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Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life [Kindle Edition]

Tom Cowan , Thomas Dale Cowan
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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This inspirational book blends elements of shamanism with inherited traditions and contemporary religious commitments. Drawing on shamanic practices from the world over, SHAMANISM AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE FOR DAILY LIFE addresses the needs of contemporary people who yearn to deepen their own innate mystical sensibilities. This inspirational book shows how to develop a personal spiritual practice by blending elements of shamanism with inherited traditions and current religious commitments. Contents include:
  • The central role of power animals and spirit teachers.
  • Visionary techniques for exploring the extraordinary in everyday life.
  • Elements of childhood spirituality including songs, secret hiding places, power spots, and imaginary power figures.
  • A journey to an ancestral shaman to recover lost knowledge.


  • Editorial Reviews

    From Booklist

    "Oh, yeah," you say, "right--I'm gonna drum in the office and go into the underworld on the subway?" No, Cowan responds, shamanism is more than tappings and trances. It is an integrated spiritual view adaptable to contemporary life. He argues that just as Zen Buddhism found a home in America (however different the U.S. variety might seem from its Asian original), so shamanism can, by modifying it but not losing its heart or substance. Drawing on shamanic beliefs and practices found in many cultures (what Cowan calls "core shamanism"), we can employ such devices as power animals, talismans, and journeying as centering devices to help us lead our spirits home. In Cowan's knowledgeable and passionate hands, what could have been a shallow how-to becomes an inspiring spiritual call. Patricia Monaghan

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    Drawing on shamanic practices from around the world, Shamanism As A Spiritual Practice For Everyday Life addresses the needs of contemporary people who yearn to deepen their own innate mystical sensibilities. This inspirational book shows how to develop a personal spiritual practice by blending elements of shamanism with inherited traditions and current religious commitments. Shamanism As A Spiritual Practice For Everyday Life covers the central role of power animals and spirit teachers; visionary techniques for exploring the extraordinary in everyday life; elements of childhood spirituality including songs, secret hiding places, power spots, and imaginary power figures; and the journey to an ancestral shaman to recover lost knowledge. Engaging, informative reading. -- Midwest Book Review

