You're no idiot, of course. You know that shamans are also known as medicine men and women, who use the power of the mind and call on spiritual helpers to heal the afflicted. However, this ancient art has been put to more modern uses, including problem solving, empowerment, and personal mastery.
But you don't have to trek through steamy Amazonian jungles or frigid Siberian tundra to become enlightened in the ways of shamanism! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shamanism' will show exactly how to discover your own shamanic power and how that power will guide you in your everyday life! In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get:
-Shamanic history, from its origins in Paleolithic times to its spreading influence today.
-Power animals, where to locate them and how they communicate with you.
-How to take a shamanic, travelling through the Lower, Upper, and Middle Worlds, and exploring your past or future.
-Shamanic healing techniques in use with modern medicine.
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Table of Contents
|Part 1||Shamanism: The Ancient Skill of Knowing and Healing||1|
|1||The Power of Shamanism||3|
|2||The Origins of Shamanism||17|
|3||Shamanism Around the World||29|
|4||Shamanism's Many Faces||43|
|5||How Shamanism Can Help You||59|
|6||The Healing Shaman||73|
|Part 2||Power, Shaman Style||89|
|7||Working with Power Animals, Teachers, and Guides||91|
|8||Using Power Objects and the Elements||111|
|9||The Power of Singing, Prayer, and Dance||127|
|10||The Power of Ritual||139|
|11||The Power of Place||151|
|Part 3||Pack Your Bags, We're Going on a Journey!||163|
|12||Spiritual Travel: Shamanic Journeying||165|
|13||All Aboard! Taking a Journey||175|
|14||Getting the Most Out of Your Journeys||187|
|15||More Ways to Maximize Your Journeys||201|
|16||Journeying into the Soul: The Psychology of Shamanism||213|
|Part 4||The Well-Traveled Shaman||221|
|17||Planning Your Itinerary||223|
|18||Looking Low and High: Lower and Upper World Journeys||231|
|19||Staying Close to Home: The Middle World Journey||243|
|20||Traveling in Twos: Journeying with a Partner||257|
|21||Modern Shamanism and the Future||265|
|A||Speak Like a Shaman: A Glossary||273|
|B||More Mind Journeys: Further Reading||285|
|C||Shamanism Sites and Sitings: Groups, Organizations, Practitioners, and Websites||297|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a good introduction to Shamanism culturally, as well as a good introduction the every day use of the Shaman(ist)ic technique. In 'Part 1' of this book, the author explains where the word Shaman originated, and then procedes to tell about 'Shamans' in many different cultures. She cites different cultures and how they used Shamanism in the past and how it is used today. She does an excellent job warning about 'commercialized' Shamanism and plastic Shamans. 'Part 2' still contains information on different cultures and introduces some Shamanic technique. The author introduces practices, but I feel like they are oversimplified. Because they are generic though, it gives the reader the ability to adapt the techniques to their own beliefs if they feel they would like to use them. The author does an excellent job of presenting information, as well as giving her own opinion. Both of which she generally keeps separate from each other. Many books I've read let the opinion of the author overshadow the information presented in the book.
I've read a couple other books about shamanism and while they were very well done, I found myself getting confused by some of the terminology the authors used. This book gets away from the terminology (and explains virtually all terms in a great glossary at the book's end) and explains topics and concepts about shamanism in a way that any layperson can understand. Topics like 'shamanic journeys,' 'power animals,' 'Upper, Middle & Lower Worlds' are all explained in great detail. She also discusses the history of shamanism and describes shamanism in different cultures. While native American shamanism may share some concepts with Siberian shamanism for example, there are also enough differences between the two to clearly set them apart. And while Ms Scott is able to 'de-mystify' a lot of shamnaistic concepts, she also raises concerns about those who are trying to 'commercialize' shamanism for their own personal gains or those who claim to be 'shamans,' without going through a lot of the training usually required to be one. I've read a couple of Ms Scott's other books on other subjects and had no idea she had also written other books on shamanism. I felt she did a wonderful job writing this one, which I felt was an excellent overall introduction to this world. While one book does not make you an 'expert' in any kind of field, Scott has a bibliography that allows the reader to find other related books that will further their education in this area. Ms Scott has done a wonderful job in introducing the topic of shamanism to the general public.
A well written overview of shamanism, realistic but leaving me with an interest.
Basic but sound introduction to Shamanic practices with helpful exercises to guide you on your journey.