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

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

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by Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman
 

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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

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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 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
 

Excerpt
 

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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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591797500
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
295,934
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Ingerman

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.

Sandra teaches workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. She has trained and founded an international alliance of Medicine for the Earth Teachers and shamanic teachers. Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture addressing the needs of our times. She is devoted to teaching people how we can work together as a global community to bring about positive change for the planet.

Sandra is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and Professional Mental Health Counselor. She is also a board certified expert on traumatic stress as well as certified in acute traumatic stress management. She writes the monthly column “The Transmutation News,” now translated into 10 languages.


Hank Wesselman

Hank Wesselman, PhD, is a paleoanthropologist and shamanic teacher who has worked with noted anthropologists investigating the mysteries of human origins in Africa. His books include Visionseeker, Spiritwalker, and Journey to the Sacred Garden. He lives in Hawaii.


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Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
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
Jay-Smith More than 1 year ago
This book is the one that got me started... How could you not
Pamela Joy Reyes More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept feeling like the writer was looking for acceptance by the reader. I want a teacher who is sure about who they are, and what they know, not my approval (after all we are all free to feel and do things that we feel is correct for our own pathways... nothing is EVER written in stone).