiencing the Inner Shaman
  • CHAPTER 10 Enthroning the Inner Shaman
  • CHAPTER 11 Cultivating the Inner Shaman
  • CHAPTER 12 Engaging the Inner Shaman
  • CHAPTER 13 The Inner Shaman as Big Medicine and Healer
  • CHAPTER 14 Learning to Turn Life Over to the Inner Shaman
  • CHAPTER 15 The Inner Shaman as Powerful Creator
  • CHAPTER 16 The Inner Shaman and the Inner Levels of the Body
  • CHAPTER 17 Advanced Work with the Inner Shaman
  • Epilogue: The Big Portal is Opening; Help is Here
  • Bibliography
  • About the Author
  • About Sounds True
  • Copyright

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Praying with Power by Jose Luis Stevens

In Praying With Power: How to Use Ancient Shamanic Techniques to Gain Maximum Spiritual Benefit and Extraordinary Results Through Prayer by Jose Luis Stevens offers us the key to satisfying and productive prayer using the shamanic technique of seven developmental stages of prayer which can be employed whatever your religious or spiritual path.

Praying with Power by Jose Luis Stevens

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  • Shows you how to work with silence and listen deeply to hear the spirit’s response
  • Includes practical exercises to build on simple prayers and shape them to your needs
  • Gives an ancient shamanic spiritual technique for gaining maximum benefit from praying
  • Offers a non-denominational approach designed to appeal to all

I really enjoy this book and use it daily.

Contents of Praying with Power

Explore the contents. Praying with Power is not a book of many pages but it is chock full of practical prayers so that you can begin to work with shamanic prayer.

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Powerful Prayer
  • Part Two: Manifesting
  • Part Three: Knowing Source
  • Part Four: Life Challenges
  • Part Five: Getting on Track
  • Part Six: Health and Healing
  • Part Seven: Developing Virtues
  • Part Eight: Dealing with Fears
  • Part Nine: Praying for Others and for Conditions
  • Part Ten: Advanced Shamanic Techniques of Prayer
  • Conclusion

Other Books Shamanic Prayer

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