Dance of Stones: A Shamanic Road Trip Paperback – May 11, 2008
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Dance of Stones gripped me. From the first page to the last, it took me along on a true Quest. It is not only the story of two people on a sojourn to far off lands....it is journey of the human soul's awakening. Soli's experiences confirm the presence and process of some Powerful, ancient Source, that yearns to unfold within us....and for those of us hearing the Call....potent tools with which to answer. This book is a transformative MUST read for all Seekers. I wish I would have had it years ago. Thank you Kenn for writing this book! --Celeste Stone
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As the story begins, the narrator, a “modern day shaman”, is on a journey with a friend. However, neither traveler seems to know where they are going. As they drive through the European countryside, mostly in the rain, we get little snapshots of the places and people they encounter. After a while it becomes apparent that these are the breadcrumbs they are following, and that they are using intuition as a compass. When a direction or spot on the map ”feels right”, that’s where they go. Descriptions of the physical journey are interspersed with insights into the inner, non-physical aspects of the shamanic perspective.
This book was exceptionally well edited – each chapter was like a little pearl on a string, with just the right amount of information.
The well-chosen details made this very immediate, and let me feel that I was along on the trip as well.
The work of the shaman was so well described that I wondered how we manage without these people, and why we rely on doctors, priests, and the media instead.
I may need to read this again!
Although Kenn is a real-life shaman, which sounded a little too woo-woo for me at first, he makes his own skepticism of shamanism clear, which allowed me to maintain my own skepticism yet also relax and sink into both the story and the suggested practices. I particularly liked his definition of 'shaman': "There are a lot of different definitions floating around at the moment, but basically they are all talking about a person who uses altered states of consciounsness to access information that couldn't be had by ordinary means." This is written early in the book, and is explained further in both the story and Deepenings.
I also like his humility, as evidenced by his statement "There are many things you can and have to learn from teachers. But you also have to realize eventually that only the process of life can teach you the deepest lessons. That only your inner teachers can reach deep enough into you to see the things you can't - and awaken them to where you can see them. The most effective shamans - and shamanic teachers - realize that what they are doing is helping the person they teach to stir up the hidden resources of their own souls - to remember the whole Self." This attitude shines and represents what is offered throughout the book - it is one more tool to broaden the reader's perspective of the world and at the same time deepen our understanding of ourselves.