‘The shamanic journey’ addressess an increasing disenchantment with how we experience our lives: something fundamental is missing. We have a longing for a deeper connection, a greater purpose and an enlightened approach to living, and yet we are unsure of what we can actually do to feel better and more alive; to get ‘home’.
If you are ready, the practice of shamanism holds the answers. Facing the challenges of our times, the book discusses how we can reclaim shamanism and, most importantly, how to make it relevant to the changed times in which we now live.
PRACTICAL, ETHICAL AND EXPERIENTIAL GUIDE
For those new to the subject, the book is a grounded, easy-to-read and yet comprehensive introduction to the ancient knowledge, wisdom and practices of shamanism. In addition, it provides an easy-to-follow guide, with clearly-explained, practical exercises and suggestions about how to get started on the shamanic path. Far more than just a beginner’s guide though, the book can be eye-opening to any open-minded .
MAKING SHAMANISM RELEVANT TO MODERN TIMESAs a highly practical form of spirituality, our ancestors always adapted shamanism to the times and environment in which they lived. The book explores how, as we turned away from hunter-gathering, and with the rise of agriculture, domestication and ‘civilisation’, we largely lost our connection with shamanism. This profoundly changed us, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, and radically altered the environment around us. Facing the challenges of our times, the book discusses how we can reclaim shamanism and, most importantly, how to make it relevant to the changed times in which we now live, and how doing this may be crucial to our very survival and return to sanity.
In “The Shamanic Journey”, shamanic practitioner, teacher and psychotherapist, Paul Francis, offers an apprenticeship for our times. By building upon the work of Michael Harner, author of 1980’s classic ‘The Way of the Shaman’, Francis has created a practical, ethical and experiential guide, that includes:
- a clear description about what shamanism is;
- a full introduction to the shamanic realms – lower, middle and upper worlds;
- an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to your first shamanic journey;
- guidance on how to connect and nurture a life-long relationship with your Power Animal;
- instruction on how to do basic shamanic healing on other people;
Moreover, it teaches at a fundamental level the ways in which we can place the ancient art of shamanism at the centre of our modern lives, to experience that longed-for connection with our true selves, others and the universe..
“This book, if you let it, will take you on a journey… you will experience first-hand the healing power of shamanism, and your eyes will be opened to a world of mystery and potential that has been there all along. You do not need any special talents or powers, just an open mind. And you will trust this new way of being, because you will personally experience it. To say that this will change your life for the better is a remarkable understatement.”
– from The Shamanic Journey
In “The Shamanic Journey” Paul Francis draws on his wealth of knowledge and experience in shamanism, anthropology and psychotherapy. Well researched, and yet written in an accessible and conversational style, he combines these three elements into a shamanic practice that is spirit-led, down-to-earth, psychologically-aware, ethical and compassionate. What emerges is a spiritual practice that is both deeply rooted in ancient wisdom, and one that we can use to heal not only ourselves, but society, and the planet.
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WHAT IS SHAMANISM?
Shamanism is practical application of animist experience that not just humans, but all things have a soul – a life force and consciousness. The world, and everything in it, is alive, conscious and sacred (albeit conscious in a way that might be quite different to human consciousness).
THE SHAMANIC JOURNEY – A JOURNEY TO THE THREE SHAMANIC REALMS
Shamanism tells us that there is another, deeper reality behind this day-to-day, physical one. Whilst shamanic people live with the sense of both and being side-by-side, there are times when they choose to deliberately and temporarily immerse themselves more fully in ; to enter one of the and go on a shamanic journey.
SPIRIT ANIMALS – FINDING AND RETRIEVING YOUR POWER ANIMAL
It is not the that does the healing, but the guides. Shamans invite the helpful spirits to work through them. Your first and foremost guide working through you in shamanic journey should be your Power Animal.
You are the apprentice and your Power Animal is your principal teacher.
HOLLOWING-OUT MEDITATION PRACTICE
Hollowing out means stepping aside from our middle-world stuff as much as possible, and from our own agendas and drives, beliefs and preconceptions, so the healing Spirits can communicate and work through us without all that getting in the way.
We need to hollow out, or our shamnic journeys will be coloured, driven and distorted by our ego.