When we hear the word shaman, most of us envision an indigenous tribal person decked out in a mask and feathered costume, dancing in a trance around a fire in the dark of the night, while drums beat in the background. Right? It’s quite possible, but shamans come in all shapes, sizes, creeds, classes and cultures; they’re all over the world. And the Shamanic world is open to both men and women.
Shamanism is not a religion, but a spiritual practice. Shamans are medicine men and women who use their connection with nature and the spirit world to heal and awaken others. They are masters of their craft. Shamans journey to the Spirit realm to receive pertinent information by channeling a person’s spirit guides and ancestors.
Over the years Shamans have developed tools and techniques for transformation and healing. They can be approached to work on your behalf, or you can venture into this world with the help of experienced Shamans. Many have written books offering guidance and exercises to clear your path, cleanse, heal, find your destiny and more. It’s another modality that can open doors to a better life.
Shamanic Tools for Finding Your Destiny and Recovering Your Spirit
This enlightened book by psychologist and medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., explains the practices for healing outside of ordinary time and space. It shows how to enter the timeless now to heal events that occurred in the past, and to correct the course of destiny. Dr. Villoldo discusses ways in which you can heal yourself and your loved ones by employing intention through practices used by shamans, which until now, have been inaccessible to most of the world. The shamans of old called this journeying.
In this book, you’ll discover that in the same way you have a four-chambered heart, you have a four-chambered soul. In the first chamber, you store away the memory of a wound that derailed your destiny. In the second, you keep the limiting beliefs and soul contracts that you entered into at the time of your loss. In the third, you recover the grace and trust that will make you whole again; and in the fourth, you remember the calling and mission that you choose to unfold in this lifetime.
While everyone has a future,” Villoldo says, “only certain people have a destiny.” This book shows you how to find and manifest yours.
The Illumination Process
A Shamanic Guide to Transforming Toxic Emotions into Wisdom, Power, and Grace
The Illumination Process guides the reader on a healing journey, forged by the timeless wisdom of indigenous cultures and the latest theories of neurobiology. Through various stages in this journey of initiation, we grow to understand the causes of our suffering and how to free ourselves from the pain and drama of our unhealed emotions. Life itself invites us to be initiated through many means; the possibility of love, the loss of a parent or friend, the birth of a child, or a serious health crisis. True initiation is empowered by facing personal challenges and experiencing the spiritual rebirth-or illumination-that follows.
Unifying this book is the sacred process of transforming toxic emotions into sources of power and grace. The Illumination Process shows us how to bid a joyful goodbye to the people and places we have met, discovering a sacred space where the spirit inhabits, uniting the body and soul. When we learn to let go of difficult situations and problems, to accept our lives as they are, we can begin to identify with a self that is eternal.
Recounting his own experiences, tracing the mythologies of an array of cultures, and expanding his inquiry into the field of neurobiology, Alberto Villoldo shows readers how they can benefit from these sacred practices.
Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart
The Real-life Initiation of an Everyday Shaman
Shaman’, meaning ‘intermediary between spirit and the natural world’, has become a well-worn word in the West. It’s not a job title one can give oneself, and in indigenous societies, a shaman is usually born to this role. Ya’Acov Darling Khan is one of the few westerners who has been acknowledged as a Shaman by indigenous elders or teachers.
After being hit by lightning, Ya’Acov took a 30-year journey into the heart of shamanism to seek his own healing, and to learn how he could serve others with the wisdom he acquired through his experiences. He has studied with indigenous teachers from the Arctic Circle to the USA and South America, and has taken part in ceremonies in such diverse locations as Welsh caves to the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Nowadays, Ya’Acov continues to study and regularly journeys to the Ecuadorean Amazon to work alongside the Achuar and Sapara people.
The Accidental Shaman
Journeys with Plant Teachers and Other Spirit Allies
After surviving a serious elevator crash in London, Howard G. Charing found he had developed healing touch as well as the ability to hear voices and experience visions, just as a healer in Italy had predicted only a week before the accident. He began using his abilities to heal but felt he needed more guidance and training. He first connected with a national spiritual healing organization, only to be told he was doing everything wrong. Then, through a friend, he discovered shamanism.
Sharing profound teachings and extraordinary experiences from his more than 30 years of shamanic healing work, Charing explains how he accidentally became a shaman and completely changed the course of his life. He describes his work with plant spirits, entheogens such as ayahuasca, and indigenous shamans during his 20 years of fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon, including his studies with the late visionary artist Pablo Amaringo. Investigating altered states of perception, he provides visionary techniques for exploring non-ordinary reality, exercises for expanding sensory perception, and practices to open your creative artistic visionary potential. Detailing the practice of soul retrieval, the author discusses why it is one of the most effective and profound spiritual healing practices and shares emotionally charged stories of successful shamanic healings he has attended. He also includes shamanic wisdom on working with feathers, stones, and sound and compares current research in physics with the vast body of experiential knowledge from indigenous spiritual traditions.
For thousands of years, shamans helped the people in their communities remain in balance with themselves, each other, the natural world and the spirit world. This beautifully written book is not only a powerfully honest, humorous and inspiring memoir, but a guidebook for those from many cultures and walks of life wishing to return to their indigenous roots, and be part of midwifing a more benign human presence here on Earth as part of a new dream.