Feeling the call of the shaman? But don’t know where to start? I know that feeling, you see even though I had been taught since I was very young about shamanism, I was lost despite my teachings though it did give me a base to start when I began to walk my true path again. When you are young you just want to have fun, I was no different, for a while I dithered in my practice, only doing something when I felt like it. Again this is normal for anyone walking the shamans path, especially when one is a teen, but one thing I was good at was research and reading, I devoured books when I was no longer able to learn from my elders. Books and the internet are both good places to start, you see when i was a teen the internet wasn’t like it is now it was still fairly young and the library and bookstores were the only place I could get a lot of reading.
Now from experience, you are going to run into people who are going to tell you that you can’t become a shaman unless you go to the Andes or learn from Native American Medicine men and women, please ignore these nay sayers as you can learn to become a powerful shaman through study and practice. Your spirit guides will teach you, ancestors will teach you, some of the most powerful teachings you can learn is from your guides.
So if your starting out here’s a list of must have books which offer teachings to get you started on your path. Please note that I have placed these books in the order they should be read so that you may get the most out of your experience in learning about shamanism.
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The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak
Explore your Inner Temple—your personal sacred space where there are no boundaries and all things are possible. With study, dedication, and practice, the lessons and exercises in this book will empower you to transform the repetitive rigors of the daily grind into a witch’s web of magickal experiences.
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft is a thorough course of education, introspection, meditation, and the development of the magickal and psychic abilities that are the birthright of the witch. Four introductory chapters present the history, traditions, and principles of witchcraft, followed by thirteen lessons that start with basic meditation techniques and culminate in a self-initiation ceremony equivalent to the first-degree level of traditional coven-based witchcraft.
As you progress through this year-and-a-day course of study, you will explore a wide range of topics that support and inform the dedicated witch:
- Ancient and modern magickal philosophy
- Modern scientific theories supporting a new definition of reality
- “Instant” magick techniques for protection, healing, and serenity
- Energy work and anatomy, including chakras and auras
- Astral travel, dreams, and spirit guides
- Healing techniques for body, mind, and spirit
This book’s non-dogmatic presentation encourages an eclectic, personal approach while providing a strong foundation for the practice of witchcraft and magick. Develop your psychic abilities and practice potent magickal techniques as you explore the source of every witch’s power—the temple within.
This book is great for the person who is just beginning to work on themselves it give you the tools needed for spiritual work such as meditation, visualization, energy work, grounding and shielding.
The Book Of Shamanic Healing by Kristin Madden
This groundbreaking book offers a complete “healer’s toolkit” for shamanic practitioners. Along with an in-depth discussion of the theories, practices, and ethics of shamanic healing work, this guide gives you first-hand accounts of healing experiences from the author’s practice, exercises to help you develop your skills and abilities, and ceremonies to use in your own practice.
The Book of Shamanic Healing covers all aspects of shamanic healing in a practical manner, with instructions on how to:
• Create sacred space and healing ceremonies
• Partner with your drum to create healing
• Develop your shamanic and psychic abilities
• Free your voice and seek your power song
• Communicate quickly and easily with spirit guides
• Explore your shadow side
• Perform soul retrievals and extractions safely
• Use dreams, stones, crystals, and colors in healing work
• Connect to the healing universe and live in balance
Awakening to the Spirit World by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman
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 Tom Cowan, Carol Proud foot-Edgar, Jose Stevens, and Alberto Villoldo 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 A CD of drumming to facilitate your shamanic journeys.
Shaman Healer Sage by Dr Alberto Villoldo
Drawing upon the healing power of nature, ancient techniques of American natives, and scientific explanations of how energy healing is the key to eradicating illness from the body, Villodo’s work combines quantum physics and ancient mythologies. The author also explores life beyond death, educating readers how to ease loved ones into the next stage of being.