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What is shamanism?
The Shamanic Journey – a journey to the three shamanic realms
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Fighting the Spiritual Void
The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
Why Did We Start Farming?
Seeing Wetiko: On Capitalism, Mind Viruses, and Antidotes for a World in Transition
The Greatest Epidemic Sickness Known to Humanity
Before the Fall: Evidence of a Golden Age
After the Fall: The Roots of Psychic Pathology and Alienation from Nature
The Origins of God
Hunter-Gatherers and the Origin of Religion
Humans Were Not Centre Stage: How Ancient Cave Art Puts Us in Our Place
Why ‘Bushman Banter’ Was Crucial to Hunter-Gatherers’ Evolutionary Success
Best Practices for Raising Kids? Look to Hunter-Gatherers
The Play Theory of Hunter-Gatherer Egalitarianism
Why Our Ancestors Were More Gender Equal Than Us
How Hunter-Gatherers Maintained Their Egalitarian Ways
We Are Animals. We Need to Connect to the Millions of Non-human Lives We Use
Personality Theories: Carl Rogers
Personality Theories: Carl Jung
Links to numerous articles on the “Foundation For Shamanic Studies” website
The Hive Podcasts with Nathalie Nahai:
Embodiment Matters Podcasts with Erin and Carl Rabke:
We have created a Glossary of Shamanic Terms.
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The Work That Reconnects
Shamanism Without Borders
A free, downloadable 10-minute shamanic drumming MP3 with call-back (16″ Remo Buffalo Drum, played by Paul Francis)
A free, downloadable 15-minute shamanic drumming MP3 with call-back (16″ Remo Buffalo Drum, played by Paul Francis)
Best Books About Shamanism
In terms of recommended shamanism books, perhaps not surprisingly (!) the main books we recommend are the Therapeutic Shamanism series. The first book is an introduction and a practical guide:
The Shamanic Journey: A Practical Guide to Therapeutic Shamanism
The next volumes in the series can be read in any order, just bear in mind that they do assume some prior knowledge and experience in shamanic journeying. The first two books form an in-depth exploration of the shamanic Lower-WorldThe shamanic realm that is the origin of nature. Characterised by an abundance of animals, plants, geology, and people living close to nature. The realm of Mother Earth. A realm of safety and healing.:
Rewilding Yourself: Discovering Your Soul’s Deep Roots Through Shamanic Practices
Finding Your Deep Soul: Guidance For Authentic Living Through Shamanic Practices
The fourth book in the series (due out some time later in 2022) will be an in-depth exploration of shamanic spirituality and the Upper-WorldThe ‘spiritual’ world. Home of ‘aware’ human or human-like beings – spiritual teachers, angels, etc. Also, the home of upper-world Gods and Goddesses, and the realm of Father Sky.:
Soul Roots, Spirit Branches: Animist and Shamanic Spirituality, Mindfulness and Meditation Practices
Other Shamanic Books
In terms of wider reading around shamanism, some of the better books include:
Bran, Zoe. Where Shamans Go: Journeys into Extra-ordinary Reality.
Crockett, Tom. Stone Age Wisdom: The Healing Principles of Shamanism.
Day, Kenn. Post-Tribal Shamanism: A New Look at the Old Ways.
Deatsman, Colleen. The Hollow Bone: A Field Guide to Shamanism.
Eliade, Mircea. Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy.
Harner, Michael. Cave and Cosmos. And The Way of the ShamanWe are shamanic practitioners. Shaman is a term conferred by one’s community, not on one’s self. More.
Harrell, S. Kelley. Gift of the Dreamtime: Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma.
Ingerman, Sandra. Awakening to the SpiritSoul is of the lower-world and the unique individual that Mother Earth wants us to be, the template for our life. Spirit is of the upper-world and a part of Father Sky. More World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation. And: Mending the Fragmented Self. Also: Soul RetrievalThe act of bringing back a lost soul or soul part. More.
Kahili King, Serge. Urban ShamanWe are shamanic practitioners. Shaman is a term conferred by one’s community, not on one’s self. More.
Matthews, Caitlin. Singing the SoulSoul is of the lower-world and the unique individual that Mother Earth wants us to be, the template for our life. Spirit is of the upper-world and a part of Father Sky. More Back Home.
Pratt, Christina. An Encyclopaedia of Shamanism, Volumes One and Two.
Stevens, Jose and Stevens, Lena S. Secrets of Shamanism: Tapping the SpiritSoul is of the lower-world and the unique individual that Mother Earth wants us to be, the template for our life. Spirit is of the upper-world and a part of Father Sky. More Power Within You.
Villoldo, Alberto. ShamanWe are shamanic practitioners. Shaman is a term conferred by one’s community, not on one’s self. More, Healer, Sage. Also: Mending the Past and Healing the Future.
