Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Using Shamanic and Jungian Tools to Achieve Personal Transformationby Carl Greer
Change Your Story, Change Your Life is a practical self-help guide to personal transformation using traditional shamanic techniques combined with journaling and Carl Greer’s method for dialoguing that draws upon Jungian active imagination. The exercises inspire readers to work with insights and energies derived during the use of modalities that tap/i>
Change Your Story, Change Your Life is a practical self-help guide to personal transformation using traditional shamanic techniques combined with journaling and Carl Greer’s method for dialoguing that draws upon Jungian active imagination. The exercises inspire readers to work with insights and energies derived during the use of modalities that tap into the unconscious so that they may consciously choose the changes they would like to make in their lives and begin implementing them.
A rich guide to spiritual awakening and emotional balance. Many self-improvement titles urge meditation, breathing, and journaling to engage readers on their path to wellness. Greer, a clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner, takes readers much further, introducing less common tools, such as shamanic principles and Jungian archetypes. Shamanism, he insists, aims to free people from habitual responses and inserts a "pause" between stimuli and reactions. Doing so, Greer writes, allows one's perception to be autonomous and influenced by detached observation. To readers who are unfamiliar with shamanic principles, the book clearly and vividly describes its practices to help readers live more fully and compassionately. For example, Greer explains that holding too tight to one's personal "story" discourages change, but detachment from divorce, abuse, failure, or heartbreak can allow for re-evaluation of one's beliefs. The author also fascinatingly asserts that all things have a frequency and an energetic nature and that people can sense vibrations in their physical surroundings. But there's also an intriguing lesson behind this idea: our bodies carry frequencies as well, he says, reinforcing the idea that the physical body, like the mind, carries energy that affects one's overall wellness. Greer also thoughtfully explains mindful breathing, journeying through autobiographical exercises, and acknowledging and calling on inner archetypes ("we all have an inner critic and an inner wise person, an inner mother and inner father, and an inner feminine and inner masculine figure or energy"). In a final chapter, the author discusses the use of rituals as a way to create new stories. Overall, Greer successfully offers an entrance into ancient topics that may renew readers' zest for life and their hope for future progress. A successful, engaging book about shamanic ideas and psychological archetypes, among other concepts.
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Lynn Andrews, New York Times Best-selling Author of The Medicine Woman Series
“Change Your Story, Change Your Life can help anyone to break free of old agreements that no longer serve them and dream a new story.”
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Meet the Author
Carl Greer PhD, PsyD is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner. After focusing on business for many years, he earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and then became a Jungian analyst.
The shamanic healing work he does is drawn from a blend of North American and South American indigenous trainings and is influenced by Jungian analytic psychology. He has trained with Peruvian shamans and through Dr. Alberto Villoldo's Healing the Light Body School, where he has been on staff. He has worked with shamans in South America, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ethiopia, and Outer Mongolia. In addition to his healing practice, Carl Greer remains involved in various businesses and philanthropies, teaches at the Jung Institute in Chicago, is on the staff of the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center, and holds workshops on shamanic topics.
Alberto Villoldo PhD a psychologist and medical anthropologist, has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the U.S. and Europe in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval.
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