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Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
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"Awakening to the Spirit World" takes a deep look at tapping sources of invisible power in daily life. So much of what Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman write about is lost to modern medicine: listening to the weather and the elements, understanding death, and more. This is a courageous book that will appeal to all who long to explore the unseen world."
--Judith Orloff, MD, author of Emotional Freedom

"In an era when chaos, confusion, and uncertainty take center stage, the ancestors, focused on balancing the energies of life, call forth calm, clarity, and pragmatic direction for accessing the medicine needed to heal the individual and collective psyche. In this moment in time, we are invited into 'Awakening the Spirit World,' where we are reassured that we are not alone. We are in good company, indeed."
--Malidoma Patrice Some, PhD, author of Of Water and the Spirit, The Healing Wisdom of Africa, and Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community

About the Author

Sandra Ingerman is a licensed therapist and shamanic practitioner who teaches workshops around the world on shamanism and environmental sustainability. Her books include Shamanic Journeying (Sounds True, 2008) and Awakening to the Spirit World (Sounds True, 2010; with Hank Wesselman). She resides in New Mexico. See sandraingerman.com

Hank Wesselman, PhD, is a paleoanthropologist and shamanic teacher who has worked with noted anthropologists investigating the mysteries of human origins in Africa. His books include Visionseeker, Spiritwalker, and Journey to the Sacred Garden. He lives in Hawaii.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591797500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591797500
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kristi Gilleland TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 15, 2010
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Very well written, easy to read book with a lot of thought and insight and research put into it.
I was delighted when I saw it - it is a gorgeous book with a really gorgeous cover - I LOVE that art - but I was pleasantly suprised that it came with Shamanic tracts on a CD. I had not realized the book came with a cd! I had no problem finishing this book. I read it in sections, and looked forward to my time alone with it.
What I liked might be hard to put into words....as one that's been on a Shamanic pagan path for many years, this book coincided very well with my beliefs and the ritual elements that it discussed, they are already my own, and I will vouch for their effectiveness. But it wasn't THAT... There's tidbits in this book, especially some of the words from the shamans interviewed for this book, that sort of flipped some switches I didn't know I had. I gathered some very AHA! insights from this book, which are well worth the cost in time and effort put into reading it. I felt PUSHED along on my current path, perhaps saving me unknown amounts of time and meditation on certain things. It's a bit surreal, it is by it's nature hard to express.
The CD tracks are also very effective - the author(s) have studied beats from many cultures, many Shamans, and have found that they have a lot in common, and that is what the trance drumming is based on.
I do think that Wiccans and Neopagans would enjoy this book as well. Some of the ritual elements certainly overlap.
This book was recently featured on a Coast to Coast radio show. If you read it, and like it, you might catch that on the web or something. One of the authors talked more about his personal journey and the effort of research that went into this. This book was well researched by a well educated scientist.
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This is a lovely book.....inside and out. I particularly love the crow on the cover; I have a murder of crows which live on my land and I just adore their silly-ness and their sense of humor.... But enough about the cover..

Shamanism is an ancient study/awareness of the Universe in my opinion. There are many indigenous peoples who hold these sacred practices from their ancestors, in high esteem. This book helps to allow some of these special ceremonies and magic to surface. It gives us knowledge and ways to communicate with the energy and the spirits who surround us. There is also a drumming CD included, which is a very nice touch.

I was drawn to the chapters on Dreaming and Death because these two subjects are pertinent to me. These are such important topics for healing and for release. I believe humans should be more informed with end of life issues and to embrace this time as a special journey, rather than shunning it, out of fear. Everyone should be allowed the dignity of dying with grace. These chapters help greatly in explaining this powerful rite of passage.

The Dreaming chapter is just as revealing and should be read by everyone. Our dreams are so important to our *knowing.* Our Spirit Guides are here to help with our questions and they love nothing more than to help us. Learning from them and honouring them should be part of our daily thanks. The paranormal is normal, the supernatural is natural. Nature is the way back to ourselves.

I wouldn't call this book a manual, it's more of an eye opener or an overview. But it is a journey worth taking and a way to learn how to relax and spend time with the unknown. Highly recommended and I feel it would make a very thoughtful gift.
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"Awakening to the Spirit World" is an excellent overview that covers a lot of ground, giving us a bit of history of the beginnings of shamanism, the indigenous cultures that have nurtured the teachings, and how their spiritual leaders, whether they be called shamans, medicine men, or something else, have tapped into the supernatural and touched the unknown, become acquainted with their spirit animals, wandered the inner worlds, and received revelation. Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman have brought us other voices to join them in this volume: Tom Cowan, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar, Jose Luis Stevens, and Alberto Villoldo. All of them have their own experience to add to this wide-ranging teaching, and if you read this book with an open mind, I have no doubt that you will get nuggets of pure wisdom from it.

I have some favorite sections: Carol Proudfoot-Edgar on working with our animal companions in Chapter 2, "The Shamanic Journey," a chapter where we learn exercises to prepare and travel on our own personal journey. Chapter 7, "Creative Art as a Bridge," which talks of the power of words, and how we can heal and bless with what we say. Chapter 11, "All Change Involves Death," and the erasing of personal history to remove the emotion out of past events that prevent us from moving forward. Among the things that blessed me most in the book was Hank Wesselman's respectful version of the Lord's Prayer in Chapter 5. Saying it aloud is transformative.

The book includes a CD with 4 pieces of drumming and other instruments, specifically made for journeying, that is most helpful. Total time is 62.21, enough time to journey and to relax (this is especially useful for city-dwellers, to drown out any extraneous noises).
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