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What Is Shamanism?

Shamanism is an ancient, worldwide practice of engaging with spirit helpers and the forces of the natural world to develop relationships, solve problems, and perform healing.

Beside the ordinary world we live and breathe in are parallel, non-ordinary worlds, a universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. It is these parallel worlds that shamans travel to in a visionary state to do their work.

As indigenous peoples have for thousands of years, we can use the shamanic journey and related practices of direct revelation to find our way back into harmony with the universe and our own souls, forging sacred, reciprocal relationships that nurture the planet.

What Is a Shamanic Practitioner?

A shamanic practitioner works in reciprocity with her spirit helpers, the elements, and the forces of the natural world. Combining intent, focus, and deep reverence, she uses the shamanic tools of journeying, ceremony, power objects, song, dance, drumming, and rattling in her work.

Traditionally the role of the shamanic practitioner was to help maintain balance in the world. This continues to be our essential function. A practitioner may focus on the healing of people, creatures, places on the earth, and/or issues that divide a community. The practices of soul retrieval, soul remembering, power animal retrieval, extraction healing, energy healing, psychopomp, sound healing, divination, and ceremony may be utilized for any of these focuses for healing.

Shamanic Practices and Future Visioning Bibliography
[some of my favorite books]

Anderson, Ginny. Circling San Francisco Bay: A Pilgrimage to Wild and Sacred Places, 2006

Buxton, Simon The Shamanic Way of the Bee. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 2004.

David-Neel, Alexandra. Magic and Mystery in Tibet. NY;Dover, 1971.

Griffin, Susan. Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her. 2004.

Halifax, Joan. Shamanic Voices: A Survey of Visionary Narratives. NY: E. P. Dutton, 1979.

Halifax, Joan. The Fruitful Darkness: Reconnecting with the Body of the Earth. NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.

Harner, Michael. The Way of the Shaman: A Guide to Power and Healing. NY: Bantam Books, 1982.

Hill, Michael Ortiz & Mandaza Augustine Kandemwa. Twin from Another Tribe: the Story of Two Shamanic Healers from Africa and North America. Wheaton, Ill: Quest Books, 2007.

Ingerman, Sandra. How to Heal Toxic Thoughts. Sterling Publishers, 2007.

Ingerman, Sandra. Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins. Three Rivers Press, 2001.

Ingerman, Sandra. Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Inc., 2008. (Book and CD, highly recommended!)

Ingerman, Sandra. Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self. NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006.

Ingerman, Sandra. Welcome Home: Following Your Soul's Journey Home. NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.

Ingerman, Sandra and Hank Wesselman. Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Inc., 2010.

Jenkins, Elizabeth B. Journey to Q'eros: Golden Cradle of the Inka. Pu

Jenkins, Elizabeth B. Initiation: A Woman's Spiritual Adventure in the Heart of the Andes. Berkley, 1998.

Kolweit, Holger. Dreamtime and Inner Space: The World of the Shaman. Boston: Shambala, 1988.

Narby, Jeremy. The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge. NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1999.

Prechtel, Mart. Secrets of the Talking Jaguar: A Mayan Shaman NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998.

SomOf Water and Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman. NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1994.

Tedlock, Barbara. The Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine. NY: Bantam, 2005.

Talbott, Michael. The Holographic Universe. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1992.

Villoldo, Alberto. Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World Into
Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2009.

Villoldo, Alberto. The Four Insights: Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2007.

Villoldo, Alberto. Mending The Past & Healing The Future With Soul Retrieval. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2006..

Villoldo, Alberto. Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas. NY: Harmony Books, 2000.

Whitley, David S. The Art of the Shaman: Rock Art of California. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2000.

Wilcox, Joan Parisi. Masters of the Living Energy: The Mystical World of the Q'ero of Peru. Boston: Element Books, 2004.

Williams, J.E. The Andean Codex: Adventures and Initiations Among the Peruvian Shamans. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2005.

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