From Publishers Weekly
In this self-help, practicing shaman Wright blends Gestalt psychotherapy with New Age concepts by matching Eric Erikson's theory of developmental crisis to the eight chakras, energy centers of the body outlined in Eastern spiritual traditions. A licensed social worker and therapist, Wright's meditative techniques promote immersion in a sacred inner space where one can, with the help of power animals and other guides, safely confront the past. With sublime, unapologetic hokiness, Wright presents healing techniques like belly-dancing ("swirl the sacred, creative bowl of your pelvis") and using a chicken egg to extract negative energy ("Ask the egg's permission to be used to help in this process"), but grounds her techniques by distinguishing between reality and "non-ordinary reality"; a concept like "shapeshifting," in this sense, can be seen as an accessible imaging exercise. Throughout, Wright shows there's no need to tamper with one's spiritual foundation to explore the chakras (her own spiritual guides are Jesus and "the Mary's"), and proves illuminating in both her stories of personal tragedy-childhood want and abuse-and cultural critique ("Just like all serious addicts, we are even willing to sacrifice our lives" to materialism). For those with an open mind, Wright's wise and optimistic strategies will provide a number of unconventional roads to inner peace.
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"This is a wonderful book that blends [Wright's] teachings on shamanic practice, the chakras, and energy healing in a manner that is very understandable for people who have any level of knowledge, from novice to expert." (D. Tigermoon, The Pagan Review, Dec 2007
"Sharing her own personal experiences, the author of The Chakras in Shamanic Practice
shows readers how Shamanic practices can be used to heal wounds associated with trauma at each stage of development." (Dr. Tami Brady, TCM Reviews, June 2008
“Susan Wright’s creations epitomize the true meaning of magic. They take us to new levels of consciousness, empowering us to accomplish goals we previously only imagined, to realize our deepest dreams. Read, learn, enjoy--and shapeshift yourself and the world." (From the foreword by John Perkins, bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Shapesh
"This book is accessible even to those with no knowledge of the healing arts." (C. Amber Pearce, The Feminist Review, Oct 2007