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These books have similar concepts and attitudes but reflect different hierarchies, worldviews, and writing styles. King relates one of the many traditions of Hawaiian shamanism, distinguishing between mystics and shamans and between warrior shamans and adventurer shamans. Shamans use their skills for the benefit of the world, and King offers insights on such skills as divination, meditation, and healing. Accessibly written, this is full of intriguing concepts and possibilities. Markides, who introduced the teachings of a Greek Cypriot healer in The Magus of Strovolos (1985. o.p.) and Homage to the Sun (Methuen, 1985), here considers a number of healers attuned to higher levels of consciousness. They argue that human beings are multidimensional and that the higher we ascend to superconscious self-awareness, the greater the love and compassion we feel for others. Their teachings also incorporate the teachings of Christ. Recommended for large collections on spiritual subjects.
- Gail Wood, Montgomery Coll. Lib., Germantown, Md.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Serge Kahili King, Ph.D. is the author of many works on Huna and Hawaiian shamanism, including Urban Shaman and Instant Healing. He has a doctorate in psychology and was trained in shamanism by the Kahili family of Kauai as well as by African and Mongolian shamans. Dr. King is the Executive Director of Aloha International, a non-profit, worldwide network of individuals who have dedicated themselves to making the world a better place.

As an author, Dr. King has published the world's largest selection of books and digital media on Huna, the Polynesian philosophy and practice of effective living, and on the spirit of Aloha, the attitude of love and peace for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous. He also writes extensively on Hawaiian culture.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 2nd edition (November 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671683071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671683078
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio on September 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have to give this book five stars because it is not loaded with down to earth practical exercises but because it had one bit about "instant healing", which I have labelled "it never happened" technique and which came very hand when half of my face became paralyzed and when doctors told me that I'll just have to accept it and that it may even get worse over time. The paralysis was bad enough that I couldn't even speak coherently (I'd have to hold my lips with my hand in order to make an understandable sound), nor could I eat properly due to lack of sensation and because I couldn't move the muscles of my mouth. It was simply unacceptable to me to live like that, so I remember the technique from this book. I also got Serge Kahili King's video "Instant Healing".

I have adapted that "it never happened" techniques with NLP Time-Line technique and spend few days running the new pattern in my mind re-living my life from before the event until the present moment as if my face was always normal and it never became paralyzed. It was not INSTANT healing - but it took ONLY FEW DAYS for my face to become completely normal and to function perfectly. My friend said that that he was utterly amazed as he watched the transformation on my face returning to normal - he said it was just like witnessing a miracle. Yeah, our minds are truly miraculous.
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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Inkhorn VINE VOICE on September 9, 2005
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The author is a shaman and huna philosopher.

Huna is an ancient philosophy going back 2,000 years, and contains many self realization techniques, including the unification of the three selves, removing emotional blocks and fears, and manifesting your goals. There is also an energy practice which uses the power of focus.

This book goes through the 7 rules of the Huna Philosophy, explaining them in some detail. It is an ancient belief system, and also an amazing self improvement system which I wholeheartedly recommend.

The world is what you think it is i.e there is no reality only perception. There are no limits. Energy flows where attention goes are three of the rules.

There are many self help books out there which focus on individual concepts, which seem new, yet are all contained within this philosophy, which is over 2,000 years old. I am thinking of books such as the Power of Intention, and the Power of Now, Unlimited power.

In addition the concepts of the conscious, subconscious, and superconscious or universal mind, have been around for thousands of years, yet only since the early 1900s with the writings of those such as Carl Jung have these ideas become more widely accepted.

This philosophy does enable you to combine your three selves, and clear emotional blocks and limiting beliefs for improved effectiveness.

There are excellent healing practices and visualizations within this book. Many of our illnesses spring from our unresolved emotions, whereas much of western medicine treats the symptom not the cause. I believe energy practice is very important for focus, as energy flows where attention goes.

Many other philosophies share common roots with this one.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By DesertHowler on February 22, 2003
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Studying this statement is in and of itself a worthwhile project. If you learn nothing else, this is well worth the price of the book.
I have several books on Shamanism and Self-Healing. Among these are 6 books by Serge King. All are great. I reread Urban Shaman because there is so much that I can't absorb all at one time. This book helped my in my healings of self and others and in my Shamanic journeys, the initial technique which I learned from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies workshop. I am a Reiki master and find his techniques to augment my methods very well.
I have found nothing in Serge King's books that doesn't work, some techniques better than others. I have found nothing in other books that Serge King doesn't cover in some way or form.
If you are going to get one book that covers most things well, in a very open and non-dogmatic manner, Urban Shaman is the book to get. From journeying to making walking sticks to healing methods, this book covers it all. If you want more than one book, get another of Serge King's books. They all work.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1997
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Pssst! Hey, wanna be a Shaman? You don't

have to live in the woods and you don't have

to beat any drums. We're looking at a city

slickers guide to the New Age. No

investment, no special vows, just add a little

time, thought and practice.
Castenada gave us "The Way of the Warrior"

and Serge Khalili King gives us "The Way of

the Adventurer." From basic methods to

"grokking water", this book covers all the

bases of a Hawaiian philosophy in a very

readable format.
Unlike many shamanic manuals, this book

doesn't advocate getting back to "Mother

Earth," rather it focuses on the need we have

to come to terms with ourselves and how to

turn our newfound abilities outward to share

with others.
Readers get a fresh perspective on how

shamanic techniques can make life better.

King builds on the basics, drawing a road

map for creativity, personal transformation

and healing.
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