Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation

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Today, practicing shamanism doesn't mean you have to live in a rain forest or a desert. Thanks to a modern renaissance of shamanic spirituality, practitioners from all walks of life now use powerful indigenous techniques for healing, insight, and spiritual growth. With Awakening to the Spirit World, teachers Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman bring together a circle of renowned Western shamanic elders to present a comprehensive manual for making these practices accessible and ...

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Overview

Today, practicing shamanism doesn't mean you have to live in a rain forest or a desert. Thanks to a modern renaissance of shamanic spirituality, practitioners from all walks of life now use powerful indigenous techniques for healing, insight, and spiritual growth. With Awakening to the Spirit World, teachers Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman bring together a circle of renowned Western shamanic elders to present a comprehensive manual for making these practices accessible and available in our daily lives, including:
. 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

The core of shamanism is the experience of direct revelation-- to communicate firsthand with your spiritual allies and discover your own power. Awakening to the Spirit World takes you through each step of developing a personal connection with your helping spirits to receive wisdom, insight, and healing energy. From an overview of shamanism, to your first journeys and encounters with your power animals, to expanding your skills and insight through long-term practice, here is an in-depth resource for the shamanic arts that includes:

. Creating rituals and ceremonies for healing and transformation
. Reconnecting with nature to heal ourselves and the planet
. Working with your dreams, songs, and artistic vision to strengthen your practice
. Traditional wisdom for children-- healthy rites of passage for each phase of a child's journey to adulthood
. Honoring the cycle of life and death-- shamanic practices to prepare for and celebrate our final transition in this life

Table of Contents

1 What is Shamanism?
2 The Shamanic Journey
3 Reconnecting with Nature
4 Visionary Work with Weather and Environmental Changes
5 The Power of Ceremony and Ritual
6 Dreams
7 Creative Art as a Bridge
8 Working with Sound and Light
9 Death As a Rite of Passage
10 Experiential Work with Death and Dying
11 All Changes Involve Death
12 Our Children Are Our Future
13 Working in Community
14 The Transformational Community
15 The Return of the Shaman

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Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual practice known to humankind and is the "ancestor" of all our modern religions. As a method, it is a form of meditation combined with a focused intention to accomplish various things, as well become apparent in this book. As a spiritual practice, shamanism can become a way of life that may utterly transform the one who practices it.

The word "shaman" comes from the language of the Evenki peoples, a Tungusic tribe in Siberia. This is a word whose meaning has to do with esoteric knowledge and extraordinary spiritual abilities and as such a shaman is often defined as an intermediary between the human and spirit worlds. In shamanic cultures, the word "shaman" has come to mean "the one who sees in the dark" or "the one who knows."

There are certain commonalities in a shaman's worldview and practice across the world that allow us to make certain broad generalizations about shamanism. In the majority of indigenous cultures, the universe is viewed as being made up of two distinct realms: a world of things seen and a world of things hidden, yet that these two worlds present themselves together as two halves of a whole. The shaman is the inspired visionary, a man or a woman who learns through practice how to enter into this "world of things hidden," and once there, he or she typically encounters extra-mundane personalities or archetypal forces that the indigenous peoples refer to as spirits, ancestors, or even gods.

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"Awakening to the Spirit World" takes a deep look at tapping sources of invisible power in daily life. So much of what Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman write about is lost to modern medicine: listening to the weather and the elements, understanding death, and more. This is a courageous book that will appeal to all who long to explore the unseen world."

- Judith Orloff, MD, author of Emotional Freedom

"In an era when chaos, confusion, and uncertainty take center stage, the ancestors, focused on balancing the energies of life, call forth calm, clarity, and pragmatic direction for accessing the medicine needed to heal the individual and collective psyche. In this moment in time, we are invited into "Awakening the Spirit World," where we are reassured that we are not alone. We are in good company, indeed."

- Malidoma Patrice Some, PhD, author of "Of Water and the Spirit, The Healing Wisdom of Africa," and "Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591797500
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 426,043
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Ingerman, MA, is the author of eight books including Soul Retrieval, Medicine for the Earth, How to Heal Toxic Thoughts, and How to Thrive in Changing Times. With Sounds True, she has published the books Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide and Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation (coauthored with Hank Wesselman) as well as five audio programs, including Shamanic Meditations: Guided Journeys for Insight, Vision, and Healing and Soul Journeys: Music for Shamanic Practice.
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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    THE SPIRIT WORLD and the inadequacy of words

    AWAKENING TO THE SPIRIT WORLD is more of an experience than it is reading a book. Not that the writing by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman is less than excellent: these two spiritualists communicate the road to the Shamanic path with great ease and easy to understand verbiage. It is that the manner in which the information shared so warmly and realistically in this book is of another place, a place the authors are inviting us to explore, to become. Having spent hours with this book and the accompanying CD of drumming, this reader has experienced some transformations that seem to fall out of the field of 'reviewing' a book. And that is hopefully what many people will find if they take the time to enter this sacred space - this oneness with Nature.

    As is quoted from the book defining what is necessary to achieve the level of oneness, the following summarizes only one of the issues: 'Three necessary tools are gratitude, or the ability to see through the false ego to the heart; seeing, or cutting through falsity to the true nature of Spirit; and blessing, or recognizing the Spirit flowing through one. Shamans are viewed as hollow bones or empty reeds, people who learn "to move ... ego out of the way so that the power of the universe may work through and within them." Words and critiques of a book of this sort fall short in describing the atmosphere the reader (rather the willing reader!) discovers. Try not to enter this world on the recommendations of others, but commit to the elevation of exploring Shamanism from your own need if not curiosity. It is not new, it has been present since life began, it is a meditation that takes us beyond ourselves and into ourselves all at one time. AWAKENING TO THE SPIRIT WORLD is a gift from Ingerman and Wesselman. Accept their offer.

    Grady Harp

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

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    Loved this one

    This book is the one that got me started... How could you not

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2011

    Necessary for all concerned with the world's spiritual health and how to facilitate community spiritual health as well as one's own.

    Very informative of shamanic practice with insightful anecdotes from several known shamanic practitoners. Written with imense integriy aand concern for all of humanity.Connecting with Nature is our greatest hope for a healthy future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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