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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

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Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life by Tom Cowan

Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life by Tom Cowan blends elements of shamanism, Core Shmanism, and Celtic Shamanism with inherited traditions and contemporary religious commitments. Such a delightful and useful book.

I came across this book from a recommnendation by Michael Harner in his book Cave and Cosmos.

Table of Contents from Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life

The following listings from the Table of Contents of Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life by Tom Cowan will give you a quick overview of the material covered in the book.

  • Chapter One: Re-inventing Shamanism
  • Chapter Two: Power Animals
  • Chapter Three: The Shamanic Journey
  • Chapter Four: Sacred Horizons
  • Chapter Five Middle-World Journeys
  • Chapter Six: Spirits of Place
  • Chapter Seven: The Secrets of Childhood
  • Chapter Eight: Ancestral Spirits
  • Chapter Nine: Drumming Groups and Journey Ideas

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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.

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Celtic Shamanism

Celtic Shamanism refers to the Shamanic practices, traditions, and ways of the people native North-West Europe including England, Ireland, Isle of Mann, Scotland, and Wales.

Celtic Tree of Life in green

Predominately Shamanic Culture

The word ‘shaman’ was not used in the Celtic world. The Celtic title for “vision poet” in Irish Gaelic is File (fee’lyee) or Awenydd (ah-wen-ith) “inspired one” (Welsh).

The core beliefs of Celtic tradition are based upon an understanding, a knowing, that everything is alive and has a soul.

The Celts believed that Otherworlds interpenetrate the mortal realms in all parts of life and that spirits, faeries, ancestors, and deities associate regularly with humans.

Omens of the elements, plants, animals, and people can give premonitions of outcomes.

In fact, the Celtic early people had a predominately Shamanic culture.

Most people reading this will have heard of the famous British Shaman Merlin.

Celtic Shamanism Authors

I have found the work of Tom Cowan, John Matthews, and Caitlin Matthews to be a wonderful place to connect with Celtic Shamanism.

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Shamanism & Shamanic Practice

Shamanism is the intentional effort to develop intimate and lasting relationships with personal helping spirits by consciously leaving ordinary reality and journeying into the non-ordinary realms of the spirit world.

Shamanism has been practiced in every continent of the world since the beginning of history including Australia, Europe, the British Isles, Asia, India, China, and the Americas.

And the practice of Shamanism is, therefore, available to all people from every race and culture worldwide.

World Tree - Shamanism
The World Tree

Shamanism is a cross-cultural spiritual path that is a method rather than a religion. And Shamanism coexists with established religions in many cultures.

I like the observations about Shamanism that Tom Cowan has written in his useful, and easy to read book “Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life“:

“But for all the mysterious and exotic phenomena associated with shamanism, the core shamanic experience is really simple, timeless, and universal. There are many ways to define and describe shamanism, which is basically a way of viewing reality and the use of empirical techniques to function within that view of reality.”

Essential Perspective Of Shamanism

The essential perspective of shamanism is based on the fact that we are, and all creation is, one with Spirit:

  • Everything is alive.
  • Everything has spirit and awareness.
  • Energy and matter are the same. Everything is vibration.
  • Everything that exists is an energy system within a greater energy system.
  • Everything that exists is connected to everything else in a web of energy or life.
  • Unseen/inner/spiritual reality affects visible reality.

My Introduction to Shamanism

Although a number of Shamans conducted workshops over a number of years during the 90s in The Reiki Store that I co-owned in Toronto, Ontario, Canada I never took their workshops.

Shamanism came onto my life after a heart attack in 2004 via Bernie Morin, a gifted Shaman and Reiki Master. Bernie then lead me to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Foundation for Shamanic Studies

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies referred me to Jeannette McCullough who became my teacher and a dear frriend. My first work with her involved a weekend Medicine for the Earth workshop that had been developed by Sandra Ingerman.

I took the Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism The Way of the Shaman® – Shamanic Journeying, Power, and Healing offered by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies with Sharon Van Raalte.

Other Shamanic Training

I have also received training as a Shamanic Practitioner from many gifted Shamans. Please visit my page of Shamans and Shamanic Practitioners.

Shamanic Reading

There is a wealth of shamanic teaching available through books, videos, and audios prepared by Shamans worldwide. Of course, there is a lot of garbage produced as well. One doesn’t become a shaman by taking a 2-week course over the internet. If you are interested please visit Recommended Reading and Audio in Shamanism.

Shamanism & Shamanic Practice Related Pages

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Is shamanism a religion?

The practice of shamanism is a method, not a religion. It coexists with established religions in many cultures.

In Siberia, you’ll find shamanism coexisting with Buddhism and Lamaism, and in Japan with Buddhism. It’s true that shamans are often in animistic cultures. Animism means that people believe there are spirits. So in shamanic cultures, where shamans interact with spirits to get results such as healing, it’s no surprise that people believe there are spirits. But the shamans don’t believe in spirits. Shamans talk with them, interact with them. They no more “believe” there are spirits than they “believe” they have a house to live in or have a family. This is a very important issue because shamanism is not a system of faith.

Shamanism is also not exclusionary. They don’t say, “We have the only healing system.” In a holistic approach to healing, the shaman uses the spiritual means at his or her disposal in cooperation with people in the community who have other techniques such as plant healing, massage, and bone setting. The shaman’s purpose is to help the patient get well, not to prove that his or her system is the only one that works.

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Reconnecting with Our Inner Spirit and Power Within

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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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