Walter, Mariko Namba, and Fridman, Eva Jane Neumann. Shamanism: An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture, Volumes One and Two.
In terms of wider reading around shamanism, including animismThe experience that everything is alive and has a soul. More, anthropological and historical context, the links with psychotherapy and so on, here are some good books:
Abram, David. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World. And: Becoming Animal.
Andrews, Ted. Animal-speak. And: Animal-wise.
Bloom, William. Psychic Protection.
Boehm, Christopher. Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior.
Brown, Jeff. Grounded Spirituality.
Caplan, Mariana. Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path.
Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years. Also: The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Diamond, Julie, and Jones, Lee Spark. A Path Made by Walking: Process Work in Practice.
Earley, Jay. Self-Therapy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Wholeness and Healing Your Inner Child Using IFS, a New, Cutting-Edge Psychotherapy. Volumes 1-3.
Forbes, Jack D. Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism.
Halifax, Joan. The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom.
Hanh, Thich Nhat. Love Letter to the Earth.
Harari, Yuval Noah. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. And: Sapiens A Graphic History – Volume 1: The Birth of Humankind; Volume 2: The Pillars of Civilization.
Harding, Stephan. Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia.
Harvey, Graham. AnimismThe experience that everything is alive and has a soul. More: Respecting the Living World.
Heying, Heather, and Weinstein, Bret. A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life.
Hollis, James. Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times. Also: Through the Dark Wood: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life.
Jensen, Derrick. The Myth of Human Supremacy.
Jordan, Martin. Ecotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.
Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.
Levine, Peter. In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness.
Levy, Paul. Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil.
Macy, Joanna, and Johnstone, Chris. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy.
Macy, Joanna and Young Brown, Molly. Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World.
Masters, Robert Augustus. Spiritual BypassingThe attempt to avoid unresolved mental and emotional issues through ungrounded ‘spirituality’.: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters.
Macfarlane, Robert. The Wild Places. And: The Lost Spells. Also: The Lost Words.
McKay, Julie. The Insightful Body: Healing with SomaCentric Dialoguing.
Mindell, Arnold. Earth-Based Psychology: Path Awareness from the Teachings of Don Juan, Richard Feynman, and Lao Tse. Also: The Year 1: Global Process Work: Community Creation from Global Problems, Tensions and Myths. And: Working on Yourself Alone.
Nelson, Melissa K. (editor). Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future.
Plotkin, Bill. Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche. And: The Journey of SoulSoul is of the lower-world and the unique individual that Mother Earth wants us to be, the template for our life. Spirit is of the upper-world and a part of Father Sky. More Initiation: A Field Guide for Visionaries, Evolutionaries, and Revolutionaries.
Quinn, Daniel. Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and SpiritSoul is of the lower-world and the unique individual that Mother Earth wants us to be, the template for our life. Spirit is of the upper-world and a part of Father Sky. More. And: Providence. Also: The Story of B.
Roberts, Llyn. Shamanic Reiki.
Rogers, Carl. A Way of Being. And: Client-centred Therapy. Also: On Becoming a Person. And: On Personal Power: Inner Strength and Its Revolutionary Impact.
Rothschild, Babette. The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma & Trauma Treatment.
Roszak ,Theodore. Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth/Healing the Mind.
Ryan, Christopher. Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress.
Salzgeber, Jonas. The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness.
Schwartz, Richard C. Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Scott, James C. Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States.
Seed, John, Macy, Joanna, and Fleming, Pat. Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings.
Stone, Hal. Embracing Our Selves: Voice Dialogue Manual.
Taylor, Steve. The FallThe period from around 4,000 BC that sees the emergence of city-based societies, kingdoms, nations, empires, patriarchy, hierarchy, mass inequality and organised religions.: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New Era.
Tolan, Janet and Cameron, Rose. Skills in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Turner, Toko-pa. Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home.
Waal, Frans de. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Walker, Peter. Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma.
Weiss, Bonnie. Self-Therapy Workbook: An Exercise Book for the IFS Process.
Weller, Francis. The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief.
Wohlleben, Peter. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate. And: The Secret Network of Nature: The Delicate Balance of All Living Things.
Wolynn Mark. It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle.
And for some light relief, if you are into fantasy/sci-fi, some books that have some shamanic/animist themes:
The Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel.
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver.
Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide by Orson Scott Card.
Pennterra by Judith Moffett.
The His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman.
Knitty Bear by Jane Allighan
For information on what to expect and what to look for in a shamanic practitionerWe are shamanic practitioners. Shaman is a term conferred by one’s community, not on one’s self. More, see our Practitioner Competencies.
The following recommendations are restricted to people who either are, or have been, tutors at the college. All offer distance work if needed (usually by Zoom).
Cat Anderson (also trauma-release work, including IEMT).
Sarah Garton (Sarah no longer offers shamanic healing but is a psychotherapist and Internal Family Systems Therapist with a shamanic background).
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