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2518 KB
    • Print Length: 225 pages
    • Publisher: Crossing Press (June 11, 2014)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00KEPLC3K
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    148 of 150 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic source book! May 4, 2003
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    The Cowans have done it again.
    If you are looking for a practical, beautiful, meaningful handbook for core shamanism ... look no further.
    This book is packed full of exercises, ideas, journeys, interpretations and core shamanic values. I have been studying shamanism, and this is the most useful introductory text I have come across. It will give you the principles you need in order to build your own shamanic practice, without forcing you down the path of a certain cultural shamanic tradition.
    As Cowan says: not all of us are cut out to be actual Shamans, but anyone can be a shamanic practitioner.
    I highly recommend this book, whether you are already a practitioner, or are interested in learning more. This is not a book you will regret buying, no matter how advanced your practice becomes over time.
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    114 of 115 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Essential guide to practical shamanism February 16, 2000
    Format:Paperback
    This is in my "top ten" list of favorite books, and I refer to it often. As a Westerner trying to learn about shamanism and how I might apply shamanic principles and practices in my life, I found this to be THE book. It's a perfect place to begin. Cowan provides the essentials of core shamanic practice without bewildering the reader with the incredible diversity that more scholarly and anthropologically oriented books do. After reading it, I was able to bring together the gleanings of thirty years of spiritual seeking into a simple, coherent framework that has allowed me to connect with others in ways I never imagined were possible. It has definitely been a factor in deepening my ability to help others through my ministry.
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    104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars a gentle introduction to journeying July 1, 2002
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Having never read anything about Shamanism before, and being rather intimidated by the subject, this book was a great way to gently learn about Shamanism. With this book as my guide, it felt safe to explore journeying, and this has become a great gift in my life! The idea of shamanic practice seems possible for everyone through this book. I have learned a lot from it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand shamanic practices as well as experiment a little with them. This book shows you how.
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    52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner's guide to modern shamanic practice November 11, 2005
    Format:Paperback
    Right from the start we're advised to put aside any thoughts of lifting practices from specific cultures, and instead focus on a contemporary approach to spirit journeys that builds on universal techniques that have worked since the dawn of humanity, along with more contemporary concepts from "modern" religions like Buddhism and Christian mysticism. How much more reasonable could a spiritual practice be? Cowan knows his subject, is an excellent writer, is thoughtful in his approach, and is intellectual, spiritual, and practical in his approach modern shamanism. Sufficiently detailed to hold a discerning reader's interest but presented simply enough to put into practice immediately, this is an excellent beginner's guide to modern shamanic practice.
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    114 of 125 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have read on Shamanism yet! April 25, 2000
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I have read MANY book on Shamanism and various Shamanic religions, and this is the only book that has been given a place of honor in my personal library.
    I also recommend
    "Secrets of Shamanism..." Jose and Lena Stevens
    "The Way of the Shaman" Michael Harner
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    53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Trustworthy Introduction to a Vast Realm January 6, 2002
    Format:Paperback
    Half the battle of shamanism is undoing our conditioning and fragemntalist consciousness that has been modeled to us by modernity. Shamanism As A Spiritual Practice for Daily Life offers just such an invitation. Fans of Cowan's Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit who wanted 'the next step' in terms of practices will find a trustworthy introduction to the vast realm of shamanism and shamanic practice--though anyone, regardless of ancestral background, will enjoy the book as it was written from more of a "core shamanic" or "core shamanist" perspective. In addition to introducing readers to the sacred topography of shamanism--usually but not always experienced as the Lowerworld, Middleworld and Upperworld, readers will also feel an astonishing sense of support offered to remember and reclaim their own inherent shamanic sensibilities that we all knew as children. The chapter on childhood is a masterpiece to contemplate, as it conjures up our old childhood haunts and explores the relevance of these to shamanic practice, while also offering words of support to parents who either have a shamanic-child or who want to, more generally, support the animistic nature of their children. Overall, this book is an inexpendable "co-walker" for those seeking to rekindle an animistic pathway of living.
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    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Step by step guide to living the shamanic life May 5, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    This is an excellent guide to exploring the shamanic realms. Tom Cowan offers a rich and yet easy to understand look at how to take a shamanic journey and how to utilize what you have learned in the journey state. His clear writing provides the best overall look at shamanic practices and offers the reader safe, supportive entrance into the ways of the shaman.
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    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent work for beginning shamanic practioners September 18, 1998
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    For those who are interested in exploring shamanism and 'shamanic conciousness', this is an excellent work for the layperson. Not only does it carefully explain shamanic practice in general, and point out the difference between being a shaman and being a 'shamanic practioner' (one who uses shamanic methods in their spiritual practice), but it explains clearly how to adopt such practices in daily life.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love the way this book explains the faith that has ...
    I love the way this book explains the faith that has always been in my heart. This book really helped heal wounds that some religions ripped in my soul as a child. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Candy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner book
    Great book...good background and history...great beginning work.
    Published 2 months ago by Vicky Lynn
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... interested in doing the work this book puts a great light on it
    If you are interested in doing the work this book puts a great light on it! Excellent
    Published 4 months ago by Karen Dodge
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent tool for anyone interested in
    This is an excellent tool for anyone interested in, or who currently is a practitioner of Shamanism and Journeying. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Joan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good, practical exercises
    Good, practical exercises. This is a book I refer to regularly as opposed to one I read and set aside.
    Published 4 months ago by Charles C Richmond
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    its ok
    Published 4 months ago by Kenneth A. Wade
    2.0 out of 5 stars would never read it again
    didnt found anything of value here,
    Published 6 months ago by Vic
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    informative
    Published 6 months ago by Grazhopper53
    5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading, Learning.
    I added this book to my collection of books about shamans and shamanism. I am reading this book and I am glad that I purchased it because what the book says, teaches, is worth... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by J. W. Stanfield
    5.0 out of 5 stars Shaminism for daily life
    A very informative book. I have been studying shamanism for several years now, but this book had some ideas I had not considered. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Nancy S
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