Shamanism Books

The "Therapeutic Shamanism" Series

by Paul Francis

Suitable for both complete beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this series of shamanism books offer a comprehensive apprenticeship in shamanism for modern times. Each volume is full of eye-opening ideas, knowledge and insights, all explained in a clear and easy-to-understand way. As well as being thought-provoking, the books are packed with practical exercises and suggestions about how to put the theory and ideas into practice. 

Written by Paul Francis, and drawing on his wealth of knowledge and experience in shamanism, anthropology, psychotherapy and other fields, the shamanism books describe a shamanic practice that is spirit-led, down-to-earth, psychologically-aware, ethical and compassionate; a practice that draws on ancient wisdom, and yet one that is deeply-suited and applicable to the times in which we now live.

The latest book in the series

The 3rd book in the ‘Therapeutic Shamanism’ series

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The Book Your Soul Has Been Waiting for You to Find

Modern-day society is not designed to help us find our Soul. Instead, we have lost our way and lead domesticated and tamed lives, cut off both from our own true nature and from the natural world too. These days, the sad truth is that most people live and die without knowing who they really are, never knowing the magnificent being that Mother Earth intended them to be.

This was not always the case. In recovering the wisdom and knowledge of our hunter-gatherer shamanic ancestors, we can remember what we are meant to be. If we free ourselves from the distorted stories that our culture tells us, we discover that our true nature is something that is altogether more beautiful and profound than we have been led to believe. We remember how to live in right-relationship with ourselves, with each other as humans, and with the more-than-human world too.

Praise for the Series

Quotes from reviews for books in the Therapeutic Shamanism series

Paul Francis speaks lucidly but passionately about shamanism, psychotherapy and the benefits of combining the two. I've read many shamanism books by good authors on both subjects but I have to say that this [The Shamanic Journey] is the most in-depth examination of basic "core" shamanic practice I've come across. The book doesn't try to cover too much, instead it looks in some detail at basic principles. This makes it excellent as a beginner text and also useful for those like me who have some experience in the area and now wish to take it further. The exercises are simple but powerful and have had a very positive effect on my own journeying and connections with my guides.

This is a superb shamanism book. I found it even better than Paul's first (also excellent) book in this series. This shamanism book contains detailed explanations of the practice of shamanic journeying. I hadn't properly appreciated the role of a Power Animal in journeying and Paul's instructions immediately and very substantially boosted my own experiences. His accounts and analyses of journeys are also extremely helpful: they give immensely valuable guidance on unpicking the reality of lower world experience from one's subjective overlay. Paul's writing has a light touch but he is always careful and rigorously ethical. This is a deep subject and he is a teacher one can trust.

All of the volumes in this series are wonderful, but this [Finding Your Deep Soul] is the most powerful so far. In it you are introduced to - yourself. But not the one you see each day in the bathroom mirror. Instead, you meet your lower world self - as baby, child, adult, parent and elder; and, especially, as the human you were meant to be. This shamanism book is powerful, and healing; but it is also important for its ethical message.

readers about Paul Francis' shamanism books...

Full of profound wisdom and practical guidance
Honest and thought-provoking
I eagerly awaited this, the second in Paul Francis’ Therapeutic Shamanism series, and wasn’t disappointed.
Outrageously Brilliant!
Another fantastic book in the series of core shamanism.
Relevant for both the beginner and the more experienced reader/practitioner

ALL shamanism BOOKS IN THE SERIES

THE SHAMANIC JOURNEY

chapter 1: What Shamanism Is (And What It Isn’t!).
Chapter 2: The Shamanic Worldview: Basic Principles and Practice.
Chapter 3: Getting Ready: The Shamanic Realms and ‘Hollowing-Out’.
Chapter 4: Getting Going: How to Do Your First Shamanic Journey.
Chapter 5: What Did the Jouney Mean (And What Do I Do Next)?
Chapter 6: The Myth of ‘civilisation’.
Chapter 7: How we can recover (and shamanism’s vital role in this).
Chapter 8: How to give a simple shamanic healing.
Chapter 9: we are not what we used to be: how domestication and the fall changed us.
Chapter 10: Therapeutic shamanism: a shamanism for the present day.
Chapter 11: how to explore shamanism further.

REWILDING YOURSELF

chapter 1: the roots of therapeutic shamanism.
Chapter 2: finding the real lower-world.
Chapter 3: human lower-world guides.
Chapter 4: the transformation practices (burials, burnings, dismemberments, sky burials, dissolvings and water burials, cocconins, poisonings, shapeshifting).
Chapter 5: what genuine lower-world journeys are like.
Chapter 6: intrusions and their extractions.
Chapter 7: being possessed.
Chapter 8: disentangling, expanding, and just being.

FINDING YOUR DEEP SOUL

chapter 1: remembering our place in the world.
Chapter 2: animals, plants, and stones.
Chapter 3: the human story.
Chapter 4: finding your deep soul.
Chapter 5: finding your tribe.
Chapter 6: wise elders and healthy power.
Chapter 7: healing our mother wound.
Chapter 8: living a soulful life.

soul roots, spirit branches

Provisional Chapter Titles:

chapter 1: what Exactly Is Shamanism?
Chapter 2: Ungrounded Spirituality. 
Chapter 3: Shamanic and Animist Spirituality.
Chapter 4: “Great Spirit”.
Chapter 5: meditation Demystified.
Chapter 6: Exploring the Shamanic Upper-World.
Chapter 7: Rituals, ceremonies and practices.
Chapter 8: Healthy Spiritual Relationships.
Chapter 9: Towards a Shamanic ethics.

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